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A peaceful oasis in Paradise Valley, not far from Phoenix and Scottsdale
The Hermosa Inn is tucked between Phoenix and Scottsdale in Paradise Valley, an upscale residential district with beautiful Spanish-style houses. A car is necessary, and most attractions, including shopping, dining, and hiking, are within easy driving distance. The neighborhood is great for active people: Guests can run, bike, or walk down the canal path to the Biltmore (two miles away) and back.
Hermosa Inn is an intimate, romantic southwestern retreat, with 34 casita-style rooms on six sprawling acres, surrounded by cacti and flowering plants. The attractive pool has palm trees and cushy cabanas, and the Blue Door Spa Suite offers massages and facials. During chillier nights, guests can use the fire pits and sit back with a glass of wine (try the fire pits facing Camelback Mountain for stunning sunset views.) The higher-end Casita rooms come with cathedral ceilings, fireplaces, and private patios. The lower-priced Rancho rooms are just as tastefully decorated, and most include beehive fireplaces. The area is safe and residential (great for a morning jog), but that doesn't mean it lacks an interesting history. Lon's -- the inn's gourmet outdoor restaurant -- is named after Lon Megargee, a cowboy and artist whose home was once on the property. Lon's artwork is displayed in several areas of the resort, including the Last Drop Bar, where guests can order tapas and cocktails. For wine lovers, Hermosa Inn has been regularly recognized by Wine Spectator; ask for a tour of the extensive wine cellar.