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Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale – The Best of the West

October 6, 2016

When the West was still wild, I’m sure Arizona’s cowboys and cowgirls fantasized about an oasis in the desert like the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale. Where an outside garden shower washes away the dust, outdoor fireplaces illuminate the desert landscape, and the American canteen Proof serves up hearty portions of chicken and waffles, New York steak, and a choice of more than 50 microbrews.

Outdoor fireplace Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

Sadly the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale opened in 1999, so those cowboys and cowgirls had to make due with far more mediocre offerings. Today, anyone looking for a luxury escape and the best of the West will find everything they need at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale – even if they decide to leave their spurs at home.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale pool

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale Location

The Four Seasons Resort, thoughtfully built into the hills surrounding Pinnacle Peak Park, is the perfect location to experience the best of Scottsdale, known as the “West’s Most Western Town.” Enjoy special privileges at the championship golf courses of Troon North Golf Club, walk to Pinnacle Peak (one of Scottsdale’s most popular hiking trails) in minutes, and then there is nearby Cave Creek, Arizona – the town “Where the Wild West Lives.”

Whether you pack your boots or leave them at home, you can experience a taste of the Wild West in Cave Creek Arizona. Located only 20 minutes by car from the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale, Cave Creek lives up to its slogan, “Where the Wild West Lives.” With horses hitched outside coffee shops and bulls ready to ride, I expected to see tumbleweed blowing through Cave Creek’s sun-scorched streets and a sheriff on horseback. But this was just my vivid imagination running wild in this charming Western town.

Horse Local Jonny's Cave Creek, Arizona

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale Amenities

Back at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale, the fun continues with margarita making classes at Saguaro Blossom restaurant, fitness and yoga, family movie nights under the stars, and enough time for a poolside siesta while the kids make new friends at the complimentary Kids for All Seasons program.

Bubbles Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

The Best Time to Visit Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

Regardless of when you go, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale is ready when you want to experience the best of the West! We visited in late August – one last vacation before school. We hiked, swam, ate like cowboys and girls at the on-site American canteen Proof, and had a blast exploring Cave Creek, Arizona.

Pinnacle Peak hike Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

During the winter months, visitors enjoy Scottsdale’s abundant sunshine, mild daytime temperatures, and brisk evenings. By February, the mercury starts to climb and desert flowers begin to colour the landscape. Any time you can get away is the best time to visit the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale – the resort offers seasonal activities, the hiking trails and golf courses are open year-round, and I sense that things are always a bit wild in Cave Creek!

Travel Tips – Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale 

  • The Five-Diamond Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale is located 40 minutes (48 km) by car from the Phoenix Sky Harbour Airport. Plan to rent a car at the airport so you can drive to Cave Creek, the hiking trails in the nearby McDowell Sonoran Preserve, the 50 golf courses in Scottsdale, and the numerous shopping malls. It takes approximately 10 minutes to reach the car rental facility at Phoenix Sky Harbour Airport – the shuttle service is frequent and attendants will assist with luggage.
  • Visit the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale website to learn more about the property, read about special offers, and make a reservation.
  • Be sure to check the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale’s website for upcoming events like Cookies with Claus. This family event runs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 and 17. Make your reservation by contacting Restaurant Coordinator Hilary Meyers at 480-513-5029 or via email at hilary.meyers@fourseasons.com.

Have you been to Scottsdale, Arizona?

Although I enjoyed a media rate at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale, my opinions are always my own. If I don’t love a resort, I won’t recommend it.

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23 Comments

  • Reply Janice October 7, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Giddy up, I am on my way!
    Wow, what a wonderful desert Oasis. Hope to visit one day❤️

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily October 8, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      It is a fabulous spot – you would love it!

  • Reply Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie October 8, 2016 at 9:08 am

    The Four Seasons looks like the perfect respite to escape the desert heat! I love letting my imagination run wild when visiting a new place. I’d have totally wanted to see some tumbleweed in Cave Creek, too. Looks like a classic wild west town!

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily October 8, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      Thank you, Jackie! I am glad I’m not the only one 😉

  • Reply Tamara Elliott October 8, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Great photos Nancy! Sounds like a great resort whether you’re travelling with a few girlfriends, or the whole family.

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily October 8, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      Thank you, Tamara. Yes – the Four Seasons Scottsdale is an excellent resort for friends or family.

  • Reply Jennifer October 8, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    We lived in North Scottsdale quite close to the Four Seasons for a number of years. Nestled between Scottsdale and Cave Creek, I can definitely vouch for the property being in a fabulous location! I never had a chance to actually stay at the property, though it’d definitely be on my list of hotels to stay at for when we visit.

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily October 13, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      Lucky you! I love the location of the Four Seasons Resort – near the city and yet so rural.

  • Reply Indrani October 9, 2016 at 8:28 am

    The chain is a good one. Thanks for the highlights you mentioned.
    They have them here in Mumbai and I have heard only good things so far!

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily October 13, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      I agree, Four Seasons Resorts are excellent!

  • Reply Annie October 9, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Mmm.. chicken and waffles. You can have luxury and comfort foods all in one place here it seems!

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily October 13, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      Absolutely – it is the best of both worlds at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale!

  • Reply Fiona Maclean October 9, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Looks like an amazing place for a break. I only know four seasons in the city – this looks quite different

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily October 13, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale is near the city but very rural – a nice balance!

  • Reply Jenn and Ed Coleman October 9, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    We lived in Tucson for many years and took many weekends away in the Valley of the Sun to play in their ultra resorts. It sounds like you had the quintessential experience of cowboys, resorts and hiking. We still have our favorite haunts and always enjoy visiting the valley.

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily October 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      The cowboys, resort living, and hiking were fabulous. If I lived closer, I would make it a weekend destination too.

  • Reply Claire October 9, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Looks like a wonderful place to stay!

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily October 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      It sure is, Claire!

  • Reply Carla Abanes October 9, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    Arizona, I’m coming soon to trek your national parks! Excited to visit US in 2017. Thanks for sharing this post.

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily October 13, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      Sounds like an excellent plan. Arizona is an excellent trekking destination – enjoy!

  • Reply Laura Lynch October 10, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I’ve always thought that Scottsdale was a beautiful area. You’d think all that dry dusty land would make it ugly, but the landscape is just incredible. And the Four Seasons always knows how to capitalize on its surroundings

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily October 13, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      Me too, Laura – I have been travelling to Scottsdale for years. And yes, the Four Seasons Resort blends right into the area surrounding Pinnacle Peak Park.

  • Reply Sid October 16, 2016 at 2:13 am

    I am from India, and visiting such places is like the biggest dream for me. 🙂 Absolute peace of mind and happiness. 🙂 Great post !

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