Hi friends! If you follow me on Instagram, you may already know that last weekend I had the amazing opportunity to visit Scottsdale, AZ for the day courtesy of the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau! Now in West Phoenix, we’re not too far away from Scottsdale, but even after living in the Valley for all of my life, any time spent in Scottsdale is a treat! It’s a premier spot to visit with so much to see, do, and enjoy! And I’m so excited to get to share on of my favorite cities on Earth with all of you! Today I’m going to share the first part of our day – brunch and some farmer’s market fun. Saturday morning, my husband Andre and I dropped the kids off with Grandma and Papa, took our puppy Hope to doggy day camp, then headed out on the town.
Our first stop for brunch is Arcadia Farms Cafe. Now any local will tell you that this little space, nestled in a comfy corner of Old Town Scottsdale, is tops on the list. I’ve never had the chance to go, so this was a real treat. Making reservations (suggested) was easy, the customer service was great. We arrived, valet parked, headed in and were promptly seated. This time of year is perfect for the patio, so we headed out back amidst cozy patio tables and umbrellas, large lush trees, and plenty of sunshine.
There were so many great selections on their menu. Andre went with the Seared Salmon – a pan-seared salmon filet, local greens, fingerling potatoes, French green beans, baby carrots, and a tarragon vinaigrette that he said was the best dressing he’s ever had. I opted for the Wild Mushroom, Spinach and Goat Cheese Tart with caramelized leeks, baby spinach, wild mushrooms, mozzarella, goat cheese, and fresh fruit. The atmosphere was perfect – gorgeous and relaxing. And the food, delicious! We’ll be back again.
After brunch we headed into Old Town for some site-seeing and shopping. It was a gorgeous day out! Now for those of you who are still covered with snow and dreaming of Spring, this time of year is the perfect time to visit Scottsdale, AZ! We have great weather and great Spring-time events, including Spring Training!
There’s so much to see in Old Town. You literally could just walk around all day enjoying the architecture and scenery.
After walking around for a bit, we ventured to the Old Town Scottsdale Farmer’s Market. We have a few farmer’s markets in the Valley, but I’ve always heard great things about the Scottsdale Market – and what I had heard was reinforced by our experience. There were so many great and diverse vendors! From growers to baked goods, from natural beauty products to pet supplies! There really was something for everyone.
I grabbed an iced coffee from What’s Your Grind.
A quick snack from The Creative Kitchen…
Then we stopped by Alaskan Pride Seafoods. Alaskan Pride offers delicious, wild, healthy, and sustainable, Alaskan seafood that is second to none – and right here in Arizona! If you’re local to Phoenix and enjoy good quality seafood, you have to check out Alaskan Pride Seafoods, you can follow them here on Facebook too!
There was so much to see and buy – if we were going straight home I would have grabbed some herbs for the herb garden or fresh flowers for home.
It was a great experience and I know that we’ll be back again. This time to pick up fresh produce, herbs, seafood and baked goods to bring home!
Are you already impressed? You should be! Scottsdale is one amazing place! Our morning was full and enjoyable and at this point we could have called it a day – but there is so much more that Scottsdale has to offer! Stay tuned for the second part of our day and a little giveaway, coming soon! In the meantime, if you’re interested in planning a trip or visiting Scottsdale, you can find more information on their Website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube!
Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with the Scottsdale Convention & Tourism Bureau. I received a gift card to experience Scottsdale; however, all opinions and pictures are my own.