5 Phoenix Girlfriend Getaway Activities

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In winter months, Canadians flock to Arizona like Real Housewives to Botox. Yet I, The Saucy Travel Mama and hater of Canadian winters, had never had the pleasure. I quickly remedied the situation early in the new year. I got my desert detox during a pilgrimage to this legendary region known for its restorative nature. As the mercury plummeted in Canada, I sussed out the best activities in the greater Phoenix area with a group of gals. If you’re looking to reconnect with yourself and your friends, the Sonoran Desert region is a worthy spot. Here are five fun activities in Phoenix for a girlfriend trip that is sure to please your besties.

woman doing outdoor yoga

Outdoor yoga is naturally AMAZING in the Sonoran Desert (Photo credit Visit Mesa)

Explore the Desert

The Sonoran Desert is the most biologically diverse desert on the planet and there are four Regional Parks within 45 minutes of Phoenix. You’ll find over 20 trails to explore at Usery Mountain Regional Park, and if you happen to have kids with you, you’ll find two covered play structures as well. The Wind Cave Trail is an easy hike that’s studded with those iconic saguaro cacti.

Best to start your hike with a spot of yoga at the Visitor’s Center, as I did. There’s something about pairing your “Om,” with the tranquil chirping of desert quail. Classes led by certified instructors (mine was Misty Campeau of Inner Vision Yoga) suit all abilities. Getting a mindful workout in a stunning location just might have been the highlight of my girlfriend trip in Phoenix.

I needed that rest after hoofing it up the Wind Cave Trail! (Photo credit: Jody Robbins)

I needed that rest after hoofing it up the Wind Cave Trail! (Photo credit: Jody Robbins)

Shop, Shop, Shop!

There are plenty of malls to tempt your wallet around Phoenix, but Biltmore Fashion Park has my heart. This luxury shopping destination boasts shaded, flower-filled walkways that lead to sublime shops. Think Saks, Ralph Lauren and BCBG. If you’re more the indy boutique type, UNION is an independently owned concept located on the east side of the fashion park. Here, shoppers can suss out small, distinctive boutiques or grab a cold pressed juice at Juic’d.

For more substance, hit up True Food Kitchen. This super healthy AND tasty restaurant is a revelation. Their proteins are all raised naturally, without additives and their organic produce is guided by the wisdom of the Environmental Working Group.

fresh veggeis

Who knew veggies could taste this good? They do at True Food Kitchen! (Photo credit: Jody Robbins)

Sip Afternoon Tea…or Cocktails

Taking time for tea is a tradition we ought to restore. At the Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix you’ll find a proper English cuppa in addition to signature blends. This afternoon tea service is a real treat, and not just because they serve tea-infused vodka cocktails. After receiving your own full pot (of tea, not vodka), you’ll be able to sample a variety of tea sandwiches. Then comes a tiered tray brimming with petit fours, tarts and mini cheesecakes. But wait, there’s more! Scones fresh out of the oven are the final piece de resistance with whipped cream, jam and lemon curd served in chocolate cups.

afternoon tea

Be sure to go in hungry at the Ritz-Carlton Phoenix afternoon tea service (Photo credit: Jody Robbins)

Get Balanced

Anyone concerned about their health and interested in whole plant natural medicine needs to make a beeline to SW Herb (also located in Mesa). It’s a retail store, but it’s so much more than that. Their focus is on education and the art of herbal healing. They offer space for massage therapists, reiki and chakra balancing practitioners, in addition to a myriad of classes. Do as I did and bring your list of ailments so you can walk out with a specially formulated tea or tincture to set you straight.

Herbal store

Get behind the counter and make your own potions at SW Herb! (Photo credit: Jody Robbins)

Book a Phoenix Girlfriend Getaway Spa Day

What’s a girl’s weekend without a spa day? I failure, that’s what. You don’t need to stay at a fancy resort to get pampered either. Fuchsia day spa in Mesa is a playful paradise to call your own. The vibe is young, fun and refreshing. Roll in here for the usual suspects: massage, facial, mani-pedi…or get a blow out at their new dry bar. I opted for a massage and was impressed by two things. First, my tiny masseuse whipped my knots out. She was skilled with a capital S. Second, it’s totally affordable with the value ratio definitely in your favor.

The beauty of the greater Phoenix area is that there’s something for every gal and budget. Great shopping: check. Heathy eating options: check. Spas: check. Outdoor activity: check. I just might become a snowbird after all!

A Note from The Saucy Travel Mama: Thank you Visit Mesa and Visit Phoenix for hosting my stay. As always, my opinions are my own.

About Jody Robbins, The Saucy Travel Mama

After a career in international marketing and a few years spent living the high life as an expat, Jody now resides with her family in Calgary, Canada. Figuring travel writing was a good way to combine her wanderlust and parental duties, she’s spent the past few years working with both print and online media, contributing to the Calgary Herald Travel and Real Life sections and blogging about her adventures at Travels with Baggage (JodyRobbins.com). When not circling the globe with her precocious children (one daughter, one husband, one dog), she can usually be found snowboarding or pretending to enjoy hiking. Find Jody on Twitter at @Jody_Robbins.

  1. Claudia Laroye says

    I totally need to get back to Phoenix/Scottsdale for some me time. It’s been 12 years since my last visit, so a return is long overdue!

  2. We are headed to Phoenix this spring with the family. There really is a lot to do there!

  3. Wandering Educators says

    WOW. I love all of these things – and wouldn’t have thought of Phoenix for such a great girlfriend getaway. Thank you!

  4. It is awesome to work my body in such a great environment.
    I usually get up early in the morning to make my morning exercises and I also walk a lot searching the area and knowing people.

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