With some $5.5 billion in downtown
improvements since 2005, anchors include
the Grand Canyon-inspired Phoenix
Convention Center and its interconnected
campus that boasts three ballrooms, 99
meeting/breakout rooms, a 2,300-seat performance hall and an executive conference
Contemporary downtown spaces include Events on Jackson in the Warehouse
District. The 1,800-capacity Van Buren
concert venue opened in 2017 in a converted historic vintage auto dealership. Also,
the community-driven Churchill offers a
9,000-square-foot event courtyard, and
The Duce is the spirited update of a 1928
Chicago confectionary magnate William
Wrigley Jr.’s 1931 Wrigley Mansion is a
Phoenix landmark for tours and events
now operated by the family of Spam-heir
George “Geordie” Hormel. Meanwhile, the
Heard Museum celebrates Phoenix’s Native
American legacy. Founded in 1991, Corona
Ranch & Rodeo Grounds hosts 30- to
3,000-capacity events enlivened with cultural programs, including Mexican fiestas
and both Mexican or Western rodeo.
Settled in 1888 and incorporated in 1951,
Scottsdale’s New West-Old West blend “
allows planners to create memorably enriching group experiences,” said Kelli Blubaum,
Experience Scottsdale’s vice president of
convention sales and services.
Taliesin West master architect Frank
Lloyd Wright’s circa-1937 winter home and
desert laboratory is a wood and stone wonderland for tours and events. Acclaimed
architecture also distinguishes Western
Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West.
Opened in 2015, this Smithsonian-affiliat-ed institution hosts 500-capacity events.
Mid-Century Modern charmer Hotel
Valley Ho (1956) offers 13,000 square feet
of versatile indoor space and 20,000 square
feet of outdoor space, including the Sky
Line rooftop terrace.
Other heritage hotels include the cir-
ca-1930s Hermosa Inn and 1959 Moun-
tain Shadows, reimagined in 2017. The
circa-1936 JW Marriott Camelback Inn
Resort & Spa, which later become Marri-
ott’s first resort in 1967, features the new
15,000-square-foot Paradise Ballroom,
which includes 16,500 square feet of scenic
Shadowed by Camelback Mountain,
the 40-acre Scottsdale Plaza Resort, a
landmark draw since 1976, has completed
a comprehensive three-year, $15 million
renovation. Highlights include all 404 guest
rooms and revamped indoor and outdoor meeting space, now totaling 50,000
square feet with 21 meeting rooms and a
10,000-square-foot ballroom. The investment also covered its lobby, restaurants,
market and spa, plus upgraded Wi-Fi and
“We’re excited about our redesign,” said
President Dave Lunt. “Providing comfort,
relaxation and functionality while inspiring
collaboration and creativity, it’s the quint-
Originated in 1934 as a school for girls,
Paradise Valley icon El Chorro is Arizona’s
first LEED Gold-certified restaurant and
a classic choice for outdoor dining and
private events. The landmark Rusty Spur is
Scottsdale’s last real cowboy saloon, while
Blue Clover Distillery is a heritage-inspired
micro-distiller of small-batch spirits.
From ancient wonders like the Grand
Canyon and the Red Rocks of Sedona to
engineering marvels like the Hoover Dam,
cross-Atlantic relocation of the London
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Arizona’s Historic Gathering Place
In 1918, the Ohio-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company purchased 16,000 acres of ranch- land in Phoenix’s West Valley to grow cotton for tire production. Built that year, the Organiza- tion House served as lodging for suppliers and Goodyear executives. Its popularity inspired
transformation of the farm into a guest ranch, opened as The Wigwam (https://wigwamarizona.
com) on Thanksgiving Day 1929.
Today, with part of the original Organization House serving as the Fireplace Lounge, the much-expanded Wigwam
(“gathering place”) celebrates 90 years of rare distinction.
Its Goodyear legacy includes vitally supplying tires and
cotton during both World Wars and integrating with Luke
Airforce Base operations during WWII.
Spanning 440 acres, the 331-room resort offers 30,000
square feet of indoor space and 55,000 square feet of
outdoor space. Venues include the 800-capacity Wigwam
Ballroom and 1,000-capacity Wigwam Lawn and Patio.
Amenities include award-winning dining, three championship golf courses, nine tennis courts, three swimming
pools, a luxurious spa and 29 fireplaces and fire pits.
“We invite groups to ‘make history’ with various anniversary offers,” said Marti Trieschmann,
regional vice president of sales and marketing. “These include the 90 Years in the Making
Package, a competitive commissions program for planners. Other centennial programs include
1929-era cocktails and movies, and our own speakeasy. We also provide regular historical tours
and guest speakers for meeting attendees.”
The Wigwam’s enduring appeal is a magnet for repeat business. Extended through 2024, the
Interclub Challenge, a 54-hole Pro-Am golf event, has booked the resort every January since
Another happy customer is Diane McCool, event and conference specialist with Mary-land-based T2S Solutions.
“We facilitated the December 2018 meeting of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees
for Forensic Science,” McCool said. “We chose The Wigwam for its tremendous overall value,
which combined with its storied history and temperate climate proved the ideal location for our
December conference. All was flawless, and I would not hesitate to book my next Phoenix-area
event at The Wigwam.”
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