Arizona: A Destination For WeddingsWords by Jennifer Stein
Photos courtesy of Mountain Shadows
If you’re considering a destination wedding and are after sunny skies, miles of golf course options, temperate weather (at least in the fall-spring months), hiking, spa and really amazing food, Paradise Valley, Arizona should top your list.
Sure, it lacks an ocean, but more than makes up for it with beautiful sunsets and a bevy of gorgeous resorts.
One famed landmark is Camelback Mountain; known for its hiking and interesting shape (it does look like a camel from almost any vantage point). For the destination wedding couple, the abundance of great resorts flanking the mountain allow for a picturesque and unforgettable event. One property we recently visited is Mountain Shadows, that sits on the north side of Camelback Mountain.
The property has a rich history and recently underwent a $100 million rebuild and a full revamp of the state’s only par-3, 18-hole golf course locals are known to frequent. Golf.com, has recognized “The Short Course,” as it’s aptly named, as one of the “Best Par-3 Courses in America.”
The new accommodations are modern, sleek and airy. Every corner of the resort is softened by the beautiful light pouring through the floor-to-ceiling windows and the stark white walls are brightened by the stunning artwork and interesting furnishings.
The rooms are stylish, perfectly sized and have luxury amenities. One perk is the position of the floating tub in their Immerse Rooms. It is angled in such a way that protects your privacy, yet affords you an ideal view of the sun setting over Camelback Mountain. What a perfect way to unwind with a glass of wine after a round of golf.
Their signature restaurant, Hearth ’61, offers spectacular food morning, noon and night. Led by Chef Charles Wiley, the menu offers seasonal, simple plates with a fresh, interesting take on ingredients.
As you sift through your choices on where to host your event in sunny, desert locations, make sure you place Paradise Valley and Mountain Shadows at the top of that list.
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