The Wigwam Resort Receives a $7 Million Update

This month, The Wigwam resort unveiled the results of its $7 million renovations, which include a new main pool, an outdoor plaza, the farm-to-table restaurant Litchfield’s, and more.

First opened in 1929, The Wigwam sits on 400 acres and is one of the oldest resorts in the area, but certainly not the shabbiest — especially not after a multimillion-dollar set of updates that coincide with the resort’s comprehensive re-launch.

New features include a redesigned lobby displaying historic photographs of the resort, additional outdoor courtyards and grass lawns, cozy fire pits, outdoor seating areas and a new indoor-outdoor bar. Also new is The Lodge Pool, the resort’s relocated and redesigned main pool boasting cabanas and a poolside small bites restaurant. Open to guests of all ages, The Lodge Pool has even been outfitted with a separate kids’ zone, complete with two slides and a water play feature with a twisting channel that leads to the adult zone. Guests in search of a space even more serene can also enjoy the redesigned Oasis pool and the private spa pool.

The new signature restaurant, called Litchfield’s, concentrates on fresh, farm-to-table cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients. And we think you’ll recognize the name of the man behind the new menus. James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Bianco of Pizzeria Bianco fame has created such tantalizing dishes as the Double Check Ranch Chopped Steak with sweet potato spätzle and trumpet mushroom gravy, and the Arizona Grilled Trout served with spinach and pecan sage butter. We know we can’t wait to sink a fork into these new dishes.

And have no fear, all your favorite features at The Wigwam remain just as luxe as ever, namely the 331 guestrooms (including 72 suites), the 26,000-square-foot Red Door Spa, fitness center, three golf courses and nine tennis courts. Guests who have visited the resort in years past will also notice that The Wigwam’s historic wood-beamed entrance archway has been restored; and the Fireplace Lounge’s original fireplace, crafted from horsehair and mud, and dating back to 1918, remains prominently featured.

“The Wigwam is really a special place for a lot of people locally and that visit from across the country,” says sports mogul Jerry Colangelo, whose group JDM Partners now enjoys ownership of the property. “What we’ve done is brought back the history and meaning to the resort and created some of the best amenities the Valley has to offer.”

Litchfield Park might be something of a drive for those who live on the east side of town, but then again, that’s sort of the point. Escape to The Wigwam for some real R&R outside the city — rates start at just $179 and rooms can be booked online or by calling 623.935.3811.

The Wigwam is located at 585 E. Bird Lane in Litchfield Park

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