Wednesday, December 6, 2017
My Kind of Wigwam
The weekend before Thanksgiving I made a trip out to the far west side of the valley to the city of Litchfield Park. I wanted to see what The Wigwam Resort was like. In all the years of living in Arizona, I never had an opportunity to visit this historic hotel. I'm so happy I finally made it out there because I found the resort to be very welcoming in a truly southwestern way.
The history of the resort's origins turned out to be very interesting. Back in the early 20th century, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company discovered that long-staple cotton extended the life of its tires and guess where cotton was a big crop.....Arizona! So the company bought 16,000 acres of land for the purpose of cotton farming. In 1918 the company built what was called the "organization house" which was the first building on the site and it was used as lodging for ranch suppliers. It wasn't long after that Goodyear executives discovered that Arizona was a great place to spend time in the winter and they soon started bringing their families along on those "business" visits to the ranch. In 1929, Goodyear opened "The Wigwam" as a guest ranch and in 1930 the first nine-hole golf course was developed. Over the next 50 years, the resort grew until it could accommodate 500 guests. In the 1990's it was sold to a property group and since that time it has passed through the hands of several development companies and hotel groups.
But, enough about the history. Let's take a look inside. This is the central lobby located just past the check-in desk. This room suits me perfectly. I love this style of southwestern decor.
And, I love all those Native American woven rugs. They were every where in the resort and they were all beautiful. Tomorrow, I'll have a few more photos from inside the resort.