Planning an epic bachelorette party for the books? From trendy hotels and delicious dining options to vibrant nightlife and daytime festivities, Scottsdale has it all...and then some. Plus, it’s just 15-minutes away from the Phoenix airport, which makes transportation a breeze. Between everything there is to eat, see, drink, and do—not to mention all the glorious sunshine—it’s no surprise that Scottsdale is joining the ranks of Vegas and Austin as a top bachelorette destination west of the Mississipi. If you’re looking for an unforgettable bachelorette bash, “The West's Most Western Town” is one locale that won't disappoint.
Where to Stay
From posh, mountain view resorts—with immaculate gardens, spas, and driving ranges—to more modest, centrally located spots, Scottsdale is full of fabulous accommodations. And did we mention spacious rooms? So forget trying to cram into a tiny space. No matter your budget, there's no shortage of terrific options to pique your interest.
The Saguaro and the W Scottsdale—both in Old Town—offer super chic and contemporary guestrooms. Plus, they have great pools and easy access to the best clubs, bars, and restaurants. If you’re trying to stick to a budget, Aloft Scottsdale and Hilton Garden Inn Old Town are more affordable—and equally convenient—choices.
Looking for an ultra-luxurious resort experience and a bit more serenity? Old Town isn’t the only place to stay. Nestled in Camelback Mountain, you'll find The Phoenician and Sanctuary—both of which are easily accessible by trails and just a 10-minute cab ride away from downtown.
Where to Eat
After a long day of hiking or R&R (no judgment here), you’re bound to work up an appetite. Beyond Southwestern fare, Scottsdale boasts a diverse food scene that's sure to satisfy your tastebuds.
Topping our list of trendy reservation spots is SumoMaya, which serves up Mexican-Asian fusion fare in a lively atmosphere. Meanwhile, modern Latin cuisine, craft tequila cocktails, and a large outdoor terrace make The Mission a popular option for a boozy group dinner.
If a mimosa-filled brunch is more your speed, there are plenty of egg-cellent eateries (pun intended) to check out. The mega mimosas aren't the only reason to visit Hash Kitchen—the s'mores pancakes, chilaquiles, and carnitas hash are just as delectable as they sound. In the mood for a taste of the east coast? The Montauk, a beach-inspired lounge and restaurant, not only serves up both warm and cold lobsters rolls, but they make a brilliant Bloody Mary.
By Sunday, you may be feeling the side effects from a booze-filled weekend, which means it’s the perfect time to check out the seasonal menu at True Food Kitchen. Nab a table on the outdoor patio and nourish your party-ravaged body with nutrient-rich dishes, like the vegan chorizo bowl and garden scramble. And be sure to wash it down with a pomegranate chia limeade or wellness shot. If you’re still thirsty for an adult beverage, try an antioxidant mimosa or a glass of organic wine.
Where to Party
The New York Times dubbed downtown Scottsdale "a desert version of Miami's South Beach," and for good reason. Dance and drink the night (and day) away at one of the city's buzz-worthy nightlife spots—many of which offer special bachelorette party packages.
If you love to day drink, DO party it up before the sun goes down. May we suggest booking a poolside cabana or daybed? Maya Day & Nightclub is famed for its massive Vegas-style pool parties, with some of the biggest DJs spinning tunes until the wee hours of the morning. Every Friday through Sunday, from 12-6 p.m., the iconic pool at the W Scottsdale turns into party central. The Scottsdale Party Bike, where you can drink while also getting a little exercise in, is a popular activity amongst bachelorette parties of all sizes. Smaller groups can book individual seats on the Old Town Pub Crawl—during which you'll visit three of Old Town's most beloved pubs—while big bashes can rent the entire party bike (accommodates up to 15 people). Lastly, calling all beer connoisseurs. Brat Haus has an outdoor beer garden, so you can enjoy the weather while sipping on your favorite brew.
When it comes to late-night partying, the after-hours scene in Old Town is buzzing, err bumping. The Downtown Trolley, a free service, will take you anywhere in the downtown area. Once you've hit the main strip, you can conveniently walk from one bustling spot to another. Whiskey Row wins for its country tunes and full bar, stocked with none other than whiskey, of course. Citizen Public House and Second Story Liquor Bar score points for their specialty craft cocktails. If a swanky lounge is more your speed, hit up The Beverly (formerly Mabel's On Main) or the Living Room at the W Scottsdale. Or order a few bottles of vino at Kazimierz Wine & Whiskey Bar.
What to Do
Outdoorsy groups could spend an entire day exploring the myriad of trails found on the renowned Camelback Mountain. If you have some time to spare, consider a day trip to the Grand Canyon (it's just shy of four hours away by car) or take advantage of the many exhibitions, walking paths, events, and concerts that the Desert Botanical Garden has to offer. Enjoy golfing? Be sure to check out one of Scottsdale's resort-worthy courses. If you're looking to shop 'til you drop, Scottsdale Fashion Square is home to hundreds of upscale stores, including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Sephora.
After you’ve hiked, shopped, and boozed, why not treat yourself to a pampering sesh at one of Scottsdale’s luxury spas? Say goodbye to stress at Well & Being Spa, a haven of tranquility that offers everything from a soothing 90-minute massage to aerial yoga. While the Moroccan-influenced Joya Spa is well-known for its blend of Ayurvedic and New Age practices, the eastern-inspired Sanctuary Spa boasts a meditation garden and reiki treatments. After a day of facials, tranquility, and cucumber water, you’re sure to leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.