Travel Classics Writers Conference October 2009 in Scottsdale, Arizona

Travel Classics West 2009
Pre- and Post-Conference Familiarization Tours

World-Class Accommodations

Set in the cooling foothills of Pinnacle Peak, the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North boasts panoramic views of the Valley below in a property that looks like it was carved straight into its Sonoran Desert environment. The Southwestern-style property underwent a $17 million renovation in 2008 that included the debut of Talavera restaurant, named for a type of brightly colored Mexican pottery.

Discover Amangiri Resort, Spa and Villas located near scenic Lake Powell. It's a place where wind, water and time have carved rock into an awe-inspiring display of natural beauty. The creators of Amangiri, Aman Resorts, have drawn inspiration from these stunning surroundings and its rich Navajo culture to celebrate the natural beauty of the landscape.

Built as one of Phoenix's first resorts in 1929, Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa is an architectural icon constructed by brothers Albert, Charles and Warren McArthur with Frank Lloyd Wright serving as the consulting architect. Wright's at the Biltmore's American Lodge cuisine is innovative in its culinary style and characterized by fresh, local ingredients.

The Camelback Inn, A JW Marriott Resort and Spa celebrated its 70th anniversary with the debut of a $50 million renovation in September 2008 that included a reinvention of the main building, a more welcoming arrival in the lobby, and a soothing experiential courtyard with water and fire elements. Other enhancements to the property include two new contemporary restaurants, including BLT Steak. Each of these changes were made while maintaining the Southwestern essence and soul of Camelback Inn, a legendary historical landmark.

Surrounded by the majestic Red Rock formations of Boynton Canyon in Sedona, Enchantment Resort & Mii Amo Spa combines luxury with rugged grandeur inspired by Native American culture, which is honored every day through the resort and spa Native American programs and in Yavapai Restaurant, a AAA Four Diamond establishment.

Hotel Valley Ho is located in the historic district of downtown Scottsdale and represents one of the nation's best-preserved examples of mid-century architecture. Hotel Valley Ho is home to Cafe ZuZu and the famed Trader Vic's and is a member of Historic Hotels of America. Once a favorite haunt for celebrities in the 1950s and 60s, it is once again at the top of the list for travelers and trendsetters alike.

The InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa opened in November 2008 and InterContinental Hotels Group's first resort-style property in the United States. Set in the foothills of Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, the resort is influenced by the architecture and lifestyle of Andalusia in southern Spain with hints of Roman, Greek and Moorish style. The 31,000-square-foot Joya Spa is a major draw of the resort and is designed by Sylvia Sepielli.

Discover the romance of a wide open range at Rancho de los Caballeros, a ranch resort with 20,000 acres of land, 18 holes of golf and 100 horses for exploring the area's rugged trails. The historic dude ranch also boasts a spa, trap and skeet range, plenty of trails for hiking amidst Sonoran Desert flora and fauna, and more.

Royal Palms Resort and Spa is a romantic hideaway with the rustic splendor of a Mediterranean villa. Built in 1929 and opened to guests in 1948, the hotel originally was the private mansion of Delos Willard Cooke, a New York industrialist. The property's award-winning restaurant, T. Cook's, is named after the original owner. The Royal Palms Resort is a member of the Historic Hotels of America National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa is an exclusive and intimate retreat nestled high on the north slope of Camelback Mountain. The boutique hideaway has become a favorite of celebrities seeking shelter from the spotlight while the resort's signature restaurant elements, which serves American cuisine with Asian accents, is headed by a chef who is a celebrity in his own right.

Named for the 12-million-year-old rock formations that dot its landscape, The Boulders Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Collection is home to a 5,280-square-foot organic garden that provides ingredients for onsite restaurants like the signature Latilla featuring organic regional cuisine. The Boulders is home to the infamous Golden Door Spa and also is only a stone's throw away from el Pedregal, a festival marketplace of boutiques, art galleries and restaurants.

The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass was designed to be an authentic representation of the Gila River Indian Community's heritage and culture. The architecture, design, art and legends of the Pima and Maricopa tribes are celebrated in every detail - indoors and out. Kai, the AAA Five-Diamond/Mobil Five-Star restaurant on the property, has made history with its Native American cuisine and the Aji Spa features a full menu of authentic or Native American-inspired experiences.

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is ideal for a couple's escape, family fun, golfer's retreat or a spa getaway. The resort's signature restaurant, deseo, is headed by James Beard Award-winning Chef Douglas Rodriguez and offers imaginative Latin-influenced cuisine. It's also home to artist Nelson Garcia-Miranda, a Cuban exile who paints live in the restaurant for guests and whose works tell the stories of his former life in Cuba.

The W Scottsdale Hotel & Residences opened in September 2008 as a downtown Scottsdale oasis featuring Bliss spa, Sushi Roku restaurant, 18 luxury W residences and a second-floor pool deck with an infinity-edge swimming pool surrounded by a sand beach, and two open-air bars. The hotel features a variety of signature creative architectural elements including a pre-historic Indonesian petrified wood exhibit greeting guests in the main lobby.

History, charm and authenticity define the Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa, a premier destination for the seasoned traveler that has been in business for nearly 80 years. Simple, understated elegance melds with luxury and indigenous Arizona charm. Challenge yourself to the largest Arizona golf resort or awaken your senses in a brand new, state-of-the-art Red Door Spa.

Blending local culture with thoughtful amenities, XONA Resort Suites is a Southwestern oasis that boasts contemporary surroundings with the comforts of home. The resort boasts a 14-acre terrain with 431 two- or four-bedroom suites, Asada Desert Grille restaurant specializing in regional cuisine, the Orange Iguana lounge, and a renovated pool area.
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