We love to go to places that neither of us have been, even though that can be difficult because Mr. Traveling Honeymooner has been almost everywhere. Since neither of us had ever been to Scottsdale, we thought it would be a great place for us to explore together for our anniversary.
Mr. Traveling Honeymooner did some research and booked us a suite at Sanctuary Camelback Resort and Spa. Let’s just say..HE DID GOOD! The suite, the resort, the scenery..it was all beautiful. Sanctuary is located right at the base of Camelback mountain and only a few minutes from a variety of hiking trails.
We decided to rent a car and drive from the airport to the resort because we knew we would want a car during our stay. It was an easy 20 minute ride that allowed us to explore the town a bit.
One of the many great things about Sanctuary Resort and Spa is the pool! Scottsdale is warm most of the year so sitting by the pool is the perfect place to relax after a long travel day. When we travel, we typically like to do an activity in the morning and then something relaxing in the afternoon. Sitting by the pool quickly became our go-to afternoon lounge spot. They serve delicious drinks, smoothies and light lunch items, some of which are gluten free.
We were there for about five days so we were able to venture out a few times. Almost every morning we would get up and go for a hike! Camelback Mountain has quite a few trails, all of which are varying degrees of difficulty. The first day we started with the easiest trail and then tried to tackle a more difficult one each day. If you plan to hike, make sure to bring a Camelback Water Bottle so you can have your hands free. On some of the more difficult trails you will need to be able to use your hands to help you climb. It is also nice to have a place to put sunscreen. Have you seen Mr. Traveling Honeymooner? He is pale with lots of freckles..we have to protect his delicate skin.
Sanctuary Resort also has really nice tennis courts! We played tennis a few times while we were there and had a great time. We were able to rent rackets for a reasonable price. (We can’t remember the exact price but we remember it wasn’t super expensive.) If you would like, they also offer tennis lessons!
Even though we chose not to partake, the resort does offer a variety of workout classes, nature walks and group activities which looked like fun. Maybe next time we will check those out.
Scottsdale had TONS of gluten free dining options…We wish Houston would catch up to them! Everywhere you look there are delicious gluten free options.
Gluten Free Creations Bakery
On our way to the resort, we stopped to grab a bite to eat at Gluten Free Creations Bakery which is a certified gluten free restaurant and bakery. It was a great little lunch place! We each got a sandwich on gluten free bread that was homemade and of course got gluten free donuts to go. Everything looked so good! Over the course of our trip we ate lunch here a couple of times, and left happy.
Address: 7607 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Our second day in Scottsdale, we had brunch at The Henry after our morning hike. The restaurant was packed so we had to wait about 45 minutes to eat but it was worth it! The brunch menu was extensive but everything looked so good we had a difficult time choosing what to eat. Mrs. Traveling Honeymooner settled on gluten free breakfast tacos and Mr. Traveling Honeymooner settled on banana pancakes.
Address: 4455 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Citizen Public House
Citizen Public House is an American Gastropub in a cool spot of town. We made a reservation but arrived a bit early so we walked around and popped into a few shops in the area. The vibe of the restaurant was hip, fun and romantic. The chef visited our table to discuss my gluten free needs and recommended two fantastic dishes. We were too stuffed for dessert but the dessert menu looked really good.
Address: 7111 E 5th Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
The Herb Box
We had brunch at The Herb Box on our last day in Scottsdale. Our friend that visits Scottsdale often recommended that we try it out because they are very gluten free and vegetarian friendly. They have a few locations and the menu has lots of gluten free options that all looked good. Mrs Traveling Honeymooner went with the buckwheat pancakes and Mr. Traveling Honeymooner got the stuffed french toast (not gluten free). We sat outside on the patio and enjoyed sitting in the sun and watching everyone walk by. After brunch we explored the area a bit and found a cute shop that had pet supplies and got our dogs each a gift.
Address: 7134 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Overall, we had a great trip! The weather was perfect the entire time we were there, the service was fantastic and we had a blast together. It was hard to leave the sunshine in Arizona because at the time, Houston was flooded with rain but we made it home safely and have plans to go back soon!
Thank you for stopping by!
The Traveling Honeymooners