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A Relaxing, Quiet Stay at The Scottsdale Resort

Nestled in a quiet corner of McCormick Ranch beneath and surrounded by rolling golf greens, the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center is an idyllic southwestern hacienda. My mother and I decided a quick, spontaneous staycation was imperative this weekend, and with sweet summer deals, the Scottsdale Resort, on a weekend of what we describe as beautiful drizzling rain and relieving, cool temperatures was the perfect choice.

fcc2ea60f26911e2a28422000a1f8f08_7I had never been to the Valley treasure, with its adobe walls and grand maple staircases and quaint, four-star eateries. We had choices like the Palm Club Restaurant or Vista Verde, but we wanted to relax, so we headed to roomy, comfortable lounge Sangria’s, which has thick, cognac leather chairs, huge pool tables, tall bars for big groups and a romantic patio. Due to the 80-degree temps and tolerable humidity we enjoyed a sunset dinner on the porch, which under tall trees softly sits next to where the golf course slopes to the edge of the facility. We took advantage – no shame here! – of the $5 happy hour Sangria’s has from 3 – 6 p.m. daily, sipping on sweet white sangria and margaritas.

SWFIMG_120810_15444058_HB16VI haven’t waited a half hour after eating before swimming in years, so we headed to the lengthy lap pool in the resort courtyard with the ivy and magnificent, crawling shade trees (excuse me that the names of these trees slips my mind) for a dip before the sun went down. It was a little warm in the hot tub, but honestly, I never say no to a jacuzzi, so after a lap or two we relaxed in the whirlpool with a drink (hey – it’s summer) in hand.

As the sky grew dark and more clouds moved in, we settled back in our homey room on delicious feather pillows. The rooms are warm and inviting, like one is nesting in an uncle’s chateau somewhere deep in the desert, maybe deep in the past, but nothing is dated or dark. Obviously, it sounds like I like to relax, so relax is what we did, and I admit I may have fallen asleep pretty early (blame in on the drinks). In the morning, light sun streamed through the wooden shutters, masked by those ephemeral trees in the courtyard below. I had to head to work (here I am!) but I sincerely want to visit again.

Oh, and there was a Hershey’s convention going on the whole time. It.was.awesome.

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Top 10 Accommodations: Scottsdale Hotels & Resorts (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 10 Accommodations: Scottsdale Hotels & Resorts (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 10 Scottsdale Hotels & Resorts — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa

34631 N. Tom Darlington Dr.,
Carefree, AZ 85377
Experience an undeniably unique sense of place astonishingly in tune with the environment. Untouched. Unspoiled. The Boulders provides a luxurious natural refuge immersed within two Jay Morrish championship golf courses. Enjoy a striking destination inspired by the extraordinary landscape, melding the offerings of thrilling outdoor recreation and renowned spa treatments, with the unsurpassed beauty of the Sonoran Desert.

Camelback Inn, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa

5402 E. Lincoln Dr.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
The much-anticipated $50 million renovation of Camelback Inn, a JW Marriott Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona has been unveiled. An enchanting haven of AAA Five-diamond hospitality and Southwestern charm is yours to rediscover: the hacienda-style entry and lobby, spectacular new restaurants, grand courtyard and the all new 20,000 square foot Arizona Ballroom await. Experience Scottsdale’s most celebrated Spa Camelback Inn or challenge your game on 36-holes of championship Arizona golf.

Fairmont Scottsdale

7575 E. Princess Dr.,
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
Offering one of the best spas in North America, two award-winning restaurants, meeting facilities and two 18-hole championship golf courses — one of which is home to the Annual PGA Tour Waste Management Phoenix Open (formerly the FBR Open).

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr.,
Scottsdale, Arizona 85262
High in the Sonoran Desert, in the cooling foothills of Pinnacle Peak, relax in Southwestern-style casitas, dine with heartbeat-skipping views, bask in sun-drenched weather and astonishing scenery, and rise to the challenge of golf at Troon North.

Hotel Valley Ho

6850 E. Main St.,
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
Originally built in 1956, the hotel re-opened in 2005, following extensive renovations. Features include a full-service spa boutique and a pool. Restaurants include the hotel’s signature restaurant, Cafe ZuZu.

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch

7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Scottsdale, Arizona 85258
Discover your own perfect hotel stay with championship golf, Spa Avania, water playground or Camp Hyatt Kachina. Expansive meeting facilities are just minutes away from the area’s major attractions.

The Phoenician

6000 E. Camelback Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
This AAA 5 Diamond award-winning property offers luxurious casitas, suites and guest rooms; one of America’s best resort golf courses; The Centre for Well-Being spa; tennis complex; nine swimming pools and elegant dining venues.

Talking Stick Resort

9800 E. Indian Bend Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Offering distinct comfort and the most contemporary appointments, all Talking Stick Resort guest rooms and hotel suites exude the flavor of Scottsdale and the Southwest with a modern flair.

W Scottsdale

7277 E. Camelback Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Sizzling hot and sparkling cool, W Scottsdale is infused with natural water elements flowing with meditative energy surrounded by exhilarating arts, sophisticated shopping, destination golf and a pulsating nightlife in our most livable city.

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

6902 E. Greenway Pkwy.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Come wander the groups of this desert oasis. Explore its hidden corners. Discover its intimate treasures. Enjoy desert-inspired treatments at Agave, The Arizona Spa, 27 holes of championship golf, waterpark, award-winning dining and nearby upscale shopping.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012