It’s easy to appreciate desert life in January when temperatures are in the 70s and outdoor activities include hiking instead of shoveling snow. However, during the summer months when the heat is relentless and storm clouds evaporate before breaking the city limits, I recommend swimming in a pool you didn’t clean, sipping on a cocktail you didn’t mix and sleeping in a bed with cool sheets you didn’t wash. This situation calls for a staycation. May the following options provide you with the perfect oasis to fall in love with the Valley of the Sun again.
Visit the resorts’ websites for summer specials and be enticed with these great adult getaways.
Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa
Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa celebrates all things local with a mix of posh sophistication and a convivial spirit. The resort reflects Arizona, a place where art and nature coexist without boundaries.
The spectacular Turquoise Pool is a perfect spot to cool off. Relax in a private cabana, featuring comfortable furnishings, warm wood accents, privacy curtains and flat-screen TVs. The pool bar menu includes light, casual bites like ceviche, grilled wraps and skewers, along with a selection of refreshing drinks and even spiked Popsicles. Then, step into the new Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary and create your own signature summer scent with the True Essence Massage, including a personalized aroma created with soothing essential oils.
Top off your day at Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen, the hub of the action. Enjoy snacks such as house-made beef brisket, ostrich or lamb jerky, lavender almonds, crispy pork belly or blistered shishito peppers, accompanied by inventive cocktails, inspired by the nature and folklore of the desert. Each glass tells a story, such as the smoking Mercury Mirage, recalling the “Dreamy Draw” mercury mine that rendered its miners a bit woozy from nerve damage.
Learn more at AndazScottsdale.com.
The Hermosa Inn
The Hermosa Inn is a luxury boutique resort with a story that begins in the 1930s. A cowboy artist named Lon Megargee built “Casa Hermosa” as his art studio and residence. After switching hands a few times, the Hermosa evolved from being a quaint guest ranch to what it is today. Guests may be greeted with a signature prickly pear lemonade and scented, chilled hand towels; however, its strong artistic roots and unmistakable Arizona ambiance are a constant reminder of its rich history.
The resort is situated on 6 acres of Sonoran Desert landscape with panoramic mountain views. They recently underwent major renovations that included 10 deluxe hideaway casitas. Old West meets modern luxury with European white oak floors, beehive fireplaces, secluded patios and luxurious bathrooms with both a clawfoot tub and a glass-enclosed shower.
Cool off with a dip in the pool and enjoy complimentary chilled treats served poolside. Visit LON’s Last Drop, their cozy, casual bar, to partake in an Arizona brew. After dark, stop by LON’s, the Hermosa’s signature restaurant. Chef Jeremy Pacheco creates globally inspired Arizona fare such as the Alaskan halibut and Kauai shrimp or fennel-honey glazed Scottish salmon. Pacheco salutes the whimsical nature of Megargee’s art with desserts like LON’s Signature Cowboy Candy Bar.
Learn more at HermosaInn.com.
The McCormick Scottsdale
It’s hard to believe that in the heart of Scottsdale you can kayak, canoe or go fishing while enjoying beautiful lake views. The McCormick Scottsdale is uniquely situated on the shore of Camelback Lake, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, yet close enough to be whisked away for a night out in Old Town Scottsdale. The resort offers the best of both worlds.
If lake activities don’t float your boat, you can still enjoy the view of the lake from the pool. Spend an afternoon playing poolside games or take a nap in a hammock. After a day of fun and relaxation, catch the resort’s complimentary shuttle service for a night on the town or stay in and enjoy a quiet evening at the Pinon Grill with lake view seating under the stars.
The McCormick Scottsdale offers a Buck the Heat rate starting at $99. They waive the resort fee and include a special menu featuring food and beverage items priced from $1-$5. They also offer a summer stay and play package including unlimited golf at McCormick Ranch Golf Club.
Learn more at MillenniumHotels.com/en/Scottsdale/The-Mccormick-Scottsdale/.
Mountain Shadows originally opened in 1959 and was one of the premier resorts in the Southwest. It was completely rebuilt from the ground up and reopened in April, offering a boutique resort experience in Paradise Valley. The stunning mountain and desert views paired with the resort’s modern design and midcentury-inspired elements, make it one of a kind in Arizona.
There’s something for everyone. The resort’s two pools offer views of Mummy and Camelback Mountains. Swim or enjoy the plush chaise lounges, while sipping a refreshing cocktail or nibbling on a light bite for a leisurely afternoon. Fitness enthusiasts may utilize The Citizens Club which features fitness classes like aerial yoga and TRX. Art lovers can peruse the museum-quality exhibitions in The Gallery, which feature new Arizona works every two months. And golfers, novice players and pros alike, can play a round of golf at The Short Course, which offers 18 holes of par-3 golf. The course can be played in under three hours and features Camelback Mountain as its iconic backdrop.
Finish the day at Hearth ’61 and enjoy a unique dining experience with the open, exhibition-style kitchen and oval-shaped bar. Renowned chef Charles Wiley, a veteran in the Valley dining scene, crafted a menu showcasing the best local ingredients.
Learn more at MountainShadows.com.