Mountain Shadows, originally opened in 1959 and quickly setting the benchmark for desert luxury, was newly constructed from the ground up in what is now known as Paradise Valley through a partnership between Westroc Hospitality and Woodbine Development Corporation. Nestled between Camelback and Mummy mountains and reopened in April, the $100 million property was 12 years in the making and features 183 guest rooms, 42 condominiums and lofts and 37,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. A full-service restaurant Hearth ‘61, two pools, and a rebuilt and redesigned 18-hole short golf course with a grill and lounge named Rusty’s are among the many amenities. Desert-modern architecture and sleek design features incorporate details that honor the original resort and Paradise Valley history. 

The Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority has selected SMG, a worldwide entertainment and convention venue management company, to operate the RSCVA-owned Reno-Sparks Convention Center (RSCC), state-owned Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, and Reno Events Center and National Bowling Stadium, both owned by the City of Reno. The four-year agreement began in June and also includes culinary services through SMG’s in-house food and beverage division.

 

Twenty additional historic hotels have been nominated and accepted into the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Hotels of America program, which includes properties ranging in age from 52 to 246 years old. Two that fall within Mountain Meetings’ coverage area include the Fairmont Olympic in Seattle, Washington and Alpenhof Lodge in Teton Village, Wyoming.

 

Forbes Travel Guide has revealed its 2018 Star Award winners. The 60th annual list of the world’s best hotels, restaurants and spas included nine U.S. Mountain West hotels that landed the prestigious Five-Stars and are located in the mountains or immediately surrounded by peaks.