Arcadia is one of Phoenix, Arizona’s most desired neighborhoods among homebuyers. Chef-driven restaurants, curated shops, and luxury spas all call the neighborhood home. Add a top-rated country club, in-demand college preparatory school, and majestic Camelback Mountain, and it’s little wonder so many people dream of living here. Imagine a perfect Saturday in Arcadia.
8 a.m. Hike Echo Canyon Trail at Camelback Mountain
Start the day with a hike along Echo Canyon Trail at Camelback Mountain. A city park since 1968, Camelback Mountain sits right next to Arcadia and is one of the most popular hiking areas in the valley. Enjoy stunning views of layered sandstone rock formations and watch for birds, desert tortoises, Chuckwalla lizards, and cottontail rabbits among the saguaro, cholla, and prickly pear cacti.
9:30 a.m. Enjoy a massage and soak at Alvadora Spa
Unwind into the day with a 50-minute Himalayan salt stone massage at the Forbes Four-Star Alvadora Spa at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa. Your immersive, personalized spa ritual includes access to indoor and outdoor relaxation areas and the pool. Following your massage, spend some time soaking up the sun in their picturesque pool.
11:30 a.m. Brunch at The Henry
Take the family out for a delicious brunch at The Henry. This Gatsby-era neighborhood favorite serves elevated classics like avocado toast, quinoa breakfast bowls, and Scottish salmon alongside their signature spritzes in an effortlessly chic environment.
1 p.m. An afternoon at The Arizona Country Club
Spend the afternoon at Arcadia’s neighborhood country club playing pickleball with friends while your kids take swim lessons. Consistently ranked the #1 family club in the state, The Arizona Country Club offers golf, racket sports, swimming, a fitness center, a spa, dining, social events, and kid’s activities–all with beautiful views of Camelback Mountain.
4 p.m. Shopping at urbAna
After taking the kids home, swing by UrbAna to pick up a present for a friend’s birthday party tonight. This elegant local home goods store is the go-to place for curated luxury gifts, artisan decor items, party goods, and designer furnishings.
5 p.m. Meet friends at O.H.S.O Brewery
Take the dogs with you to meet a few friends for an afternoon beer at O.H.S.O Brewery. The dog-friendly patio at this neighborhood nano-brewery/distillery is the perfect spot to enjoy a beautiful day while sampling some of their many beers (including gluten-reduced options), hard seltzers, and award-winning Arcadia flavored spirits.
7 p.m. Drop the kids at Phoenix Country Day School
Drop the kids off at Phoenix Country Day School for the theater department’s evening performance of Romeo and Juliet. A national leader in a progressive, student-centered experience, this independent pre-K through 12 school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1. The school follows a liberal arts curriculum that includes visual arts, music, theater, and athletics.
7:30 p.m. Dinner at Vecina
Celebrate your friend’s birthday with a bottle of Guy Larmandier Premier Cru and dinner at Vecina. Enjoy papas verde, hiramasa ceviche, and Duroc pork belly tacos at this chef-driven restaurant that creates seasonal menus using Latin-inspired spices, chiles, and ingredients.