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Where to Stay and What to Do in Phoenix

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The hubs and I recently jetted off for a mini getaway in Arizona and we had the BEST time. We started off in Phoenix and day tripped it to Sedona. I’ll be sharing more about what we did and where we ate while we were there, but first I want to talk about where we stayed…When we travel, we look for location, as well as comfort. So, we chose our hotel, The Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Midtown, based on its position. We were able to easily get to local hiking grounds, a brewery for my craft beer loving husband and some of the hottest restaurants in town.

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We couldn’t have had a lovelier experience staying at The Hilton Garden Inn. It’s not our first time staying at one actually. We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn in Chicago when my significant other ran the marathon last year and considering he landed a spot in this year’s Chicago Marathon too, we’ll probably be headed back there in the fall, but I digress…The Phoenix property was sparkling clean, staffed by friendly, helpful folks and featured nicely sized rooms. My large and in charge suitcase always proves to be a good test for whether a room is big enough and our room had plenty of space for it. Haha!  Not only was our room a great size, but it was stocked with a Keurig and there was always fresh coffee available in the lobby. Java junkies like us always appreciate little touches like that. Our room also overlooked the pool area making evening dips so convenient. While we enjoyed relaxing at the hotel, we did make the most of our trip and really explored Phoenix…

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Our first stop was hiking Camelback Mountain. This hike isn’t necessarily for people that have trouble climbing, but it certainly wasn’t an overwhelming challenge for us. Making it to the top of those beautiful rocks was an exhilarating experience. In fact, we enjoyed it so much, we’re already talking about planning our next trip to Arizona. We hiked a few hours every day and would probably have stayed out longer if not for our love of food. I kid you not.

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As much as we loved the hiking, we also thoroughly enjoyed our trips to local restaurants, one of our favorites being the SunUp Brewing Co. I’m almost as big a craft beer buff as my husband is and the brews there did not disappoint, nor did the fresh salads and sandwiches that they were served with! We also tried out The Arrogant Butcher, where this charcuterie lovin’ girl devoured The Butcher’s Platter, and The Salty Sow. If you’re ever in the area, you must head over there for the duck fat fries! They were sinfully delicious!

So, there you have it…Where to stay and what to do in Phoenix! Stay tuned for my recap of our time in Sedona…

Disclosure: We were not paid for this post. We were provided with lodging. The opinions expressed are our own.

  • Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    I have never been to Phoenix (other than for a layover), so I would love to get out there and explore the city.

    May 20, 2015 at 1:59 pm Reply
  • Crystal

    It looks like you had a blast. I love traveling and getting to see how diverse our country is. I know my husband would love to join me next time I head to Arizona (especially if it were during baseball spring training).

    May 20, 2015 at 7:36 pm Reply
  • JanetGoingCrazy

    I’ve never been to Phoenix, but it’s great to know there’s a fun place to stay!

    May 20, 2015 at 7:42 pm Reply
  • Debra

    My husband and I keep meaning to do a mini arizona vacation! Looks wonderful!

    May 21, 2015 at 12:10 am Reply
  • Mistee Dawn

    That looks like such a great place to visit. I would love to make it there one day!

    May 21, 2015 at 10:37 am Reply
  • Liz Mays

    I really liked it out there a lot! I’ve always had great luck staying in Hilton Garden Inn locations too.

    May 21, 2015 at 12:44 pm Reply

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