Sunshine and Sophistication

Often ranked as one of the top livable cities in the USA, Scottsdale has been described as the desert version of Miami’s South Beach. There’s plenty to do in the busy downtown, filled with upscale boutiques, fine-dining restaurants, world-class galleries, and museums. And there’s golfing and hiking and horseback riding as well. But perhaps one of the best reason’s for the region’s popularity, something not everyone knows: Scottsdale boasts more spas per head than anywhere else in the USA.

Woman swinging golf club on course


You’ll find more than 200 golf courses in the Scottsdale-Phoenix area with challenging and dramatic holes set amid the desert landscape. The Hermosa Inn has arrangements with many of the courses, and our concierge would be delighted to arrange preferred tee times for you or your group. Here are some of the area’s top courses.

Rancho Manana
5734 E Rancho Manana Blvd, Cave Creek,
Located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert in historic Cave Creek, Arizona, features a Scottsdale area par 70, championship course with dramatic elevation changes and unspoiled desert terrain. Our stunning, high desert course invites you to match your skills against nature while enjoying the unparalleled and unforgettable surrounding desert.

TPC Scottsdale
17020 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale
Part of the Tournament Players Club network of golf courses, this 36-hole championship golf course draws top golfers year-round. Its scenery is top-notch as well.

Troon North
10320 E Dynamite Blvd, Scottsdale
A public must-play, with two courses offering amazing views of Pinnacle Peak and the surrounding cactus-dotted landscape. The Monument course is more scenic, but Pinnacle is walkable.

We-Ko-Pa Golf Club
18200 E Toh Vee Cir, Fort McDowell
Located on tribal land owned by the Fort McDowell Yavapai nation east of Scottsdale, with elevation changes, mountain views, and plenty of solitude. Whether you’re playing the Cholla course, designed by Scott Miller, or walking the Saguaro course, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, be sure to take a moment to marvel at the stunning desert scenery surrounding you.

Boulders Golf Course
34631 N Tom Darlington Dr, Carefree
Narrow fairways highlight both the North Course and South Course. The spectacular views of the Black Mountains take away the pain (keep an eye out for bobcats, javelinas, and coyotes).

Grayhawk Golf Club
8620 E Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale
Tom Fazio designed the Raptor course with generous fairways and plenty of bunkers; PGS Tour’s Frys.com Open is among the big events that have taken place here.

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The Hermosa Inn is within minutes of world-class shopping, whether you’re seeking upscale retailer, a glitzy fashion mall, or unique boutiques. Here are some of the best places to give your wallet a workout.

Biltmore Fashion Park
2502 E Camelback Rd., Phoenix
This open-air shopping center is anchored by the state’s only Saks Fifth Avenue, plus other high-end retailers including Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren, and Jo Malone London.

Scottsdale Fashion Square
7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
The largest shopping mall in the American Southwest, with about 2 million square feet of retail space. Its anchors include Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dillard’s, Harkins Theatres, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom.

Fifth Avenue Shopping District
1 5th Ave., Scottsdale
More than 80 specialty shops along a charming section of Old Town offer unique goods, including hand-forged jewelry, contemporary artwork, and clothing. You’ll find more than 35 restaurants as well for a quick lunch bite or leisurely evening meal.

Paradise Valley Mall
4568 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix
Anchors of this shopping mall just a mile north of Paradise Valley include Dillard’s, JCPenney, Macy’s, Sears, and Costco.

Kierland Commons
15205 N. Kierland Blvd #150, Scottsdale
More than 70 high-end stores and restaurants cluster in a stylish outdoor shopping center. Retail stores include Anthropologie, Crate & Barrel, Athleta, Sur La Table, Tommy Bahama, and more.

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Art Galleries and Culture

Hundreds of galleries and museums, a number of fine performing arts venues, and many architectural wonders make up a year-round celebration of art and culture in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona. We are home to Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and school of architecture, Taliesin West, and the world-renowned Heard Museum, just to name a few. Here are some must-see cultural destinations.

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
The largest art museum in the Southwest, showcasing more than 17,000 objects of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern, and contemporary art; photography; and fashion design

The Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art
2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
This famous museum delves into the history and culture of the Southwest’s Native Americans with a vast collection of more than 40,000 items, educational programming, and a series of colorful festivals.

Musical Instrument Museum
4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix
More than 6,500 instruments and objects from 200 countries are showcased in the world’s largest museum of its type. State-of-the-art audiovisual technology allows musical instruments to be played in their original cultural context. Be sure to check out the concert schedule and other music-related events as well.

Taliesin West
12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale
The famous architect’s winter home and school from 1937 until his death in 1959. Set into the desert’s rocks and sand, it is a prime example of Wright’s devotion to organic architecture. Several different guided tour are offered, with the 90-minute Insights tour being the most popular.

Herberger Theatre Center
222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix
A popular performing arts center with three stages in downtown Phoenix, showing musicals, dance recitals, symphony concerts, and Broadway shows. The Arizona Theatre Company, Ballet Arizona, and Actors Theatre of Phoenix share time with touring companies and special bookings.

Phoenix Symphony
1 N. 1st St. #200, Phoenix
Founded in 1947, the 76-member Phoenix Symphony continues to wow concert-goers with classical and pops performances. It’s Arizona’s only full-time professional orchestra.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA)
7374 East Second Street, Scottsdale
SMOCA is dedicated to presenting exhibitions of contemporary and modern art, architecture and design. Global in its focus, SMoCA is a gathering place to experience contemporary art and culture.

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale
Discover the West's history and rich cultural heritage featuring historic cowboy gear, Hopi pottery masterworks, Western fine art, historic posters starring silver screen cowboys and Indians-and much more.

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Sporting Events

The Valley of the Sun is home to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Phoenix Suns, the Arizona Cardinals, the Phoenix Coyotes, and the Fiesta Bowl. Additionally, Cactus League Baseball and ASU Sports attract fans from across the country. Join the team! Call our concierge for ticket availability.

Cactus League
Some of Major League Baseball’s favorite teams—and their fans—flock to various ballparks around the region for spring training beginning in mid-February. It’s a great way to catch a game before Opening Day of the regular season.

Fiesta Bowl
Two college football teams face off in early January in this popular bowl game played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

Barrett-Jackson Car Auction
WestWorld, 16601 North Pima Rd., Scottsdale
The place to find your classic or antique car of your dreams. The auction runs for eight days in January, drawing more than 200,000 spectators at WestWorld (and millions more via television coverage).

PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open
The popular open, dating from 1932, brings the world’s pros to the desert in late January and early February.

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Explore the Desert

With more than 330 days of sunshine a year in Phoenix and Scottsdale, the valley is the perfect place to indulge in your favorite desert adventures.

Camelback Mountain
Camelback Mountain is one of the area’s most challenging—and sought-after—hikes. There are two summit trails, both offering breathtaking views. Our concierge can help make arrangements.

Hot-air Ballooning
Reach new heights with a hot air balloon ride. Our concierge can help make arrangements.

Desert Tours at McDowell Sonoran Preserve
18333 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale
More than 180 miles of hiking, biking, and horse trails crisscross this splendid nature preserve, encompassing more than 30,500 acres surrounding the beautiful McDowell Mountains. You can get maps for the preserve’s three regions at the three major trailhead gates. Guided hikes are also offered.

Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix
Enjoy and learn about the desert plants of Arizona and the world at this fantastic botanical garden. Among the numerous trails, the 0.3-mile Discovery Trail loops past thousands of plants, including more than half the world’s cactus species.