Flashes of Romance in Arizona

Adam and I took a whirlwind trip to Arizona earlier in the month, and I'm finally getting around to posting about it! A family friend of Adam's was getting married in Scottsdale and so we decided to make a long weekend out of it and go on a little mini trip! We both desperately needed the sunshine after the constant rain here in Seattle and the change of landscape was nice! We flew out in the wee hours on Thursday morning, and arrived back in Seattle late Sunday night. Let's just say going to work on Monday was rough. 

We jam-packed those four days in Arizona with adventures, food and family. My Aunt and Uncle live in Scottsdale, and Adam's family flew in for the wedding, so we made sure to spend time with everyone. We also wanted a little time for just the two of us, and planned to spend a night in Sedona. We were going to be really ambitious and visit the Grand Canyon, but that will have to wait for another time.  

If you follow me on Instagram and watch my stories, you know both of us are pretty in love with our BMWs, and cars in general. As we stood waiting in line pick up our little economy rental car, we couldn't help but notice some much prettier, faster options that would make the three hour drive to Sedona a little more...well let's be honest, fun! After landing on the Corvette Stingray, we headed out of Phoenix, taking the scenic route to Sedona.

The only stop we made along the way was for lunch, and to wine taste in the picturesque hillside town of Jerome. This little town has a big history, supported in its heyday by rich copper mines, it was home to more than 10,000 people in the 1920s. It's more than 5,000 feet above sea level, and it really does feel like an old mining town. I'm pretty confident it's haunted. 

Caduceus Cellars is owned by Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan, and Adam was super excited to purchase one of his wines!

We only spent a grand total of eighteen hours in Sedona, most of which was spent sleeping! After arriving at our hotel, we quickly went to go secure our sunset viewing spot atop the hillside at a little place called Sky Ranch Lodge. I'd describe the amenities as summer-camp like, but the view from The Lookout is simply breathtaking. You feel like you're in a little secret garden in the hills. No wonder it's the perfect wedding venue. 

We got there two hours sunset, and grabbed a glass of wine (or three) at their Oasis Wine Bar. We basically had the entire lookout to ourselves until about fifteen minutes before sunset, when everyone flocked to the scene. 

I couldn't help but swoon over the rosebushes here. Their scent was oh so heavenly and they really set the sunset mood with the red rocks as their backdrop. 

No picture does this sunset justice, it was amazing how expansive the views were.

After sunset, we raced down the hillside for a late dinner across from our hotel at a place called the Cowboy Club, but not before I snapped this beautiful picture from our balcony at twilight. I love those rocks. I could stare at them forever. 

The following morning we woke up early to enjoy some sunshine on our deck, before making the trek to Scottsdale to join my Aunt and Uncle at their abode for some extreme relaxation for the next 24 hours. It was Cinco de Mayo, so after spending the afternoon poolside, we headed downtown in search of libations and entertainment!

I couldn't help but bring my little Spiked Cash bkr along for the trip! He blended in perfectly to the desert landscape!

My Aunt and Uncle took us to some amazing spots in Scottsdale, including Tonto Bar & Grill, which is right along the golf course. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon, and we sipped on drinks while watching a wedding rehearsal on the green. Everything on the menu sounded amazing, and I finally settled on the Penne Pasta – beef tenderloin tips, black beans, corn, tomatoes, red onions, mild red chili sauce & feta cheese. It was heaven, and also extremely filling for a hot Arizona day!

The final leg of our trip was spent with Adam's family in Carefree. Saturday evening we got all dolled up, headed to Troon North golf course, and joined in the wedding festivities. It was so nice getting to know more of Adam's family friends, who are really more like family.

One final stop on our trip was to Růže Cake House in the Arts District of Old Town Scottsdale. I had stumbled on their Instagram before we left and knew I had to stop in to see their gorgeous storefront before we left. How could I not visit somewhere that has a slogan like "Stop and Taste the Roses" in neon on their wall?! We picked up half a dozen macaroons to snack on at the airport, and I tried their prickly pear iced tea. We then joined Adam's family for a late lunch, and then cried all the way to the airport. Just kidding, but I do think I was extra whiny that we were leaving.

I can't wait to go on our next adventure in Arizona. While this trip was a blast, it was entirely too fast and super busy! Next time we go I definitely want to go on some hikes and spend more time relaxing by the pool. There's so much to see and do. Have you ever been to Arizona? What are some of your favorite stops?

xo