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Historic Hotels of America Tour: Arizona Edition

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Royal Palms Resort and Spa ~ Scottsdale, Arizona

It’s no secret that baby boomer travelers love to visit the grand, luxury hotels of yesteryear. We certainly fall into that camp and we go out of our way to visit historic properties whenever we travel.

As such, we thought it might be fun to visit Arizona’s historic hotels and share them with our audience.  To make our selection criteria simple, we decided to visit those Arizona properties who are members of the prestigious Historic Hotels of America.

The Historic Hotels of America was founded in 1989 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation®, Historic Hotels of America® identifies quality hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance.

To be nominated and selected for membership into this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old, listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or recognized as having historic significance. Historic Hotels of America partners with Historic Hotels of Europe, a federation of 21 hotel associations in 21 countries, and with Historic Hotels of Mexico, an association of hotels and restaurants located in buildings of historical significance including haciendas, palaces, monasteries, convents, fortresses, and country estates.

With that backdrop, let us share with you six of Arizona’s nine Historic Hotels of America properties.

Note:  if you can’t see the following six videos, click here.

Arizona’s Historic Hotels of America

Luxury Level: Gold

Royal Palms Resort and Spa

This historic hotel is one of our favorites in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. It also carries a AAA Four-Diamond award, has a highly notable chef, and its mature landscape makes it appear to be an oasis in the desert.  For more information, click here for our full feature.

Hotel Valley Ho

This property was a complete blast.  It recently received an $80 million renovation, also carries a AAA Four-Diamond Award,  and with its brilliant mid-century design, we fully expected to see Rosie the Robot, George Jetson, or his boy Alroy buzzing around the property in their glass-domed space craft.   For more information, click here for our full feature.

Hermosa Inn

This luxury boutique hideaway has been delighting guests since 1930.  Another AAA Four-Diamond Award winner, it features stunning cuisine and was once the desert home of cowboy artist Alonzo “Lon” Megargee.  For more information, click here for our full feature.

Luxury Level: Silver

Tubac Golf Resort and Spa

This property is one of our favorite “out of town” resorts.  In fact, it is one of the places we tend to bring our out-of-town guests for a nice weekend away.  As an added bonus, the resort sits in one of Arizona’s most notable artist colonies.  For more information, click here for our full feature.

Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort

Formerly a girls school for the rich and famous, this beautiful property sits in the Catalina Mountain foothills, features a AAA Four-Diamond restaurant, and even offers trail rides and cowboy cookouts.  For more information, click here for our full feature.

Hassayampa Inn

This mile-high hotel sets in the historic district of Prescott, Arizona.  It features a fabulous restaurant, and is a short walk from the town’s famous Whiskey Row.  For more information, click here for our full feature.

While our schedule only permitted us to visit six out of nine properties, you can find and book all of the properties on the Historic Hotels of America website.

Well, I think it is plain to see that historic hotels have a lot to offer luxury baby boomer travelers, and we’re looking forward to sampling another state’s historic offerings.  There are literally hundreds to choose from, and we can’t wait to sample more.

Do you have a favorite historic hotel?  Tell us about it in the comments section below!

Disclosure: our historic hotel experiences were provided by each of the individual properties.  Thanks!  We had a blast!

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Meteor Crater – The most well known, best preserved meteorite crater on Earth!

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Visit the world’s best preserved meteorite impact site just minutes from Interstate 40 in Northern Arizona near Winslow. Meteor Crater is the breath-taking result of a collision between a piece of an asteroid traveling at 26,000 miles per hour and planet Earth approximately 50,000 years ago.

Today, Meteor Crater is nearly one mile across, 2.4 miles in circumference and more than 550 feet deep. It is an international tourist venue with outdoor observation trails, air conditioned indoor viewing, wide screen movie theater, interactive discovery center, unique gift and rock shop, and Astronaut Memorial Park at the modern Visitor Center located on the crater rim.

Meteor Crater’s “IMPACT The Mystery of Meteor Crater” movie, featuring exciting 3D modeling and animation allows viewers to experience the thunderous sound and explosive fury of the meteor’s super-heated trip through the Earth’s atmosphere. Then, the spectacular result of the collision that rocked the American Southwest with the energy of more than 20 million tons of TNT can be explored first-hand just outside the Visitor Center at Meteor Crater Arizona.

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The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa Celebrate with our 10 for $10 Anniversary Package

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The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa 6902 East Greenway Parkway • Scottsdale • Arizona 85254 Phone: (480) 624-1000
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In celebration of our 10 year anniversary, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is offering unprecedented savings on ten signature resort experiences.

Book your package and choose one of the following signature experiences per night’s stay:

  • $10 Signature Manicure at Agave, the Arizona Spa
  • $10 Signature Pedicure at Agave, the Arizona Spa
  • $10 Round of Golf at Kierland Golf Club
  • $10 Tasting at Deseo or Nellie Cashman’s: choice of one appetizer, one entrée, and one dessert
  • $10 Organic Spray Tan (25-minute) at Agave, the Arizona Spa
  • $10 Bubbles n’ Brunch for Two at Nellie Cashman’s (Sunday only)
  • $10 Kid’s Club (Full Day with lunch) for one child
  • $10 Pool Eats at J. Swilling’s Pool Bar & Grill: choice of two appetizers and two main dishes
  • $10 for $60 retail credit at Kierland Golf Club Pro Shop or Agave Spa boutique
  • $10 room amenity: Signature Fruit Basket with Wine and Cheese

Take advantage of this exclusive offer with rates from $159 per night! Available for stays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Book online or call 480-624-1202 and ask for rate plan TENTEN.

One $10 signature experience per night, based on availability. Rates based on availability, terms and conditions apply.

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47th Annual Jerome Historic Home and Building Tour: What you will see

Source: www.examiner.com -By  – Phoenix Day Trips Examiner

Exciting plans are under way for the 47th Annual Jerome Historic Home and Building Tour on May 19-20, 2012. This longest running tour in the state of Arizona promises a look at the historic gems of this charming town including some never seen treasures that will delight visitors. Tickets will be sold on Main Street, right in the center of town at the old firehouse and cost $12 for adults and $6 for children. The first tickets are sold at 9:00AM and the final tickets each day will be sold at 3:00PM, leaving two hours for latecomers to get through the tour by 5:00PM.

The oldest home on tour was built in 1899 and is one of the last homes on the way out of Jerome. Hear some exciting stories about the original owners and the high jinx of the current owners who have enjoyed this home as the Gillenwater family retreat for the past 25 years.

Across the street, The Klagge Home began its life as a one story home right on Clark Street and expanded down the mountain into an art filled three story retreat with a history rich in Jerome intrigue. A new art studio has made it to the list this year.

On Center Street, in the heart of the residential area, textile designer Barbara Fowler will open her doors to show guests her splendid space and explain the process from creation to fabric, all set on the hillside of Cleopatra Hill.

Four more stops on the tour will complete the perfect day in Jerome with all the charm and history of the picturesque mile high town.

In speaking to the owners of this year’s line-up of homes and buildings, the most impressive aspect is their love of the historic town of Jerome. Gil Gillenwater, one of the owners of the Clark Street gem, tells stories with true enthusiasm for all the quirkiness of the place. Purchased in 1983, the twenty-something siblings had eyed the property from a hand-made flyer in 1979, hawking a home with a ‘trillion dollar view’. Four years later, they purchased it as a getaway and proceeded to spend Thanksgivings and holidays in the two-story home for many years prior to the extensive renovation, which has transformed the home into one of Jerome’s most beautiful houses. Being the home closest to 89A in the State of Arizona turned out to be just too tempting for the three boys who were known to jump from the balcony onto passing RV’s for a ride into town for a brew at The Spirit Room. Their sister, who was not a jumper, was known to dance on the highway during their holiday events. Interesting enough, the original owner of the home, James Cain, was the mayor of Jerome in 1917 and was responsible for the NO SPITTING ordinance, which he invoked that year. No doubt, he would have had some stern words for the Gillenwater family.

Across the street, a Jerome banker built The Deming/Klagge home in 1914. Newspaper clippings show that Mr. Deming was twice indicted of bank fraud before he left town for greener pastures. The Klagges have brought this home into a new life filled with mostly Jerome Art, lovely outside decks and forever views of The Verde Valley as well as a bird’s eye view of The Gulch, the lower section of Jerome where people live tucked away behind the trees. They have nicknamed the house “The Catbird Seat”. This is an idiomatic expression used by the late baseball radio announcer Red Barber to denote “sitting pretty” or being in an enviable position.

Mary Wills and Sally Dryer, the owners of Nellie Bly Kaleidoscopes in Jerome, have been renovating The Sullivan Hotel since 2006. The Main Street frontage houses the Kaleidoscope shop and the renovation in the back will be unveiled during the tour this year. This building was owned by Jennie Bauters (aka Belgian Jennie), the infamous madam who was murdered in Gold Road, AZ in 1905. She was also thought to be the richest woman in Arizona at the time of her death. After a massive fire in 1899, Jennie rebuilt the structure out of stone to house the infamous cribs for her working girls. Thisincredible structure has been brought back to life with years of labor and love. Master woodworker Steven Gray has contributed his skillful handiwork and visitors will see his contemporary interpretation of a historic bathroom.

The Miner’s Cottage on Main Street is masterfully renovated by Wendy Jackson and has been noted on construction maps as early as 1886. The current property covers what originally held three structures. Early residents were The Rudy family. Mrs. Rudy ran a dress shop on the street level and Mr. Rudy was an electrician with the Verde Central Mine. It is believed that local miners rented space from the family. This seems to be the origin of the name of the home.

Jerome Town Hall is a stop on the tour this year. This 1924 building was originally known as The Clark Street School. After the mines closed, there were no more children in town and the building was vacant until the 1970’s. Stories abound of the new life as a disco, restaurant, shops and pub. Today, guests will see the Jerome Library, the Town Council Chambers and the newly remodeled upstairs classrooms. Be ready for a surprise as school might just be in session during the tour.

The Jerome Historical Society has owned a Main Street building called The Boyd Hotel since 1956. This is one of the first brick walled structures in Jerome following the fire of 1899. Originally owned by Kitty Boyd, The Boyd Hotel continues to be used as housing with storefronts on the street level. In 2004, The Historical Society won The Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award for major work, making the entire building useable. Guests will see the newest part of the hotel, which will be used as a vacation rental in the near future.

This is a guided tour with transportation provided from home to home. The all-volunteer docents will explain the history and the fascinating stories behind each venue. There are plenty of steps and winding paths so the tour will not be handicapped accessible. For more information, contact The Jerome Chamber of Commerce at (928) 634-2900..

Information provided by: The Jerome Chamber of Commerce

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