One of my favorite destinations in Arizona is The Arizona Biltmore. I love the history, the stories, the legends.
Designed by Albert Chase McAruther, who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright, the Arizona Biltmore opened in February 1929. Though he wasn’t the primary designer Frank Lloyd Wright’s influences are everywhere.
The Wrigley’s (yep, Wrigley chewing gum) purchased the Biltmore in out right in 1930. William Wrigley Jr. had been one of the original investors and solely owned the Biltmore for 44 years. He must have loved area, because he built his own winter home over looking the property.
In 1973 Talley Industries purchased the Biltmore and started renovate and add on to the property. There was a little set back when a workers blow torch set fire to the gold leaf ceiling. The property reopened bigger and better 82 days later.
I love all the stories contained inside the walls of the Biltmore.
We’ve all heard Irving Berlin’s song “White Christmas”, but did you know that he wrote it while sitting poolside at the Arizona Biltmore?
Who wouldn’t be inspired laying by this pool soaking up some desert rays?
Did you know that every President since Hoover has stayed at the Biltmore? Ok, so they haven’t hosted President Obama yet, but it was where McCain’s campaign hosted its final party at the hotel. He also conceded defeat when he spoke to reporters on the hotel’s lawn on the lawn Do you think that has something to do with the current President not stay there?
One of my favorite legends is about Marilyn Monroe and her favorite pool, which just so happens to be at the Arizona Biltmore. Legend has it that late at night you can still see Ms. Monroe swimming laps.
Maybe you’ll spot Martha Ray playing a long forgotten game of chess.
Or you might hear the echo’s of a impromptu concert given in the 80’s by Frank Santra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Liza Minelli.
My favorite story is the one about Clark Gable losing his wedding ring on the Golf Course. Luckily it was found by an employee, but could you imagine how annoyed Carole Lombard must have been.
There are 2 18 hole golf courses on property, which I have yet to play. I must have been at the Spa when my husband venture out there.
With 9 shops on property and the Biltmore Fashion Park with in walking distance, there is a ton of shopping to be had.
The Arizona Biltmore is set in my favorite part of Phoenx. My favorite Restuarants, Shopping, Relaxing and Golf all right there. Make sure you try Chef Christopher’s Crush while you’re there! It’s my favorite!!!!
Enjoy more of my favorite photo’s from my stay at The Arizona Biltmore.
Can’t wait to go back!!
For all of my fabulous Arizona friends and readers. Make sure you make your way over to the Biltmore on Sunday evening (March 11th) for an with Frank Lloyd Wright’s personal photographer Pedro E Guerrero. He’ll be talking about his work with Wright as well as sharing a number of amazing photos. Click here for more information.