Our recent babymoon in Phoenix, Arizona was actually a little last minute. We had been talking about doing a little getaway and going somewhere warm for a while, but at the time that's all that was- talk. Surprisingly, Titus was all gung ho and I was the hesitant one, saying I'd rather put the travel money towards an even bigger (potential) overseas trip later this year.
Well, I cracked. Like the icicles on my nose.
The weather got colder. My mood got grumpier. Our jobs got more stressful. And our toddler got more "fun" to be around. 😉
A warm weekend away was just what the doctor ordered!
*Warning- this post is photo heavy!*
Titus is a big mountain and nature man so he was thrilled to be going to Arizona, but I'll be honest, Arizona was not really even on my list. We were originally planning on Miami again (I'm a beach girl), but we couldn't find any good flight times from the place we wanted to fly out of.
We weren't going for very long so we wanted something that would maximize our time as much as we could as well as still being warm. That led us to Arizona and in the end, I'm actually happy that Miami didn't work out! I was surprised by how much I liked the desert and mountains.
After landing, our first stop was getting our rental car. We decided on renting a car because Titus wanted to drive around nature and I'm really glad we did, instead of relying on Uber. It gave us a lot more flexibility in our schedule!
Titus chose "supplier's choice" at the rental place because it was the cheapest option and they let us know our vehicle could either be a minivan or a cargo van. You can imagine our surprise when a Cadillac pulled up and they told us that was ours! Not a bad way to travel around I'll tell you that. 😉
We took our luxury vehicle to Hash Kitchen for breakfast. It felt amazing to sit outside with the sun shining while eating some amazing food. It was hard to believe that just that morning we were driving in negative temperatures! I instantly felt worries and cares drift away and I told Titus I could leave after that breakfast and be happy haha. The power of the sun, warm weather, and good food!
Hash Kitchen is a fun restaurant with an even more fun menu. We got "Billionaire's Bacon", which is extremely good and thick bacon covered in a sweet sauce and 24k gold shavings! I got their version of avocado toast (which is less healthy and more of a southwest twist) and Titus got caramelized banana french toast. No complaints here!
After breakfast, we headed to Titus' pick, Superstition Mountains. He didn't have any plans that we would do hiking in my state haha, but walking around the base of some mountains and being able to see them was good enough. And my creative soul got to photograph something new, so it was a win-win all around. 🙂
After a good meal and exercise, we were both ready to hit the pool and relaxxxxx.
We stayed at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. It's a beautiful 5-star resort surrounded by mountains and though it's a little bit of a splurge, I'm all for having a really nice place to stay if that's where you're going to be spending the majority of your time! Especially when you're not gone for long either.
Of course, you can't stay at a beautiful place without exploring the grounds and taking some pictures! Or okay, taking a lot of pictures.
We purposefully kept plans loose and though I had a fancy outfit planned for dinner, all this preggo wanted was takeout in bed followed by a bath and some tv. The perfect way to end the day for me!
After falling asleep so early, the next day we were up and at em ready to explore a little. What better way to do that than see an Arizona sunrise over the mountains? We snapped these sunrise photos at the corner of Hayden and Legacy.
Feeling stuffed was next on the agenda and that led us to Morning Glory for breakfast. Besides it being a bit chilly so early and Morning Glory only doing patio sitting, there are no real complaints about this place. All delicious farm-fresh food! I had the best muffin of my life here too. I didn't even get a photo I ate it so quickly.
This place is really kid-friendly as well, as you can walk around the grounds/farm and it's so spread out.
After a filling breakfast, we headed to Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa. No, we weren't staying there, but we stopped at their cafe, bought some coffee drinks, and explored the grounds a little. I had seen photos of this hotel online and it was so beautiful and Mediterranean-inspired. I just knew I had to see for myself! It was like being in another world.
After exploring that hotel, we hit up Scottsdale Fashion Square and Downtown Scottsdale. This is a really great area to explore! Some of the best shops, restaurants, and treats are in this area so you're bound to be busy for a while.
Here we had lunch at Diego Pops, dessert at The Sugar Bowl, and coffee at Press Coffee. All recommended from other blog posts. We liked them all!
After a day of exploring and picture taking, we were ready to hit the pool again and spend the rest of the day relaxing.
Our hotel has a lot of pools and though they're nice and kid-friendly, I was craving a little quiet haha. We ended up renting out some space at the 18+ spa pool instead and it was well worth the extra cost! It was quiet and beautiful and so so nice.
We spent hours here eating, resting, and sun tanning. Bliss.
You'd think after all that relaxing we'd want to do something. Nope. Not when babymooning! We kept the good relaxing times rolling by chilling in bed, watching tv, and getting food to eat from our hotel.
The next morning brought a slow wakeup and watching the sunrise on our balcony and next thing you know, it was time to head home.
So what was it like traveling pregnant in a covid centered world? Well, besides the masks, it actually didn't feel that much different! I was surprised by how full airports, planes, and hotels were.
Everyone will have differing opinions about this, but I think a lot of people, us included, were ready to travel and make some fun memories again. And if that meant following some new rules and traveling with a mask, so be it.
Now traveling pregnant, that felt very different haha. The plane was very uncomfortable and on one of our flights, we were actually already well on our way when we had to turn back due to plane issues. Then wait for a new plane and do it all over again.
Thankfully, we were safe and that's what matters, but having to do the flight again when I just wanted to get out of the plane was so not fun. But, all that to say, it was worth it and I'd do it again, but I don't think I could have done it for a longer flight or much further into my pregnancy (33 weeks at the time) when I'd be even more uncomfortable!
All in all, it was a great mental reset and I'm so glad we went. Whether you get on a plane, get in a car, or just have someone watch your kid and you stay home, I think it's a good idea to take some time off before baby arrives. You won't regret it!
Now, we wait...
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