There’s nothing like fall in Scottsdale! With the weather starting to cool off after our 100+ degree summers (but still warm enough to enjoy our pools by day and fire pits by night), we are definitely welcoming a change of season. This year’s fall activities may be looking a bit different than previous years, but that’s not to say that you can’t have a fun and exciting fall. With rental homes that are loaded with luxurious amenities including pools, spas, fire pits, pool tables, and volleyball courts, you might not even want to leave the vacation home — but when you do, be sure to check out some of Scottsdale’s best (safe and socially distant) fall activities.
Fall Foliage Hikes
From easy and picturesque trails that are perfect for capturing Instagram-worthy photos to challenging hikes that are sure to work up a sweat, Scottsdale has plenty of stunning fall hikes. Just two hours north of Scottsdale, Inner Basin Trail offers one-of-a-kind views of striking fall foliage that are begging for photo ops. The Lost Dog Wash Trail in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve is a 4.4-mile loop perfect for beginner or moderate hikers. The trail is known for its wildflowers in the spring and distinctively Southwestern vistas year-round. A more difficult trail, Tom’s Thumb Trail is a scenic hike of more than 1,300 feet of elevation and 2.5 miles through giant boulders that offers unique views of both the McDowell Mountains and urban Phoenix. Whichever hike you choose, you are sure to get a taste of the one-of-a-kind desert views that make Scottsdale so special.
Breweries and Wineries
Whether you’re more of a beer person or a wine aficionado, Scottsdale has got you covered! Sunny Scottsdale is home to an under-rated craft beer scene as well as several chic wineries and tasting rooms. Visit Goldwater Brewing Co. to try their Arizona-inspired craft brews made with cactus and other desert botanicals or try some local pale ales and a wood-fired pizza at CraftBeer.com’s “Best Beer in Arizona”, Scottsdale’s own Fate Brewing Co. Alternatively, you could spend a warm fall evening sipping local wine on an outdoor patio. Sample flights of handcrafted wines at LDV Winery or check out the $5 glasses of wine happy hour deals and trendy appetizers at Postino.
Fall Restaurant Week
Another great opportunity to sit patio-side while sampling some of Scottsdale’s best local gems, Arizona Restaurant Week will be happening September 18 – 27! Over 70 participating restaurants will be serving up delicious three-course, prix-fixe dinners at affordable prices. Restaurants range from casual Southwestern staples to up-scale five-star dining. Check out the full list of participating restaurants here. You can even opt for take-out and bring your meal back to your resort and enjoy it pool-side!
Visit Local Farmers Markets
Nothing says “fall” quite like fresh local produce from the farmers’ market. Peruse the 100+ local vendors of the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market and shop for market staples and seasonal specialties such as cider, apples, artisan cheeses, fresh baked breads, jams, and so much more. All of our rental homes at Scottsdale Stays include a fully equipped kitchen, so if you are tempted by all of the fresh produce you can get cooking! The Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market reopens for the fall on October 3rd.
Visit Saguaro Lake
While the weather will be cooling down a bit by Arizona standards, it will still be pretty hot! Cool off with a visit to Saguaro Lake. In addition to typical water activities such as boating, kayaking, sailing, waterskiing, and swimming, the lake also offers riverboat tours and scenic hiking trails. For a unique combination of exploring the rugged desert and enjoying the tranquil lake, a day trip to Saguaro Lake is just what you need to properly explore Arizona in the fall!
With plenty to do both at the resort and beyond, a fall getaway to Scottsdale is just what you need! Warm days and mild evenings call for plenty of outdoor dining, strolling, and lounging. Book your stay with Scottsdale Stays today and get ready to have a fall trip that your family will love!Tags: arizona, fall, fall activities, scottsdale
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