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The art of the staycation redefined at the iconic Mountain Shadows Resort

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Mountain Shadows Resort offers one-of-a-kind staycation experience

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There is a place in the Phoenix metropolitan area many might think is just another part of Scottsdale — The West’s Most Western Town, of course — but to those attune to the finer things in life know paradise when they see it.

The Town of Paradise Valley that is.

And found part of this one-of-a-kind premier community is the Mountain Shadows Resort, which is at 5445 E. Lincoln Drive in the heart of all things Valley of the Sun.

Originally built below Camelback Mountain in 1959, the Mountain Shadows Resort in the Town of Paradise Valley has emerged as an icon of luxury and design after it was completely rebuilt in 2017.

The art of the staycation is a delicate form of leisure expression any Arizona local well tell you, and for Experience Scottsdale President and CEO Rachel Sacco, Scottsdale and the Town of Paradise Valley offer the best places to stay in the Valley, including Mountain Shadows.

“Summer is one of the best times for Arizona residents to experience the world-class accommodations and amenities right in their backyard,” she said.

“All throughout the summer, many Scottsdale-area hotels and resorts offer discounted rates and special offers geared toward Arizona residents. Instead of traveling far for their summer vacations, locals can relax and rejuvenate closer to home, all while supporting businesses and workers in our community.”

Ms. Sacco provides that through the ‘It’s That Hot’ promotion at Experience Scottsdale travelers from local and afar can rind special offers and rates at Mountain Shadows HERE.

While historical views of tourism in the summer here in the Valley have hovered around the pessimistic point of view, Ms. Sacco explains the Phoenix metropolitan area is now the fifth largest metro region in the nation.

“Each year, Experience Scottsdale’s seasonal campaign supports Scottsdale-area hospitality businesses during the summer need period by encouraging visitors and locals alike to book vacations and staycations Memorial Day through Labor Day,” she explained of growing efforts during the summer months.

“This year’s campaign is reaching 22 local, fly and drive markets with advertising on search engines, streaming television and radio, podcasts, social media, and travel booking apps — all directing potential visitors to our dedicated website,”

A summer of wellness at Mountain Shadows Resort

Found an arrow’s shot from Old Town Scottsdale, the resort features striking architecture and stunning desert surroundings offering an abundance of energy drawing patrons to the best hospitality the Sonoran Desert has to offer.

Andrew Chippindall, vice president and general manager of the Mountain Shadows Resort property, explains the resort property offers activities focused on recharging and being part of the moment when on property.

“We’re making this the summer of wellness with weekend events through Labor Day,” he said.

“Start with sunset yoga on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. On Saturdays, rise and shine with a 6 a.m. morning meditation complete with Camelback Mountain views. Sunday morning, press the reset button with a 10 a.m. sound healing session. Plus, choose from an array of daily fitness classes. All events and fitness classes are complimentary for resort guests.”

Mr. Chippindall points out some measures of summer remain constant.

“No summer in Arizona is complete without a pool day,” he noted. “We’ve got a poolside DJ and sax duo playing on Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. for an upbeat and sophisticated pool day. Enhance the poolside vibes with a private cabana or shaded daybed reservation.”

The Mountain Shadows Resort offers a first-in-class brunch experience, courtesy of renowned Chef Charles Wiley, who says he only believes in providing an ingredient-driven cuisine made with time-honored flavor pairings and cooking techniques.

“For foodie lovers, we have a new ‘Brunch & Learn’ series happening at Hearth ’61 one Saturday a month this summer,” Mr. Chippindall points out, “We’ll feature a different theme and a demo from one of our talented chefs.”

The Mountain Shadows Resort is featuring special brunch events with exclusive wine pairings Saturday, July 13, Saturday, Aug. 10, and Saturday, Sept. 14.

“The quality of the food Chef Wiley and his team produces really makes the resort stand out,” Mr. Chippindall said of what he believes helps Mountain Shadows shine in such an established hospitality region of Phoenix.

“In fact, one of our biggest compliments from our convention guests is that our banquet cuisine is restaurant quality. I remember when I first took my kids to Hearth ‘61 in late 2017 after we had just opened, my daughter said, ‘I never knew food could be so beautiful.’ It’s a true quote and something that made me incredibly proud of the team here!”

The Mountain Shadows Resort is offering staycation rates now through September with details found HERE.

“Book the Fee-Free Staycation deal and we’ll waive our nightly resort fee, which is available for stays through Sept. 2,” Mr. Chippindall said of locals only deals. “Or snag our 20-30-40 deal. The more you stay this summer, the bigger the savings. Get 20% off your first stay, 30% off your second stay and 40% off your third one, which is available through Sept. 30.”

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