When I think of Scottsdale AZ, I think more of retiree snowbirds than rock stars. However, I spent a few days there recently living like a rockstar and you can too.
The first thing you need to live the rock and roll lifestyle is an amazing crib. The Platinum Experience has a variety of properties that fit the criteria. We stayed in a sprawling 5-bedroom, 4-1/2 bath ranch. This place was incredible. It looks lovely from the outside but the exterior doesn’t do it justice.
**Disclaimer: Aspects of this trip were hosted, however, all opinions are my own. I strive to provide my readers with my most authentic sentiments.
First of all, it is hard to tell from the street that it so spacious on the inside. This nearly 5000 square foot property features a master bedroom suite with walk-in closets larger than some of the bedrooms in my 2-story, traditional home as well as a jetted tub and a palatial shower. All the beds are dressed the softest sheets I’ve ever experienced. Everyone in my party commented about how amazing they were. I suspect they were made from bamboo.
The vast eat-in kitchen (not that any legitimate rockstar cooks) comes equipped with commercial grade appliances and a wine fridge.[bctt tweet=”What you need to know to live like a Rockstar in Scottsdale AZ. ” username=”genxtraveler”]
You can’t experience a rockstar life without large-screen televisions in every room, an amazing sound system, a great room with a working fireplace and a game room complete with darts, projection television, and regulation size pool table.
Despite all these fabulous indoor amenities, if you visit anytime other than the summer when it is so hot you can’t breathe, you will want to bring the party outdoors. This place offers a secluded backyard suited for any soiree. You will find a roofed outdoor kitchen area with a bar area a benefit when entertaining. The large in-ground swimming pool and an adjacent hot tub with a waterfall feature beckons. There is also a protected area with lounge chairs if you need to escape the sun or catch a few more Zs. When the sun goes down, turn the color varying lights on, spark up the fire-pits and enjoy a dip.
When you get tired of playing in the water, you will also find horseshoe pits, a putting green, and a Ping-Pong table.
Out on the Town
When you bore of all the fun stuff to do at your pad, you will surely want to go clubbing. Be sure to visit The Mint, a bank-turned-night club with both indoor and outdoor space. With 4500 square feet of outdoor space, The Mint claims the largest open-air club space in all of Old Scottsdale. This club thumps with both house and pop music until the early morning hours. Additionally, The Mint has exclusive VIP space for rockstars like you.
Perhaps you want to take your evening in a more laidback direction. The Coach House may be your spot. It has been called “Scottsdale’s favorite spot for slumming” by the Phoenix New Times. This family-owned tavern is the oldest tavern in Scottsdale, operating since 1959. This is anything but a posh nightclub. Rather than pulsating club lighting, this place is lit with Christmas lights year round. It is considered a must-see during the holidays when it is adorned with festive decoration both inside and out. The Coach House is a classic shot and beer joint and a favorite with locals and visitors alike. It serves up drinks from 6 am to 2 am, 365 days of the year.
No respectable rockstar wakes up early enough for breakfast and after a late night at the clubs, you won’t want to either. No worries. Brunch is on the menu.
Check out Hash Kitchen. This place serves up concoctions of classic and not so classic breakfast favorites served in a hot iron skillet over hash browns. I had the Huevos Rancheros Hash. In addition to the Hash, they serve waffles, French toast and egg dishes as well as salads, sandwiches, and burgers. We also tried the Cannoli Donuts, which they list as a “Starter,” but I would consider it more of a dessert. These were amazing. Donuts, stuffed with cannoli cream and topped with powdered sugar, what’s not to like?
And what would brunch be without a little of the hair of the dog? Hash Kitchen can brag about having Arizona’s Largest Bloody Mary Bar. What is a Bloody Mary Bar? It’s like a salad bar but with fixins for your drink. With more than 40 add-ons, you can almost make a meal of your cocktail. Bloody Marys come in varying degrees of heat. I had the #6, which is supposed to be the equivalent in heat intensity of jalapenos. I can tell you I would not have wanted it any spicier and I like the heat.
After living the rockstar life, you won’t want to go back to your ordinary life. But alas, it is by living the mundane day-to-day that the glamorous life is appreciated as exceptional.