SANCTUARY ON CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN RESORT
"This is what one thirsts for, I realize, after the smallness of the day, of work, of intimacy - even of communication, one thirsts for the magnitude and universality of a night full of stars, pouring into one like a fresh tide." ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea
Life on the road has virtually exempted me from even dreaming about a basic backyard getaway. So, in order to recharge and let go of the daily demanding details, I often create spaces of rest. Most of the time I find myself having to use a little imagination, particularly when I'm in the midst of a hectic event.
One recent trip led me to the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona. When I arrived, I was grateful that I didn't have to employ any "getaway" imagination here. The setting did it all. Like the name suggests, Camelback Sanctuary is a great resting pillow for any weary traveler. Besides that, the property itself has phenomenal panoramic views of Paradise Valley and the Praying Monk silhouette that you can see at dusk.
The food at Camelback is exceptional as well. Executive Chef and Food Network guest star Beau Macmillan has crafted a revolving seasonal menu that features farm fresh ingredients with an Asian spin. Summer time food events include a series called "Lunch and Learn" - a pairing of guests with star chefs and wine makers. In addition to the innovative food, the resort has a state-of-the-art spa. In fact, Conde Nast Traveler readers rated Camelback Sanctuary as on of the top 100 resort spas in the U.S. mainland.