Wednesday, October 18, 2017

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: Scottsdale Vacation Recap

Our trip to Scottsdale was wonderful! We had such a great time relaxing, catching up with each other (sometimes I swear it feels like we're two ships passing in the night) and celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary -- lucky #7! 


+ My in-law's came over bright and early Friday morning to watch the boys until my mom could drive up to stay with them for the weekend. And about 45 minutes after we left, we got a call from my mother-in-law, who said Knox had gotten sick. So of course I was worried half to death and hated that I wasn't there for my baby when he wasn't feeling well -- and of course felt awful that I left my mother-in-law and mom with a stomach virus going around. I honestly wasn't really able to relax until Saturday morning, but that's okay. We are so thankful for parents who are willing to watch our kiddos and love on them like we would, and take them to the doctor and clean and sanitize my house! (Thankfully my mom said Knox was fever- and sickness-free by Saturday morning.) 

+ We headed to the airport and flew out to Scottsdale! We rented a car and drove straight to lunch at The Mission in Old Town Scottsdale. We get really good Tex-Mex here in Dallas, but we wanted some delicious Southwestern/Latin food while we were in Arizona, and this place didn't disappoint! We ate on the patio and shared the tableside guacamole; I got the crispy rock shrimp tacos and a blood orange margarita; and Brandon got the pork shoulder tacos and a Primarita margarita. 

+ After lunch, we explored Old Town Scottsdale for a bit and enjoyed popping in and out of shops and picked up a couple of souvenirs for the boys and ourselves. 

+ We then drove to our hotel, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch. The pictures don't do it justice; it was a gorgeous hotel with beautiful views and was all around just a great place to stay. The staff was wonderful, the hotel was super quiet, and the views were spectacular. 

+ We checked in and were welcomed with champagne and chocolates as a special anniversary surprise -- a great touch! 

+ We took advantage of the amazing weather and went to the pool for a bit. 

+ We had plans to go out for dinner, but we were so tired that we grabbed dinner at one of the hotel restaurants, Alto. We shared the arancini, Brandon got the gnocchi and I got the filet mignon. It was good! 

+ That night we were totally and completely zonked and just enjoyed sleeping and not having to wake up to any alarm clocks -- or kiddos running in with their alarm clock yelling, "It's green! It's green!" ;) 


+ We had a delicious breakfast at Arcadia Farms Café, which was so cute, so intimate and absolutely delicious. Everything on the menu uses locally grown ingredients, which we both thought was neat. The service was a bit spotty, but the food was so delicious! We both had coffee and a mimosa, and then I ordered the wild mushroom and chive omelet with goat cheese and fresh herbs, and Brandon ordered the black bean omelet with avocado, roasted peppers and goat cheese. 

+ After breakfast, we hiked the Cholla Trail at Camelback Mountain! The views at the top were unbelievable. So beautiful! (And yes, it was totally harder than it looks!) 

+ We headed back to our resort for a couple's massage and a facial at Spa Avania, which were heavenly. Absolutely divine! It was so nice to relax for a couple of hours and be pampered. We loved it! The spa was so pretty and the staff couldn't have been better, and I'd venture to say it was probably the best spa I've ever been to. 

+ After our spa, we went to dinner at FnB, mother locally-sourced restaurant with a menu that changes seasonally -- sometimes daily! We had a yummy falafel starter, then I ordered a delicious chicken dish and a glass of local wine and Brandon had an awesome pork dish, as well as a local cider. It was a great atmosphere, too. 


+ We got up super early to head to the airport for an early flight home to our babies! It was so good to get away, but of course, so good to see those precious boys. Thankfully, Brandon took off on Monday and we had some family time that day, too. 

Linking up with Jenn and Jessi 


  1. such a fun trip away! I'm so glad that Knox was better the next day and no one else has gotten it. Scottsdale is definitely on my list of places to want to visit!

  2. So many awesome pictures to document your amazing anniversary trip! They make me want to escape there (we almost went there for our babymoon!) I'm glad you guys got to sleep in and have some quality time together :)

  3. Oh my heavens take me to that first restaurant right this second! YUM! So happy y'all had a great trip and I loved seeing these pictures! (Glad little bit recovered quickly too!)

  4. What a fun weekend! We're trying to sneak in a last minute fall trip too. Sometimes a few days away is just what the doctor ordered! Scottsdale seems like a beautiful and relaxing place!

  5. What an amazing getaway! When we lived in Arizona (prior to babies), we just loved our trips to Scottsdale. If you ever get a chance, try the Fairmont Scottsdale's divine! Your hotel looked stunning, too!

  6. What an amazing, relaxing weekend!! So glad y'all got to get away for your anniversary (poor Knox but bless mom's for taking care of sickness!) and I loved your pictures!!

  7. Oh man, what a stressful start to the trip leaving sick babies!! SO hard! But looks like it was a beautiful getaway and you two totally deserve it! Happy Anniversary!! :)

  8. Oh my gosh so much good food! That spa sounds heavenly! So glad y'all could get away!

  9. This looks like an absolutely wonderful trip! The views out there are gorgeous. Happy Anniversary!


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