There is a little bit of something for everyone at the Radisson Fort McDowell, which is a family friendly resort.
A reflection of outstanding culture.
There are two swimming pools and two outdoor whirlpools. The main pool has a stunning fountain that flows from high pillars. The pool’s patio area also has a fully stocked bar and a BBQ area with grill for larger groups and events, such as the Sunsational Summer Getaway. This event is held throughout the summer, May 23rd- September 1st. You pay only $139 per night for weekdays and $159 per night for weekends, with a $75 dollar resort credit per room/per night. You will get free membership to the casino, free live pool side DJ on Friday and Saturday evenings, free pool activities for the kids, free Saturday night “Dive-in” movies, poolside BBQ on Fri, Sat, and Sun ( for an extra charge), and a chance to win a free trip to Disneyland for a family of four. Everyone who books during the promotional dates will be entered into a grand prize drawing!
After a fun filled day in the water and sun, or a great workout in the exercise room, relax in the Amethyst Spa, and treat yourself to a fantastic and unforgettable massage, or manicure! My husband and I both had the pleasure of getting a relaxing massage. I chose the Swedish massage with aromatherapy provided by the spa’s supervisor, Kenyon Canoles. What a tremendous job she performed - when I left the spa I was so relaxed that I immediately returned to my room to rest on the Select Comfort Sleep Number bed and watched a few of my favorite channels! There is also a resort boutique that offers inimitable and unusual gifts, or just a few things that you may have left at home.
Plenty of fun for all.
If you would like a true “Wild West” experience, you can contact Fort McDowell Adventures, which offers a variety of packages, ranging from horseback riding, jeep tours, cattle drives, and much more! Summer floats are offered at different times down the Verde River; the tour operator serves Radisson Fort McDowell guests, making it a very unique and unusual addition to any trip to ther resort.
You will not be bored during your stay! The Fort McDowell casino, located on the hotel property, is a 130,000 sq. ft full service, 24 hour casino, offering Vegas-style Blackjack, Poker, Bingo, and Keno! Try your luck at over 700 slot machines!
While visiting, you must enjoy the resort’s dining experience at the Ahnala, which means mesquite in Yavapai. The full service restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all of which provide hearty portions. One of my favorite palate pleasers while I was visiting was the Reuben sandwich, adorned with an abundance of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sourkraut, dressing, and my ultimate favorite . . . Green Chilis!
Fine dining Ahnala style.
The Ahnala has mesquite flooring throughout, and uses a mesquite grill for distinct wood smoke flavoring! Only the freshest ingredients go into every serving, most coming from the Fort McDowell Tribal Farms, which provides vegetables, citrus, and pecans and even the mesquite for the grill. Dazzling glass tiles hang from the ceiling - handmade by the Yavapai tribe’s own children. Dining areas are partitioned for privacy. The outdoor dining area is enclosed by symmetrical wrought iron gating that resembles saguaro cactus rows that grow in similar patterns throughout the barren region. The swimming pool area’s fencing has the same uniqueness.
Handmade rugs through the resort public areas reflect the Yavapai culture and heritage. The windows in the hotel itself are offset in patterns to resemble woven baskets. There is a stone pathway which depicts the Verde River. It starts at the grand entrance of the hotel and continues through the lobby area, and out into the swimming and lounging area.
Superb craftmanship details the resort.
I had the pleasure of visiting with Charles “Topper” Van Every, who is the hotel’s Director of Strategic Marketing. He educated me in areas and features of the hotel in which I would never have dreamed nor imagined! He explained the Yavapai history in minute details..
As a hotel guest I was astounded by this remarkable work of art – that is, the resort as a work of art. So much thought went into every aspect in planning this impeccable desert palace. Not one tiny detail was overlooked by her creators. Many great masterminds came together, which ultimately ended on a huge 4-Diamond success, with the fifth diamond sure to follow.
Gateway to a 4 Diamond Success!
Radisson Fort McDowell Resort & Casino
Scottsdale, Fountain Hills:
10438 N. Fort McDowell Road
Scottsdale ,Arizona 85264
— Feature by Lisa Fellows, Jetsetters Magazine Missouri Correspondent; photos by Lisa and courtesy of Radisson Fort McDowell Hotel and Casino.