Phoenix – SLEEP

There was so much for us to do in Phoenix, sleeping meant putting the fun to rest too. But the places we stayed were a wonderful part of the whole Arizona experience:


Wander where you want along the cactus and palm-tree-lined pathways of the WigWam Resort. Yes, that’s Courtney’s picture-taking shadow in the corner!

You could easily (and happily) lose yourself at The Original Phoenix resort – WigWam Resort in Litchfield, a western suburb. The history is deep here and celebrated in the elegantly rustic lobby – be sure to check out the old photos and visitor’s notes! WigWam is also keeping up with changing expectations with a recent $20 million, multi-phase renovation, you get to experience 440 acres, 331 casita-style guestrooms, 72 suites, four swimming pools, 54 holes of golf and 26,000 square feet of spa. The WigWam offers the charm of the past with top notch modern amenities travels expect!

We stayed in a gorgeous suite with a large balcony overlooking one of the pools. It was luxurious and romantic. But there were lots of families enjoying the WigWam too. See our EAT article for details on the restaurants here. Jimmy swam in each of the four pools in the two days we were there!

While we had fun roaming around to the various little neighborhoods of casitas and suites within the WigWam, one of the highlights was having an after-dinner drink on the lawn, enjoying a duo performing jazz standards under the stars. Dreamy! With such a beautiful setting, it was Courtney’s idea of a perfect night.

In Tempe, we got a real kick out of the tongue-in-cheek tone of The Graduate Hotel across the street from the Arizona State University campus. Hopefully reliving your college days here brings back happy memories. For sure, you’ll make new ones. Lots of kitsch, color and creativity fill this hotel from the lobby to the rooms. The cozy guestrooms have all the basics you need from great toiletries to a Composition Notebook giving details of the property, a Number 2 pencil (Courtney has a thing for those, especially Dixon Ticonderogas!), room keys that are old school ID’s (whose did you get?) and pennants that serve as “do not disturb” door hangers. There are two on-site eateries, an all-American diner and an urban tequila bar. Thomas took an early-morning bike ride across the street and through the ASU campus to further capture the college vibe.


Freaky! One step into the hallway at The Graduate Tempe and you know you’re in for some fun.

Read our entire feature about Phoenix, here