5 Things to Do in Scottsdale This Weekend

October 8, 2020 Vacation Rental Insider Destinations | Travelers

Enjoy a wide selection of world class golf courses in the Scottsdale area.


Unfortunately, Covid-19 has put a damper on many Scottsdale-area activities. Pastimes like watching live sports, seeing a movie in a theater, and attending Phoenix Symphony concerts are still a no-go. Though many live events and recreational activities are temporarily closed, we’ve compiled five fun, stress-free and safe things to do in Scottsdale.


Hike Camelback Mountain 


Camelback Mountain is one of the highest peaks in Phoenix and certainly one of the most beautiful hiking spots in the city. The dramatic mountain offers spectacular views of Phoenix and has some lovely neighborhoods with beautiful surrounding homes. The 2,700 foot peak can be reached from Echo Canyon Trail, which is 1.2 miles long and is steep, but incredibly scenic. Cholla Trail on the eastside of Camelback Mountain offers a more gradual incline, but still boasts great views. If you’re searching for a more beginner-friendly trail, you’ll enjoy Bobby’s Rock Loop at Camelback’s base. During the summer months, due to the desert heat, it’s advised to enjoy the trails in the early morning or late evening. However, one of the benefits of Scottsdale in the spring time, fall, and winter is that the pleasant weather that allows for a hike any time of the day. Because of the stunning views and opportunity for fresh air and exercise, hiking up Camelback Mountain can really be a treat.


Beautiful Camelback Mountain provides amazing Phoenix valley views from the top.

Go Golfing


Scottsdale has always been recognized for its world class golf resorts. In fact, with difficulty levels ranging from beginner to expert, the Valley of the Sun is home to several hundred top-rated courses.

For an authentic Phoenician golf experience, head to the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club. The club is part of the Arizona Biltmore Resort in downtown Phoenix. Movie stars, politicians and business-men/women have enjoyed this course for many years. It was constructed in 1928 and known as “the granddaddy” of Phoenix country clubs. The Arizona Biltmore boasts two 18-hole PGA Championship courses, a driving range, pro shop, putting green and full-service restaurant. Because of the popularity of this course, reserve your tee times a few days in advance online at the golf course’s website.

Another great course to visit is the Phoenician Golf Club at the base of Camelback Mountain. The Papago Golf Course is always a treat for the avid golfer. Nestled among the red buttes of Papago Park, this renowned course has a variety of unique holes which climb the mountain and back down again.


Phoenix Zoo features an amazing variety of animals and habitats that the entire family will enjoy.

Visit Phoenix Zoo


The Phoenix Zoo, which is open to the public currently, features hundreds of animals in their exhibits. The Tropics, African, Arizona, and Children’s trails provide a great way to observe the animals in various habitats. Don’t forget the encounters at Monkey Village, which is popular with family members of all ages. Other popular areas include The Giraffe Encounter, Stingray Bay, Camel Rides and the Red Barn Petting Zoo. Guests can also enjoy watching a movie at their 4-D Theater, riding through the park on the Safari Cruiser or picking their favorite animal on the Endangered Species Carousel.


Tour Cultural Attractions


Arizona has many venues with culture and art like Frank Lloyd Wright’s striking Taliesin West. The Taliesin West offers various guided tours that feature the architecture and history of the property. Their Insights Tour will lead you through Wright’s private quarters and living room, which is worth viewing if you have the spare time. The city offers a behind-the-scenes tour of Taliesin West’s “Garden Room,” the Music Pavilion, and the Drafting Studio. Architecture enthusiasts will enjoy the 3-hour tour, which is not recommended for children under the age of 13. However, if you are interested in Wright’s stunning designs, it is certainly an enjoyable tour.


Another favorite cultural attraction amongst visitors is the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, which features over 7,000 instruments from almost 200 countries. A popular current exhibit is the Congo Masks and Music: Masterpieces from Central Africa, which displays over 150 masks, instruments and costumes in their authentic performance contexts.


Lastly, a visit to Desert Botanical Garden is always time well spent. Visitors enjoy strolling through 140 acres of plant and flower displays with garden trails and a wide variety of tours and exhibits. A visitor favorite is the current Wild Rising by Cracking Art, which is an installation of more than 1,000 animal sculptures made from colorful, recycled plastic. Wrap the day up with a bite to eat at Gertrude’s or find a gift for someone special in your life at the garden shop, which always has treats and unique items from the Botanical Museum.


Despite the pandemic, Scottsdale is a great place to visit and offers unique opportunities for recreation and adventure. If you’re looking to get out of the house and enjoy Scottsdale’s mild fall weather, the above activities will provide you with plenty to do and see!


Find the Perfect Place to Stay


If you’re from out of town and looking for a place to stay, check out our stunning selection of luxury Scottsdale vacation homes. Our luxury Scottsdale mansions, along with our specialized concierge services, provide the ultimate upscale vacation experience.

Best Time to Take Advantage of Discounted Rates

April 25, 2018 Vacation Rental Insider Travelers

Every true golf enthusiast knows that Arizona has some of the best courses in the world, so it’s no wonder Scottsdale is the destination for people who consider this sport one of their favorite pastimes. The perpetually sunny weather equals less rain delays. Rank beginners to PGA-level players will find courses and terrains that suit their abilities. There are dozens of options near the Valley of Sun, ranging from traditional, tree-lined link courses, to desert target-style land, and even alpine fairways. If you enjoy playing a round (or several!), a Scottsdale Golfing Trip is just what you need.


Take Advantage of Discounted Golf Seasons

September and early October form the over-seeding season for Arizona courses. This is the time of year in which the turf is transitioned from Bermuda to rye grass that looks and plays like northern grasses. Generally, courses close during this time. When they reopen, there are discounted rates to compensate for the wet courses and mud balls players might encounter in the highly watered growing grass. While this might not seem like an ideal time to hit the links, the grass – especially in the rough – is actually in near-perfect condition for scoring. Even better, the daytime temperatures are generally in the 70s, which makes it one of the best times to Golf in Arizona. At HolidayRental.com, we make this savings period in September, October, and November even sweeter by offering discounts on our Scottsdale Luxury Vacation Homes.


Stay at One of Our Luxury Vacation Homes

Sure, you can stay in one of Scottsdale’s hotels. However, if you crave privacy, room to spread out, and opportunities to enjoy your company away from the hustle of a crowded resort, our vacation home rentals offer the best of everything. When you book one of our private estates, the following experiences await:


  • Each home is exquisitely appointed in décor and amenities. You’ll feel like you’re living the life of the rich and famous in these lavish homes.
  • The interiors have multiple locations for large gatherings as well as quiet spaces to curl up with a book.
  • While the city offers abundant places for dining to accommodate any palate, your home will be equipped with a chef’s dream kitchen for cooking till your heart’s content.
  • Grill masters will be delighted with the outdoor kitchens and BBQs.
  • The number of bathrooms and bedrooms is different for each home, but most villas accommodate upwards of 10 to 20 people.
  • Many of these manors feature glorious master suites, including generous walk-in showers, soaking tubs, dual vanities, and more. You’ll feel like you’re staying in your own private spa!
  • If entertaining at home is one of your favorite activities, there are several estates that feature wet bars, wine cellars, and more (including one with its own Mexican cantina). Some even have in-house theaters for private viewings or to watch the pros play on the big screen. If you’d prefer to shoot pool, there are options that include game rooms.
  • Imagine returning from a day on the links and taking a refreshing dip in your own private pool. Most of these homes have large pool/spa combinations, ranging from infinity pools that overlook lavish mountain scenery to those with soothing waterfalls.
  • The great outdoors is yours to discover and our rentals offer plenty of vantage points to look over the big desert skies. Whether you like mountain views or cityscapes, there are many options to choose from with Holiday Rental.
  • While you’re taking in the fresh air, you can warm up on your own putting green, or practice some hoops or tennis. Each home’s recreational offerings are diverse and wonderful.


What You Get When Booking Direct With HolidayRental.com

We want your Scottsdale Vacation Travel to be all that you imagine. When you book with us, you’ll enjoy supreme service from top-notch professionals. Picture this as your vacation home rental experience:


  • Enjoy a Five-Star Check-In. You’ll be greeted by one of our knowledgeable Villa Ambassadors, who will give you a tour of the home, demonstrate the various features available, and answer any of your questions so that you can enjoy your luxury vacation home rental to the fullest.
  • Envelope yourself in the sumptuous hotel quality linens with 500 thread count.
  • You won’t have to worry about cleaning your spacious home because daily housekeeping service is included at no additional cost. This two-hour service is non-intrusive. Each day, cleaning pros make beds, re-stock fresh towels and toiletries, take out trash, and make sure everything is neat and clean for you.
  • Would you like help with booking other services in town? Our basic concierge services include setting up poolside massages, hiring chefs, and coordinating grocery services so that your fridge is stocked when you arrive. Need transportation or luggage drop off/pick up? We’ll secure those services, too.
  • There are no service fees charged like other third-party booking websites


Learn more about what we offer at https://www.holidayrental.com/about-us/.


Call Us Now to Book Your Vacation

Are you ready to take advantage of our discounted vacation home rental rates this Fall? Whether you’re coming for golf or just to enjoy Scottsdale, HolidayRental.com has a place for you. Contact us to book your fall golf getaway, https://www.holidayrental.com/search-vacation-rentals/.

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