Friday, December 8, 2017

My Review of the Pet-Friendly Mountain Shadows Resort

Mountain Shadows is the one of the newest resorts in the Valley that has brought a refreshing dose of modernity to an area in need of it. Located on Lincoln Drive, Mountain Shadows is a modern, light-filled place. The centerpiece of the Paradise Valley resort is the gorgeous view of Camelback Mountain. You'll want to get a sunset photo for your Instagram feed here. 

Nice views, huh?

And Mountain Shadows is my new favorite pet-friendly resort in the Valley. The grounds are gorgeous, and your dogs will love walking around the golf course. Just be sure to bring your own bags so you can clean up after your dog.

My two dogs taking a stroll on the golf course. 

You can book a room on the ground floor so you have access to the landscaped areas outside. I was on the second floor and was by the stairs, which made it easier for me to take them out. There's a neighborhood directly behind the hotel (to get there, follow the paved path beside the golf course heading away from the hotel) where you can take your dogs on a longer walk. It's a loop so you won't get lost. 

The rooms are modern, industrial and warm. Mountain Shadows also has a fascinating history in Valley history. First opened in 1959, Mountain Shadows hosted celebrities like Lucille Ball and The Rat Pack. You can see homages to the resort's history in black and white photos in the elevators and resort rooms.

See if you can spot the dog photo in the elevator. Mountain Shadows closed in 2004 and reopened in 2017. My favorite feature? The all-glass showers straight out of Dwell magazine. 

You should go to Mountain Shadows to take in this view of Camelback Mountain. 

There's no pet fee. Mountain Shadows’ is even home to resident dog, Hershey, a Pit Bull Labrador. Please note that dogs are not allowed in the pool area.

I'm also currently crushing on the on-site restaurant Hearth 61. Helmed by noted Valley Chef Charles Wiley, Hearth 61 serves modern, American fare. Pro tip: order the short rib. 

Mountain Shadows has many of the attributes of any top Valley resort: a great pool, killer views and a stellar on-site restaurant. There's no spa here, but guests can book spa treatments here and take a Tesla over to the nearby Sanctuary, another one of my favorite resorts. I've been to Mountain Shadows three times now, and I fall in love with it a little bit more every time I visit. It's also a refreshingly modern resort in an area that's known for historical properties--making it stand out from the crowd. 

If you're searching for a dog-friendly place to stay in the Valley at one of the area's hottest hotels, I'd recommend Mountain Shadows without a doubt. 


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