• Beyond the Border: Get to Know Arizona

    The JW Marriotts in Tucson, Scottsdale & Phoenix, Arizona, deliver luxury and surprises.

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     
  • Beyond the Border: Get to Know Arizona

    The JW Marriotts in Tucson, Scottsdale & Phoenix, Arizona, deliver luxury and surprises.

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     
  • Beyond the Border: Get to Know Arizona

    The JW Marriotts in Tucson, Scottsdale & Phoenix, Arizona, deliver luxury and surprises.

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

The beauty of both mountains and desert surround the three JW Marriott properties in Tucson, Phoenix and Scottsdale. All are part of Marriott’s Convention & Resort Network, providing an easy way to visit Colorado’s neighboring state regularly and impress guests with new experiences and different properties without starting from scratch each time. It’s also easy to stay at two properties during one visit, getting a taste of both Tucson and the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. In Colorado, the Denver Marriott City Center and Gaylord Rockies Resort & Conference Center, set to open in winter 2018, are part of Marriott’s Convention & Resort Network. 

TUCSON

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa is nestled on 50 acres in the saguaro-covered foothills of Tucson National Park. The property has 575 guest rooms, 88,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, six dining experiences, a 20,000-square-foot spa, 27 holes of golf, swimming pools, and immediate access to hiking and biking trails. jwstarrpass.com

DON’T MISS: Complimentary tequila toast ritual every evening at sunset on the large outdoor patio where more than 100 tequilas, signature margaritas and handcrafted cocktails can be ordered. 

PHOENIX

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is located on 316 acres in the heart of the Sonoran Desert with mountain vistas. The property is just north of where Phoenix meets Scottsdale and features 950 guest rooms, 240,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, seven dining experiences, a 28,000-square-foot spa, pools, and 36 holes of golf. jwdesertridge.com

DON’T MISS: Two off-the-charts dining experiences are breakfast in the Chef’s Garden and dinner at Studio 26 also known as the “Chef’s Office,” a small, behind-the-kitchen space for exclusive VIP experiences. 

SCOTTSDALE

JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa opened in 1936 and was acquired by Marriott Corporation in 1967. Camelback Inn was one of J. Willard Marriott Sr. and his wife’s favorite places to visit and became the company’s first resort. Set on 125 acres of Sonoran Desert terrain, the property has expanded from 118 to 453 guest rooms—each with a private entrance and patio or balcony—and 91,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Groups also can enjoy 36 holes of golf, a 32,000-squarefoot spa, swimming pools and seven restaurants and lounges. camelbackinn.com

DON’T MISS: The venue at the base of Mummy Mountain provides groups with a taste of the Wild West and lunch on the deck of Rita’s Kitchen overlooking one of the pools can include guacamole prepared tableside. 

Smart. Artsy. Alive. The hallmarks of college towns—thriving downtowns, enviable cultural scenes, and the energy that comes with intellectual curiosity—make for some pretty livable places. Add mountain majesty to the mix and you’ve got some compelling destinations for meetings and events. The following trio of Western college towns fi ts the bill exactly along with several other communities worthy of consideration.

Fairbanks, Alaska

 

One highway exit away from Minnesota's largest city, there’s an oasis of free parking, great shopping and a bustling social scene. “We like to say that we’re so close to Minneapolis, we share a ZIP code,” says Becky Bakken, president and CEO of Discover St. Louis Park. “We’re convenient and near all the experiences and activities that meeting and event participants want.” 

 

Colorado properties, suppliers, and meeting and event planners gather each year at Destination Colorado’s Front Range Trade Show, held this year on Dec. 1 at EXDO Event Center in Denver. The organization’s annual meeting and awards were held immediately before the show.