Your Bachelorette Weekend in Scottsdale

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Kaili Fuller

  • Scottsdale

  • Bachelorette Party Destinations

  • City Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • Arizona

  • Girls Getaway

  • Entertainment

  • Nightlife

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Curator’s statement

Rapidly growing in popularity to host the most epic bachelorette party a girl could dream of, it is no wonder the city of Scottsdale is flooding with matching outfits and brides in white! The city where the sun is always shining, the vibes are always electric and the drinks are always flowing, there are few better places to spend your big weekend.

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Day 1: Arrive and explore town

Old Town is the historic district in Downtown Scottsdale.

Arrive in Scottsdale from wherever you are coming from and take this first day to settle in/get to know the area. After checking in to your accommodations, I recommend taking the time to stroll through the historic area of Old Town Scottsdale. This strip is a bit more laid back than the rest of Old Town and the perfect warmup for the weekend. Browse a multitude of different restaurants and quick bites while taking in the scenery!

Scottsdale is about a 20 minute drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor, give or take a few minutes depending on traffic during that time of day. If you are coming in from a different time zone, be weary that first day of letting your body adjust to the news hours you are set on! Getting behind from the get-go can make for a long and tiring trip. If you are heading into town during the warmer months of the year, or even the more mild ones, always remember to drink plenty of water! It is one of the most harped on tips for those visiting the desert, but factoring in all of the activities you will be cramming in as well as the possibility of alcohol, not drinking enough water will do you in faster than you think. Lastly, for those of you who are interested in hiking Camelback mountain as it is one of the area's most well known activities, be advised that it is NOT an easy feat! Try to go in the early morning to beat the sun, pack plenty of water, wear proper shoes and only go as far as you are comfortable with. However, if you do make it to the top, the view is unforgettable.

Day 2: Rent a poolside cabana

Olive & Ivy is an elegant Mediterranean restaurant.

Get your first full day started with brunch at Olive & Ivy. Located along the Arizona canal, the menu offers both breakfast and lunch along with a slew of cocktails including a "bottle and bar" option to pour your own mimosas at your table!

Next, head over to The W hotel, rent a cabana if you would like and spend the rest of your day poolside. Prices can vary on rentals throughout the year. If you opt out of renting, you can still access the pool and rooftop bar area!

After heading back to your accommodations to rest up and refresh, get back out on the down for dinner at Toca Madera. With Mexican cuisine that is to die for and plenty of tequila to go around, you will find yourself not wanting to leave!

Day 3: Desert activity

Explore Sonoran desert via ATV.

The best part of Scottsdale is being able to travel to the middle of the desert in under an hour to experience a completely different environment than the city. Spend your next day hiking or even exploring the Sonoran Desert via ATV tour. If you would prefer it, the pink jeep tour is another fantastic alternative.

The sun will likely take the energy out of the group. Take the rest of your day to chill back at your accommodations before getting ready to take on the night! Once everyone has recovered, make your way over to Culinary Dropout for a dinner option that has cuisine for all and a great atmosphere. The nightlife hotspot is just a quick walk (or $20 golf cart ride!) away. Dance the night away by getting a table at one of the top nightclubs in Old Town.

Day 4: Enjoy the nightlife

Lake Pleasant is the largest lake in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area.

While water is hard to come by in the middle of the desert, Lake Pleasant is a must-do experience when visiting Arizona. Rent a party boat for your last day and spend the afternoon dancing, sliding, and swimming in the refreshing water. They even have pink boats!

For one last hoorah, enjoy a quality dinner at Fat Ox before taking on the town again. If nightclubs are more up your alley than bars, head back to the row of them busting with action. If you are looking for more of a bar vibe, just a few blocks away you will find that scene including the notorious Hot Chick and Boondocks. To really add some fun to the night, consider taking a party bus from your accommodations to whatever bars you choose! Many of them are well connected with local nightlife and can even provide fast passes to skip the line and get inside quick.

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