Inn at Eagle Mountain
Though Arizona’s Fountain Hills suburb is less familiar to travelers than the Phoenix/Scottsdale area 17 miles to the southwest, the Inn at Eagle Mountain delivers a golf experience that rivals the city’s well-known resorts. And golf is absolutely the reason you’ll stay at the hotel: Upon arrival, khaki-clad travelers can drop their luggage in one of 43 Santa Fe–style suites and head out onto their private balcony to survey the 18th hole of the resort’s Scott Miller–designed Eagle Mountain course. Rated among the nation’s top 50 public courses by Golf World readers, this challenging par 71 wends 6,800 yards through the desert scenery of box canyons and saguaro cacti. There’s also an outdoor pool and hiking trails in nearby McDowell Mountain Regional Park. The Grille at Eagle Mountain is great for breakfast or lunch but is closed at dinner, so you’ll have a reason to head to Scottsdale and experience the city’s restaurant scene. But don’t be surprised if you’re relieved to be back in the desert post-dessert, cozying up to the kiva-style gas fireplace as you watch the sun set.