Our hometown of Scottsdale is well-known throughout the world, providing a summer experience for travelers while also offering up world-class cuisine, a peek into the golden days of the Wild, Wild West, and being known as a shopping haven for everyone who finds their joy at the other end of a credit card. Today, we at I Love Scottsdale want to take a few moments from your day to discuss the benefits of retail therapy during your stay in “the West’s Most Western Town,” taking you on a tour of shops, stores, and boutiques that are destined to become your newest obsession. And when your credit card is wincing, your arms are aching from the weight of your packages, you will soon discover that coming home to our vacation sanctuaries is guaranteed to be the best way to rest, recuperate, and recharge for the next day’s shopping adventures.

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The Mall of Your Dreams

There once was a time when a visit to the mall made everything better, but with the advent of the internet, the world has turned to online stores to get in their shopping fixes, leaving the malls slowly dying, one by one. In Scottsdale, however, the online trend hasn’t affected the mall situation all that much, and the malls listed below are all perfect examples.

Kierland Commons, 15205 N Kierland Boulevard

There’s always something going on at Kierland Commons, an outdoor mall that feels like a small-town community. Offering special events that include holiday celebrations (pictures with Santa, Easter egg hunts with the Easter Bunny) and fine art and wine festivals, the restaurants attached to the mall will bring you joy. It’s the stores we want to discuss today, the places that welcome you with stylish clothing, creative art masterpieces, and every variety of merchandise that you can imagine. Offering 74+ stores that include your favorite places such as Crate & Barrel, Chanel, and Anthropologie, Kierland Commons springs from the desert landscape like a phoenix rising.

Scottsdale Quarter, 15279 N Scottsdale Road

A relative newcomer to the mall landscape, Scottsdale Quarter is another open-air mall that proves how important malls are to our souls. Established just 10 years ago, this is where we take our tiny toddlers to play on a hot summer’s day, as their splash pad never ceases to amaze. Offering a tech-infused mini golf experience at Puttshack, a movie theater playing all the latest releases, and some of the Valley’s most delicious restaurants, the Quarter is a popular date-night spot as well as a haven to shopping fashionistas who can’t live another day without exploring its fashion landscape. This is also the mall our teens frequent, offering shops they love, including Free People, Van’s, and Sephora.

Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 E Camelback Road

As malls all over the nation have slowly shut their doors, Scottsdale Fashion Square has thrived, offering new ways to shop for luxury items as well as making other towns scratch their heads in wonder. THIS is where the other half shops, featuring over two million square feet of shopping, dining, and entertainment space and offering more than 225 retailers. Learn your shopping ABCs by shopping at stores such as Armani, Burberry, and Cartier, and discover just how long it will take to cover the entire alphabet of shops and boutiques found here. (Probably more time than you have, but you will enjoy the effort, we promise!) Also featuring haute cuisine restaurants—Ocean 44 for seafood, Francine for French cuisine, and Tocaya Modern Mexican for an authentic taste of the town—Scottsdale Fashion Square will be the mall you only dreamed could exist.

Old Town Is Where It’s At

The malls aren’t the only place to shop in Scottsdale, not by a long shot, and for those of you who have chosen our I Love Scottsdale Old Town escapes for your vacation abodes, the shops listed below could very well be within walking distance. There are a lot of shops in this area—Old Town is home to over 320 retail shops and 84 galleries, after all! We will start with the shops that are close to most traveler’s hearts, the top souvenir stores in the area.

Chantelle Southwest Gifts, 7223 E Main Street

Offering a southwestern slant to your typical souvenirs, Chantelle Southwest Gifts is a colorful shop filled with fun things you won’t be able to resist. Shoppers can even purchase a cactus to take home with them, serving as a reminder of the fantastic times they had during their desert vacation.

The Purple Saguaro, 7121 E 5th Avenue

The gifts and souvenirs found in the Purple Saguaro are different than the stereotypical magnets and shot glasses travelers often purchase (you can get either of those at the shops in Sky Harbor International Airport) and can be wonderful gifts for those you left behind watering your plants, feeding your dogs, or gathering your mail. Many of the wares in this charming shop are art pieces created by local artists and will be a beautiful addition to your midwestern home.

Old Town Candy & Toys, 4000 N Scottsdale Road Suite 101-102

This next shop is definitely unique, one that we aren’t quite sure fits into the souvenir category, but we are placing it here anyway. Offering a trip back in time with its old school candies, toys, books, and games, they do offer a small souvenir section stocked with the standard shot glasses, magnets, and a variety of Arizona-themed items, we can assure you that the entire family will have a great time shopping here.

Southwestern Reflections, 7221 E 1st Avenue

Family owned and offering a stunning selection of Southwestern-themed gifts, Southwestern Reflections is known for their exquisite and one-of-a-kind gifts that will bring joy to whoever receives them. The family that runs this charming shop has been doing so for two generations, providing a much-loved continuity in the community.

The Boutiques You Will Love

Although everyone loves shopping, the fashion maven in your life will be thrilled to visit these charming boutiques, bringing back armloads full of the latest fashions. Scottsdale is known for its sense of style, and the shops listed below will never disappoint.

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Carmen on 5th, 7126 E 5th Avenue A

Scottsdale is famous for a lot of things, but it is generally not known as a discount town, which makes the low prices at Carmen on 5th a fantastic anomaly—but even better, the clothing inside is stylish as well. Also offering a selection of gifts, accessories, and décor items, this special shop should be placed at the top of your list.

FOMO-AZ, 7094 E 5th Avenue

Everyone suffers from a little bit of FOMO (fear of missing out), but you won’t be missing a thing when you visit FOMO on 5th Avenue in Old Town. Offering an intimate collection of women’s wear, the clothing offered here could grace the pages of the latest fashion magazines and includes colorful baby doll dresses, rompers, and silky gowns that look even better worn than they do on the hanger.

Garage Boutique & Concept Store, 7144 E Stetson Drive #110

All the best dressed kids of Scottsdale start their shopping experiences with a visit to Garage Boutique & Concept Store, featuring high style clothing from the most prestigious design houses. Also offering clothing for young adult women as well, this store is a must-visit; just be sure you have room in your luggage, because once you see all they have to offer, you will NEED to add the clothing to your collection.

Old Town Gypsy, 3950 N Brown Avenue

Selling handmade designer clothing, home décor, and a selection of gifts that anyone would be thrilled to receive, Old Town Gypsy offers a funky flair that will speak loudly to the deeply buried gypsy in your soul. The shop is cozy, but is filled to the brim with lovely items, ensuring that you will need to take more than a few minutes examining all they sell.

All That Glitters

The best souvenirs are the ones that are shiny and glittery, and the jewelry stores of Scottsdale offer a peek into how the other half lives. Our silver stores are an authentic reflection of our southwestern region and are plentiful in the Old Town area, but there are also shops selling precious and semi-precious gems as well as gold jewelry, and your jewelry box will appreciate the boost of ice you provide it.

Silver Star Jewelry, 7257 E 1st Avenue

Since the Native Americans who were the original settlers of the Southwest were first introduced to the beauty and style of silver in the 1600s, they have taken the art as their own, raising the creation of silver jewelry to new levels of wonderful, and Silver Star Jewelry offers an excellent representation of the art. Specializing in Native American and Southwestern pieces, this is a great spot to purchase turquoise, they also sell fashion jewelry, local art, and a variety of other jewelry pieces.

J. Eriksson Jewelers, 7041 E 1st Avenue

For over 50 years, J. Eriksson has been the place to visit when seeking unique jewelry, and if you are thinking of using your upcoming Arizona vacation to ask the biggest question of your life, this shop would be the perfect spot to purchase the accompanying piece of jewelry. Designing jewelry for over 50 years in Old Town Scottsdale, everything they sell is made on the premises.

Native Traditions, 7233 E Main Street B

The last of our Old Town jewelry shops, Native Traditions, specializes in the art of silver and turquoise, offering a distinctly Arizonan vibe that will serve as beautiful souvenirs of your Southwest adventures. Also selling a selection of locally created art, Native Traditions provides the perfect transition into our next selection of shops in Old Town.

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The Art of Arizona

You may have noticed some of the art that decorates the walls and shelves of your I Love Scottsdale sanctuary, perhaps falling in love with some of the more colorful pieces. We can’t offer any of that art for sale, but we can direct you to the local galleries where we and our owners have done a large majority of our shopping. The shops below are some of our favorites, but if you happen to be wandering along the sidewalks of Old Town Scottsdale and see a gallery that isn’t on our list but captures your eye, please be sure to go in. The artists of Arizona are all a talented bunch, and you may find the perfect masterpiece for your home.

Cowboy Legacy Gallery, 7077 E Main Street #10

Offering the largest selection of cowboy art and artifacts, it only seems appropriate that you purchase cowboy art in the “West’s Most Western Town.”. Their emphasis is on Western landscapes, but they also offer Western saddles, pottery, and bronze statues.

Esses Rare Objects d’ Art, 7169 E Main Street #4315

Specializing in 19th century fine arts and antiques, we at I Love Scottsdale can spend hours in the and never have the same experience twice. Esses Rare Objects d’ Art is always on the hunt for new—er, old—pieces to line their shelves, and your visit will never fail to fascinate.

King Galleries, 7077 E Main Street #17-20

The Native American art sold at King Galleries comes from all over the Southwest, as they offer another gallery located in the heart of Santa Fe. They sell classic pieces that may include wedding vases, paintings, and sculpture pieces that will add color to your life.

The Comfort of Home

After a day spent exploring the shops of Scottsdale, coming home to the comforts of our I Love Scottsdale vacation sanctuaries will be a welcome relief to your tired feet and aching arms. Kick off your shoes and sink into the depths of our plush sofas, soothe your tired muscles by soaking in hot tubs on the deck, and sleep deep in our cloud soft beds, waking every morning ready for a new day of shopping adventures. Reserve your favorite property with us today!

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Did you know that Scottsdale has about 330 days of sunshine every year? Our sunny weather is one of many reasons you may have had for choosing a Scottsdale vacation. When you visit, chances are you will be wanting to be outside as much as possible, especially if your own hometown is known for gray skies, cold weather, and lots of rain. When you choose our Scottsdale sanctuaries to stay in during your Arizona trip of a lifetime, this guide to outdoor adventures will help you fill all the moments with fun, sun, and excitement!

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Seasons of the Sun

There are more outdoor adventures our guests can enjoy than we probably have time to write about, and if we just started listing them all, chances are, some would get lost in the crowd. Additionally, although we are famous for sunshine, we are also famous for scorching hot summers, and we would hate to mislead you; some adventures just aren’t safe to participate in when the mercury reaches triple digits. With that being said, this guide to all the fun you can have under the sun (your outdoor adventures) will be divided into seasons, and although it would seem logical to start with the first season of the year, we are going to start during the time of year when indoor activities are best, the summer months.

Summer Is for Air Conditioning

Summer generally starts in May in Arizona, with the first 100-degree days occurring somewhere around the 11th, so if you are planning a Memorial Day getaway to the desert, pack your sunscreen, and remember, it’s a dry heat! Fortunately, even as the mercury is climbing, May is still pretty awesome, and if you rent one of our I Love Scottsdale vacation rentals with a pool, you will do absolutely fine. Here are some ideas on how to fill your summer months in Scottsdale.

Arizona Balloon Safaris, (480) 502-7640

The beauty of Scottsdale will be appreciated even more when enjoyed from the basket of a hot air balloon, and our May visitors will be able to experience a Sunrise Balloon Tour on any day. Hot air ballooning is best in the warmer months, and tours can be taken on weekends in July and August. These tours are also the perfect time to ask any burning questions that may be in your mind—you know, the kind that are usually accompanied by a piece of shiny jewelry?

McDonald’s Ranch Horseback Rides, 26540 N Scottsdale Road

As you visit the “West’s Most Western Town,” it only seems appropriate that you participate in an authentic cowboy experience, that of a horseback trail ride. This is actually a year-round adventure, but in the summer months, the trail rides will only take place at sunrise or sunset. Early rising is a must for playing outdoors in the hottest months of summer, but when you are ambling through the Sonoran Desert astride a gentle steed, we don’t think you will mind the early hours.

Watch the Diamondbacks Play from Chase Field, 401 E Jefferson Street in Phoenix

Ok, this next adventure is technically a PHOENIX outdoor adventure, but the ballpark is only 12.5 miles from Old Town Scottsdale, and the stadium features a retractable dome roof while also offering air conditioning. Could there be any finer way to celebrate the season than by watching the boys of summer play their hearts out? We don’t think so!

Family Barbecue, Poolside in Your I Love Scottsdale Vacation Sanctuary

We did mention the importance of a pool as the temperatures rise, and even as you may be adding heat to the fire while grilling your favorite meats, being able to jump into the crystal-clear waters of a pool will help keep your core temperature down to a manageable and enjoyable level!

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Fall Starts Late in the Desert

Sometimes it can be frustrating for our hometown desert dwellers to be watching commercials for sweaters and bonfires and then we walk outside to temps that are still in the triple digits, but our visitors from colder climates heartily approve of the extended summer vibe! What little humidity that has hung around during monsoon season, however, will have drifted away, and when the sun sets, the evenings truly begin to feel wonderful, and these outdoor adventures are designed to make the most out of the shorter and cooler days of fall.

Chaparral Park, 5401 Hayden Road

Chaparral Park consumes some 100 acres of desert landscape and includes a 10-acre lake that is stocked with fish twice a month, ensuring your fishing adventures will be successful ones. Stocked with trout from October through March and catfish from April to July and September and October, there is no better way to celebrate the sun and a dream Arizona vacation than by spending a few precious hours pitting your wits against hungry fish. There are limits to what you can bring home, and fishing licenses must be obtained for anglers 10 and up, but we can promise that a good time will still be had. Also offering a dog park, if you have chosen one of our pet friendly rentals, the park is a great place to help your sweet fur baby release any excess energy.

Troon North Golf Club, 10320 E Dynamite Boulevard

As the season progresses, dreams of long days spent on the green grass of any of our Scottsdale courses will come true. Troon North, of course, offers the penultimate in golf adventures, and as you zip around the immaculately groomed landscape, the Sonoran Desert will offer a ruggedly beautiful backdrop to your favorite sport. With two courses to choose from, Monument and Pinnacle, the only thing better than spending the day chasing that dimpled white ball around will be bragging about the hole in one you scored at the Dynamite Grill at the end of play. Just be warned, tradition has it that whoever hits a hole in one has to buy drinks for everyone, so maybe it won’t be a bad thing to not play so well!

Saguaro Lake Marina, 14011 N Bush Highway

As summer extends into fall, boating on Saguaro Lake can be one of the activities that brings you the most joy during your fall getaway in Scottsdale. Technically, this lake resides within the city limits of Mesa, but the road trip takes visitors through some of the area’s most beautiful landscapes, and although there are more than a few boat rental places in the area, you will probably appreciate not having to maneuver a trailer and boat around hairpin curves in the mountainous terrain that leads to the lake. The Marina offers rentals year-round and is open 7 days a week from 8:30 AM until 4 PM. Spend your day fishing, waterskiing, or just relaxing in the serenity that accompanies all large bodies of water and when you are hungry, dock your boat in front of Shiprock Restaurant, enjoying stunning views with your burger and fries!

A Winter Wonderland

When you first experience Scottsdale in the winter, you will rethink the term winter wonderland altogether. With daylight temps ranging between 60 to 80 degrees, depending how late in the season you visit, you will want every adventure to be an outdoor one. Don’t be surprised if you happen to see that some of our deciduous trees are finally turning fall colors, even in the middle of winter, because just like fall, winter also arrives late. This next list of outdoor adventures are destined to be the ones you will wish never had to end.

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Time for a Hike

The sun is shining, and the temperatures are practically perfect, which means that it is time to hit the hiking trails. Whether you are exploring the trails of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve or are looking forward to conquering the challenging Camelback Mountain (You won’t have trouble recognizing which mountain is Camelback; it’s the one that looks like a camel resting under the desert sun!), there really is no better way to fall in love with the beauty of the Scottsdale landscape than with a nice long hike on a perfect winter day.

Topgolf Scottsdale, 9500 Talking Stick Way

Don’t have the time to spend the entire day on the courses of Scottsdale? Topgolf combines the fun of a sports bar with the thrill of hitting a golf bar and is a great date night option. (Date nights can be enjoyed on vacations too, you know!) Offering a full bar and restaurant, hanging out here will be a highlight of your Arizona adventures. And if it’s raining? Unless there is a major winter storm with lightning and high winds, you can safely play as badly needed rains soak the arid desert landscape. FYI, this high-tech golf game is addictive, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself returning more than once.

Phoenix Waste Management Open, TPC Scottsdale, 17020 Hayden Road

Not all adventures have to be ones in which you participate. Consider watching from the sidelines as your favorite golfers play for the win! The Phoenix Waste Management Open is a PGA event that takes place in Scottsdale every year, generally right around the Super Bowl, and as you follow the professionals through the most beautiful landscape in the state, be sure to spend some time at the 16th hole, perhaps the rowdiest hole in the entire PGA. This was where Tiger Woods made a hole in one back in 1997. The crowds went wild and have stayed wild even as nearly 25 years have passed since that fateful shot.

When It’s Springtime in Arizona

As we grow ever closer to the end of our Arizona outdoor adventures list, we have to tell you that spring is probably our favorite season of all. This is another perfect time to hike along the trails that are so popular in the winter months, checking out a desert that is full of color as the wildflowers bloom wildly. Even the cacti that we are famous for will bloom, with the saguaro’s bloom (our state flower) presenting a cheerful white contrast to the green structure, the barrel cactus offering a variety of colors, and the prickly pear also providing a variety of colors as well as a fruit that is used in margaritas, candies, and a variety of other sweet treats.

Desert Biking

Beautiful days and miles of trails make mountain biking a popular winter and spring sport, and since we doubt you have carried your own mountain bike in your luggage, a visit to REI Co-op Adventure Center Arizona will solve your problem, allowing you to rent a bike and the equipment you need to stay safe. Located at 17465 N 93rd Street, they also offer tours for those who are unsure about exploring bike trails alone. If you are venturing out into the desert by yourself, they can also provide maps to trails such as the Corral Loop at Brown’s Ranch and Granite Mountain from 136th Street Trail.

Cactus League Spring Training

Spring Training is a big deal in the Phoenix area, and the Cactus League is home to 15 Major League Baseball teams, playing in 10 different stadiums all over the valley. The Arizona Diamondbacks are our hometown heroes, but other major teams, including the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds, make the Valley of the Sun their springtime home.

All the Adventures Start and Finish with I Love Scottsdale

There aren’t enough words to describe all the things you can do during your Scottsdale getaway, no matter what season you are planning on being in Arizona. All the adventures you can enjoy, however, will start and finish in the most comfortable of ways when you choose I Love Scottsdale for your Arizona abode. Reserve your favorite sanctuary today!

Scottsdale, Arizona, is a desert city known for its outdoor activities, hot weather, sunshine-filled summers, and historic downtown area. With tons of cultural attractions to see during your holiday, it is no wonder tourists flock here all year round to enjoy the buildings from the 19th century, interesting architecture, eye-catching rock formations, and a desert landscape.

But where should you stay if you want to come to Arizona for a romantic getaway? What if you and your family want to go on a Scottsdale vacation for a one-week outdoor adventure? We have the perfect accommodation options for you, no matter the price range or size preferences, including during the Scottsdale winter season!

Scottsdale Vacation Rentals

Looking For a house with a backyard pool? What about a remote oasis for you to relax? We have got you covered! Check out these housing options for your upcoming trip to Scottsdale.

Scottsdale Sweet Escape

With the capacity to comfortably hold ten guests, this house is ideal for those who want to hold a family reunion, friend get-together, or big party for their close family. With four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a backyard pool, this family-friendly house in Scottsdale is great for catching some sun, relaxing, and making Scottsdale your new home for a few weeks.

Scottsdale Ashley’s Place

With extensive views, palm trees, a modern stone exterior, a backyard pool, and all necessary amenities, this luxurious home is the perfect Scottsdale vacation home for 12 guests — including pets! Featuring four bedrooms and three bathrooms, this new-age home contains 2,209 square feet, smart TV, backyard access, steel appliances, dining room seating for six guests, an en suite bathroom in the master bedroom, and built-in gas barbeque.

The Scottsdale Elegant Oasis

If elegance and luxury are what you are looking for, then check out this home in the Scottsdale – Kierland area. With enough space to comfortably hold six guests, this two-bedroom, two-bathroom house has a modern living room, smart TV, shared outdoor pool, and hot tub for relaxing on a hot summer day.

Scottsdale Paradise

Looking for paradise on your holiday? Then why not try Scottsdale Paradise? This home in Scottsdale – Kierland can hold eight guests comfortably, featuring three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Located in the quiet Kierland Commons area, there are tons to do here without being in the middle of the hubbub of city life. For those who want to relax on their holiday, but be close to all of the local amenities, this is the place to be.

Plus, you can enjoy the updated amenities, modern interior space, high ceilings, and outdoor area. The living room offers a comfortable seating area and smart TV, whereas the dining area has plenty of seating and natural light for all of your guests.

Since you are within 10 miles of Old Town Scottsdale and Scottsdale Waterfront, this is the ideal area to center yourself. Not To mention, you are close to Echo Canyon Trailhead!

Scottsdale Soak Up the Elements

For a huge party or family reunion, there is no better place than this expansive house. With enough space to hold fourteen guests, this four-bedroom, two-bathroom, and 1-half bathroom home have a huge outdoor area, tons of square footage, and a private pool.

With over 2,000 square feet of living space, guests can enjoy the modern contemporary furnishings in the living room, 65″ smart TV, stainless steel kitchen appliances, bar seating, family dining style table, and luxurious bedrooms. The master bedroom has its own 55″ smart TV, private access to the pool and patio, and contemporary shower.

Did we mention the pool is heated? This means that you can head here during the Scottsdale winter for some peaceful laps in the pool Plus, the outdoor spaces are ideal for a vacation all year round!

Scottsdale Dream Estate

For a luxurious and opulent mansion suitable for huge family get-togethers and friend reunions, this accommodation is perfect. With enough space to fit 20 guests, this six-bedroom and four-bathroom option contain a backyard light pole, plenty of outdoor seating, expansive outdoor grounds for exploring, modern amenities, and much more.

Featuring over 3,800 square feet, an outdoor shower, vaulted ceilings, luxury amenities, and tons of space for everyone to enjoy their own relaxing time, this is the ideal place for a large group retreat. You can enjoy cooking in the kitchen with stainless steel appliances, relaxing in the living room with the 75″ smart TV and Apple TV, and talking about your day with everyone in the dining room.

Not sure where to stay during your upcoming holiday to the sunny and outdoor-center Scottsdale, Arizona? Don’t worry — we have the answer for you.

Instead of browsing online for days and days, only to book a small hotel room, we recommend using I Love Scottsdale to find the perfect accommodation option for you and your friends or family. Whether you need a mansion for your family reunion or a smaller house for you and your children, there are choices for everyone.