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Top 5 Accommodations: Uniquely Arizona (Spring-Summer 2014)

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Get ready to experience Arizona’s spring/summer 2014 Top 5 Accommodations for Uniquely Arizona! And use Experience AZ to guide you toward a visit that will make you want to come back time after time to keep crossing the must see hot spots off your Top 5 lists.



Top 5 Accommodations: Uniquely Arizona

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa
2400 E. Missouri Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85016

(800) 950-0086
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An Arizona landmark since its opening on Feb. 23, 1929, when it was crowned The Jewel of the Desert.

Hermosa Inn
5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd. Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

(602) 955-8614
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In-room fireplaces, secluded patios, hand-painted Mexican tile, HD TVs, high-speed Internet, swimming pool, Jacuzzis and Lon’s at the Hermosa.

The Grand Canyon Caverns, Cavern Motel Room
Location: On Route 66 at mile marker 115, just 9 miles east of Peach Springs, Ariz.
(928) 422-3223
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Imagine, if you can, spending the night in the oldest, darkest, deepest, quietest, and largest suite room in the world. You take the elevator 22 stories underground and spend the night in a place so quiet and dark, so large and so old, and so alone. It is not for everyone, but if you have the desire and will, you can do this.
Rancho De Los Caballeros Hotel
1551 S. Vulture Mine Rd. Wickenburg, AZ 85390

(928) 684-5484
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Rancho de los Caballeros isn’t your average dude ranch. It’s a historic ranch resort with the soul of a bed and breakfast. The Ranch offers full resort amenities and privacy, yet with the charm and intimacy of yesteryear—it’s the kind of place where everyone knows your name and your favorite horse.

La Posada
303 E. 2nd St. Winslow, AZ 86047

(928) 289-4366
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Rated as one of the “World’s Best Places to Stay” by Condé Nast Traveler Gold List in 2009, this hotel is the Last Great Railroad Hotel built in 1929 by the Santa Fe Railway for the Fred Harvey Company. It offers guests three gardens (Sunken, Rose and Potager), a wedding terrace and the fabulous Turquoise Restaurant.

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Haunted Boutique Resort Offering Ghost Tours

As one of the oldest resorts in the Valley with a rich cowboy history dating back to the 1930’s, it’s only natural that The Hermosa Inn would be home to a few friendly spirits still wandering the grounds. From original owner, cowboy artist Alonzo “Lon” Megargee, to a “Pink Lady” on a bridge and unexplained moving objects, this luxury boutique resort is now offering a Hermosa Hauntings package, where guests will receive two creepy cocktails from Last Drop at the Hermosa upon arrival, in addition to a guided ghost tour of the property.

“While we have accumulated quite a few ghost stories over the years, all the spirits that have been encountered seem to be quite friendly,” said Managing Director Michael Gildersleeve. “With so much interest from guests over the decades – and even more so in recent years with the popularity of rivaling ghost hunting shows on television – we thought it fitting to offer a package that gets our guests into the holiday spirit, and maybe even allows them to have an experience of their own with an on-property spirit.”

Valid October 1 – November 3, 2013 and starting from $246/night, the Hermosa Hauntings package includes an overnight stay, two creepy cocktails – Last Drop’s “Eye for an Eye” (recipe here) – upon arrival, and a guided ghost tour through the property.

Ghost stories that have been reported from throughout the Inn include the following:

Closing the Door
Apparently Lon likes the doors shut. A maid actually quit after having doors shut on their own multiple times while she was cleaning the guest casitas.

A Pat on the Head
A guest came into the restaurant to show her friends some of Lon Megargee’s original artwork that hangs in Last Drop (the portion of the Hermosa Inn that was Lon’s original art studio and residence). The host showed them the way, walked in the other room, had his hands full and when he came back to the guests (still with both hands full) the woman was looking up in the air. Our host asked what she was looking at, or if the roof was leaking from the rainy day, and she said “No, you just patted me on the head.” He assured her that he did not, as his hands were full.

Cowboy in the Mirror
Yet another maid quit her job at The Hermosa Inn; this time due to the reflection of a cowboy that appeared in the mirror behind her. When she turned around, no one was there.

Lady in Pink
Multiple guests have asked “Who is that lady in the pink gown walking over the bridge by the pool?” While we don’t know who she might be, a lady in a floor-length flowing pink gown (something not of this time period) does appear to guests in the late hours of the night or early mornings as she walks across the bridge.

Lon Did It
Oftentimes candlesticks will somehow fall out of their candlestick holders and other objects seem to move on their own or be misplaced. Decorations on the host stand have been “pushed” off, and a host was talking to a guest at the bar when a bottle of tequila flew off the shelf and broke multiple glasses. The staff will often joke “Oh, Lon must have done that!”

Kids at Play
One of the restaurant’s evening dishwashers refuses to work alone at night because she has seen children of times passed playing out in the parking lot upon leaving at 1 or 2 in the morning, in addition to seeing the Pink Lady mentioned above.

Spirits in the Cellar
When workers were doing construction in the underground wine cellar of LON’s, they had left various tools in disarray and went upstairs to get something. When they came back down, all their tools had been neatly placed in a row. There have also been accounts of doors opening/closing and lights going on and off.

To book a Hermosa Hauntings package, call 602.955.8614 (toll free at 800.241.1210) or visit www.HermosaInn.com and use promo code Haunting. For more information on The Hermosa Inn, LON’s and Last Drop, visit Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and the Hermosa Inn blog.

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Haunted Boutique Resort Offering Ghost Tours

As one of the oldest resorts in the Valley with a rich cowboy history dating back to the 1930’s, it’s only natural that The Hermosa Inn would be home to a few friendly spirits still wandering the grounds. From original owner, cowboy artist Alonzo “Lon” Megargee, to a “Pink Lady” on a bridge and unexplained moving objects, this luxury boutique resort is now offering a Hermosa Hauntings package, where guests will receive two creepy cocktails from Last Drop at the Hermosa upon arrival, in addition to a guided ghost tour of the property.

“While we have accumulated quite a few ghost stories over the years, all the spirits that have been encountered seem to be quite friendly,” said Managing Director Michael Gildersleeve. “With so much interest from guests over the decades – and even more so in recent years with the popularity of rivaling ghost hunting shows on television – we thought it fitting to offer a package that gets our guests into the holiday spirit, and maybe even allows them to have an experience of their own with an on-property spirit.”

Valid October 1 – November 3, 2013 and starting from $246/night, the Hermosa Hauntings package includes an overnight stay, two creepy cocktails – Last Drop’s “Eye for an Eye” (recipe here) – upon arrival, and a guided ghost tour through the property.

Ghost stories that have been reported from throughout the Inn include the following:

Closing the Door
Apparently Lon likes the doors shut. A maid actually quit after having doors shut on their own multiple times while she was cleaning the guest casitas.

A Pat on the Head
A guest came into the restaurant to show her friends some of Lon Megargee’s original artwork that hangs in Last Drop (the portion of the Hermosa Inn that was Lon’s original art studio and residence). The host showed them the way, walked in the other room, had his hands full and when he came back to the guests (still with both hands full) the woman was looking up in the air. Our host asked what she was looking at, or if the roof was leaking from the rainy day, and she said “No, you just patted me on the head.” He assured her that he did not, as his hands were full.

Cowboy in the Mirror
Yet another maid quit her job at The Hermosa Inn; this time due to the reflection of a cowboy that appeared in the mirror behind her. When she turned around, no one was there.

Lady in Pink
Multiple guests have asked “Who is that lady in the pink gown walking over the bridge by the pool?” While we don’t know who she might be, a lady in a floor-length flowing pink gown (something not of this time period) does appear to guests in the late hours of the night or early mornings as she walks across the bridge.

Lon Did It
Oftentimes candlesticks will somehow fall out of their candlestick holders and other objects seem to move on their own or be misplaced. Decorations on the host stand have been “pushed” off, and a host was talking to a guest at the bar when a bottle of tequila flew off the shelf and broke multiple glasses. The staff will often joke “Oh, Lon must have done that!”

Kids at Play
One of the restaurant’s evening dishwashers refuses to work alone at night because she has seen children of times passed playing out in the parking lot upon leaving at 1 or 2 in the morning, in addition to seeing the Pink Lady mentioned above.

Spirits in the Cellar
When workers were doing construction in the underground wine cellar of LON’s, they had left various tools in disarray and went upstairs to get something. When they came back down, all their tools had been neatly placed in a row. There have also been accounts of doors opening/closing and lights going on and off.

To book a Hermosa Hauntings package, call 602.955.8614 (toll free at 800.241.1210) or visit www.HermosaInn.com and use promo code Haunting. For more information on The Hermosa Inn, LON’s and Last Drop, visit Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and the Hermosa Inn blog.

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Updates on the Hottest Spots in Scottsdale

75 Never Looked So Good

OEG-Flowers-610x360Next time it’s your birthday, invite the world famous Dale Chihuly to come. That’s exactly what the Desert Botanical Garden is doing to commemorate its 75th anniversary. Credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art, Chihuly has long held a love affair with the Sonoran Desert. And now he’s putting that love affair on display for the second time at DBG during Chihuly in the Garden. The exhibit blends the distinct shapes and colors of the desert region – think agave plants and the bold and brilliant sun – with Chihuly’s signature touches like brightly adorned glass balls in wooden boats. Behold Chihuly’s brilliant ability to weave his ornate pieces of art into the garden’s 50,000 indigenous plants including the iconic saguaro, cholla cactus and palo verde November 9, 2013 – May 18, 2014. The last exhibit, which ran in late 2008 and early 2009 attracted more than 550,000 over six months.

Wild West Lassoes New Cowboy Joints

Sure Scottsdale is nicknamed “The West’s Most Western Town,” but today the scene is more old west meets new west and a bit more Miranda Lambert than John Wayne. Two new modern-day saloons are adding to the collection of more than 80 hotspots in downtown, dubbed a “desert version of Miami’s South Beach” by The New York Times. The Western swung open its wooden doors with its name written in chalk on April 25, 2013. This honky-tonk is all about local country bands, home-style grub and whiskey cocktails with a cool western meets modern motif as the backdrop – think old church pews, a faux-leather bar, iron bar stools and a well-worn couch.

Just down the street, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row made its debut on Independence Day as a 1920s-style saloon with a new country vibe and live tunes from national and local acts performing on a stage hanging from the ceiling directly above the bar. The owner, Bentley, who just so happens to be a Grammy-nominated country star and Phoenix native, is bringing a taste of the South to the desert with a comfort-food menu with items such as shrimp and fritters, fried pickles and BBQ grilled chicken chockfull of local ingredients. Self-serve beer and liquor on tap will quench any cowboy’s thirst.

Taste the Flavors of Real Mean Cuisine

foodtruckcaravan Where can you get a satay daging beef skewer for dinner and a s’mores sandwich for dessert? Look no further than the Food Truck Caravan in downtown Scottsdale, which takes place each Saturday from 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. Featuring eight or more gourmet trucks from foodie havens such as Grilled Cheese Truck, Liberty Biscuits, Satay Hut, Spice It Up, Stickaberry, SuperFarm Food Truck and Udder Delights, expect everything from Southern comfort food and organic sliders to curriesand classic diner cuisine. This family and dog-friendly roundup is complete with picnic tables, live music and a caravan concierge, offering discounts at participating nearby local shops and art galleries for those who spend $8 or more on dinner.

Scottsdale – Shaken, Not Stirred

Scottsdale loves to shake things up when it comes to crafting cocktails. And there’s no better place to sip on a martini than jade bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, set to debut its new face this October. Named one of the best bars in America by Esquire magazine, this chic lounge is undergoing a major renovation that will nearly double its seating both inside and out but maintain its signature feature, floor-to-ceiling windows that offer incredible views of the surrounding mountains and valley. Cozy up with a friend or loved one at the stand-up drink bar made of authentic jade or on the patio, featuring a retractable shade, heaters and a fireplace.

You love cocktails, and you’re a fan of all things local. Then it’s time to mix it up, literally, at The Mix Up Bar, at Royal Palms Resort and Spa. Opening in September, this fun cocktail haven is the brainchild of Kim Haasarud, founder of nationally acclaimed beverage consulting company Liquid Architecture, and Paul McCabe, the new executive chef at T. Cooks, whose passion for locally sourced items is as much a part of him as his Arizona roots. Expect the unexpected with garden-to-glass cocktails featuring a lineup of ingredients like AZ Bitters Lab’s flavored bitters, La Bella Terre’s botanical sprays and vinegars from Outrageous Olive Oil & Vinegars, plus fresh produce and herbs grown in the new T. Cook’s garden. Pair a cocktail with a meal that’s designed to enhance the flavor of the alcohol.

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One of Scottsdale’s original cowboys, Lon Megargee, founder of the upscale, yet rustic The Hermosa Inn would be proud of the transformation at Last Drop at the Hermosa. This casual dining bar and grill was expanded to include outdoor seating. Daily happy hour features live entertainment and a new menu from Chef Jeremy Pacheco that includes everything from salads and sandwiches to shared bites and pizzas. All handcrafted cocktails are made by Last Drop’s Travis Nass.

On the Edge of Ingenuity

Home to more than 100 galleries, Scottsdale has long been an art mecca that’s inspired some of the greatest creative minds of the 20th and 21st century. On The Edge Gallery, an artist co-op featuring work by more than 40 artists, tells the story of just a few of these great minds through jewelry, ceramic and paintings. Step in the 2,000-square-foot gallery in downtown and encounter artists such as Dave Bigelow, whose starkly beautiful crosses are carved locally in a small woodshop; Wyatt Moody, whose sculptures tell the story of mankind’s journey and connectedness to the Earth; and Sherry Herradence, whose mixed media prints depict her fascination with bold colors, flowers and the four seasons. This one-stop shop harnesses the creative of the Southwest and Scottsdale.

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Top Hospitality Trends in 2013

Gone are the days of the “staycation.” Guests are craving function over flourish, and intimate spaces rather than overbearing enclaves. The hospitality trends of 2013 are all about comfort, simplicity and high-quality experiences.

While it changes with the year, and the economy, the trends we’re seeing now are showing that the majority of people are leaving the recession behind, putting a focus on the value of travel and are looking to purchase an experience rather than an item. Below is a glimpse of what 2013 will hold for hoteliers, restaurateurs and travelers alike.

Top Hospitality Trends in 2013

Cozy vs. cutting edge

It’s no longer about which designer worked with a hotel to give it that cutting-edge design, statement furniture and bright color scheme. In our ever-busy day-to-day lives, people are craving comfort and cozy spaces, rather than a “cool” space with no functionality. Take, for example, the lush leather couches that adorn the casitas and are placed throughout Last Drop at the Hermosa; they provide a feeling of warmth and comfort, rather than being a piece of furniture that is meant to be looked at, instead of used.

Locavores unite

While celebrity chefs have come to the forefront of the hospitality industry — and TV screens — across America, guests are becoming more and more concerned with the food itself, rather than a creative presentation from a big name. The locavore movement that focuses on everything that is locally produced, raised and grown, will be — if it’s not already — a major component of the culinary mission for resort restaurants. As we have already begun here at LON’s at the Hermosa, the property’s one-acre garden provides the majority of herbs, citrus and vegetables, which are used in the LON’s kitchen, in addition to those supplied from local farmers.

Quality of experience

There is an air of optimism among guests, and 2013 is looking to be a year where travelers are back to doing exactly that: traveling. Say “goodbye” to staycations, as most people are now beginning to place a higher value on splurging in order to get a high-quality experience and a stress-free trip, rather than an item. Whether the recession shed a light on the unimportance of having more “stuff” than the next guy, I’m not sure; but there has been a shift, and the value of travel is only going up.

Personal connections

As a 34-casita resort, we may already be the epitome of having a personal connection with our guests; however, in 2013, this is where many resorts — and travelers — are headed. Social media may have a part in ushering in this trend, as guests are now used to speaking one-on-one with resorts and restaurants via Facebook, Twitter and TripAdvisor. Because of this, larger hotels may be scrambling to keep up in 2013, when boutique properties and bed and breakfasts are already on a first-name basis with frequenting guests.

As guests and hoteliers alike make changes per evolving tastes, the next trend is only around the corner, and 2013 will surely be a year to benefit both parties.

For more information on The Hermosa Inn & LON’s, visit hermosainn.com, Facebook, Twitter or The Hermosa Inn Blog, or call (602) 955-8614.

 

The Holidays at The Hermosa Inn

Spending The Holidays At The Hermosa Inn

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

Holiday Carolers

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.

Gingerbread Houses

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.

Holiday Cocktails

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)

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  • 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
(602) 955-8614
HermosaInn.com

 

Top 10 Accommodations: Phoenix & Paradise Valley Hotels, Resorts (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 10 Accommodations: Phoenix & Paradise Valley Hotels, Resorts (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 10 Phoenix and Paradise Valley hotels and resorts — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

2400 E. Missouri Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85016
800-950-0086
arizonabiltmore.com
An Arizona landmark since its opening on Feb. 23, 1929, when it was crowned The Jewel of the Desert.


Hermosa Inn

5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
800-241-1210
hermosainn.com
In-room fireplaces, secluded patios, hand-painted Mexican tile, HD TVs, high-speed Internet, swimming pool, Jacuzzis and Lon’s at the Hermosa.


Hyatt Regency Phoenix

122 N. 2nd St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
800-55-HYATT (49288)
phoenix.hyatt.com
This sophisticated hotel showcases 693 rooms and suites, award-winning dining and versatile meeting space. Features an indulgent outdoor pool and spa and nearby world-class golf and tennis facilities.


Montelucia Resort & Spa

4949 E. Lincoln Dr.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
888-627-3010
montelucia.com
The Montelucia Resort & Spa is a luxurious hotel in Paradise Valley that is inspired by the architecture and culture of Spain’s Andalusia region.The resort offers an escape from the city and provides access to recreation, nightlife and dining.


JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85054
800-835-6206
jwdesertridgeresort.com
Two 18-hole championship golf courses, Marriott’s original Revive Spa, 10 dining options, four acres of turquoise swimming pools and waterways, and Arizona’s largest ballroom.


Pointe Hilton Resorts-Tapatio Cliffs

11111 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85020
800-947-9784
pointehilton.com
Whether visiting for business or pleasure, you will enjoy luxury all-suite accommodations, complimentary access to our expansive water feature, unique dining experiences, championship golf, relaxing spa and salon services and an array of shopping options. Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort truly is an extraordinary escape from the ordinary.


Ritz-Carlton Phoenix

2401 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016
800-241-3333
ritz-carlton.com
The 11-story, 281-room hotel features spectacular city views, fine dining and an exquisite outdoor patio and pool.


Royal Palms Resort & Spa

5200 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018
800-672-6011
royalpalmshotel.com
Nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain, the original 1929 mansion features 119 guest rooms, casitas and suites. Combining the graciousness and sophistication of a Mediterranean villa with the intimacy and privacy of a secluded retreat.


Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
800-245-2051
sanctuaryaz.com
Situated on 53 acres, the resort offers its guests unparalleled privacy and peace. Guests enjoy the most modern of pleasures and conveniences. The spa features 12 indoor/outdoor treatment rooms, a meditation garden, Sanctum and Watsu pool.


Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel

340 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-262-2500
sheratonphoenixdowntown.com
As Arizona’s largest hotel, the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel sits 31-stories high, redefining the city skyline. The 1,000 room hotel offers panoramic city, skyline and mountain views, and puts you within walking distance of some of the city’s finest arts, dining and entertainment venues.

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Lon Megargee, "Cowboy’s Dream"

Hermosa Inn Upholding Its Artful Origins: Art Walk, Residence Dinners And More

Originally built by cowboy artist Alonzo “Lon” Megargee as his art studio and residence, The Hermosa Inn has a history within the art world reaching as far back as 1936. After being launched to prominence by his commission with the state of Arizona to create 15 large, historic and iconic murals for the capitol building in 1913, Megargee also worked briefly in Hollywood; created illustrations for the cover of popular Western story magazines in the 1920s, which are hanging in the Library at The Hermosa Inn; and was also commissioned by Stetson to create his now-famous “Last Drop from His Stetson,” which to this day is printed in the top of every top-of-the-line Stetson hat and is the namesake for The Hermosa Inn’s Last Drop at the Hermosa.Lon Megargee, "Last Drop From His Stetson"

With such a rich history in the Arizona arts scene, The Hermosa Inn has since made a mission to preserve its artful origins, in addition to building an awareness of arts and culture within Arizona. A private collection of Megargee’s work has blossomed into an exhibit of more than 30 original pieces, which adorn the walls of the Inn and its culinary centerpiece, LON’s at the Hermosa — while the award-winning Artist in Residence Series is now in its eighth season. Most recently, however, is a partnership with Figarelli Fine Art — a leader in contemporary Southwestern art — who has brought in, and crane-lifted, an art installment valued at more than $2 million.

Lon Megargee, "Cowboy’s Dream"The 50+ piece exhibit is displayed in the resort, throughout the grounds, within guest rooms and in what is now the “Sculpture Garden,” includes such prominent artists as Allan Houser, Paul Moore, John Dawson, Phillip Haozous and Tony Lee. Combined with the existing pieces by Megargee, The Hermosa Inn has become an epicenter of Southwestern artistry and come late September will be hosting The Hermosa Inn Art Walk.

The Art Walk will allow guests and Valley residents alike to take guided, or self-guided, tours of the artwork on property, learn more about the artistic origins of the “old Arizona” inn and have the opportunity to purchase the work on-site.

In addition to the tours, the Inn will also be coordinating culinary events in the Sculpture Garden, where guests will not only be able to enjoy the atmosphere and artwork, but also the culinary creations of Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco.

As if this wasn’t enough, the award-winning Artist in Residence program will be returning to the property in October and will feature a series of dinners and brunches with critically acclaimed artists, authors and musicians from across the U.S. who will be sharing stories about their work, art and life. Attendees will have the opportunity to mingle with each accomplished artists and, in some cases, watch as they create a masterpiece on-site while they share their tips and techniques.

The line-up includes:

Artist in Residence Dinners ($99++/person):

Friday, October 19: Javon Jackson
Friday, November 30: Ed Mell
Thursday, February 21, 2013: Jeffrey Siegel
Saturday, March 16, 2013: Mike Elsass Artist ‘Canvas and Corks’ Workshop
Friday, April 5, 2013: Dr. Connie Mariano

Artist in Residence Brunches
(complimentary with the cost of brunch at LON’s):

Sunday, October 21: Patsy Lowry
Sunday, November 18: Tom Van Dyke
Sunday, January 27, 2013: Jim Sudal
Sunday, February 17, 2013: Fred Krakowiak
Sunday, March 10, 2013: Linda Pullinsi
Sunday, March 17, 2013: Mike Elsass

For art lovers anxious to get a glimpse, The Hermosa Inn is open for viewing of the artwork on property, and private tours can be set up by calling (602) 955-8614. For further information on The Hermosa Inn & LON’s or upcoming Artist in Residence details, visit HermosaInn.com, Facebook , Twitter or The Hermosa Inn blog.

ABOUT THE HERMOSA INN & LON’S

Recently named one of the 2012 “Top 500 Hotels in the World” by Travel + Leisure Magazine and Condé Nast Traveler’s 2011 Reader’s Poll pick, The Hermosa Inn is a jewel of a hideaway in the heart of the Valley — minutes from Scottsdale, yet surrounded by an exclusive neighborhood in Paradise Valley. Originally hand-crafted in the 1930s by cowboy artist Lon Megargee at his private residence, the Inn’s adobe architecture has kept its “old Arizona” character and charm. All 34 casitas are surrounded by spectacular landscaping and beautiful desert vistas.

The $2 million remodel of the accommodations retains the legendary personality and intimate atmosphere of the original hacienda, while enhancing the accommodations with upgraded amenities for a more luxurious experience. The culinary centerpiece of the Inn is Lon’s at the Hermosa, the celebrated Four Diamond restaurant renowned for “artful American” cuisine, which is complemented by the Last Drop Bar, aptly named after one of the many paintings by Megargee that can be seen throughout the historic inn. For more information, visit HermosaInn.com or call (602) 955-8614.