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  • Beyond the Border: Get to Know Arizona

    The JW Marriotts in Tucson, Scottsdale & Phoenix, Arizona, deliver luxury and surprises.

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

    Camelback Inn

  • Beyond the Border: Get to Know Arizona

    The JW Marriotts in Tucson, Scottsdale & Phoenix, Arizona, deliver luxury and surprises.

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

    Starr Pass

  • Beyond the Border: Get to Know Arizona

    The JW Marriotts in Tucson, Scottsdale & Phoenix, Arizona, deliver luxury and surprises.

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

    Desert Ridge

The beauty of both mountains and desert surround the three JW Marriott properties in Tucson, Phoenix and Scottsdale. All are part of Marriott’s Convention & Resort Network, providing an easy way to visit Colorado’s neighboring state regularly and impress guests with new experiences and different properties without starting from scratch each time. It’s also easy to stay at two properties during one visit, getting a taste of both Tucson and the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. In Colorado, the Denver Marriott City Center and Gaylord Rockies Resort & Conference Center, set to open in winter 2018, are part of Marriott’s Convention & Resort Network. 

TUCSON

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa is nestled on 50 acres in the saguaro-covered foothills of Tucson National Park. The property has 575 guest rooms, 88,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, six dining experiences, a 20,000-square-foot spa, 27 holes of golf, swimming pools, and immediate access to hiking and biking trails. jwstarrpass.com

DON’T MISS: Complimentary tequila toast ritual every evening at sunset on the large outdoor patio where more than 100 tequilas, signature margaritas and handcrafted cocktails can be ordered. 

PHOENIX

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is located on 316 acres in the heart of the Sonoran Desert with mountain vistas. The property is just north of where Phoenix meets Scottsdale and features 950 guest rooms, 240,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, seven dining experiences, a 28,000-square-foot spa, pools, and 36 holes of golf. jwdesertridge.com

DON’T MISS: Two off-the-charts dining experiences are breakfast in the Chef’s Garden and dinner at Studio 26 also known as the “Chef’s Office,” a small, behind-the-kitchen space for exclusive VIP experiences. 

SCOTTSDALE

JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa opened in 1936 and was acquired by Marriott Corporation in 1967. Camelback Inn was one of J. Willard Marriott Sr. and his wife’s favorite places to visit and became the company’s first resort. Set on 125 acres of Sonoran Desert terrain, the property has expanded from 118 to 453 guest rooms—each with a private entrance and patio or balcony—and 91,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Groups also can enjoy 36 holes of golf, a 32,000-squarefoot spa, swimming pools and seven restaurants and lounges. camelbackinn.com

DON’T MISS: The venue at the base of Mummy Mountain provides groups with a taste of the Wild West and lunch on the deck of Rita’s Kitchen overlooking one of the pools can include guacamole prepared tableside. 

Colorado properties, suppliers, and meeting and event planners gather each year at Destination Colorado’s Front Range Trade Show, held this year on Dec. 1 at EXDO Event Center in Denver. The organization’s annual meeting and awards were held immediately before the show. 

 

It’s back, the National Association of Catering & Events Denver Chapter’s annual holiday mixer, Naughty or NACE held on Dec. 13. Attendees were encouraged to take the recently added commuter rail line to the year-old The Westin Denver International Airport for holiday cocktails, food, entertainment and the opportunity to toast the end of the year in style. 

 

Recently, the Colorado Meeting + Events editorial advisory board shared musings about the state of the meetings and events industry in Colorado. This annual conversation with industry pros from around the state is always thought-provoking, candid and a back-and-forth about challenges and opportunities. One key topic was what differentiates Colorado from other states.

The advisory board concluded that many times, getting a group outside in Colorado’s fresh air and beautiful surroundings can be just what the meeting productivity doctor ordered.