The smell of evergreen, peppermint and freshly baked pies fill the air as the holidays approach. It’s a time for family and friends to gather, and a time for travel and yearly traditions to be celebrated. While each family has their own way of celebrating, several resorts are starting their own traditions to ring in the holiday season.
Here at The Hermosa Inn, we will be continuing our holiday traditions by hanging the lights, placing poinsettias throughout the property and spreading that holiday spirit through the following festivities:
Ornament and Holiday Card Benefit
Throughout the month, guests dining at LON’s will have the opportunity to purchase hand-painted ornaments ($20 each) and holiday cards ($10 per set) specially created by students from the Scottsdale Artists School. Proceeds from these one-of-a-kind gifts will go toward scholarships allowing children who are less fortunate to attend the school’s Youth Academy winter and summer camps.
WHEN: Sunday November 25- Tuesday December 25
Nothing says “holiday” like carolers singing your favorite tunes. “Falalala” will be ringing delightfully in your ears and set your holiday spirit into full swing as Mayneswing, Arizona’s premier, award-winning jazz vocal group sing their holiday cheer for all to hear, exclusively at LON’s at the Hermosa Inn.
WHEN: December 5-8 and 11-15 from 7–10 p.m.
One of the most unique holiday events we host, which has become a part of many families’ yearly traditions, is our gingerbread house class, where LON’s pastry chef guides participants in the art of creating and decorating their own holiday gingerbread house. Once the walls are built, guest creations — and sweet tooth — come to life with the endless, and edible, materials. Gingerbread houses start at $40 per house with snacks and beverages provided.
WHEN: December 8 and 15 at 2 p.m.
Holiday Brunch and Bazaar
A holiday-themed version of our recently launched Brunch & Bazaar will be taking place on Saturday, December 8. Part daytime dining, part open-air marketplace, this monthly event allows guests to relax and enjoy the views from LON’s patio as we feature cooking demos of holiday soups, salads and cocktails, with tastings that are complimentary with the donation of one unwrapped toy, which will be donated to Toys for Tots.
WHEN: December 8 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Holiday Stay + Christmas Dinner
As is the offering at many resorts across the nation, we are also offering a special holiday package, which includes a one night stay for two, $75 dinner credit per person to LON’s, and a $36 breakfast credit to LON’s. Those not staying the night may also enjoy LON’s three-course Christmas dinner, a la carte, at a price of $75 for adults, and a special children’s menu (ages 5-12 years) for $15, with children under 4 eating for free.
WHEN: Holiday Stay available December 21–25; Christmas Dinner: December 24 from 4–9 p.m., and December 25 from 12–8 p.m.
What better way to ring in the holiday season than with cheers to family and friends? Last Drop at the Hermosa’s Spirit Guide, Travis Nass, creates one-of-a-kind custom cocktails and, this month, will be featuring the following holiday cocktail:
White Christmas ($12)
- 1.5 oz Partida Blanco Tequila
- .5 oz Domaine de Canton
- .5 oz Der Lachs Goldwasser
- .5 oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth
- 1 dash salt water
- 2 dashes AZBL Figgy Pudding Bitters
- Stir and strain into an old-fashioned glass full of ice.
- Garnish: Rosemary Christmas tree, orange peel star and powdered sugar snow
Having kept holidays tradition alive since the 1930s, when Alonzo “Lon” Megargee originally built the structure as his home and art studio, we invite you to join us this holiday season and continue the traditions you hold close — in addition to making some new holiday memories to last a lifetime.
For more information on holiday festivities at The Hermosa Inn & LON’s, or to book a stay over the holidays, visit HermosaInn.com or call (602) 955-8614.
The Hermosa Inn
5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd.
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253