Day one: Stylish accommodations
Book yourself into the Hotel Valley Ho, a contemporary oasis of mid-century cool in the centre of Downtown Scottsdale. Built in 1956, the hotel has played host to a number of celebrity guests (Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood had their first wedding reception here) who have frolicked among the pools and palm trees. Refurbished in 2005, the hotel reopened with the addition of a restaurant, spa and event venues.
Satisfy your sweet tooth
Start your stay with a meal at ZuZu, the hotel’s seriously stylish eatery. I had strawberry waffles served with balsamic syrup and whipped mascarpone. Yum!
Experience the city’s downtown
Take the rest of the day to stroll through Scottsdale’s downtown district, filled with boutique shops, an entire street of art galleries, a working livery and restaurants both casual and fancy. Have a beer – or better yet, a glass of the Awesome Possum punch (pictured), made with bourbon, lemon juice, peach nectar and mint – by the outdoor fireplace at The Montauk.