Every time I go to visit my parents in Mesa, AZ, I always want to spend a day in Scottsdale.
I am always surprised at how much space there is in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. Everything is so spread out compared to Seattle, which is squeezed between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington and then there’s a mountain range to the west so even suburbia is squished.
Maybe it’s because of where in Mesa my parents live, but there really isn’t a spot that I’ve found where there are lots of shops and restaurants like Scottsdale, so I usually insist spending part of a day up there.
There are some cute boutiques tucked away and along the main road, there are lots of food options with plenty of patio space. I just can’t turn down lunch on the patio in the sunshine, which is a rare treat in the Seattle area. Usually in Seattle patios are small, if they exist, and are packed full on a warm spring or summer day.
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There are so many great spots for outfit of the day shots (which I’m always on the lookout for) it’s just terrible timing on my part that we wind up in Scottsdale when the sun is at its highest and therefore casting terrible shadows for any photos I want to take.
I found a little area tucked away near the canal trail however, just south of Fashion Square with a pretty yellow wall, and my mom played photographer for a bit before we headed further south into Old Town Scottsdale for lunch at the Salty Senorita and some more wandering around.
There are quite a few art galleries and museums peppered throughout the Downtown Scottsdale area.The relatively close proximity of these with so many shops, restaurants is why this is one of my favorite areas to visit and a must stop area if you’re around Phoenix.