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Hermosa Inn Unveils New Look for 80th Anniversary

As part of a year-long celebration of our historic property's 80th anniversary as a guest ranch, we recently unveiled a new entryway with valet, resort lobby and renovated guest rooms. The ribbon-cutting event was held on what would have been founder Lon Megargee's 133rd birthday, February 9 (see photo above of owners Ron and Joyce Allred cutting the ribbon). While still retaining the historic charm of the original hacienda built by the cowboy artist as his home and studio, the Allreds have also added additional amenities and improvements to elevate the luxury Southwestern experience. A new entryway onto the grounds now defines guests' sense of arrival with a roundabout, stone fountain, valet and an inviting new resort lobby with fireplace. Six original casitas â?" all part of the original hacienda built by Megargee 80 years ago â?" have also been thoroughly renovated. "These are just some of the steps we're taking to make The Hermosa Inn a better place to stay, dine and unwind," said Managing Director Michael Gildersleeve. "Being under new ownership and celebrating our 80th anniversary, this was a momentous year and the perfect time to expand our offerings and bring the resort to a new level of luxury." Other upcoming initiatives for the 80th year include a contest for best photos and memories from guests' experiences (details forthcoming); an 80th anniversary package; and a new arts program, "Conversations in Fashion" in partnership with the Phoenix Art Museum. Join us in celebrating throughout 2016 by posting photos and memories from your visits to The Hermosa Inn & LON's with the hashtag #HermosaTurns80. See more images from the ribbon cutting and new spaces below. For more information, or to book a stay at The Hermosa Inn, call toll free at 800.241.1210 or use the reservation box in the upper right.  

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Cocktail Recipe: Good Luck Leo

With our annual Pre-Oscars Party at LON's, we're always in the spirit to celebrate the most fashionable night in Hollywood; from our fashion show with Robert Black right down to Oscars themed cocktails. This one, aptly named Good Luck Leo, is inspired by...you guessed it...Leonardo DiCaprio. We have high hopes for him at this year's Oscars and can't wait to see him on the red carpet with that gold statue, and maybe one of these cocktails for the after party. Enjoy! Good Luck Leo 1.5 oz Highspire Rye Whiskey .25 oz Campari .5 oz Walnut orgeat (a sweet syrup made from walnuts, sugar and rose water) .5 oz lemon 2 dashes AZ Bitters Lab Mas Mole bitters Measure all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Add ice. Shake all ingredients for 20-30 seconds Strain and pour over ice in an Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with Mint and Orange wheel. For more recipes from behind the bar, follow us on Pinterest. For more information, visit www.LastDropBar.com, call 602.955.7878 or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Feb 18: On the Red Carpet at LON's

"You can have anything you want if you dress for it." That is Edith Head's defining, signature quote and you know her even if you think you do not. And on February 18 at LON's at the Hermosa you have the opportunity to hear her out, as part of The Hermosa Inn's annual Pre-Oscars Party, hosted by Scottsdale fashion expert Robert Black. You also get to play a part. There will be a red carpet that night - with photographers - and guests are invited to come dressed for the occasion. In your closet there is a dress you have saved because you never know when you might get an invitation to supper with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace - even better, Balmoral. Wear it to this event. It will be gorgeously appropriate. As for Head, nobody has won more costume Academy Awards than Head - she won eight in a career spanning from 1949 ("The Heiress") to 1973 ("The Sting"). No woman has won more. And she was nominated a dazzling 40 times. A favorite Head quote: "You can lead a horse to water and you can even make it drink, but you can't make actresses wear what they don't want to wear." Nobody has known more about how to make clothing integral to a film. In a Head film, the clothes are a character of their own, they are that important. Head's Oscars include "All About Eve" (1949), "Samson and Delilah" (1949), "Roman Holiday" (1953), "Sabrina" (1954) . Head died in 1981 - age 83 - but we are fortunate to have Susan Claassen - who has specialized in channeling Head - bring to Paradise Valley her kind of reincarnation of the great designer. Wouldn't you love to hear Head dish on the clothes in "The Revenant" or "Mad Max" or "Carol?" Maybe on designer Sandy Powell who this year won nominations for both "Cinderella" and "Carol," the kind of dominance not seen since Head ruled. Oh, by the way, the smart money is betting on "Mad Max." Don't be shy: Ask Head/Claassen about that. Also part of the night will be a fashion show featuring elegant, one-of-a-kind museum quality designs - ranging from the camp to the elegant. You love clothes. You love Hollywood glamour. You want to be here that night. Price: $99++, inclusive of dinner at LON's and classic cocktails. Call 602-955-7878. A very few spaces remain.

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Red Carpets, Celebrities and Badgley Mischka

The red carpet is coming to The Hermosa Inn. Mark your calendar: March 8th. That's the kickoff event in "Conversations in Fashion," a partnership between the Phoenix Art Museum and The Hermosa Inn, and it brings to Paradise Valley designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka who have been hailed by Vogue as one of the "Top 10 American Designers." They are particularly known for their eye popping red carpet dresses worn by top name celebrities. Scroll through a gallery here. How many can you name? Maybe the easier question is: is there anyone you do not immediately recognize? Vogue, by the way, has also called them "red carpet stalwarts." Luxurious detail, superior craftsmanship mark the duo's design philosophy. "Our style harks back to the glamorous Hollywood of the Forties," says Mischka. "The Badgley Mischka signature style is simple, streamlined and thoroughly elegant." Helen Mirren, by the way, has been known to sit in the front row at their runway shows. Here's a Vogue sampling of their 2016 spring/summer catwalk outfits. Guests will meet and mingle with the designers and others in a relaxed, intimate setting over wine and hors d'oeuvres, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dennita Sewell, Curator of Fashion Design at Phoenix Art Museum, will introduce the designers. They will also be signing copies of their new book, American Glamour, which will be available for purchase at the event. Created in partnership with the Phoenix Art Museum's Arizona Costume Institute, Conversations in Fashion is a design-focused, cocktail-hour series that will feature select artists from ACI's rich programming of events supporting the art of fashion. The casual conversations at Hermosa will likely inspire many guests to attend ACI's more in-depth presentations at Phoenix Art Museum.   Tickets to the Mark Badgley and James Mischka event are $40.  To reserve, please call LON's at the Hermosa, 602.955.7878.

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Feb 16: Sonoran Brewing Beer & Cocktail Dinner

On Tuesday, February 16 at 5:30 p.m., Sonoran Brewing, CaskWerks Distilling Co. and Spirits Guide Travis Nass will be joining LON's Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco and his culinary team for one very special night celebrating local food, beer and booze. Brewing since 1996 and the creator of Seven Wives Saison (named after the Inn's original owner Lon Megargee and the seven wives he had in his lifetime), Sonoran Brewing will be pairing their flavorful brews with this special four-course dinner and reception. For those who prefer cocktails, Nass and the talented team at CaskWerks have a lineup of beer cocktails to quench your thirst. Did we also mention that each of the four courses will be celebrating these local craft brews by incorporating each beer as an ingredient? It's the ultimate pairing, and 100% local. We hope you'll join us for this special night - all part of Arizona Beer Week AND Arizona Cocktail Week. View the menu below (click to enlarge) and make a reservation ($99++/person) by calling 602.955.7878.

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