i’m so happy to be sharing some photos and also a video today from our trip to scottsdale, arizona a few weeks ago! we had such a fun time, and it’s definitely one of those experiences we will remember forever. when Fairmont reached out and asked to partner a few months ago, we were incredibly excited at the opportunity, because we have always heard such wonderful things about their properties and accommodations. i will admit that i was a little bit hesitant to leave new york city during the peak of my favorite holiday season where the festivities are just so good, but fortunately, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess most definitely knows how to do the holiday season right! i mean, they have 3 million christmas lights up around the property, so you know, they get it. ;) from the decor to the activities to the food, it was all wonderful. not to mention experiencing it all without having to be bundled up in winter attire, kind of a game changer. we really liked you, scottsdale!
a little video we made below and some photos from our trip….
so it might just be my kids, but right now, eleanor and samson love playing pretend pet shop, restaurant and hotel. i mean, they go through the whole process at least 20 times a day. “how long will you be staying with us?” samson will ask eleanor as they play. “um, 10 nights. and this is my baby,” pointing to conrad, “he’s staying with me, too.” samson will reply, “okay! here’s your room key!” and then they do it all over again, except this time conrad might be her dog and they might ask if there is a pool. sometimes i just quietly listen to them play together and laugh so hard inside. it’s hysterical. so anyway, it definitely made all of us beyond thrilled to see the little staircase at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess lobby where they were able to “check” themselves into the hotel all by themselves! such a cute idea, and a big hit with us.
a hotel that hands you a candied apple when you check in is the right hotel for me! love this snapshot of my people looking over a map and planning out what we’d do during our stay.
okay. so i have to make a really big deal about these lobster tacos from la hacienda at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. because you guys, BEST EVER. the homemade tortilla in and of itself was divine. i have not stopped thinking about them.
samson, showing off his muscles! and maybe it’s winter and a bit chilly to most locals in arizona….but to us east coasters, a heated pool and 75 degree weather in the middle of winter is heaven. we loved it!
thanks to all your suggestions on instagram, we loved stopping by the sugar bowl while we were in scottsdale! such a fun place! i neglected to get a photo, but we also can’t stop talking about bandera (which a few of you also suggested.) we loved their ribs and the homemade cornbread. it was delicious!
we checked out the butterfly wonderland exhibit in scottsdale during our stay. it’s currently the largest butterfly conservatory in the country and was extra fun for us because eleanor and samson have had some caterpillars here at home that just transformed into butterflies, so we have been studying up and learning all about them.
the gold chrysalis was so beautiful. i couldn’t get enough of them.
we were truly spoiled with a few fun surprise treats delivered to our room during our stay. josh and i were up late one night working on our computers when someone brought the prettiest cake pops to our room! i wish i would have gotten a photo of them, but they were all so good, because yes, i ate four of them.
we roasted, or attempted to roast marshmallows one night by the ice skating rink! s’mores are always a good idea.
another thank you to everyone who told us to check out la grande orange! the homemade english muffin seriously is worth the hype.
i was so impressed at how The Princess is able to maintain a legit ice rink on their property when it is so warm outside. we were able to take conrad out for a tiny and very slow lap around the rink when no one else was on the ice which was so much fun!
and these three jokesters playing a game of red light, green light on the ice!
that face, i mean! this is his ice skating racing position.
another experience from our trip i have not been able to stop talking about, was checking out scottsdale’s musical instrument museum. they have over 6,500 instruments on display from about 200 countries around the world, as well as an experience gallery where we were able to test out and play several instruments ourselves! you can see more of this in our video, but the entire museum blew me away.
samson took a liking to peppermint the penguin, who walked around The Princess grounds during the evenings. sometimes he’d see him across the way and call out, “hey pepper!” hahaha! the first time he did that i was literally crying from laughing. i love him so much. also, we enjoyed the fanciest meal at bourbon steak one evening where everything was delicious. a bonus of the meal was that conrad slept through the entire thing right beside me at the table!
the train to see the lights all around the property was exciting! we did it twice because there were so many fun lights to see and the kids loved the pirate ship made of lights below! (we’re really into peter pan and pirates right now.)
can’t get over the pretty palm trees wrapped in colorful lights!
my tiny artists, always coloring something!
the desert has grown on me a lot the last few years. so much of it is so beautiful.
i seriously am so grateful we were able to experience a little bit of scottsdale and make some festive holiday memories together. thank you to everyone at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess for making the trip so special. and thank you to Fairmont for partnering with us on this post! Fairmont has put together a magical memories package for you to experience christmas at The Princess 2015 if you are interested! more info here.
merry christmas, everyone!