Phoenix Arizona Travel Diary | What to Do & Where to Eat

Happy Friday! I’m back with my last post on Phoenix and where I will be talking about what to do and where to eat in the area and boy do I have a long post for you. If you missed the where to stay in Phoenix post, be sure to check that out! Also, be forewarned that this post is pretty heavy with photos so have a great wifi connection to load the rest of the content! =P

day one

The first thing we did when we woke up before the crack of dawn at 4am was to get ready for our shuttle pickup and drive us to the area where several hot air balloons were being launched that day. Hot Air Expeditions hosted us that day and they really know the ins and outs of hot air balloon with the complete history too. I was super excited for this excursion, because this would be my first time up in a hot air balloon. For those who are afraid of heights, do not worry. The whole hour to an hour and a half were pretty smooth and slow-moving, so you won’t feel nauseous. Also don’t look down! LOL, just kidding. You can if you want to. The highest we were up was about a mile high. Oh and also bring a jacket, because where we were got pretty chilly in the morning and as you go up high in the air, the temps drop further. As much as I don’t love history, it was still fun learning about it and where hot air balloon all got started. There’s also a lot to go into flying a hot air balloon, because your route is determined by the wind’s direction that day. You can read the FAQ if you’re interested in taking a ride!

After the hot air ballon ride, we took an Uber to Taliesin West where we met up with our wonderful hostess, Trish, from VisitPhoenix to take a tour of the architectural studio which was also one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s home. It was fun learning more about my favorite architect after I fell in love with Falling Water. As you walk around the premise, you will see plenty of Asian-inspired artifacts as well as geometric shapes. He also designed all of the furniture that you see from the photos below.

Farm & Craft

Next up, it was lunching at Farm & Craft which focuses on healthy and sustainable food in a community-style atmosphere. Everything was made fresh and I love that it’s so easy to eat clean and green in the greater Phoenix.

After lunch, we toured around Old Town Scottsdale which you can see more in the vlog video before resting up back at the hotel then it was cocktails at Cafe ZuZu and dinner at Hearth ’61 at Mountain Shadows.

day two

The next day, we were driven to Usery Mountains Regional Parking to do some hiking on the Wind Cave Trail. This was not a strenuous hike, but definitely a great workout and you get such a breathtaking view of Phoenix from above.

Then we headed to Queen Creek Olive Mill where we were greeted with such a lovely spread of charcuteries, cheese and fruit spread on toast. Everything was so delicious and it was hard not to stuff ourselves because we still had the next place to go for our lunch. This place is so cute decked with beautiful olive trees and a store that you could go and do some olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting. Definitely do not miss this place when you come to visit Phoenix.

Joe’s Farm Grill

Now our actual lunch was at Joe’s Farm Grill where the place was once featured in an episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Do not miss their fried onion rings, but their fried zucchinis were also the bomb as well. While we waited for lunch to be prepared, we did a little tour on the premise of Agritopia–home to their citrus orchards as well as approximately 12 acres of permanent urban farming with the availability of water irrigation that made desert farming possible. If I once thought that Phoenix was all desert, this trip made me see it in a whole new light, because you definitely see just as much greens wherever you go. Farming is very prevalent in the area and the concept of farm to table can totally be seen in most of the restaurants we’ve gone so far.

Jurlique spa

After we finished our lunch, we went back to the hotel at the Scott Resort & Spa to check in and get pampered at Jurlique spa for some facial. I love their products, so was super excited to get some moisture on my face after the facial. Because of the dry heat, my face did feel dry each day, so the facial was a much-needed refresher to add some moisture back in the skin. I learned so much from my esthetician especially on the use of microcurrent like NuFace on the face to help toning the muscles. I’ve thought about purchasing NuFace before, so I took the plunge during a Sephora VIB sale and been testing it out the past week. I can’t wait to do a review on that soon, so stay tuned for that!

After our much-needed pampering, we got ready for a small cocktail happy hour by the pool and learning about the new renovations coming soon to Scott Resort & Spa. More info in my vlog video! Then it was off to Sumomaya to get our feast on and feasting we sure did. The restaurant is a fusion of Asian and Mexican-inspired food and each dish was seriously drool-worthy. We had such a great time munching on all these yummies below.


day three

Our driver took us to Desert Botanical Garden on our last day there and we only had about an hour and a half to explore. Seriously not enough time for this beautiful garden! We must have only done about a quarter of the garden, so I cannot wait to return and explore more.

Then it was off to the Phoenix Public Market to get our grub on and I had a gorgeous quinoa breakfast bowl. I seriously love every meal we’ve had thus far and feel so healthy and not the least bit guilty eating every bite. Not to mention, the pastries were all done in-house and they were super delish especially the pop tart and the cookies!

After lunch, I said my goodbyes to Kim and Diana who had to fly out that afternoon before I went with the rest of the group to explore Roosevelt Row Art District. More on the vlog, but I absolutely fell in love with all the art murals in the area. If you’re there, you have to stop by the Short Leash Hotdogs & Rollover Donuts for afternoon quick eats and snacks as well as the Bosque to pick up fresh succulents and air plants for the home and office.

Then it was time for the second lunch of the day at the Farm Kitchen. We totally got spoiled! I didn’t have room for more so I opted for fresh fruit salad, but everything looked so delicious there. After eating, we got to tour the farm to see what they were currently growing for the season. We also met their chickies as well as a random rooster who came and never left the farm. I love love seeing how much these animals adore the farm as much as I do! My faith in farms who house animals have been restored a bit and it was great to see that there are still farms who have warm fuzzy hearts for their chickies to treat them as how animals should be treated.

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I hope this post truly help you see how wonderful greater Phoenix is. If you ever hesitate to visit because of the heat, please don’t. You will truly miss out if you did. A major thanks to VisitPhoenix for being such a great host and I can’t wait to be back again! If you need more information on Phoenix, feel free to visit the site. They have a wealth of knowledge on there that will truly accommodate those with different interests.


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