Pete Halvorsen


Arizona as I haven't seen it.

Being a native Californian I've been to Arizona a number of times.  So when I was planning for my 4 day trip to Scottsdale and Phoenix I thought I knew what was in store.  I can proudly say, I was wrong. From a sunrise round of golf surrounded by gorgeous landscapes to a desert sunset horseback ride.  Then headed into downtown Phoenix and enjoying some great live music just 2 blocks from my hotel.

I partnered with Starwood Hotels and their Starwood Preferred Guests member program (#spg) to take photos of these locations, but I was also able to experience the #spglife first hand.  Both of these locations were chosen by SPG Members as their favorites one as a golf resort the other for it’s great city life experience.  I’ll let you guess which is which.  

My key to #spglife, room with a view at The Phoenician (if you guessed this was the Golf Resort SPG Members choice, you're right) and I was met with an amazing sunset my first evening there. 


Ahhhh, so this is why they call it "Valley of the the Sun" - enjoyed an fire and cocktail while reflecting on a great day at The Phoenician.


Sunrise golf on the championship course at The Phoenician, I had never been this relaxed or shot this well on a golf course. I think I can give some of that credit to the hot stone holistic massage I received at the The Centre for Well-Being onsite. 


The concierge at The Phoenician setup an amazing experience for me just outside of Scottsdale at the Western Destinations Ranch. Guide Zach and my trusty horse "Blue Eye" took great care of me as we headed into the desert to enjoy seeing the landscapes the way it was in the old days. 

A surprise was riding up on this old town they built in the middle of the valley.

After a long day on the course and on the was time for a dip in the pool, which just happens to shimmer because it's tiled in mother of pearl.  



From the desert I shifted gears into the city life. Going from the SPG Member Favorite golf resort to the SPG Member Favorite City Experience.  Once again I was greeted with a good old fashioned Valley of The Sun welcome.  The view from The Westin in Phoenix was perfect!


The concierge team at the Westin made sure I had that #spglife experience letting me know all the best places to eat and experience.  The first thing I learned was that the hotel location was perfectly situated central to all the best spots.  




When I wasn't out enjoying the sights and sounds of Phoenix, I had the luxury of kicking back at the gorgeous suite at The Westin.  One of the things I loved was the way the light would come in through the window in each morning. 

Just a few blocks away there was a fantastic cafe that served local organic food and had a great atmosphere. 


From the Arts district to Roosevelt Row, I really enjoyed the change of pace and my time experiencing Phoenix.  

I cut together this little video highlighting my time in Arizona with SPG. 


Although my daughter did mention that The Phoenician was also an SPG Member Favorite for Family Adventures, so I may have to bring the family next time. :)