This week I’d like to share a fun little mini vacation that we went on back in May. Since it was just for a weekend, we wanted to go somewhere not too far from the Bay Area but also somewhere where we could get a little taste of summer!
If you know me, you know that browsing possible hotels is one of my favorite activities. And ever since I came across the beautiful Scott Resort & Spa, a project by studio Avro Ko, I just couldn’t get my mind off of it! So, naturally, we just had to go experience it for ourselves!
The minute you arrive at the hotel, you feel transported into this multi-layered atmosphere inspired by mid-century tropics. The lobby is blessed with very high ceilings, which the designers make full use of by incorporating long, dramatic hanging light fixtures.
In addition to being very photo-friendly, the giant lobby, which extents to the Canal Club, the hotel’s bar, is filled with amenities that everyone can enjoy. Everything has been thoughtfully curated from the furniture, the lighting, little objects, and even architecture books. It was refreshing to see such a gorgeous space that was also very livable.
We felt at home the minute we arrived, and that feeling didn’t stop at the lobby. The surrounding landscape transitioned beautifully into the bedrooms, which feature dark woods, mid-century furniture, and vintage posters desert posters. The mood set in the rooms was a perfect retreat after a day spent at the pool.
Since we were visiting Scottsdale, we couldn’t not go check-out Taliesin West – Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home. We did a night light tour starting at the sunset hour and were able to fully enjoy the interiors and discover this architectural treasure. It was fascinating to learn more about his life and understand his design choices throughout the building.
The following day, we biked to Old Town Scottsdale to enjoy some super tasty tacos and drinks at The Mission. Biking there was really easy (nothing like SF!) and simply a nice way to discover cute streets and shops. Scottsdale has a really nice food scene and it was refreshing to not overpay for everything, specially travelling from California.
Then, it was time for a good hike and Sedona met all of our expectations. It was my first time in Arizona and I couldn’t stop swooning at its natural beauty. Between the colors, textures, and flora, Sedona is a gorgeous color palette itself: simply inspiring. We hiked to the Devil’s Bridge which was an easy hike as long as you have some good boots and carry lots of water. The peak point was pretty magical and was well worth the walk!
It was definitely hard to leave after 4 days spent in this gorgeous desert town, I loved every second of each day. One of the things I loved the most about The Scott was the yoga class they offer every morning for their guests. Flowing under the palm trees was simply wonderful and made it easier to relax. I always try to cherish the calming feeling I felt there: the breeze in my hair, the sound of the water, and the serenity.
Have you been to Scottsdale? Where did you stay and what did you visit? Leave a comment below!