Every summer we spend a weekend at one of the local resorts as a family. It’s a nice way to kick back and relax in the hot AZ summer. The past several years we have used Groupon to find the best deal. This year there was an expo going on at the Phoenician that was work related so we piggybacked our family weekend on with that! Another way that we save money on these small trips is by only booking our room for one night. Typically, if available the resort will let you check in early. Even if the room is not ready they will at least give you access to the resort amenities. They will also let you stay all day after you have checked out of your room. This trick allows us 2 full days utilizing the amazing pool areas and waterparks and one cozy night enjoying some of the most comfortable beds.
After we checked into our room I spent a few hours working while the family went to enjoy the pool and splash pad. While with my coworkers we decided to get a bite to eat at Mowry and Cotton. OMG, this place was so cute! The decor throughout was very upscale rustic and the large glass doors overlooked the beautiful pool area.
I always feel a little hesitant ordering beer when I am with a table of “ladies” who are ordering wine but the selection at Mowry and Cotton was excellent and they had one of my favorites, Sculpin IPA, how could I resist. After discussing the menu with the water I opted for the Bison burger ( I believe it’s a seasonal item). One thing I loved about this place was that they used the most simple ingredients but complex and daring flavor combinations. My $17 burger came with an onion ring, a hatch chili, and an incredible sauce as well as the usual side of fries. It was huge and I only managed to finish one half.
Finally, I joined my family at the pool! The kids were loving the splash pad area so much they wanted to stay there about 90% of the time and play. When they needed a break from getting wet they climbed to the top of the treehouse-like area. Camdyn was too afraid to try the waterslide but DJ went several times. Surprisingly the line moved quickly and he was up and down each time within minutes. He loved the twist in the middle, Check out his face in our youtube video.
At the pool bar, I decided to try the Jalapeno Margarita which was just the right mix of sweet and spicy. The sweet fruity flavor was just another refreshing way to cool down. Especially, after I decided to rest more sore legs in the hot tub after all of the walking I did in the days before.
For dinner, we decided to Door Dash to the room to keep costs down. We put on a movie, put our feet up and settled into our gorgeous room. When the food arrived we had to run down to the lobby to pick it up but it was much more convenient than showering and dressing the kids to drag them into a restaurant. They do however offer a more casual restaurant called Relish that serves burgers, but everything on their menu was a little more than I was willing to spend for the kids to take one bite of and be full.
One nice amenity that they have if you have children but want to try one of their restaurants is that they offer a free kids program from 5-9pm for guests who eat at one of their onsite restaurants. Since we were enjoying a family day we opted out of that for this trip.
There are a lot of other great activities for adults only weekend as well. Anything that you can imagine would be available, is. The Phoenician boasts a beautiful golf course and luxurious spa. Speaking of spas I FORGOT TO MENTION there was an oversized tub in every room so if you’re like me and enjoy and nice relaxing bath you don’t necessarily have to go to the spa. I would recommend if you do have a facial or massage, make a day of it and utilize the rest of the resort treats such as the steam room and adults only rooftop pool!
I am already thinking about next summer’s trip….Where are your favorite places to staycation in az and why?