Aug 4, 2018

Kid-friendly Phoenix/Scottsdale Hotels and Resorts

Let's take a look at some of the most popular kid-friendly hotels and resorts we deliver to here in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. This isn't sponsored in any way, just a list of great places!

Westin Kierlind Villas - The regular resort area is nice, but the Villas is where it's at for families. Located in Scottsdale, the one- and two-bedroom villas come with a kitchen and living room. I know we love to have our separate space from our kids when we travel!  There's a pool there, plus you can also go over to the main resort and use their water park and pool too! It's a bit too far to walk (across the golf course) so there's a shuttle that runs frequently. They are super friendly and easy to work with. We are there a lot and drop off gear at the bell desk all the time for our guests.

(photo Westin Kierland Resort)

Marriott Canyon Villas - Part of the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort, the Canyon Villas also offer separate living room, kitchen and bedrooms for families.  We drop off their frequently as well for rentals and the staff is always friendly!  You can get up to 2 bedrooms (3 beds), a pull out sofa and 2 bathrooms in their rooms. Parking is also convenient outside each building so you wont be lugging your stuff through hallways for miles. Head over to the main resort to use the amenities there as well.
(photo JW Marriott Canyon Villas)

The Arizona Grand (and it's former sister property the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort below) feature an all-suite set up. Every room has a living room and separate bedroom with a door. Larger rooms are available as well.  The Arizona Grand has a water park with a few very large slides (48" minimum height requirement, but they also have a lazy river, wave pool, and more fun stuff for younger kids.

The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, like the Arizona Grand, also has an all suite resort. This is a place where we staycation in the early summer sometimes. We love their 1 and 2 bedroom casitas.  Those have an assigned covered parking spot, a two level room with 1 or 2 bedrooms, kitchenette, living room, dining area and a pull out sofa. The two main hotel buildings each have a pool, plus theres two more small pools in the casita areas. The big one, the River Ranch, as two pools, a baby pool, a slide, a lazy river, and an 18 hole mini-golf course. My kids LOVE it here.  (Fun fact, I worked here in accounting for 3 years while I was in college!)

One last one for your list is DV Luxury Properties rentals.They aren't a hotel but have some great family friendly rental homes in the Scottsdale area. The managers are very friendly and accomodating. Definitely check them out if your family needs a little more space.

Jul 25, 2018

Kid-Friendly Phoenix Hikes

It's been a minute (or a few million) but we're back to blogging! Our kids are much older, and there's a whole other child now, so it's time to get back to it! We're in the midst of summer here in Phoenix but let's talk about outdoor activities here with kids because I'm sure you're planning to come here when it's NOT over 115 degrees.

Grab one of our great Bob Revolution jogging stroller rentals or hiking backpack rentals and hit the trails.  

Some kid friendly trails that we like are:

White Tanks Waterfall Trail - there may or may not be an actual waterfall (usually not since it only rains 7" a year here), but there's usually at least a small pool at the the end of the trail, plus great views of the Phoenix area. There are hieroglyphs along the very wide trail with good explanations of everything along the way, plus a chance to see desert plants up close and personal.  The trail is pretty easy and you could even take a jogging stroller 3/4 of the way if really necessary.  There's a large playground near the trailhead and plenty of picnic areas as well. The trail itself is about a mile long (so two miles round trip). Our oldest walked the entire trail with no problem by age 5.  Enter off Olive Road in the far west valley. Here's a map.

Papago Park - Stroller-friendly trail with benches for resting. A cool window rock to climb into at the top! 1.2 miles. Enter at Papago Park Road on the west side of Galvin Parkway just north of Van Buren Street, Phoenix

Judith Tunnell Accessible trail - South Mountain Park Edcuational Center 10409 S Central Ave. Phoenix. Two 1/2 mile flat paved loops available. 

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park - up for a short drive? 55 miles east of central Phoenix. This park shows off some beautiful landscapes.  Several accessible dirt paths for walking.

(photo:Boyce Thompson Arboretum)