The Many Sides to Scottsdale

McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale, AZ.
(Photo courtesy of Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau)

From hiking the Sonoran Desert to experiencing the exceptional spa treatments, Scottsdale is enticing travelers looking for adventure, as well as relaxation, to visit Arizona.

The Sonoran Desert offers active travelers a bevy of options, from hiking in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve to horseback riding on desert trails or white-water rafting. Traveling by land or water not your clients’ thing? Travelers can take to the sky on a hot air balloon to see the lakes, mountains and wildlife from above with Hot Air Expeditions, followed by a gourmet meal with champagne in the desert. For more information, call (800) 831-7610 or visit

“Scottsdale is a premier destination for leisure travelers with more than 330 days of sunshine, 70 incredible hotels and resorts, and myriad offerings that range from shopping and spa to golf and outdoor adventure,” says Megan Neighbor, communications coordinator for the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Travelers looking to indulge in the spa experience should try The Spa at Talking Stick, a 13,000-sq.-ft. open-air spa located in the Talking Stick Resort. Rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows offering guests views of the valley, and the spa includes a relaxation and serenity lounge; steam room; and fitness facility. Products used in treatments and services are made from ingredients harvested from the community gardens. For more information, visit

Meanwhile, the Cactus League Spring Training is underway at the Scottsdale Stadium. W Scottsdale, five minutes from the stadium, is offering the 2013 Spring Training package. The package includes accommodations for two in a Wonderful room; complimentary transportation to Scottsdale Stadium; and “slugger swag” including vouchers for two cocktails pp per night, a baseball, a baseball cap, and in-room Cracker Jacks and peanuts upon arrival.

The W also features 224 guestrooms, including 27 suites; a Bliss Spa; Sushi Roku restaurant; and three bars: W Living Room, Shade and sunset.beach. Meanwhile, rooms feature the “floating” signature W feather bed with pillowtop mattress; flat-panel TV; iPod docking station; and Bliss Spa amenities.

Additionally, the W opened six new club floor-style suites in January in a private wing on the sixth floor. The new accommodations include a 1-bedroom Wow suite; four 2-bedroom Wow suites; and a 2,200-sq.-ft. Extreme Wow corner suite, which offers views of Camelback Mountain.

The package runs through March 30, and rates start at $345 per night. For more information, call (877) W HOTELS with code CACTUS1-7, or visit

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