by Andrea Doyle | September 01, 2018
It's no wonder that Scottsdale is a popular meeting and incentive destination, considering the enchanting Sonoran Desert, more than 330 days of sunshine, three airports with nonstop flights and 1,200 daily arrivals and departures, plus 200 area golf courses.

To take advantage of all the sunshine, most resorts offer not only indoor space but outdoor as well. Take Talking Stick Resort. There is more than 100,000 square feet of space at the 496-room property, including open-air breakout rooms overlooking Camelback Mountain.

Wineries may not be top of mind when thinking about Scottsdale, but that is changing fast. Arizona is now home to more than 100 wineries, and downtown Scottsdale has four wine tasting rooms: Aridus Wine Co., Carlson Creek Vineyard, LDV Wine Gallery and Salvatore Vineyards.

In hotel news, the 453-room JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa has the new 15,000-square-foot Paradise Ballroom, including an additional 20,000 square feet of outdoor and prefunction space, bringing the resort's total meeting and event space to 95,000 square feet. The new ballroom is the first in the Marriott portfolio of resorts to house pieces of artwork from the personal collection of Marriott International Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board J. Willard "Bill" Marriott Jr.

Another property that recently underwent a renovation is The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel, which redid its three presidential suites.

The Scott Resort & Spa, formerly FireSky Resort, is nearing the end of a two-year, $15 million project that has completely transformed the resort. The all-new lobby, restaurant, bar and meeting spaces were unveiled last fall, with all 204 guest rooms receiving their transformation this summer.

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This article appears in the September 2018 issue of Successful Meetings.