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Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak: A Staycation for the Whole Family

Posted on: May 3rd, 2011 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

A few times a year my husband hosts a poker tournament at our home. About 20 people normally attend and there are typically 3 rounds of games. He ensures that there are plenty of other activities during down-times or for the players that are not so fortunate throughout the night: Ping-Pong, Fooz Ball, Darts, Wii–etc. While this sounds like a great time, we have 2 young children that need their own space, preferably space not filled with lots of expletive and booze! That being said, each time one of these tournaments comes up the kids and I pack our bags and head out to a local hotel for the night. We typically have a great time, just relaxing and it’s especially nice for me when the hotels have some fun activities–not to mention that I am not required to make all the meals or do any of the cleaning!

This past weekend we stayed at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak. This was a really great treat for us due to all the Easter focused activities they were hosting. Unfortunately, I fell a tad bit ill just before our StayCation began, but since I am a trooper and always striving to be SuperMom, I wasn’t going to let a pesky cold slow me down.

Prior to checking in to our room, we wanted to check out the activities at the Coyote Camp. There was an Easter egg decorating station as well as a cowboy hat decorating station. The hats were for sale for $5.00, but all the decorations that the children chose and the assembly were complimentary. We decorated some eggs and checked out the hats. The hats were a fun touch and would have been so perfect for that evening’s Hoedown. (Unfortunately, we were unable to get to the Hoedown as I started to sloooow down!)

We ran over to Rico’s for a quick lunch. I had the Chicken Tostadas and my boys had the Grilled Chicken Skewers and the Mini-corn Dogs, both with a side of fresh fruit. We all shared the so delicious Sweet Potato Fries. My tostadas were perfect, not greasy and full of really great fresh veggies. The boys both devoured their lunches in no time and were all refreshed for the rest of our day.

Upon checking in for our stay, the desk clerk–who was extremely friendly and full of information–noticed that my speaking voice left a little (okay, a lot) to be desired. Once I was completely checked in, she asked if she could send up some hot tea in the hopes that would help me feel better. I, of course, accepted her offer and was really touched by this level of service. It was a sweet thought, and it really did end up helping me out quite a bit!

Shortly after we got settled in our room, Fernando was at our door with the aforementioned tea. He was an absolute delight, eager to help in any way that he could. We saw him a little later in the evening as well.

Since I was not quite at 100%, we opted to relax for a little while before deciding how to spend our evening. My older son thought it was really great that our room featured a living space that could be closed off from the bedroom. He opted to lie down and watch TV in the bedroom area while my younger son and I took a quick nap in the living space. A little later into the evening Amy came to spend some time with us and we had a great time competing in a Dance Off on the Wii (she brought this–it was not provided in the rooms). She’s a pretty fierce competitor so we all quickly worked up a good appetite. We ordered in, and the menu options appeared to be the same as those items that you can get at Rico’s. I ordered a Cobb salad, the boys had PB&J and a hot dog with fries and fresh fruit, Amy ordered Chicken Fingers and we got some Cookies & Cream Gelato as well as the Strawberry Shortcake. We were on “staycation”; you always have to get dessert.  Fernando arrived well before the 35-45 minutes we were told it might take, again with his pleasant and friendly attitude. It was a nice treat to get to see him again! Everyone finished their plates, and we were back to the dance off.

We received a phone call about 30 minutes after Fernando had left to ensure that everything was to our liking. I really love the attention to detail that the staff has. Like I said before, we do this a few times a year, and our stay at the Pointe was most certainly our favorite to date. (I stayed at the Biltmore earlier this year… and no one called to see how my meal was, just saying.)

In the morning, my parents came to meet up with us at the Hole-in-the-Wall restaurant for their Easter Brunch. While I was a little sad that there was no Eggs Benedict or Biscuits and Gravy being served – they had everything else you could imagine. I sampled the Seafood Paella, Corned Beef Hash, and a made-to-order omelet comprised of Egg Beaters, mushrooms, sausage and tomatoes–all of which were spot on and delicious.

The boys fought their way through pancakes, waffles, a LOT of sausage, and some fresh fruit. We topped off our meal with quite possibly a dangerous level of sweets. My jaw was to the floor when my 6-year-old came back with a plate full of pastel-colored tarts, chocolate treats and cake. Turns out his eyes were much bigger than his stomach and he didn’t even eat a third of what he chose, lucky for me!

All in all, the resort was lovely, beautiful room with a great view, the staff was amazing and went far beyond the call of duty and the on-site restaurants and in-room dining were fantastic. I can guarantee that the next poker game that rolls around, you will find me at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak!

To learn more about Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak, or to make a reservation, visit squawpeakhilton.com.

*This stay was provided complimentary as a part of a media invitation. However, this has no effect on our opinions and comments regarding our experience. View our Disclosure Policy for further explanation.

About the Author - Taryn Jeffries

Editor and Chief Eating Officer of PhoenixBites, 2017 Food Writer of the Year (Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame) Taryn grew up in a small town in Illinois with a doting Grandmother who taught her the way around a kitchen and that food is representative of love. Her current quest is to find the love in local dishes and the chefs behind them. In addition to running all things PhoenixBites, Taryn is also a freelance writer, sharing her insight on the best dishes and where to get them each and every month.

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