Spring Break in AZ: Day 6

Our final day in Arizona began at the Scottsdale Fashion Square! We had visited this area a few nights earlier when we went to Olive & Ivy for dinner and we wanted to check in out during the daytime! 

We arrived in the area mid-morning and walked along the promenade for a bit once the shops opened up. It was a beautiful and sunny day and it felt so good to soak up our last day of the fantastic weather in AZ! 

After walking around outside, we headed into the Scottsdale Fashion Mall to do some browsing. We loved walking through this mall because it reminded a us a lot of the Galleria back home! This mall was filled with lots of high-end stores such as Burberry, GUCCI, etc. and it was so fun to browse around! All of the natural light within the mall reminded me a lot of my trips to the Ala Moana Center while visiting my best friend, Allie! 

After our trip through the mall, we headed back to Modern Market for lunch since we loved it so much when we were there the other day! 

I ordered the same sandwich as last time because it was so, so good! Fresh mozzarella, arugula, tomato, and blueberry preserves on ciabatta! The blueberry preserves seriously MADE this sandwich! I definitely want to take a stab at recreating this at home!

After lunch, we walked down to the other end of the promenade and relaxed by the canal for a bit before heading to another park to hang out in the sun for a bit before returning our rental car.

It was just so crazy how it was low 80s and sunny in Scottsdale, and a chilly 28* in Minneapolis on this particular day! We've already started talking about how a warm weather getaway needs to occur each winter! 

After a couple hours in the sun, we dropped off our rental car and headed to the airport! We grabbed a quick dinner near our gate before boarding our evening flight to Minneapolis. We had such a great vacation and are already looking forward to heading back to AZ sometime for a trip to visit The Grand Canyon! 

Spring Break in AZ: Day 5

Our last full day in Arizona started out bright and early as we set out on a mini roadtrip to Sedona! It was so pretty up in Sedona--blue skies and red rocks all around.

It took us around two hours to make the trek from our hotel in Phoenix all the way to Sedona, but it was well worth the drive! 

Our first stop was at the Chapel of the Holy Cross, a beautiful church built right into the rocks of Sedona. Andy especially enjoyed this tourist spot due to its influence by Frank Lloyd Wright. Afterwards, we headed up to Cathedral Rock, which was just a few minutes away. We started climbing up Cathedral Rock, but when we realized it was a very similar hike to Camelback Mountain, which we had hiked just a few days before, we decided to take the alternative route around the mountain. One rock climb was enough for us for one week! 

Sedona was a little chillier than Phoenix, but a light jacket layered over my Nike fleece did the trick! Our hike around Cathedral Rock was filled with beautiful views and a variety of terrains such as hikes along a stream, rocky portions, and field-like areas.

Our hike out and back took about two hours--we were starving by the time were were done! We headed into downtown Sedona to grab a bite to eat before spending the rest of the afternoon exploring the area.

Andy suggested an organic cafe off the main street and it did not disappoint! Once we were fueled up and ready to go, we headed out to Doe Mountain, a hike that my coworker, Greta, had recommended to me.

We quickly climbed Doe Mountain, which was a relatively easy hike except for a few rocky areas, in anticipation of arriving at the top. My friend, Greta, said that you could hike around the top and experience 360* views of Sedona, and we were anxious to check it out! 

The views on the way up were so pretty--we especially loved being able to see the snow-capped mountains off in the distance since Sedona is further north than where we had traveled earlier in the week.

We enjoyed exploring the the top of the mountain and checking out the views from each side--such a unique experience! 

It was breathtaking up there! 

We quickly hiked down the mountain so that we could squeeze in one last hike before sunset! We headed across the road to hike Bear Mountain--a more challenging hike that we were more than ready for.

Our hike up Bear Mountain was during my favorite time of day--the golden hour just before the sun sets! 

The hike was a bit rockier than Doe Mountain, but much easier than Camelback! We enjoyed the challenged as we headed up higher and higher.

We started heading back once dusk hit--for we didn't want to be hiking down in the pitch black night! We both agreed that this hike was one of our favorites--maybe because we knew it would be our last hike of the trip before we headed back to cold and snowy Minneapolis the next evening!