These days, many people travel to Scottsdale, AZ for business. It’s a growing Southwestern hub that owes a lot of its prosperity to its amazing beauty and great location. If you go on business trips on a fairly regular basis, you know that things can easily become dull if you are serious at all times. Focusing solely on the business side of your trip can make things too mundane in a hurry. For the best possible business trip to Scottsdale, here are some tips you can use to make it more enjoyable.
Research Your Destination
Before you head out on your business trip, it’s a good idea to research your destination so that you know what to expect. You should absolutely do this if this is your first time in Scottsdale. Look up as much as you can about the destination, including places to eat, places to shop, notable sights to see, and entertainment around the area if you have time for that. Planning for things you want to see can help ensure you can schedule some downtime in rather than hoping you get around to it.
Add an Extra Day or Entire Weekend
If you really do want to ensure you get to unwind a bit in Scottsdale, make your reservation for an extra day or even an entire additional weekend. It can be motivational to have a goal to work toward while you’re swamped. Alternately, you can also add two extra days, one at the beginning and one at the end of your trip to give you a chance to unwind before and after a difficult trip.
Check Out Dining Establishments in the Area
No doubt, there are plenty of great restaurants near Scottsdale hotels and resorts. Check Yelp beforehand to stay up to date on what’s in your specific area. If you’re up for anything, though, the Warp & Weft Art Bar + Kitchen is the local Phoenix New Times’ choice for the best restaurant in Scottsdale. Just because it’s ostensibly a hotel restaurant doesn’t mean you skimp on flavor. Celebrated chef Adam Sheff’s menu features inventive, locally-inspired food and drink that brings visitors from all over.
Upgrade Your Accommodations
Speaking of the Warp & Weft, the hotel where it’s located, the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows, is one of the most popular Scottsdale hotels with travelers of all stripes. It offers a classy, resort atmosphere that business travelers usually miss out on. But this eclectic, mid-century modern hotel actually accommodates business travelers regularly. Its large rooms, great service, and free Wi-Fi make it a great business hotel.
Try Walking More
Your rental car will probably be your main means of transportation during your trip, but walking can be a great way to explore Scottsdale. It also allows you to get exercise and take in all the scenery you might otherwise miss due to focusing so much on work. You can also find plenty of inspiration while walking and get a professional brainstorm you never even considered before.
Make a Local Connection
While you are in Scottsdale for your business trip, you can make things more enjoyable by checking out local connections. If you have friends or family in the area, you can meet up with them when you have the time to make things fun. If your only connections in the city are friends on social media whom you have connected with well enough, try to meet up with them in person so they can introduce you to great things in the area. Or you can simply enjoy each other’s company.
These are excellent ways to make your business to Scottsdale trip fun. Remember: having some fun and not wearing yourself out will help stay sharper and more productive when you’re giving presentations or in meetings.