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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

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Next 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

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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 recent 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 Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco that includes everything from salads and sandwiches to shared bites and pizzas. All handcrafted cocktails featuring house-made liquors, tinctures and bitters are whipped up 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.

Photo: Hassayampa Inn

Top 5: Uniquely Arizona Accommodations (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Uniquely Arizona Accommodations — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

The 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.


Jerome Grand Hotel

200 Hill St.,
Jerome, AZ 86331
(888) 817-6788
jeromegrandhotel.net
Jerome Grand Hotel is not only a National Historic Landmark, but it’s also the highest public building in the Verde Valley with breathtaking views. The hotel was also featured on “Zak Bagans Paranormal Challenge” on the Travel Channel in 2011.


La Posada

303 E. 2nd St.,
Winslow, AZ 86047
(928) 289-4366
laposada.org
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, offering guests three gardens (Suken, Rose and Potager), a wedding terrace, and the fabulous Turquoise Restaurant.


Hassayampa Inn

122 E. Gurley St.,
Prescott, AZ 86301
(800) 322-1927
hassayampainn.com
For nearly a century, the Hassayampa Inn has been a place to escape the stresses of busy urban life, a place for a romantic getaway, and an oasis dedicated to restoring balance within the picturesque setting of northern Arizona.


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.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

 

Caprese Salad at LON's at the Hermosa

The Making of A Menu: LON's At The Hermosa

Creativity is key. Not just when putting a menu together and deciding which dishes to feature, but also in how often the menu is changed, what font is used, etc.

With a history in the arts — The Hermosa Inn was originally built by cowboy artist Alonzo “Lon” Megargee in the 1930s — we continue this tradition by featuring “artful American” cuisine at LON’s at the Hermosa. From utilizing fresh produce grown in the one-acre garden located just outside the LON’s kitchen and bringing in durum wheat from my family farm in Marana, Ariz. to make our gnocchi and other pastas, the ingredients used mean just as much as the evolution of the menu each quarter.

With newly released lunch and dinner menus, below I’ll explain some of the determining factors that go into the making of a restaurant menu.

Visually Appealing

The difference between our lunch and dinner menu at LON’s is clear. Lunch is a more casual environment, where people come to relax on the patio, have a quick lunch on their break or have a lunch meeting with business associates; so, the look and feel of the menu reflects that with its straight-to-the-point font and easy-to-read layout.

While the colors in each menu are the same, the dinner menu utilizes a more artful font for our fine-dining evening options and also emphasizes a shorter, simpler design to reflect the taste and simplicity of our artful American cuisine.

No more than three fonts are used in each to keep it from looking busy, and each section is broken up via an artful brushstroke to further keep in line our artistic history. Both menus are also ordered logically per the steps of each meal; for lunch, it’s non-alcoholic versions of classic cocktails, followed by fingers to share, soups/salads, sandwiches and house specialties; while for dinner, it’s starters, soups/salads, entrees and sides for sharing.

Price

Many focus groups have proven that there is a discomfort with dollar signs and decimals. By keeping the price of a dish as abstract as possible, it makes the process of spending money less threatening.

This is why you’ll often not see a dish listed as:

Farmer’s Market Chopped Salad………………………………$14.00

But instead, it will be:

Farmer’s Market Chopped Salad  14

Ingredients

As a chef, I believe this is by far one of the most important aspects of a menu. We change menus quarterly to encapsulate the fresh ingredients of that particular season, and our Chef’s Tasting Menu changes weekly to showcase the creativity of the LON’s culinary team. It all begins with the product, and then our culinary team is able to be creative in keeping it simple enough to showcase those natural flavors.

While that is one side of the menu creation, ingredients also play a role in how a guest chooses a dish from a menu. For example, other studies have shown that an item is more likely to sell if the ingredients showcased are from a specific place or region (such as Crow’s Dairy goat cheese compared to local goat cheese).

So next time you go to a restaurant, notice the creativity that goes into that menu. What makes it different? Is it the placement of the items, the lack of dollar signs or the font and color used? No matter what, it will showcase the creativity of that establishment, and now you’ll know what went into the thinking behind it all.

For further information on LON’s at the Hermosa, The Hermosa Inn or to make a reservation, call (602) 955-7878 or visit LONs.com, Facebook, Twitter or The Hermosa Inn blog.

 
If You Go: LON’s at the Hermosa
5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd.
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

 

Blue Door Spa

Trends In Spa Treatments At Blue Door Spa

In this fast-paced world of 40+ hours-per-work week, ongoing family responsibilities and a myriad of other commitments, the need for therapeutic massage and other spa treatments are higher in demand than ever before. Because of this, it’s not rare for new trends to emerge in order to offer supply for the demand to de-stress.

What started as a traditional massage has since grown into herbal body wraps, acupuncture and now BodyWalking. With so many choices, getting a spa treatment can be a daunting process — especially for those who are new to the relaxation and rejuvenation game.

However, below is a guide to the latest trends in spa treatments – all of which are available at The Hermosa Inn’s Blue Door Spa:

Reflexology

Originally introduced in the U.S. in 1913, but a practice originally used by the Egyptians in 2450 B.C., reflexology provides a true systemic relaxation for the entire body via the feet alone. A session begins with an herbal foot bath, as the therapist manipulates pressure points in the feet that correspond to specific organs and other parts of the body. This treatment, complete with the application of a cooling foot balm, has grown in popularity in recent years and continues to be one of the most popular treatments at the Blue Door Spa.

BodyWalking

Part reflexology, part traditional massage, this groundbreaking massage is done barefoot by the massage therapist and combines a push-pull technique to create a pumping movement via natural gravity that can help create a structural change in the soft tissue. Exclusively offered at the Blue Door Spa, this advanced therapy begins with 45 minutes of site-specific compressions via the feet and finishes with a therapeutic hands-on massage.

As a form of auricular therapy (a needle-less stimulation of the external ear), this massage of the entire body system, from the ears and hands to the spine and feet, has also been known to help with a variety of issues, including addiction, grief and asthma.

Canine Therapy

Blue Door SpaYes, you read that correctly. Pets have become a member of the family, and with that, the Blue Door Spa even offers a treatment for them. This 60-minute massage for both the owner and their pampered pooch, uses traditional Swedish-style movements customized to each of their specific needs.

For those who want to give their pet the royal treatment, The Hermosa Inn even offers a Pet Package, which includes a one-night stay, a welcome amenity for you and your canine companion, breakfast in bed for both the dog and dog owner, an in-room, 60-minute massage for the guest and a 60-minute Canine Therapy massage for your pet, and a “Doggie Tuck Me in at Night” — a dog walk and a movie (e.g. “Lassie” or “101 Dalmations”).

No matter the trend, there is truly a massage treatment for everyone. The benefits of which go beyond a relaxed back and can lead to easier breathing, lower blood pressure, the reduction of scar tissue development and anxiety, as well as the strengthening of the immune system and improvement of blood and lymph circulation.

In addition to the physical benefits to the body, the sound, color and light therapy a guest can receive from simply relaxing in a tranquil space such as Hermosa Inn, or having a massage poolside, can only lead to further tranquility and peace of mind.

For further information on The Hermosa Inn’s Blue Door Spa and the full list of services available, call (602) 955.8614 or 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 1930’s by cowboy artist Lon Megargee as 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.