As with every resort, there’s always a magnificent story hiding behind the scenes just waiting to be retold. As true to Scottsdale as any resort can be, The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch has more history than just about any property in the Southwest. And that’s a fact! A premier hospitality fixture in the North Phoenix area, The Scottsdale Resort was the first resort in the McCormick Ranch area, and the first conference resort in the country.
If read closely, one of the main plaques would tell a tale where in the 1940s and 1950s The Scottsdale was simply just part of a large tract of land. However, upon the arrival of both Fowler and Anne McCormick, it was purchased and turned into a ranch suited towards being a quiet winter home. Now as any snowbird’s paradise, the Scottsdale boasts 326 guest rooms and 50 conference centers that can accommodate between 10 to 1,200 people for both leisure and business stays.
However the Scottsdale's history is more than just rooms and meeting space. In fact, besides the plaques, every space on the property has a rich story to tell. For example, Anne McCormick loved Arabian horses. Due to that, the front lawn, now known as Paradise Park Lawn-- as well as another 150 acres were dedicated to her equestrian center. The Paradise Park Lawn also actually used to be part of the infamous Arabian Horse Show from 1956 to 1978.
Other major points on the property like that of the bar, Bar Six40 also have a historic connection to beginning of Scottsdale. Bar Six40 is ironically named after the six hundred and forty acres of land that early Army Chaplain Winfield Scott purchased in tribute to what is also now Scottsdale itself!
So if you want a retreat with authentic charm, this resort can be found just off the beaten path! The Scottsdale Resort not only has a most desirable location at the epicenter of all things Scottsdale, but it also has rich history and imaginative stories to tell.