Hi there, I’m excited you’re here!
Earlier this month I took my first true trip in nearly 3 years. Not only has it really instilled a travel bug in me, I just had so much fun that I wanted to make sure I shared. I went to some great places and I will absolutely be going to Phoenix, AZ again in the future!
First things first, where I stayed. It was me and a friend and we opted for an Airbnb called Dune. It was such a great spot to stay, it had a large shared outdoor space with the other units in the complex, everything was new and clean and really reasonably priced. The one thing I did want to note about the Airbnb is I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it if you didn’t have a car. Everything we really wanted to do was usually within a 10 or 15-minute drive, however, there wasn’t really anything in walking distance for us.
The first day in Phoenix I arrived in the morning and my friend wasn’t coming in until later in the afternoon so I went over to The Claredon Hotel. It’s only about 10 minutes from the airport and they offer a $10/day pool pass for non-hotel guests. They were able to keep my luggage with them at the front desk so it was a really hassle-free process. They also have a full restaurant and bar that you can order things from during your stay at the pool. I felt like this was the perfect relaxing way to get my vacation started.
Phoenix Day 2: This morning we checked out some coffee shops including Window Coffee Bar which had the cutest outdoor space. I had an iced vanilla lavender latte which was delicious and they also had some gluten-free treats which I’m always excited to see! We went on a tour of ASU and did a little bit of outdoor shopping in Tempe before retiring to the pool for the remainder of the day.
On day three we started the morning off at Daily Jam, they had lots of gluten-free options which was great but the food wasn’t anything special. Following lunch, we were off to Scottsdale. We stopped by Four Coffee and then explored Old Scottsdale, there were a bunch of cute shops and I would definitely like to explore Scottsdale more in the future. We also made a quick stop at the Fashion Square Mall in Scottsdale which was incredible, definitely a great spot if you need a break from the sun.
Day 4, my last full day was undoubtedly the best of the trip. We started the morning at Jewel’s cafe. When I tell you I would get on a plane to Phoenix just to return to this cafe, I mean it. It was 100% gluten-free which my Celiac friends know is a big deal, but it was also incredibly delicious. The service was also the most incredible that I think I’ve ever experienced. We had a couple of errands to run and then retired to the pool for the afternoon. The friend that I met up with had some friends in Arizona so we thought we could all meet up for my last night, so we went to From the Rooftop on top of Cambria Downtown Phoenix hotel. While the gluten-free options were limited, the views were absolutely incredible and it was such a fun place to spend an evening. There was live music, fun drinks and lots of seating, it is definitely a place I would go again!
My 5th day in Phoenix I spent the morning finishing a book by the pool before heading to the airport. We made a quick stop at The OBC in Mesa, everyone who worked there was so lovely and it was cute with yummy coffee (and a couple gluten-free treats) however the seating was pretty limited.
That is all I have for you today, this was seriously the most fun trip and I’m so glad I was able to share bits with y’all on Instagram. If you have any questions at all, never hesitate to shoot me a message, I love to chat!
XO Cassidy Hannah