How can you fit into the local scene and do what Phoenicians do? Let us count the ways. We’ve partnered with Dr. Cacinda Maloney of Points and Travel as she takes us on a whirlwind adventure through the Phoenix/Scottsdale Metroplex. 

Sure, you could book yourself an amazing, luxury resort and sit at the pool all week on your next vacation or even explore all of what the state of Arizona has to offer, which has been made famous by its desert beauty and Grand Canyon. But to really understand the “Valley of the Sun”, you need to experience Phoenix like a local.

Phoenix Like A Local, Sheraton Wild Horse Pass

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

Instead of leaving the Valley for areas all over this beautiful state, why don’t you book a trip to Phoenix, stick around for a few days and do what we do everyday.

Phoenix Like A Local, Sheraton Wild Horse Pass

Phoenix Like A Local, Sheraton Wild Horse Pass

Here are 5 things that local singles do in the Phoenix/Scottsdale Metroplex:

1.  They enjoy staycations and spa/golf days at least once a year – Of course, they book a staycation during the summer, but they also do it in the spring or whenever they need a day break!

Phoenix Like a Local, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, Pool, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

There are so many boutique hotels and resorts here to choose from, that as a local, we can’t just sit and simmer away in the heat of the summer. Treat yourself to a weekend stay. You can go to the spa or take in a golf day. Phoenix has great choices for spa escapes and golf!

Phoenix Like A Local, The Royal Palms, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

The Royal Palms, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

My choices for boutique luxury hotels:

The Camby

The Camby, Live Like A Local, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

The Camby, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

Hotel Valley Ho

Valley Ho, Photo by PointsandTravel.com, Phoenix Like a Local

Hotel Valley Ho, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

Hermosa Inn

The Hermosa Inn, Paradise Valley, Phoenix like a Local, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

Hermosa Inn, Paradise Valley, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s New Spa House

Sanctuary Camelback Resort's Spa House, Photo by PointsandTravel.com, Live Like A Local

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

My choices for larger resorts:

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Travel Like A Local, Four Seasons Scottsdale, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

Phoenix Like A Local, Montelucia, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

Phoenix Like A Local, Montelucia, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch

Phoenix Like a Local, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, Pool, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch,  Spa Photo by PointsandTravel.com

Arizona Biltmore

Phoenix Biltmore, Photo by PointsandTravel.com, Phoenix Like A Local

Arizona Biltmore, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

Sheraton Grand Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa

Phoenix Like A Local, Sheraton Wild Horse Pass

Sheraton Grand Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

The Phoenician

The Phoenician, Photo by PointsandTravel.com, Phoenix Like A Local

The Phoenician, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

The Scottsdale W

Scottsdale W, Photo by PointsandTravel,com, Phoenix Like A Local

Scottsdale W, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

JW Marriot Phoenix Desert Ridge, Photo by PointsandTravel.com Phoenix Like A Local

JW Marriot Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

2. They enjoy Cactus League Spring Training – Phoenicians love our sports, with four major league sports teams in Arizona. We love our baseball, which is our Diamondbacks, but remember, we come from all over the place to live here, so we love to see our favorite baseball teams during their Spring Training. Right here in Phoenix/Scottsdale you can see many of your favorite players from the Chicago Cubs to the White Sox , just to name a few! Spring is the perfect time of year to come for a visit.

Cactus League, Phoenix Like A Local

3. They go to Old Town Scottsdale – Everyone loves to come to this western-themed town! This is where they shop in the art galleries, souvenir shops, and the trendy clothes and home furnishing shops. They eat all the delicious food in the high-end restaurants and play all night at the hip nightclubs, bars, and listen to the live music. But they also go to the Saturday Market to buy fresh veggies and walk around the park!

Az Hoop Dancers, Live Like A Local, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

Az Hoop Dancer in Scottsdale Park, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

4. They love the food – The culinary scene in Phoenix is on fire with amazing chefs scattered throughout the Valley for everything from fine dining, to trendy and hip, to sandwich shops to romantic hideaways, as well as food trucks. There are many hip scenes for valley local singles.

Zookz Sandwiches with an Edge, Photo by PointsandTravel.com, Phoenix Like A Local

Zookz Sandwiches with an Edge, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

Phoenix Like a Local, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, food, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

Phoenix Like a Local, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, SWB Restaurant, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

Phoenix Like a Local, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, food, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, SWB Restaurant, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

The Valley has everything you need to lick your chops or to plan the perfect date. I can easily recommend Zookz for lunch in central Phoenix, La Mariposa for romance, Crudo for drinks, Talavera for high-end cuisine. Postino’s and The Mission are just plain cool, but there are so many more that I love as well!

Steaks from Talavera, Four Seasons Scottsdale, Live Like A Local, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

Steaks from Talavera, Four Seasons Scottsdale, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

Talavera, Four Seasons Scottsdale, Photo by PointsandTravel.com, Phoenix Like A Local

Talavera, Four Seasons Scottsdale, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

Talavera, Four Seasons Scottsdale, Photo by PointsandTravel.com, Phoenix Like A Local

Talavera, Four Seasons Scottsdale, Photo by PointsandTravel.com

5.  They love to hike – They love all the mountains that surround our valleys, and so seeing the city from the top of the mountain is one of the things Phoenix singles love to do. You can take the Summit Trail all the way to the top of Piestew (Squaw) Peak for incredible views! Can you believe we get about 4,000 to 10,000 hikers per week on this very trail? Piestewa (Squaw) Peak goes to 2,612 feet, so once you make it, wave down below to me, because I live real close to this mountain. Also, I am sure you noticed that gorgeous rock-like mountain that is shaped like a camel with his humps that we so fondly refer to as the Camelback Mountain. It is much more strenuous a hike to the top of this one at 2,707 feet, so be prepared to hike and climb, as well as bring plenty of water. These are just two of our famous mountains right in the center of town.

Camelback Mountain, Photo by PointsandTravel.com, Phoenix Like A Local

Camelback Mountain, Photo by PointsandTravel.com,

To sum it up, these are things Phoenix singles do every day, since they live right here in the “Valley of the Sun.” When you come for a visit and you want to act like a single local Phoenician, now you know what you can do while you are here!

Need more information to decide?  Visit ScottsdaleCVB.com and Visit Phoenix.

Cacinda Maloney is an official Travelocity Gnational Gnomad. Gnational Gnomads is an exclusive group of high-profile travel and lifestyle experts who offer tips and inspiration on behalf of Travelocity. For more information on the Travelocity Gnomads visit travelocitygnomads.com.

 

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