Paradise Valley and its surrounding areas have a host of attractions and activities for a trip that’s worth reminiscing. Check out these activities in and around town.
Visit Goldwater Memorial
This oasis was built around the statue of Barry Goldwater, a prominent Arizona politician and business owner who served as senator for five terms.
The bronze statue, created by local artist Joe Beeler, is the crowning jewel of the botanical garden. It serves as a testament to the Arizona statesman’s impact on the community and the rest of the nation. Several intricate medallions marking milestones in his life are embedded onto Anasazi-style stone walls.
While you’re in the park, take time to appreciate the desert habitat in which it is situated. There is also a winding pathway bearing a quote from Goldwater himself, done in splendid Arizona onyx.
Hike along the Mojave Trail
This scenic trail makes for an easy hike, making it ideal for beginners and hikers with kids. It’s also pet-friendly – your four-legged friends are welcome as long as they are on a leash. An off-trail spot at the mountaintop offers gorgeous views of the desert landscape and the villages in the distance.
The parking lot by the trail fills up quickly so if you can’t secure a slot, you can leave your vehicle in a commercial lot on the southeast corner of Lincoln and 32nd Street.
Get pampered at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort
This AAA four-diamond luxury resort offers plush accommodations and resort-style amenities for a relaxing experience in the middle of the desert. The Asian-inspired and award-winning spa features a dozen indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, a meditation garden, a reflection pond, and a quiet room.
Choose from a wide variety of services and treatments, including the HydraFacial, Watsu® Aquatic Massage, and Luk Pra Kope, a Thai massage that makes use of medicinal herbs.
Have brunch with friends at Elements, an on-site restaurant that serves American cuisine using farm-fresh ingredients and hormone-free meat. The seasonal menus have been crafted by Chef Beau MacMillan, a Food Network personality.
For drinks, head over to Jade Bar, also located within the premises. Enjoy specialty cocktails mixed by the bar’s experts and listen to soothing jazz and R&B music during your stay.
Explore the restaurant scene
Sample local specialties at LON’s at the Hermosa Inn, which serves Alaskan halibut, lobster tail, truffle mac ‘n’ cheese, and other fantastic dishes. Another restaurant worth trying is Prado at Omni Montelucia Resort & Spa. It offers delicious Spanish-style fare like meats and cheeses and features a wood-fired tapas bar.
Look at some wind-bells
Just off Doubletree Road, you’ll find Cosanti, which served as Italian-American architect Paolo Soleri’s working studio. Soleri passed away in 2013, but his legacy lives on in the gallery.
Here you’ll find a wide selection of bronze, aluminum, and ceramic bells. The artisans at the studio pour over two to three heats each day, with each heat producing approximately 50 bells. The studio also produces jewelry, bowls, and planters.