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INDULGENCES travel by joe schmitt
Scottsdale, the small western town of yesteryear
SEEKInG SAnCTuARy In
that once seemed a lifetime away from central
Phoenix, is now a ritzy world-class destination for
ScottSDale
upscale dining, luxe accommodations and notewor-
thy nightlife, conveniently connected to Phoenix’s
freeway system. The dramatic backdrops of saguaro
cactus and desert mountains still lends a western
feel to this cosmopolitan city, while a progressive
vibe makes it a perfect retreat for gay couples and
friends looking for some desert sanctuary, as well
as big city fun. The boutique hideaway resort on
Camelback Mountain, Sanctuary Resort and Spa
(www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com) is the ultimate
in luxury with 105 mountainside and spa casitas. The
full-service spa features Asian-inspired treatments,
as guests also enjoy a sparkling infinity pool, tennis
and hiking in the shadows of Camelback Mountain.
Visitors need not even leave the sanctuary this
property affords, with fine-dining options by world-
renowned chef, Beau MacMillan, and intimate
nighttime experiences.
Romantic Dining in Scottsdale:
Vincent’s on Camelback (vincentsoncamelback.
com) is a culinary monument that’s been around for
over 20 years. The warm environment and friendly
staff negate the stuffiness you often find in fine-
dining establishments. While the menu changes
daily to reflect seasonal freshness, expect to find
Southwestern interpretations of continental clas-
sics, like Duck Confit and Wild Boar Loin. Lastly, don’t
forget to order the Grand Marnier Soufflé.
On the heels of a massive renovation, Elements
Restaurant at Sanctuary continues to serve up farm-
fresh American classics with Asian themes. Chef Beau
MacMillan (of Iron Chef America fame, and Star Chef on
Worst Cooks in America) does a stunning job with the
synergy of taste and presentation. If possible, make
your reservation for a little before sunset to enjoy the
view, and arrive early for a cocktail at the adjacent
stylish jade bar before making your way to dinner. For
cocktails and dinner in a hideaway setting, try Lon’s
at the Hermosa (lons.com). Located in Arizona’s only
remaining authentic hacienda, the restaurant now
serves breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner. The fire
pit outside the main building is a perfect setting for
drinks, although seating fills up fast around sunset.
Wine lovers would be remiss to not explore the wide
world of grape juice to be found at Kazimierz World
Wine Bar (kazbar.net). This candlelit wine bar in Old
Town Scottsdale seduces its guests with live jazz
and edible small plates. Wine awards and accolades
galore fill the menu along with some witty stories, a
prologue and even instructions for navigating this
mouth-watering monstrosity of over 3,200 wines.
Outdoor signature spa treatment at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
44 RAGE monthly | MARCH 2010
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