• Sedona Rouge Goes Wilde - The Wilde Resort & Spa

    POSTED October 22, 2021

The Wilde Resort & Spa, situated at the base of the iconic Thunder Mountain in Sedona, Arizona, made its debut on Oct. 7, 2021. Formerly The Sedona Rouge, the property was fully transformed and features 105 contemporary guest rooms and suites and 5,640 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting and event space, including the Dorsey Ballroom, Basecamp Boardroom, The Grove garden, and Rangeview Rooftop. 

Meandering through the property’s gardens and courtyards, guests will discover unique elements such as a healing garden and a labyrinth. The Grove, the property’s largest outdoor gathering space, is an ideal place to savor mountain views and a beverage while gathering around fire pits.

The Wilde Haven Spa, a full-service spa and fitness center, specializes in treatments that promote healing and spiritual growth while James Beard Award winner Mercer Mohr pays homage to the classic all-day American diner with chef-driven, market-inspired cuisine and a vibrant cocktail program at Rascal. Guests also can take part in on-property activities such as stargazing, cocktail classes and storytelling around the fire and enjoy easy access to trailheads and other recreational opportunities nearby. 

Looking for something a little different to plug your group into and a venue they will be talking about long after a gathering concludes? Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the winter home and laboratory of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, might be the solution with its Sunsets and Sips and Wellness Series


Recently, I wrote about Santa Fe, New Mexico’s new Sky Railway, which made me think about all the train tie-ins for groups in the U.S. Mountain West and western Canada. Several tourist trains offer special events that groups can tag onto and allow private rental of train cars, and there are venues and museums that celebrate the railroad’s front-and-center place in the development of the West.


One of the meeting trends coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic is the focus on attendee wellness. Three hotels in Scottsdale, Arizona, are going beyond the norm with wellness-focused guest rooms and sleep packages. When people feel well rested and fit, they give their best to learning, brainstorming, networking and planning business strategy.