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The Wigwam

Hotel Contact:
300 Wigwam Boulevard
Litchfield Park, Arizona 85340
United States
Main: 866-939-1692
Email: Email Hotel Marie Simpson
Director of Group Sales: Marie Simpson
Website: www.wigwamarizona.com
Elite Rating
Planner Rating: 4.9
Chain Independent
Opened 1929
Renovated 2013
Guest Rooms 331
Kings/Suites/Doubles 118 / 72 / 143
High Season High Season Low Season Low Season Shoulder Season Shoulder Season
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Ideal Group Size 331
Max Group Size 1000

Fees/Taxes

Resort Fee $22.00
Room Tax 11.07
Sales Tax 10.1

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Meeting Space

Largest Meeting Room 10,800ft²
Indoor Meeting Space 30,000ft²
Indoor/Outdoor Meeting Space 43,000ft²

Airport Proximity

Phoenix Sky Harbor International
30 min 25 miles (40 km)

Business:

Business Center
Concierge
Resortwide High-Speed Wireless Internet
Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services
PSAV Audio Visual Services
Daily Newspaper
Transportation Services For A Fee
24-hour valet services
Destination Services Department
In-Room Refrigerator

Recreation:

Fitness Center With Classes
Three Championship Golf Courses On Site
Four Pools
Nine Tennis Courts
Two Custom Bocce Ball Courts
Golf Pro Shop
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa
Yard Games
Two Waterslides & Splash Pad
Jim Hardy's Plane Truth Golf School
Off-property excursions
Bike Rentals

Nearby:

Jobing.com Arena
Chase Field
20 Minutes to Downtown Phoenix
Camelback Ranch
US Airways Center
University of Phoenix Stadium
Phoenix International Raceway
Godyear Ballpark
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Phoenix Zoo
World Wildlife Zoo & Aquarium
Tanger Outlets
Onsite Dining: Capacity
Litchfields
130
Farm To Table
Red's Bar & Grill
120
Casual American
Tower Bar & Grill
40
Casual Poolside Dining
Wigwam Bar
80
Alfresco Dining

F&B Averages:

Breakfast Buffet N/A Cont. N/A
Lunch Buffet N/A Plated N/A
Dinner Buffet N/A Plated N/A
Coffee Break N/A
2-Hour Open Bar N/A
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4.9
5 reviews
Arrival Experience:
5.0
Accommodations:
4.5
Food & Beverage:
4.9
Guest Service Experience:
4.9
Conference Services Staff:
5.0
Meeting and Function Facilities:
4.9
Activity or Recreation Options:
4.8
Planner-to-Planner Recommendation:
5.0
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Capacity Charts
Room Name Total Square Meters Room Size(meters) Ceiling Height (meters) Total Square Feet Room Size (feet) Ceiling Height (feet) Classroom Theater Banquet 10 Reception Conference U-Shape H-Square 10 x 10s
Arizona Room 156 8.51 x 18.24 3 1,680 28' x 60' 10 90 150 100 125 40 44 48 0
Aztec 268 21.9 x 12.2 5 2,880 72' x 40' 18 224 270 180 300 66 72 84 0
Aztec A 89 7.3 x 12.2 5 960 24' x 40' 18 56 85 60 95 30 29 32 0
Aztec B 89 7.3 x 12.2 5 960 24' x 40' 18 56 85 60 95 30 29 32 0
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Property News
Skate the Day Away, Enjoy Holiday Cheer at The Wigwam
Posted November 1, 2013
Festive events throughout holiday season also include tree lighting ceremony, carolers
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Contact: Alison Walsh Janelle Brannock
(480) 736-4857 (w) (480) 736-4804 (w)
(602) 741-0866 (c) (480) 390-0757 (c)
awalsh@airintegrated.com jbrannock@airintegrated.com


Skate the Day Away, Enjoy Holiday Cheer at The Wigwam
Festive events throughout holiday season also include tree lighting ceremony, carolers

PHOENIX (Oct. 21, 2013)—The Wigwam will kick off the holiday season on Saturday, Nov. 30, with its annual tree lighting ceremony, where local families and resort guests can enjoy holiday music and a visit from Santa. And better yet, there’s ice in the forecast this winter at The Wigwam.

An outdoor ice rink will be set up on the Litchfield lawn from Nov. 28 through Jan. 4, with skating available at various times throughout the season for just $8 per person and $5 for children 10 and under, which includes skate rental—making it the only outdoor seasonal ice skating rink in the West Valley. Check online for a complete calendar and hours of operation at www.wigwamarizona.com

“What better way to enjoy the magic of the holidays than ice skating, sipping hot cocoa and listening to carolers sing holiday favorites,” said George McGann, managing director of The Wigwam. “We love hosting fun, family-friendly events and celebrating the joy of this time of year with our guests and the local community.”

Family-friendly holiday events will take place every weekend through New Year’s Eve at The Wigwam:

• Nov. 30: Ninth Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Front Lawn, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Holiday music by local schools, letter writing to the troops and a special visitor from the North Pole. Free.

• Dec. 7, Dec. 14, and Dec. 21: Breakfast with Santa. 8 - 11 a.m. Watch the magic come alive while feasting on a hearty breakfast at Litchfield’s. Children can visit with Santa while enjoying their favorite holiday music. Cost is $18 for adults and $9 for children age 3 to 12 and complimentary for children 2 and under (not including tax and gratuity). Please call 623-856-1013 for reservations.
• Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 15 and Dec. 22: Holiday Nights in Lights. 5-7 p.m. Holiday carols, wish list writing, photos with Santa, and ice skating! Ice rink hours vary. Train rides will be provided by the Hilgers Express. Holiday Night in Lights is sponsored by Hilgers Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics.

• Beginning Nov. 30: Holiday Card and Ornament Fundraiser. Supporting the West Valley Arts Council Jr. Scholarship Program and local art students. Cards and ornaments will be on sale in The Wigwam’s main lobby beginning Nov. 30.

• Dec. 22: Elf on the Shelf Holiday Tea. 2 to 4 p.m. Ring in the holiday season with a special visit from Santa’s Elf. Kids of all ages will be treated to a reading of The Elf’s Story at Litchfield’s as well as the opportunity to write a letter to Santa. Holiday goodies, activities, and music to entertain all. Reservations required. Please call 623-856-1013 for reservations.

• Dec. 25: Christmas Day Dinner at Litchfield’s. Dine on holiday favorites at Litchfield’s from 3 to 7 p.m. This three-course meal offers diners a choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert. Cost is $45 for adults, and children’s menu options are available. Please call 623-856-1013 for reservations.

• Dec. 25: Christmas Day Ballroom Buffet Dinner. Set in the Wigwam Ballroom, guests will enjoy a festive spread from noon to 4 p.m. featuring Christmas favorites such as roasted sirloin of beef and pineapple and honey glazed ham. Cost is $42 for adults, $20 for children ages 4 to 12 and complementary for children under 4. Please call 623-856-1013 for reservations.

About The Wigwam
A designated "Historic Hotel of America,” The Wigwam is one of Arizona's iconic landmarks. With over 80 years of history, a new era began in early 2011 as The Wigwam unveiled a $7 million renovation to include a new pool complex with both adult and family areas, new restaurants and bars featuring al fresco dining and entertaining areas, and a variety of new social areas and event lawns.

Situated on an estate-like setting, The Wigwam spans over 440 acres and features 331 casita-style guest rooms, including 72 suites, crafted from distinctive adobe architecture. The Wigwam also offers 54 holes of championship golf, a 25,000-square-foot Red Door Spa, four pools, and seven restaurants and bars. The Wigwam invites guests to create new traditions and lasting memories of their own by participating in a variety of daily activities from morning nature walks and Native American campfires to cooking classes, weekly farmer's markets and more.

The Wigwam is located in the affluent community of Litchfield Park, Ariz., in the West Valley of greater Phoenix. For more information, visit www.wigwamarizona.com or call (623) 935-3811 or (800) 327-0396. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About Pyramid Resort Group
Pyramid Resort Group manages and asset manages a diverse portfolio of resorts in one of kind destinations across the United States and the Caribbean. These locations range from Hawaii to Arizona to Florida and to the Cayman Islands. Pyramid Resort Group delivers creative, engaging experiences for the leisure and group guest inclusive of golf, spa, fitness, dining, meetings, recreation, water sports, and cultural immersion. www.pyramidresortgroup.com

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The Wigwam Hosts Harvest Wine Festival
Posted October 11, 2013
Enjoy live music and more than 50 wines at outdoor festival sponsored by Sanderson Lincoln
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Contact: Alison Walsh Janelle Brannock
(480) 736-4857 (w) (480) 736-4804 (w)
(602) 741-0866 (c) (480) 390-0757 (c)
awalsh@airintegrated.com jbrannock@airintegrated.com


PHOENIX (Oct. 11, 2013)—The Harvest Wine Festival at The Wigwam will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring an evening of good wine and entertainment for locals and resort guests.

Sip the night away on The Wigwam lawn, near the main lodge, and enjoy a delectable array of more than 50 specially selected wines while enjoying the sounds of John Kaizer and Friends. The cost is $30 per person, which includes 15 one-ounce wine tastings and a commemorative glass. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the West Valley Arts Council.

Additional tastings and food will be sold separately. A limited number of tickets are available for the festival, so call and reserve your tickets now. Advance purchase tickets are available by calling 623.935.3811.

Known as a prolific guitar player and songwriter, Santa Fe records recording artist and Valley resident John Kaizer has been wowing audiences in Arizona, and around the country, for the past 20 years. Kaizer’s work includes six albums covering music genres of contemporary jazz, rock, blues and country. Over the years, Kaizer and his band have opened for some of the biggest bands in the country. His love of the guitar has transferred to teaching and his long list of students includes country music star Dierks Bentley.

The West Valley Arts Council enriches the West Valley by growing a vibrant and connected arts and cultural community. Originally founded in 1969, today the council is the only regional organization that focuses on all disciplines of the arts and programs over 100 events annually including performances, exhibits, lectures, and professional development opportunities for arts teachers, artists, and arts organizations. For more information, please visit www.westvalleyarts.org.

For attendees who would like to stay the night and not have to worry about driving home, they can book a room by calling 623-935-3811. The resort fee will be waived for wine festival ticket holders, and rates start at $99 per night when calling and using the code WINEFEST. About The Wigwam A designated "Historic Hotel of America,” The Wigwam is one of Arizona's iconic landmarks. With over 80 years of history, a new era began in early 2011 as The Wigwam unveiled a $7 million renovation to include a new pool complex with both adult and family areas, new restaurants and bars featuring al fresco dining and entertaining areas, and a variety of new social areas and event lawns.

Situated on an estate-like setting, The Wigwam spans over 440 acres and features 331 casita-style guest rooms, including 72 suites, crafted from distinctive adobe architecture. The Wigwam also offers 54 holes of championship golf, a 25,000-square-foot Red Door Spa, four pools, and seven restaurants and bars. The Wigwam invites guests to create new traditions and lasting memories of their own by
participating in a variety of daily activities from morning nature walks and Native American campfires to cooking classes, weekly farmer's markets and more.

The Wigwam is located in the affluent community of Litchfield Park, Ariz., in the West Valley of greater Phoenix. For more information, visit www.wigwamarizona.com or call (623) 935-3811 or (800) 327-0396. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About Pyramid Resort Group
Pyramid Resort Group manages and asset manages a diverse portfolio of resorts in one of kind destinations across the United States and the Caribbean. These locations range from Hawaii to Arizona to Florida and to the Cayman Islands. Pyramid Resort Group delivers creative, engaging experiences for the leisure and group guest inclusive of golf, spa, fitness, dining, meetings, recreation, water sports, and cultural immersion. www.pyramidresortgroup.com

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The Wigwam Hosts 2013-2014 Winemaker Dinner Series
Posted January 21, 2013
Enjoy a delicious four-course dinner and learn about pairing food and wine
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Contact: Alison Walsh Janelle Brannock
(480) 736-4857 (w) (480) 736-4804 (w)
(602) 741-0866 (c) (480) 390-0757 (c)
awalsh@airintegrated.com jbrannock@airintegrated.com

PHOENIX (Aug. 27, 2013)—Beginning Oct. 18 and running through April, The Wigwam will again offer its Winemaker Dinner Series. Each event includes a four-course dinner with wine pairings from a featured winery. In addition, guests will have the opportunity to ask questions of the winery representatives that will be on-hand. The Wigwam’s chefs have created special menus for each event that will feature an appropriately paired wine with each course as well as exclusive insight from the winemaker (or a local representative) on the art of pairing.

The series debut on Oct. 18 will feature wine from Trefethen (Napa Valley). The featured wineries for the remainder of the series are as follows:
 Nov. 22: Duckhorn (Napa Valley)
 Dec. 13: Moet (Epernay)
 Jan. 17: Silver Oak (Alexander Valley)
 Feb. 21: Caymus (Napa Valley)
 March 21: Chandon (Napa Valley)
 April 25: Sonoma Cutrer (Sonoma Coast)

Prices are $59 per person for the October, December, March and April events; $69 per person for the November event; and $79 per person for the January and February events. Prices do not include tax or gratuity. Each event will be held in the Arizona Kitchen, with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 623-935-3811. For attendees who would like to stay the night and not have to worry about driving home, they can book a room online or call 623-935-3811.

About The Wigwam A designated "Historic Hotel of America,” The Wigwam is one of Arizona's iconic landmarks. With over 80 years of history, a new era began in early 2011 as The Wigwam unveiled a $7 million renovation to include a new pool complex with both adult and family areas, new restaurants and bars featuring al fresco dining and entertaining areas, and a variety of new social areas and event lawns.

Situated on an estate-like setting, The Wigwam spans over 440 acres and features 331 casita-style guest rooms, including 72 suites, crafted from distinctive adobe architecture. The Wigwam also offers 54 holes of championship golf, a 25,000-square-foot Red Door Spa, four pools, and seven restaurants and bars. The Wigwam invites guests to create new traditions and lasting memories of their own by participating in a variety of daily activities from morning nature walks and Native American campfires to cooking classes, weekly farmer's markets and more.

The Wigwam is located in the affluent community of Litchfield Park, Ariz., in the West Valley of greater Phoenix. For more information, visit www.wigwamarizona.com or call (623) 935-3811 or (800) 327-0396. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About Pyramid Resort Group
Pyramid Resort Group manages and asset manages a diverse portfolio of resorts in one of kind destinations across the United States and the Caribbean. These locations range from Hawaii to Arizona to Florida and to the Cayman Islands. Pyramid Resort Group delivers creative, engaging experiences for the leisure and group guest inclusive of golf, spa, fitness, dining, meetings, recreation, water sports, and cultural immersion. www.pyramidresortgroup.com
Iconic Phoenix Resort Debuts Interactive Group Food & Beverage Offerings and Programming
Posted March 28, 2011
Groups Discover Unconventional Approach to Meetings & Conventions at The Wigwam
With 14 outdoor function spaces, a total of 100,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space and an ideal location just 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix, The Wigwam has revamped its meetings and conventions offerings for 2011. Kicking-off a new year of meetings business with savings, associations that book at The Wigwam by June 31, 2011, can take advantage of board members eating, sleeping and playing for free.

In today’s fast-paced and digitally connected society, The Wigwam has also created programming that offers a respite for group meetings and business with experiences that allow guests to celebrate the history of The Wigwam and make their own history. Relieving meeting planners from having to allocate major budgets for client activities outside of the actual meeting, The Wigwam offers new destination experiences that are complimentary, such as the resort’s new resident Native American cultural interpreter Lance Polingyouma who hosts unique weeknight destination experiences that explore Arizona history, the night sky and desert flora and fauna among other topics. Weekends at The Wigwam also feature live nightly entertainment at the resort’s new Palm Courtyard.

Putting food and beverage into motion, from breakfast and afternoon snack breaks to formal evening dinners, The Wigwam has reenergized dining for groups. Active breakfasts featuring fresh, piping hot donuts being created before your eyes, custom lunchtime grilled-to-order paninis and teambuilding chili cook-offs are just a few examples of The Wigwam’s new interactive dining offerings.

Redefining group breaks at The Wigwam, the opportunities are endless for active, healthy and outdoor custom breaks paired with suitable recreation. With Arizona’s 334 days of sunshine a year, groups are taking to the resort’s expansive front lawn for morning games of flag football. And in the afternoon, breaks feature a variety of active offerings from one-hole golf challenges to fresh, made-to-order smoothie breaks and express minute massages from the resort’s on-site Red Door Spa.

“Companies and organizations look for unique experiences that meet their individual needs, so we’ve completely revamped our meetings offerings and services to cater to the objectives and mission statements of our clients - which often leads to total program customization,” said Frank Ashmore, Director of Sales and Marketing at The Wigwam. “Traditionally, experiences at The Wigwam have always centered around social activity, so with 65 percent of our core business being groups, there was an opportunity for us to incorporate unique activities into the overall meeting experience. Feedback from group planners has been overwhelmingly positive. They love the fact that their attendees have the opportunity to experience the destination without sacrificing their main objectives or impeding their schedules in any way."

Indoor meeting facilities at The Wigwam include three ballrooms, including the 10,800-square-foot Wigwam Ballroom, and 25 separate meeting rooms, a business center with wireless high-speed Internet and audio/visual specialists. The Wigwam’s recent renovation added several new outdoor spaces, including private, intimate gardens, an al fresco terrace adjacent to the resort’s new pool and a grand lawn featuring new lighting and staging areas to accommodate groups of up to 1,000 people. Lively events at Sunset Point, The Wigwam’s signature Old West-inspired outdoor venue with a stunning backdrop of the Arizona desert, are always popular with groups.

One of Arizona’s most historic resort destinations, The Wigwam has entered a new era with a $7 million renovation completed earlier this year. Remaking The Wigwam’s 80-year history, the resort offers new indoor/outdoor lounges, dining and entertaining spaces, as well as a new main pool complex, lobby and restaurants. Situated on more than 400 acres and featuring 330 guestrooms, including 72 suites, The Wigwam boasts some of the top resort amenities within Phoenix and Scottsdale, including three championship golf courses and Arizona’s largest resort golf practice facility, and a Red Door Spa.

In January, the hotel removed "Golf Resort & Spa" from the property’s formal name. The new name- The Wigwam, affords the ultimate flexibility to customize the guest experience for each group individually. The Wigwam is part of the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection.

New Year Brings New Identity and New Restaurants to The Wigwam
Posted January 7, 2011
Litchfield’s Opens January 14 Featuring Farm-to-table Fare Inspired by Chris Bianco
The West Valley will have a new destination for fresh, locally-sourced dining with the grand opening of Litchfield’s on Friday, January 14, at The Wigwam.

Replacing the resort’s former signature restaurant Red’s Steakhouse, Litchfield’s will be open for dinner nightly with a menu offering fresh Arizona cuisine at approachable prices. Litchfield’s will feature farm-to-table fare focused on seasonal cooking and ingredients that are grown, harvested and produced from sustainable and local Arizona farms and artisans. Playing an integral role in developing the concept of Litchfield’s, James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Bianco, behind the famed Pizzeria Bianco, also provided inspirations for the menu. Litchfield’s menu reflects Bianco’s appreciation for local resources.

At the heart of Litchfield’s is an exhibition kitchen featuring a wood-fired grill as the centerpiece. Guests will have a “chef’s-eye view” of the culinary creations of Chef de Cuisine Brian Cooper. Cooper is an Arizona native who was selected by Bianco to lead the new restaurant. Featuring a rustic, yet comfortable setting, the ambiance at Litchfield’s is the creation of famed local designer Jim Smith whose credits include the revitalization of many Valley resort restaurants including T. Cook’s at The Royal Palms, Lon’s at The Hermosa Inn, Prada at InterContinental Montelucia and Bistro 24 at The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix.

Litchfield’s menu items begin with small plates designed for sharing, such as La Querica Organic Prosciutto served with local dates, Queen Creek Olives with blood orange and crushed chiles, and Housemade Spinach Pasta. Big plates are served as entrees and emphasize Arizona’s local meats, including a Double Check Ranch Chopped Steak with sweet potato spaetzle and trumpet mushroom gravy, Talus Wind Ranch Lamb Stew with carrots and potatoes and Citrus Wood-Fired Free Range Chicken with fork mashed gold potatoes and buttered spinach. Dinner entrees are priced from $16-29.

Side plates include Trumpet Mushrooms, Garlic Roasted Potatoes, Wood Charred Green Onions, and Warm Red Cabbage with caraway and humboldt fog blue. Freshly baked desserts and bakery items will also be offered.

“A real point of pride at Litchfield’s is that we’re partnering with the farmers, growers and artisans in our own backyard,” said Litchfield’s Chef de Cuisine Brian Cooper. “We’ve created the menu to use slow cooking styles and techniques that compliment the natural flavors of the simple ingredients used in each dish,”

Expansive outdoor seating will offer guests and locals the opportunity for al fresco dining under the stars. With an outdoor seating capacity for more than 100 guests featuring expansive views of the historic property and lush landscaped grounds, guests dining outside will also have the opportunity to be up close and personal with the chef. Chef Cooper will regularly tend to and pluck fresh herbs from a Chef’s Garden planned near the outdoor dining patio that will feature farm fresh herbs.

Litchfield’s is named after Paul Litchfield, the founder of Litchfield Park who as the President of Goodyear Rubber & Tire Company brought his cotton farming business to the area back in the 1900s and helped grow the town, to include bringing neighboring Luke Air Force Base to the area. As a result, Litchfield’s service staff will offer personal stories and knowledge about local history and lore to share with guests.

With his own Arizona ties, Chef Cooper is no stranger to the Valley’s resort dining scene, including holding former positions as Executive Sous Chef at Lon’s at The Hermosa Inn and Restaurant Sous Chef at T. Cook’s at The Royal Palms. Formerly of the Inn and Spa at Lorreto in New Mexico, Cooper has traveled the globe pursuing his culinary passions, including working in Costa Rica and Alaska, and has participated in the honorable James Beard Foundation Dinner in New York and the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour in Phoenix.

In addition to the opening of Litchfield’s, new menus focused on fresh, local Arizona products will be offered across the resort from in-room dining to poolside snacks. The Wigwam Bar offers a new local “hangout” featuring a signature indoor/outdoor experience. Small bites and more substantial meals will be featured at The Wigwam Bar, including Market Antipasto, Tepary Bean Cakes, Cheddar Panini with Duncan Tomato Soup and Arizona Buffalo Chili, along with daily salad, burger and soup specials. Room service offerings include breakfast items like Organic Blue Corn Pancakes, sandwiches and entrees including Grilled Mexican Grouper and Double Check Ranch Burger.

The Grill at The Wigwam will also be renamed Red Allen’s and will introduce a new menu on January 20.

Last December, The Wigwam was purchased by sports icon Jerry Colangelo and JDM Partners. In August, $7 million was invested into the resort to create all new dining offerings, amenities and experiences, including a new arrival experience, main pool, outdoor plaza, indoor/outdoor bar and event venues. The resort has also returned to its original name- The Wigwam.

HISTORY IN THE RE-MAKING: NEW VISION, NEW EXPERIENCES, NEW AMENITIES FOR THE WIGWAM
Posted August 10, 2010
Revitalization Project Begins, Will Bring New Pool, Restaurants, Wedding Venues and Outdoor Plaza To Resort
– The Wigwam, one of Arizona’s first and most celebrated resorts, has broken ground on a multi-million dollar rejuvenation project that will position the resort back to legendary status among Arizona destinations for meetings, conferences, elite social events, entertainment and unique dining.

With expansive grounds of more than 440 acres and substantial amenities, the resort will enjoy the benefit of remaining open during the project with a full-service restaurant, two swimming pools, spa, fitness center, nine tennis courts, three golf courses and all of its meeting and banquet facilities in tact. It will be “business as usual” for leisure guests, group business and social events. Returning many of the most celebrated and charming elements from the resort’s history, the project will bring several new experiences, amenities and al fresco dining to the property. Under new ownership of JDM Partners, led by national sports executive and Valley business icon, Jerry Colangelo, the project will be completed in December and will return the resort to its historical name, The Wigwam.

Starting from the moment guests arrive the new arrival experience will reflect the character and charm of the resort’s original grand entrance when it first opened in 1929. Undergoing a complete redesign, guests will experience an estatelike arrival along a new brick-paved road lined with aged citrus and palm trees leading to a wood-beamed archway with the Wigwam insignia framing the resort’s entrance, complete with a front porch as guests arrive. Guests will enter the new lobby through the original entrance offering a more intimate and historic arrival experience showcasing decades of history.
The original fireplace built in 1918 will remain a centerpiece of the redesigned living and lounge area. Offering a more relaxed resort environment with several new outdoor gardens, a lush social community courtyard and various al fresco entertainment and dining areas complete with fire pits and fountains – all strategic elements of the new design intended to allow guests to enjoy modern comforts from the moment they arrive.

Featuring all-new restaurants and dining options, celebrity chef Chris Bianco will influence and consult on the resort’s new food and beverage menus. A longtime friend of Jerry Colangelo, Bianco is the James Beard award-winning chef behind the nationally acclaimed Pizzeria Bianco.

New spaces for dining and entertainment will also be created in a new outdoor plaza centered by a indoor/outdoor bar, lounges and entertainment venues where guests can enjoy social, family and professional gatherings at all times of day. To make way for new entertainment area, the existing Adobe Pool will be relocated, redesigned and expanded into a new resort pool with separate adult and family zones. The adult pool will be lined with luxury cabanas and poolside bar, while the family zone will feature a 25-foot tower with two twisting water slides and child splash fountain water features.

The project’s award-winning design team is led by celebrated consultant Jim Smith, who has directed the revitalization of many Valley resorts including Royal Palms, The Hermosa Inn, InterContinental Montelucia and The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, to name a few. Prior to planning the renovation, Mr. Colangelo and his partners Mel Schultz and David Eaton conducted their own market research spending countless hours observing and talking to existing guests and locals about changes they would like to see.
"We are in the entertainment business and want to create a place everyone can enjoy. Not just our guests, but a place that locals can embrace too. The Wigwam is a great asset to Arizona and has great bones. We want everyone to have a great time and want to come back," said Jerry Colangelo, partner, JDM. "Our plan represents what we heard. It’s a response to the local community and our guests regarding desired improvements and raising the bar."


Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa Enters New Decade Under New Ownership Of JDM Partners
Posted January 7, 2010
Legendary AZ Resort Continues To Deliver Excellence, Joins JDM Portfolio of Top Sport & Entertainment Projects
Phoenix, Ariz. (January 7, 2010) – The Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa has claimed its long-awaited stability under the new ownership of JDM Partners, one of the largest land owners of entitled land in greater Phoenix with over 100 years experience in real estate, sports and entertainment development and operations.

The legendary resort located in the West Valley of Phoenix joins a high-profile collection of JDM projects that have included the U.S. Airways Center and Chase Field, home to the Valley’s NBA and MLB sport teams, and Dodge Theater. Phoenix based JDM is led by Mel Shultz, David Eaton and Jerry Colangelo, the Chairman of the NBA Phoenix Suns. With a vested interest and commitment to the West Valley of Phoenix, Colangelo is also involved with the proposed development of the USA Basketball facility in the West Valley.

Under its new ownership, the Wigwam joins JDM in re-energizing and strengthening sports relationships among just a few to mention in the West Valley of Phoenix. The Wigwam has been a longtime favorite destination for Major League Baseball spring training fans that flock to the greater Phoenix area each year. Offering an authentic Arizona resort experience and close proximity to top spring training facilities, the Wigwam is located just minutes from the new Camelback Ranch and four other top ball parks.

“Colangelo’s projects under JDM have seen such outstanding success and we look forward to welcoming that same prosperity and long-term stability at the Wigwam,” said Greg Miller, Vice President and Managing Director of the Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa. “In addition to his JDM projects, Colangelo has been recognized for returning USA basketball to Olympic glory and claiming the Gold Medal at the 2008 Olympic games. Needless to say, we are eager to see what lies ahead for the resort under his leadership, strength and vision.”

A treasured Southwest landmark for more than 80 years, the Wigwam first opened to the public over eight decades ago in 1929. Situated in the West Valley of Phoenix, the Wigwam features 331 rooms including 72 suites set on over 400 acres of lush green grass, vibrant floral landscaping, over 8,000 rose bushes and fragrant citrus groves. Offering a truly unique experience that captivates every sense and takes you back to another time, the Wigwam is home to the Southwest’s only 54 holes of championship golf, a signature Red Door Spa, a nine-court championship tennis facility and the coveted AAA Four Diamond-rated Red’s Steakhouse.

Celebrated as Arizona’s most authentic desert retreat destination, the Wigwam blends the essence of the Old West with the latest in traditional amenities steeped with rich history, golf traditions and legacies. The Wigwam’s three golf courses are recognized internationally as top golf experiences in the Southwest, with the resort’s first 18 holes created by then golf pro V.O. “Red” Allen. In 1964, Allen worked closely with Robert Trent Jones, Sr. to build the resort’s second course. Today, a third generation of the Allen family continues to head golf at the Wigwam and its legacy. Acclaimed by top professionals as being built for the way golf was meant to be played, the Wigwam’s golf courses feature expansive, lush green fairways, cascading canals, streams and spectacular views. Paying tribute to the Red Allen legacy at the Wigwam, in 2007 Red’s Steakhouse debuted at the resort and has since earned the coveted AAA Four Diamond rating, one of only two such steakhouses in the state.


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