I cannot tell you how excited I was when I found out I got to go to Phoenix during the dead of Winter in Chicago. I was telling all my friends that I was escaping the cold to head to warmer and sunnier weather. My work trip to Phoenix was at the end of January, and I was ready to bust out the light clothes and sunglasses!
As we got closer to the departure date, I was eagerly checking the weather for Arizona. And it wasn’t looking great. But, I was still optimistic.
Come the day before I leave, and I realized this weather forecast wasn’t changing. My weather app was saying rain for everyday I was in Phoenix, and 50 degree weather. I was also noticing that it was going to be unseasonably warm in Chicago the same weekend – basically the same as weather as Phoenix this particular weekend.
Just. My. Luck.
I was still set on making the most of my time in Phoenix, regardless of the weather. It was my first time in Arizona and my first time going to this particular conference, so I was excited to see what it was all about.
I landed in cloudy Phoenix on a Thursday afternoon and was staying until Sunday morning. My workload wasn’t as heavy as typical work trips, so I had some downtime which I hoped to use to explore. Unfortunately, with the rain, I mostly stuck to the conference sessions and exploring the exhibit hall inside.
One awesome component about my stay in Phoenix was my hotel. I stayed at the Renaissance downtown and I could not say enough great things about it. The staff was super friendly and extremely helpful when I had to trace down my packages shipped there for the conference. The lobby was decorated to the nines with awesome light fixtures, art, and furniture. The rooms were squeaky clean and the bed was comfortable. Here are a couple pictures I snapped of the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel lobby:
Most importantly, the hotel bar was awesome. It had a old barn/rustic feel with exposed wood beams and lights that look like they belong in a warehouse. The happy hour specials were also great, so after my time at the conference was over, I could unwind at the bar and meet some people, as it was always crowded. I also tried avocado fries for the first time, which I really enjoyed. Fries and avocados – two of my favorite foods together in one!
If you are in need of a place to stay in downtown Phoenix, do yourself a favor and check out the Renaissance.
Even though a lot of my time was spent at the conference, I still made a point to walk around downtown (even in the rain). When I’m in a new city, I want to see as much as possible, regardless of the circumstances – so I grabbed my umbrella and comfortable walking shoes.
Downtown Phoenix has a lot of shopping, plenty of restaurants and bars, and the Diamondbacks. I was so happy to see palm trees, so I was the typical tourist snapping pictures of them along the way.
And here’s what I looked like during my stroll…
While I wish my title could have been ‘My Warm Winter Getaway to Phoenix,’ everything worked out. I can’t wait to go back and check out some hikes right outside of downtown!
Have you ever been to Phoenix? What was your favorite thing? Comment below!