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Distinct Venues of Paradise Valley, AZ

In terms of best-drive time among Arizona Communities, Paradise Valley comes in 19th. A bit less than 11 percent of the local residents work from home. The town is close to Sky Harbor Airport, Citi Field (MLB Diamond Backs), Talking Stick Arena (NBA Phoenix Suns), Downtown Phoenix & Downton Scottsdale, plus numerous cultural amenities. Some of the best luxury accommodations in the area are in Paradise Valley. Also, the town is a foodies' dream with lots of restaurants everywhere, some of which offer really great cuisine.

J W Marriott Camelback

J W Marriott’s Camelback Inn Resort & Spa is an iconic venue and has enjoyed many visiting celebrities over the years. This charming resort occupies two floors with 427 rooms, 26 suites, and 20 meeting rooms. The Spa at Camelback is rated among the top 100 in the world. There are two 18-hole golf courses, plus other amenities such as pools, walking & hiking paths. The facility is very well located - close to the botanical garden, The Scottsdale Art area, Fashion Square, Talking Stick Arena (NBA), and Citi Field (MLB).

Hermosa Inn

Hermosa Inn comprises 34 hacienda-style accommodations and casitas with splendid views of the Arizona landscape. This boutique hotel is a very romantic place itself and has on its premises one the area’s finest restaurants - Lon’s.

Finisterre

"Finisterre” in Spanish means “finite land.” Another Spanish connection: Finisterre is named after a location in northwest Spain where the land ends at the Bay of Biscay. It is a luxurious lifestyle community with 12 cul-de-sacs & 50 home sites. All the homes here are set on the parcels of approximately one acre. The community is guard gated with two entrances - one on Lincoln Drive & the other on MacDonald Road. Inside, there are biking/walking paths to enjoy the High Sonoran Desert.

El Chorro

Situated on Lincoln Drive, at the foot of Camelback and Mummy mountains in the very heart of Paradise Valley, Arizona, El Chorro restaurant has been a lure for many celebrities. In service since the late 1930s, this historic eatery has recently undergone renovation to preserve its rustic charm and, also, to obtain Leed Green Certification. Come here to dine on the patio and enjoy terrific views of picturesque surroundings to complement the great dining experience. El Chorro is particularly famous for its sticky buns.

Franciscan Renewal Center

The Kachina Lodge, once owned by the Franciscan friars, and the surrounding 25 acres of land eventually have become The Franciscan Retreat, currently known as the Franciscan Renewal Center. The center is a place for rest, spiritual retreat, and worship.

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

Established in 2008, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia Villas has since won numerous awards. Nestled at the base of Camelback, this is a perfect location to capture the beauty of the desert. In addition to the elegant and luxurious hotel, there are also residential villas present on the territory, including excellent lock-and-leave homes close to all of the fun things to do in Greater Phoenix.

Piestewa Peak Park

Piestewa (Squaw) Peak Trail makes Piestewa Peak Park extremely popular. It features family-friendly, moderate 2.0 miles, with a round trip taking about 1-3 hours. Along the way, the trail rises from 1550 to 2600 feet above the sea level. Excellent valley views throughout the climb and Piestewa (Squaw) Peak offer a great workout that beats any gym exercise hands down.

La Place

La Place is a luxurious neighborhood with 26 homes, built between 1980 and 1997. The average house measures slightly under 8000 sq.ft and the parcel size is a bit over 49,000 sq.ft. There are 18 single story- and 8 two story houses. All the homes have a pool. La Place is located in the middle of Paradise Valley and is close golf-, hiking- and walking amenities, as well as shopping, excellent restaurants and downtown Scottsdale & Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

Mt. Shadows

The iconic Mountain Shadows Golf Resort is due to be rebuilt into a joint venture between Westroc Hospitality and the Woodbine Development Corp. The construction project is already underway. It features 175 guest rooms in a two-building complex with a full-service boutique resort and an 18-hole golf course & 31 hotel–condominium units. The East & West sections will also have privately owned residential homes. These homes will have privileges at the new Mountain Shadows Golf Resort.

Mummy Mountain

Mummy mountain is a part of the range known as The Phoenix Mountains. Back in the early 1940s, a Swiss-born banker purchased much of the land on the north & east sides of what's now called Mummy Mountain. When he was driving on a dirt road, now called Shea, he looked south to his new purchase and thought that it looked much like an Egyptian mummy lying down. From then on, he referred to it as Mummy Mountain. The climb stretches 1.5 miles and takes, on average, 60 minutes. Climbers are advised to bring their own water for the hike/walk.

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Distinct Venues of Paradise Valley, AZ