Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Westin Kierland Resort Scottsdale, Arcadia Farms Cafe, Los Sombreros Cafe

Sometimes you get a vacation just right.  You go at the right time & choose the right vacation package, travel on weekend that works great with your families schedules. The trip length is just  right (ok, I might be exagerating here...I certainly would have loved to have stayed in Arizona a wee bit longer).  

This was one of those holidays.  It was just right.  Read on for the resort review & a few of our favorite restaurants!

               The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale

Bunny or a hare?  All I know is this one is soo cute!

Metal sculptures abound 

Rolling hills at the golf course

Daily bagpipes at sunset on the golf course

The breakfast buffet was delicious. Fresh berries, smoked salmon, freshly squeezed juices & chocolate crosaints. 

Poolside cabana view

The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa

  • Gorgeous grounds
  • Beautiful pools & relaxing lazy river
  • Chilled Eucalyptis towels at the weight room
  • Bagpipes at sunset
  • My vote for Best Hotel Breakfast Buffet
  • Nice walking paths for an early morning workout
  • Walking distance to shopping & restaurants
  • Lack of crowds 
  • Fridge in room
  • Patio to enjoy the sunrise
  • Attentive and friendly valet staff offering us water to help combat the 100 degree + weather

  • None

  • Cabana rental not necessary in the off season
  • Water stations are scattered around the pool area
  • Water & towels at the weight room
  • Safeway grocery store is located less than a mile from the resort

           Arcadia Farms Cafe & Marketplace

Charm abounds at Arcadia Farms which is located a few blocks away from Scottsdale Fashion Square. They offer organic and local fruit, veggies & cheese in all their dishes.  I enjoyed the fresh raspberry salad with fossil creek goat cheese, jicama, carrots, & candied pecans in a light vinaigrette.  

The Marketplace, located across the street, is as adorable as the photos show. Grab-n-go salads, sandwiches and baby cake desserts are offered.

                              Los Sombreros Cafe & Cantina

Los Sombreros Restaurant in Scottsdale offers a fresh twist on the mexican classics. Character abounds with a festive outdoor patio and a rustic/eclectic indoor dining area.

Jicama Tostada Shrimp Salad

Camarone con tequila al aljillo. The bacon and chipotle cream  was flavorful & tasty

Grilled rib eye steak tacos

I'm already dreaming of my next Arizona holiday. I would love to learn about your favorite destinations in Arizona. Please leave me a comment below. Thanks!


  1. Stayed here as well, this resort does not disappoint!! Loved every minute of it. Gorgeous facility, yummy food, and good company. Despite the over-abundance of stilettos and cocktail dresses that filled the lobby every night for various events, I didn't feel out of place in my flip flops. Great hotel for tourists looking to relax (me) or brides searching for a memorable backdrop. Will go again but not soon enough! Thanks POM for a fun time!!

  2. My favorite Scottsdale destination is the Sweet Republic Ice Cream store or truck. The Old Town Farmers Market is a winner also.

    1. Oh great tips! I will be sure to add to my Arizona to-do list. Thanks.


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