This year we headed to one of our favorite places to celebrate the 4th of July. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. John loves the desert during the summer. He loves sitting by the pool, drinking cold sodas and eating chips and salsa. And let’s face it, the heat’s not bad when you have 4 amazing pools on the property to choose from! The first year the @Fairmont offered their 4th of July Spectacular we stumbled upon it. We were headed to the area to visit family, and being the Fairmont fans that we are, chose to stay there without knowing about the festivities. Well, let me tell you it has now become a tradition! This beautiful property sure knows how to throw a party!
When we drove up to the sprawling entrance it was covered in bunting! It looked so festive! The lobby had an amazing display of old flags that were representative of important times and events in US history. You know this patriotic girl LOVED that!
(iphone picture…sorry about that! )
We arrived on Wednesday night so that we could make sure to take full advantage of the festivities beginning the next morning on the 4th. Typically we find great rates on the large Casitas they have on the property, and stay in one of those. This year, since the kids are a bit older we decided to get two guestrooms instead. The benefit being that instead of all being in one large room with a pull out sofa, the kids each had their own beds and their own room. They were connecting rooms, so we just left the door between open making it a big two bedroom, two bathroom space. It was perfect! When the kids went to bed, we were able to still stay up and chat with visiting family and watch TV without disturbing them.
There are so many events going on that it definitely keeps you busy all weekend. Techno glow pool parties, Zip lines, contests for the kids, dive-in movies, concerts, nightly fireworks, waterslides, fishing…the list goes on. The kids obviously were most interested in spending the majority of the days in the pool. From 1-3pm everyday they had great contests running for the kids…hula hooping, watermelon eating, underwater bing0. My kids LOVE these! They have souvenir cups that they have won in past years here at home that are their prized possessions. When the sun sets, the fun only intensifies. On the 4th we spent the night in the South pool which was right in the middle of all the action. The best view of the fireworks was from IN the pool…just ask the kids. 😉 With limited time to spend, we still didn’t make it to a movie in the pool OR the Techno glow pool party…something to look forward to for our next stay!
The concerts on the lawn are also close enough to the South pool that you can rock out to the music while cooling off in the pool. They played patriotic music during the 4th fireworks show which always brings me to tears and makes me feel so proud to be an American! I know, I’m such a sap, but I can’t help it!They also projected this giant waving American Flag on the wall of the hotel facing the South Pool. Such an awesome touch!
The concerts were SO much fun!! They had different bands playing on different nights, and our favorite was Foreverland, an amazing 14 piece Michael Jackson tribute band. They were SO much fun! We had such a great time that we looked them up when we got home. They play at the House of Blues in Anaheim on occasion, so we will definitely become groupies! 😉 We were up dancing in front of the stage all night. (another iphone pic…I was dancing too much to carry my big camera! 😉 )
The final night of our stay we enjoyed a fabulous dinner at Bourbon Steak, the Michael Mina steakhouse on the property. When we booked the hotel was offering a wonderful package that included resort credits for each night of your stay to use on food and drinks on the property. We were able to use that credit at the restaurant, which was really nice. I’ll let you know more about the restaurant in a separate post.
The staff at the Scottsdale Princess is super friendly and helpful, the surroundings are sprawling and beautiful, the activities are top notch, and the prices are unbeatable. I especially love that Jack Miller, the GM at the resort is out and about welcoming people to the festivities and taking an active role in the making sure that everyone is having a great time. You can tell that he is very invested in the hotel and the quality of the event that they are hosting for all their guests.
The great news is that if you’re looking for something fun to do over Labor Day, most of the festivities are still happening through Labor Day weekend! And, I hear that at Christmastime they have great winter activities too. I’m hoping to get a chance to get out there so I can let you know about that fun too!