Arizona Happenings

Under Canvas Tucson has introduced a winter glamping experience from December through April at America’s oldest dude ranch, Tanque Verde Ranch. Situated amongst the Rincon Mountains and adjacent to Saguaro National Park and Coronado National Forest, the 640- acre ranch serves as the backdrop for 26 safari-style tents. Guests have access to the ranch’s on-site amenities, including La Sonora Spa, an outdoor pool, a fitness center, food and beverage outlets and many activities. Under Canvas’s other Arizona location is at the Grand Canyon.

JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa has introduced a new 15,000-square-foot Paradise Ballroom and an additional 16,500 square feet of outdoor and prefunction space, bringing the resort’s total meeting and event space to 127,000 square feet. The ballroom’s floor-to-ceiling windows provide views of Mummy Mountain.

Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria resort in Phoenix, now has Happy Hour History Tours. Guests are invited to kick off the weekend by learning about the landmark’s Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and storied past as a playground for world dignitaries, U.S. presidents, and glitterati of Old Hollywood. The 45-minute tour is available on Friday evenings and includes two of the resort’s most iconic libations, a tequila sunrise and a glass of prosecco.

Buck Wild Hummer Tours, a new family-owned-and-operated company, has repurposed and customized a fleet of former military Humvees to provide Grand Canyon tour experiences along the South Rim. Each vehicle features forward-facing, stadium-style seating and an audio system for guided narration. A selection of pre-set tour itineraries is available, as well as the opportunity to customize a private adventure.

Castle Hot Springs, located northwest of Phoenix in Morristown, was Arizona’s first luxury resort in 1896. After four decades of being closed due to a fire at the main lodge, the property returned to the scene in February 2019. The land was a medicinal healing habitat for the Yavapai and Apache Indians for centuries before becoming a resort getaway. A local partnership with multigenerational roots in Arizona purchased the property in 2014 and began restoring and rebuilding. Highlights are 32 luxury accommodations, an organic farm and gathering spaces for groups.

CIVANA Carefree became the first sustainable wellness resort in the greater Phoenix area upon opening in 2018 at the location formerly known as the Carefree Resort and Conference Center, situated on more than 20 acres adjacent to Scottsdale. The property has undergone a major renovation and features 23,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space; 184 guest rooms and suites and five villas; two dining outlets; a 22,000-squarefoot spa; two pools; tennis and pickleball courts; and fitness, yoga and enrichment studios.

To take a look at the happenings in Tuolumne County, we’ll zoom in on three areas: Yosemite National Park, Gold Country and High Sierra.



Aventri, a leader in events management software (EMS), recently released ‘The Top 100 Meeting and Event Venues in the United States’ for 2019. The company took the ten top-rated meeting and event cities in the United States and picked the top ten venues in each area, compiling a list of 100 highly-regarded spaces. 

The guide identifies the two most valuable factors in attendee satisfaction as venue location and activities in the host city, followed by capacity, uniqueness and proximity to local attractions.


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