South Mountain & Wrigley Mansion Tour

South Mountain & Wrigley Mansion Tour

Drive Dates: Thursday, May 6 and Saturday, May 8

Total Drive Distance: 63 miles

Estimated total tour duration: 5 hours

 

Get a grand view of the expanse of “The Valley of the Sun” on a scenic drive to the top of South Mountain, followed by a tour and lunch at the beautiful Wrigley Mansion, where the history and memorable details of two grand families — Wrigley and Hormel — make The Mansion one of Phoenix’s most storied landmarks.

 

At more than 16,000 acres, South Mountain Park & Preserve is one of the largest municipally managed parks in the nation. Between 1933 and 1940, four thousand men working under the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed over 40 miles of hiking and equestrian trails, 18 buildings, 15 ramadas, and other features within the park. The architectural style for the buildings features slab stone masonry which was consistent with the Park Service’s use of regionally traditional themes utilizing environmentally compatible materials.

 

Summit Road is a scenic, 5.5-mile drive from the main park entrance, terminating at Dobbins Lookout, at 2330 feet the highest viewing stop in the park. The view not only includes the Valley floor below but a panoramic sweep that extends from the Estrella Mountains in the west to the Superstition Mountains in the east.

 

The route from South Mountain Park to Wrigley Mansion follows Arizona State Route 51 (Piestewa Freeway) a scenic drive unto itself, bisecting the Phoenix Mountains Preserve and providing elevated views of the preserve’s rugged desert topography.

 

Sitting atop a knoll overlooking the famed Arizona Biltmore resort, Wrigley Mansion was built in 1932 by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. The building design fuses Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean styles and gives visitors a panoramic view of the sprawling city below. Original tiles still grace The Mansion, having been shipped from the Wrigley family’s tile factory on Catalina Island and carted up the hill by donkey. Today Wrigley Mansion is a premier special event and fine dining venue and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

On a private tour of The Mansion, your guide will walk you through the home's main points of interest including the rotunda, living room, dining area, and even the intimate spaces of the bedrooms. Following the tour, you will enjoy lunch prepared by the highly acclaimed Wrigley culinary team.

 

Our tour officially ends after lunch. For those who wish to return to the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa together, tour leaders will depart shortly after lunch for a short but scenic drive back to the resort. Or you may wish to explore the nearby Arizona Biltmore hotel, an Arizona landmark and one of the most recognized resorts in the world for its Frank Lloyd Wright architectural style, luxurious facilities, and storied history.

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