5 Reasons to Make the Four Seasons Scottsdale Your Spring Training Home Base
Feb 13, 2017 09:54AM
● By Fran Miller
The annual ‘play ball’ desert pilgrimage is soon to begin. Whether your beacon is the gold and green of Mesa or the black and orange of Scottsdale, Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North opens wide its saguaro arms to welcome A’s and Giants fans to its desert oasis. Sure, there are plenty of resort options much closer to the two teams’ respective stadiums, but none will provide the complete desert experience that the Four Seasons can – and we all know that this annual journey is about much more than baseball. At this time of year, Bay Area residents crave warmth, sun, golf, cocktails around a fire pit at sunset, and just about everything else that the Four Seasons Scottsdale so readily offers its guests. So when you’re not at the ball fields cheering-on Casilla and Davis, or Crawford and Posey, here are five reasons to hang your ball cap at the Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North:
1) Location: Nestled into the foothills of Pinnacle Peak – amid towering, multi-armed saguaro cacti – the Four Seasons’ design aesthetic is so harmonious with its natural surroundings that it is nearly camouflaged. It’s as if the resort rose directly from the ground, in perfect accord with surrounding flora and fauna. 210 beautifully and luxuriously appointed adobe style casitas take full advantage of Pinnacle Peak views and boulder-strewn mountains. The resort’s slight elevation allows the drama and magic of the desert landscape to unfurl below. The setting is a grand-slam.
2) Great food: Who needs Don & Charlie’s or The Pink Pony when you’ve got Talavera, Proof, Saguaro Blossom, and Onyx Bar all under one roof? Enjoy delectable steak and seafood pairings with a dramatic view of Pinnacle Peak at Talavera, the resort’s destination level restaurant - favored as much by locals as by resort guests. A visit to Proof might tempt you to sell your game tix and settle-in to watch on one of their many screens, while enjoying American canteen fare and craft cocktails. Saguaro Blossom offers casual al fresco dining by the pool. And you’ve not fully experienced the desert until you’ve watched the sun set over Pinnacle Peak while enjoying an Onyx Bar margarita (one of their many 4 – 6pm specially priced happy hour drinks.)
3) Kids Club: Need a little adult time? Four Seasons Scottsdale offers Kids For All Seasons, a complimentary supervised program for ages 5 – 12 featuring a movie theater, video game room, foosball, ping-pong, and pool, leather couches, “themed” wall décor, arts and crafts, and board games. Your little rookie will likely beg “put me in coach,” for the opportunity to participate in the daily changing activities such as desert hiking, scavenger hunting, and swimming.
4) Activities: The baseball games for which you are traveling take-up a mere fraction of your spring training time in the desert. There’s no need to jostle with other fans for lounge chairs and bar stools at the Four Seasons Scottsdale. Soak in the warm waters of the resort’s three pools as attendants serve cool towels and otter pops. Work-out in the state-of-the-art fitness center. Take a yoga class on the grand lawn overlooking the desert valley. Play a round on the coveted Troon North course. Indulge in a desert-themed spa treatment. Hike – either on your own or with a naturalist – on the resort’s own Pinnacle Peak trail. Explore the unimaginably clear night sky with the resort’s star gazing program.
5) Shopping: Scottsdale Fashion Square might have it all, but we found the Four Seasons Scottsdale lobby gift shop to be anything but bush league. Wonderfully curated gifts for him, her, and child fill the vibrant space. You’ll find resort clothing from boutique brands, beauty products, books, and games. Like everything else at the Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North, it’s a home run.
Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North: 10600 E Crescent Moon Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85262