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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.

Restaurant Industry

Arizona Restaurant Week Returns Sept. 21-29

Valley food lovers rejoice! Arizona Restaurant Week will return this fall from Saturday, September 21 through Sunday, September 29 for nine action-packed and scrumptious nights.

The Arizona Restaurant Association proudly hosts this week of extravagant edibles to showcase the state’s vibrant restaurant industry. This chef-powered event sets the stage for menus and dining trends for the fall and winter months and helps put Arizona on the map as a nationally known culinary destination.

“When you think of Arizona food, you may think of tacos, burritos, menudo; but that’s not the whole story,” said Arizona Restaurant Association President and CEO Steve Chucri. “There are so many different cuisines and foods available in Arizona beyond traditional Southwestern food.”

Diners will have the opportunity to try up to nine restaurants during Arizona Fall Restaurant Week. Many restaurants have already joined forces and signed up to take part in this exciting event and the Arizona Restaurant Association is actively seeking more restaurants to participate in the Phoenix metro area and Tucson.

“We’ve got fan favorites like Beckett’s Table, Binkley’s and Lon’s already signed up as well as newcomers like Searsucker, the Salty Sow and Taggia at Firesky Resort and Spa,” said Chucri.
Other loyal restaurants like Monti’s La Casa Vieja, The Melting Pot and Vincent on Camelback never miss a season of Arizona Restaurant Week and this fall is no exception.

During Fall Arizona Restaurant Week, more than 200 Phoenix area and Tucson restaurants will offer specialty prix-fixe dinner menus for $30 and $40 per person, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted.

“Arizona Restaurant Week is a celebration of Arizona’s finest tastemakers and one of the state’s biggest industries,” said Chucri. “The twice yearly event allows us to highlight Arizona as a top culinary destination in the country.”

Fall Arizona Restaurant Week will feature everything from superior steaks and burgers to award winning white tablecloth establishments throughout Phoenix and Tucson and is sure to satisfy every craving.

“There’s something special about Arizona food. Some of our restaurants have been family-owned for nearly a century. Others have grown from new ideas and fresh ingredients,” added Chucri. “And the cuisine is just as diverse as the restaurants that serve it. It’s all on the table here in Arizona.”

A full list of participating restaurants and menus will be featured on www.ArizonaRestaurantWeek.com with an easy-to-use interface for searching for a favorite local chef, type of cuisine or restaurant wish list.

Check back often as new restaurants and menus will be added as they become available. Until then, find out all the delectable details by following Arizona Restaurant Week (ARW) on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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