In honor of the Cubs bringing home the “W” on Monday’s home opener and receiving their World Series Champs rings last night (I mean, how ’bout that ring ceremony?! And the first pitch?! I’m not crying… you’re crying), we’re dreaming about where spring training kicked off the season, a place near and dear to our hearts: Arizona.
We have been traveling to Scottsdale, AZ since we were kids. These trips often included stays at The Phoenician, a dreamy resort that sits at the bottom of Camelback Mountain. Growing up we loved it for the kids club, waterslide, and ice cream. Now we enjoy long hours at the pool (preferably with some bubbly), hiking Camelback mountain, and a cocktail around the fire at sunset. Early spring months are a great time to beat the spring break rush, as well as chance running into some of our favorite Cubs players (if you’re lucky to catch them on their day off). Sloan Park, where the Cubbies play for spring training, is located in Mesa, AZ, which is a short 30-minute drive from the Phoenician. It’s clearly a great spot for players to catch some R&R between games. We played it totally cool when we spotted them at the pool this year, despite a serious internal freak-out.
Above is a bird’s-eye view of the resort while climbing Camelback mountain. I highly recommend going on a hike around sunrise to avoid the heat while taking in some of the most gorgeous views of Scottsdale.
While there this year, we learned the resort is getting ready to undergo a massive renovation. The construction will start this summer and go through the end of the year. We cannot wait to visit next spring to check out all the amazing updates.
Until next time….GO CUBS GO!