James and I celebrated our 10th anniversary this weekend by going to FireSky Resort & Spa in Scottsdale. Yes, I realize this is not a big trip, but the price was right and it was just long enough to get in some relaxation time.
Friday night we went to this little place called Carlsbad Tavern, which just happened to be right down the street, lucky for us. I had heard about it months ago, in particular, in regards to this habanero cheeseburger they make. I guess they chop up habanero and mix it in the burger itself. James loves hot food, so I figured this would be right up his alley. Although he acknowledged that it was, in fact, the hottest burger he had ever had, you wouldn’t have known it was even hot judging from his reaction. I seriously had the tiniest bite ever (about the size of half a dime) and my mouth immediately turned to fire. Woo! I cannot imagine indulging in an entire, ginormous burger! I had an amazing, huge, delicious burrito with this awesomely tender pork inside. So great! I also had a Horny Toad Margarita which was the strongest margarita I’ve ever had. Wow. The waitress asked me how it was about 3/4 of the way through. I said it was good. She then advised me that when the bartender handed it to her, he admitted that it was probably a bit strong. Ya think? Needless to say, I had to hand James the keys on our way out the door and I only had one drink.
Saturday was spent poolside drinking (basically, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm). James had some beers and mojitos and I indulged in a couple of really good strawberry daquiris. Yum. At 2:00, I really got into relax mode with the help of an 80-minute full-body massage at the hotel spa. Again, totally amazing. This was only my second massage ever and I say the same thing to the therapist every time, “How do you expect me to go back into the real world after this? It’s just not possible.” Afterwards, I went right back out by the pool. At 5:45, we went to dinner at the hotel restaurant, Taggio. Both the food and service were amazing – a bit pricey, but well worth it. Sunday morning, I was back poolside for a couple hours before noon checkout. It was so nice every day not to have to hear the cats yelling at me bright and early for their food or worry about getting the dogs walked. There was also no litter box cleaning necessary or cleaning of any kind. Wonderful.
I would highly recommend FireSky to anyone, by the way. It wasn’t really big or really expensive. They were having a great deal when we booked and we got two nights for a little over $200 total. We ended up spending about another $200 on poolside drinks, my massage, etc., but, overall, not bad. It’s definitely upper scale, but not so much so that you feel uncomfortable or out of place. There were kids (surprisingly, none were annoying), middle-aged people, and even a few older ones – a pretty mixed crowd. There was no dress code at the restaurant. You could dress like you were going to Applebee’s, yet you were so NOT at Applebee’s.
Anyway, here are a few of the pictures:
(This was the pool with the beach. It wasn’t very big, but cool, nonetheless.)
(This was the other pool, at night – obviously. That’s fire on top of those 3 towers and waterfalls coming out of them into the pool.)
(One of the cabanas.)
(This is a little outside patio area where they have a wine bar every night.)
(View from our table outside at dinner.)