This past Memorial Day, a trip to Phoenix, Arizona trip was planned for a couple reasons:
- I live in the Midwest and it always seems to rain on Memorial Day weekend here (and I wanted sunshine after a long winter and rainy spring)
- Summer is my favorite season, but in the Midwest it can be chilly, cool, chilly or extremely humid around the end of May; it’s unpredictable in the Midwest, and I wanted warm weather
So Phoenix seemed to be an excellent solution: the dessert with dry heat and sunshine, and it was! We chose the Pointe Hilton at Squaw Peak for the extended holiday weekend; and it turned out to be perfect for us! This resort is close to the airport so you don’t even need a car, we used a shuttle service from the airport simply looking for a place to rest and relax; we didn’t intend to be sightseeing on this trip.
DAY 1 (Friday 5.26.17)
We arrived early, got settled into our room, then headed to River Ranch, the onsite water park, our view perfect setting for R&R! It was an early morning and we were tired so we had some BBQ at the Hole in the Wall then ended our day.
Day 2 (Saturday 5.27.17)
Started the day with a hike to Squaw Peak, gorgeous day and fun hike with Ken and Skylar from the resort, then relaxed pool side enjoying the lazy river, ending with a fun birthday, Italian dinner at Tutti Santi Ristorante by Nina, topped off with a shot of Sambuca with 3 espresso beans (which I was told represented the past, present and future) I recently searched and found the common representation of the 3 espresso beans is Health, Happiness and Prosperity. Must try the family recipe for the Ravioli, it’s their signature dish!
Day 3 (Sunday 5.28.17)
We started with a Stretch and Relax Class at Tocasierra Spa in the morning with a wonderful instructor for the class; after the class, we asked her what suggestions she would have for “natural settings” and places to go for people who enjoy the outdoors, she suggested Slide Rock for the day, we also used the onsite workout facility, but unfortunately my son was too young (13 years old) to be allowed to use it so we went to the sports pool and enjoyed some volleyball and basketball! We were so happy that we could rent a car for the day when we visited the concierge in the lobby; the car was onsite and ready to go for the next day; we decided to depart in the morning for Slide Rock State Park. The concierge also told us about a fabulous airport restaurant in Mesa, AZ with incredible views, so we planned to visit there for lunch after Slide Rock. The evening featured a dive in movie and the nights get cool, so we enjoyed sitting fireside and having smores to end the evening.
Day 4 (Monday 5.29.17 – Memorial Day)
Three days was enough time for all of us to enjoy poolside activities and we were ready to explore with our rental; the 3 hour drive to Sedona from Phoenix is beautiful once you hit the Red Rocks and heading to Slide Rock State Park was even more gorgeous (click to view the trip); lunch at Mesa Grill was fabulous too! We absolutely loved Sedona and spent time shopping at the retail there too. By the time we got home, we didn’t have much more energy, so the next day we were treated to a Swedish Massage to end our visit, just before heading back home.
Day 5 (Tuesday 5.30.17 – Spa and Departure Day)
We were so pleased with the resort and the staff and had a wonderful trip; it was a great long weekend visit and highly recommended. We ran out of time to participate in the miniature golf, but night time would have been fun!