Situated in the heart of Paradise Valley only minutes from Scottsdale, Hermosa Inn recently completed the second phase of a $5.5 million-dollar project that included the addition of 10 deluxe hideaway casitas, renovation of 12 historic rancho casitas and expansion of LON’s Last Drop bar and patio. Each new 700-square-foot casita features a vaulted ceiling, beehive fireplace, secluded patio and European white oak floors. A stately fountain anchors the hotel’s new entryway that leads into a refreshed lobby with beamed ceilings and a large fireplace. Phase one of the project commenced in 2015, soon after the resort was purchased by Allred Capital LLLP, which is committed to retaining the legacy and historic charm of the property that was originally the home and studio built by cowboy artist Lon Megargee in the early 1930s. 

This summer, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is debuting $25 million in expansions. The new Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge features a central gathering building, communal outdoor fire pits and more than 50 two-bedroom cabins. Also, the lodge recently introduced new Glacier Point at Sunset Tours that run from May through September and combine the expert knowledge of a local guide with the beauty of Yosemite National Park. Groups can enjoy wine, cheese and crackers or their own picnic dinner while enjoying the alpenglow.

 

Originally built in 1927 and located in Death Valley National Park, the mission-style Inn at Death Valley celebrated its $100 million transformation with a grand reopening celebration in November 2018. The property, owned by Xanterra Travel Collection, features 66 updated rooms, a renovated fine dining restaurant and cocktail lounge, the new Tranquility Spa, and a spring-fed pool bordered by a new café and cabanas. Twenty-two one-bedroom casitas have been added along with Mission Gardens, a prime location for outdoor events.

 

The Josie Hotel, a ski-in/ski-out boutique property in Rossland, British Columbia, opened its doors in November at the base of RED Mountain Resort’s slopes. The 106-room property, named after one of the town’s most notable mines, Josie Mine, also is located along Canada’s world-renowned Powder Highway in the heart of the West Kootenays. Key amenities include more than 1,500 square feet of function space, a spa (opening winter 2019) and fitness center, and The Velvet Restaurant & Lounge.