Voyages: Sunny Scottsdale for Spring Break? |

Voyages: Sunny Scottsdale for Spring Break?

Amiee White Beazley

It’s time to figure out how to secure some warmth later this month when our local schools break for their spring renewal. If you fancy a nice, long roadtrip (about 11 hours) from the Roaring Fork Valley or a quick flight from Grand Junction to neighboring Phoenix for about $200 roundtrip, Scottsdale is guaranteed sun. And with so many places to stay, it makes an affordable location for a pool, gold and desert adventure vacation. Clip and save the following notes on sunny Scottsdale:

Where to Eat

• Roka Akor hosts quarterly sushi rolling classes after being named one of the “50 Best Sushi Bars in America for 2016” by The Daily Meal (7299 N. Scottsdale Road).

• Down the road, find made-in-house seasonal pastas and Italian fare in the modern environment that is The Fat Ox Restaurant and Lounge by local chef Matthew Carter (6316 N. Scottsdale Road).

• Newly opened Zen Culinary features Asian and American cuisine in an elegant setting that embraces the classic four elements of earth, wind, water, and fire (15544 N. Pima Road).

Where to Drink Scottsdale’s Craft Beer

• Mesquite River Brewing Co. opened in November — this nanobrewery invites guests to bring in their own bites and they’ll do the cleanup (13610 N. Scottsdale Road).

• Family owned and operated, Goldwater Brewing Co. boasts about 15 of their own craft beers and one-off batches made on a whim (3608 N. Scottsdale Road).

• McFate Brewing Co. serves up tasty wood-fired pizzas and fine beers in small batches (1312 N. Scottsdale Road).

Where to Play

• Spend the afternoon at the 2 million-gallon OdySea Aquarium recently opened as home to 500 species of marine life (9500 E. Via De Ventura).

• Soccer fans will celebrate the recent Arizona United SC rebranding as Phoenix Rising FC. They’ve got a new stadium and training facility on the border of Scottsdale and Tempe to be completed in time for the 2017 United Soccer League season.

• Smithsonian affiliate, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, was named “Best Western Art Museum in the Nation” by True West Magazine (3830 N. Marshall Way).

Where to Stay

• Just 10 minutes outside of Scottsdale, the newly remodeled Mountain Shadows Resort is scheduled reopen in time for spring break after undergoing a $65 million renovation to include a full-service boutique hotel and redesigned golf course (

• The 23-acre bungalow-style property, Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa in Paradise Valley, is located just minutes away from the Cattle Track Arts Compound founded in 1936 (

• Located near Scottsdale Fashion Square, The Days Inn Scottsdale was transformed into a retro-chic resort after a $12 million renovation and rebranding to become the Scottsdale Inn (

Amiee White Beazley writes about travel for the Aspen Times Weekly. Reach her at or follow her @awbeazley1.

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