Small Market Meetings

OCT 2016

The Newspaper for Smaller Cities, Facilities and Planners.

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Page 23 of 35 24 Hospitality Showcase By Kristy Alpert L ife seems simpler in the high Sonoran Desert. Lengthy sunsets are complimentary pre-dinner entertainment and paint an idyllic picture of desert life. The sound of riding boots releasing from stirrups and pressing into the dusty earth marks the countdown until suppertime at Rancho de los Caballeros, a resort that has been family-owned and operated since 1948. The 20,000- acre Wickenburg ranch, 75 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, is a welcome escape from city life and presents the carefree spirit of the desert with authenticity and a distinguished approach. For more than 70 years, family and friends have gathered at the ranch, but it wasn't until the 1990s, when the property opened its first meeting spaces, that it began to draw conferences, incentives, small meetings and events. The ranch offers 9,000 square feet of meeting space and allows groups to use its expansive grounds for adventurous team-building activities, weddings, campfire dinners and more. The property's 79 guest rooms range from Southwestern-theme ranch rooms to the sumptu- ous Maricopa suites. WiFi is complimentary in all guest rooms and meeting spaces, and many of the rooms can be booked in sections so groups can be more connected during a visit. Beyond meetings, guests can ride horses, shoot skeet or golf at the ranch's Greg Nash and Jeff Hardin golf course. Groups can learn to work together through cowboy games and team penning, as teams compete to be the first to herd three steers into a pen. Whether it's to capture a grand moment in the desert or to renew a group's sense of camaraderie, Rancho de los Caballeros is a fantastic choice for small meetings under the Arizona sun. Meetings the Cowboy Way Photos courtesy Rancho de los Caballeros

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