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Arizona Biltmore Stories

Over 95 years, we’ve seen our share of major life events, intimate moments, grand celebrations and everything in between. To celebrate the Arizona Biltmore’s 95th anniversary, share your cherished memory of our property to win a stay worth $1929.

Your stay will include two nights in a renovated, original 1929 cottage, a 95th anniversary history tour, $300 in food & beverage credit, $300 in Tierra Luna Spa credit, a complimentary bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne in a keepsake container and a copy of the new 95th anniversary Jewel of the Desert History Book.

Whether it’s a special event, a memorable stay, or a delightful encounter, we want to hear about the moments that have made the Arizona Biltmore unforgettable for you. Share your story and become a part of our legacy.

To upload your story, recount your fondest Biltmore memories below and submit photos, videos, scanned documents, and/or recordings. We look forward to seeing your submissions.

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First Wedding Anniversary

My husband and I spent our first wedding anniversary at the Arizona Biltmore. The resort was absolutely fantastic and made us feel as if we were out of the country. The service, the views, pool, and food were all top notch! We would absolutely love to spend another anniversary here!!!

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Nicole Houdek

2023

Babes and Babies at the Biltmore

During 2021 – my friend and I were desperate for a getaway after having babies and raising kids during the pandemic.

We saw the Biltmore was reopening after the pandemic and rennovations and thought it would be a perfect girls getaway.

Fast forward to 2024 and we’ve been coming back every year with friends.

In 2023, my husband and I were expecting a new baby and there was no question where I wanted to take my babymoon. So we made the trip to the Biltmore twice that year.

We look forward to this trip every year and can’t wait to be part of the 95 anniversary celebration.

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Kristen Presker

2021-Present

A Mother’s Love

My Mom has taught me the value of taking care of our mind and body since I can remember. She’s exemplified strength, resilience, and grace. We love to relax and unwind together, enjoying the finer things in life. Being an Arizona native, the Biltmore has always been a place of refuge, where we can go to relax and unwind, together. The perfect staycation for us to create memories and take care of our souls.
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Amanda Castillo

Multiple Years

Birthday Affirmation

In our family, birthdays are a big deal! It originated with the family I was born into – my parents, two siblings, and myself. Each birthday, we’d write a letter to the birthday boy or girl and sit around the dinner table and read them out loud to affirm and celebrate them. Our family had now grown as the kids have gotten married and had kids of their own. Our group is now 11 instead of 5. For my mom’s 65th birthday this past December (2023), she said all she wanted was all of us together, outside at the Biltmore, wearing a coat my dad had bought her in Paris. So we made it happen! We live for Arizona winters but especially on a patio, with a fire pit, at the most beautiful hotel, celebrating my mother. We ordered all the food and drinks, opened gifts, and then went around the circle affirming her. She followed the affirmation by telling us her hopes for the year! It seems like a basic evening, but it was a full-circle experience to have my kids around the table as we honored this tradition that we’ve done all my life. We even had a server go inside to get us an order of churros since they were only available from Renata’s Hearth! The Biltmore is always the perfect spot to celebrate! It was the exact evening my mom hoped for, only made even more special by the over-the-top service, ambiance, and decor! Thank you, Arizona Biltmore.

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AmyWilt

2023

A Delightful Encounter

With a date I took on Galentine’s Day. It was a romantic dinner I had never done before. Reserved it and had a memorable experience, but never a stay. Hope for one and with a better date now!

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Mallery Cervantes

2018

A Special Event

My family and I enjoyed a Mother’s day meal with you guys at the restaurant and the flowers we shared from there made it so much better!

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Lorena Cervantes

2018

Star struck 🌟

I encountered a celebrity while at the restaurant there and briefly talked to him. Couldn’t take a picture at the time. It’s in my noggin though!

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Antonio Tallabas

2007

A Glad Day!

Me and my family experienced a nice reservation eating some new food with some nice scenery and eatery!!!

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Raul Cervantes

2024

Baby Violets First Getaway

After welcoming our newest addition to the family and staying home as much as possible for her safety and well being we decided it was finally time for a family getaway and we chose the Arizona Biltmore because it offered just what we needed as a family. Our older daughter Aneveah had a great time at The Twist and we had an even better time by the pool watching a movie and really enjoying our first family getaway after everything that comes with adding a new member to our family. Also, to see the touch of Frank Lloyd wright design that went into this resort was amazing, We loved our stay and plan on making out more often.

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Carlos Fuentes

2023

Covid Relief & Relaxation

My wife and I had two young children under 6 when Covid hit. While trying to both work at home, have our oldest attend kindergarten by Ipad, and keep our 2 year old entertained, to say that we were burning the candle at both ends is an understatement. Only a few months in, it was clear that we were in this for the long haul and we did make it work, but both of us desperately looked forward to the unknown future first opportunity to take a vacation. In early 2021, as the world started to get back to an open status, we started looking for that vacation in earnest, with a plan to take a few days to ourselves. Being from Michigan, we knew we needed to go somewhere warmer, so we started searching the Phoenix area and came across the Biltmore. My love of history coupled with my wife’s love of a great pool culminated in a 4 night trip in May 2021 with two of our closest friends staying at the Arizona Biltmore. What an incredible trip – the hotel was in pristine condition with new renovations; the charm of the old hotel masterfully mixed with the new additions. It was as close to perfect of a trip as we had dreamed of in the dark days of Covid and honestly was the demarcation point of feeling like life was getting back to normal. We weren’t checked out more than an hour when we agreed that we needed to return to the Biltmore at some point for another trip.

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Matt Levitt

2021

Biltmore Bonds: Timeless Family Memories

Celebrating my Dad’s 79th birthday at the Arizona Biltmore was more than just special; it was an authentic reflection of our family’s bond. It marked my two-year-old daughter’s first visit to the Biltmore, and her enchantment became the heartbeat of our celebration. Our family shared memories that will last a lifetime against the backdrop of this iconic setting.

of our rich history and timeless beauty. Now, as Dad approaches his 80th birthday in December 2024, winning this contest would be a dream come true. To celebrate this milestone at the Arizona Biltmore, surrounded by the love of family, would be the perfect way to honor our roots and the enduring connections that make life truly special.

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Elizabeth Rohe

2023

A Guiding Light to History

During 2021 – my friend and I were desperate for a getaway after having babies and raising kids during the pandemic.

We saw the Biltmore was reopening after the pandemic and rennovations and thought it would be a perfect girls getaway.

Fast forward to 2024 and we’ve been coming back every year with friends.

In 2023, my husband and I were expecting a new baby and there was no question where I wanted to take my babymoon. So we made the trip to the Biltmore twice that year.

We look forward to this trip every year and can’t wait to be part of the 95 anniversary celebration.

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Remy Cavalieri

Every Year

Girls trips!

I randomly found the Biltmore when I was looking for places to get away that would be different for me and my mom for our annual girls trip.

I decided to splurge and got Citrus Club access! Our experience here was beyond anything we expected. Between the staff, food, drinks and peace I have never seen my mom as happy as she was during our stay here. This 75 year old went down the Waterside and lughed! She smelled every flower on the property. She had such a good time riding in the golf cart with me at the Links.

Shes provided so much to me over my life it was wonderful to give her this experience. (Im crying as I wrote this!). We enjoyed it so much we went back 6 months after our first visit. It’s a memory I’m going to hold forever in my heart about my best friend.

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Lindsey Joyce

2023

Our First Anniversary

My wife Nicole and I stayed at the Biltmore in May of ’23 for our first Anniversary and couldn’t believe how amazing this resort was. I don’t even know where to start..Everything from the food to the shopping was incredible. We cannot wait to go back to the Biltmore!!

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Brandon Houdek

2023

My family’s first and only stay

My family and I stayed at the Arizona Biltmore last Thanksgiving. It was our first, and only (so far) stay at the property. We were coming into town to visit my husband’s ailing mother for the holiday, and we booked something close by out of necessity, without really looking too much into what the property had to offer. When we arrived, we were blown away. It was exactly what we needed during the bittersweet holiday. We were all amazed by the grounds, the architecture, and the service. The pools and slides for the kids were such a hit, and allowed our kids to have so much much-needed fun! We will always remember that trip fondly because of the oasis the property offered. We can’t wait to return!

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Elaina Howard

2023

Wedding Reception in the Gold Room

On November 3, 2018 my husband Justin and I had the pleasure of celebrating our wedding reception in the classic and elegant Gold Room at the Arizona Biltmore. From the beginning of our wedding planning process, all of the staff at the Arizona Biltmore treated us with respect and patience, as we talked over every detail. Leading up to the wedding, Justin and I would stop by the Wright Bar to have a cocktail and day dream about our wedding celebration. The bartenders and staff took the time to remember our names and always greeted us when we stopped by. Our wedding weekend began with a warm welcome from the attentive staff, with special offerings waiting for us in our suite. The night of our reception was everything we dreamed of…as my husband and I walked around the property taking pictures, we instantly knew how special this evening would always be for us. At sunset, we were able to go on the rooftop and look out at the city surrounding us. It was easy to see why the Arizona Biltmore is nicknamed the Jewel of the Desert. Our guests complimented the ‘most delicious food’ they ever had at a wedding, attentive and courteous staff, and beauty of the Gold Room all night. My husband and I just celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary this past November. Every day we look at pictures from our wedding as well as a picture of the Arizona Biltmore from the night of our wedding, hanging on the walls of our home, and are reminded of how unforgettable November 3, 2018 was for us.

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Martina Navarre

2018

A Wonderful Long Weekend at the Biltmore

It was August 2019 and my husband and I were enjoying a wonderful long weekend at the Biltmore. We were hanging by the pool, when we met a group of Rolling Stones groupies! Turned out their was a concert in Phoenix the next day and this was their 25th stop on the current tour or something like that… after lots of great stories, they convinced us that we needed to see the Rolling Stones! We looked for tickets, luckily snagged an incredible deal and the next day were on our way to see the Stones. They rocked out for almost 3 hours! It was an incredible experience, and a great way to end an already awesome weekend. We’ll never forget that weekend at the Arizona Biltmore.

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Heidi Hultquist

2019

Jewel of the Desert: Our Tradition

During 2020 the world stood still. My wife and I enjoy traveling and that year was hard for us not to be able to escape the daily grind of work and home life. With the soft opening and renovations shortly after the shut down, my wife and her friend were able to escape and enjoy the Biltmore for the first time. Upon arrival she knew she wanted to share her experience with me, an architectural detail lover of sorts. Just a short year later I joined her for our second visit, along with our two favorite people and friends. We fell deeper in love with the adult pool, the history and the on site spa. We knew we had to come back… we did and we have returned every year. Each year gets better, as we are able to expand on spa visits, on site tours, bike rentals, fire pits, citrus club, cottage stays. You name it we will try it. We were especially excited for the renovation of the icecream shop where we always stop for a quick treat before returning to our amazing guest rooms. As we further plan our small family of two girls and new baby boy, we anticipate sharing our experience with the kids as they grow older to truly enjoy and appreciate their one of a kind stay at the one and only Biltmore. Not only do we visit one or two times a year, we also brought a bit of the desert home as we themed our new son’s room after the Phoenix cactus and succulent filled desert. The memories are countless that we have made and look forward to making more in the years to come.

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John Presker

2021-2024

Celebrando la vida !

Había esperado mucho tiempo para poder pasar un fin de semana en el Biltmore, debía ser una fecha especial para celebrar y así lo fue ! Pase mi cumpleaños 47 en su bello y magnífico hotel. Lo mejor es que Pude llevar a mi familia y cada disfruto las áreas especiales que tienen para cada rango de edad, mis hijas felices en la alberca y mi esposo y yo disfrutando de las demás amenidades, fue increíble!

Disfrutamos tanto esos días que ansiamos volver a ir y pasar días memorables que no se olvidan ♥️

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Liz Molina

2023

A business Trip Became a Bucket List Memory

I have been booking business trips at the Biltmore since the early 90’s. Thank you for all your hospitality and your gift of “The Jewel of the Desert “. My most memorable visit was on a Friday evening in late December 2019. My clients and I stayed for cocktails and a tour. We enjoyed champagne in the speak easy room and wore masks of Liza Minelli and Clark Gable. The crowd was incredible as was the music and the Biltmore Tequila Sunrise!!! Little would we know that a pandemic would shut us down in a few short months. Sadly my client passed away but our evening was magical. I never realized that a tour over the holidays at the Biltmore was a bucket list event- but I recommend it to all my clients and friends.

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Catherine Moore

2019

Midwestern Farm Mom Meets Luxury

My story is a simple one. In 2012 I decided to spoil my MI farm mom and treat her to a vacation at the Arizona Biltmore. My mom had never stayed somewhere so elegant, beautiful, luxurious. She was in heaven going to the pools, having room service, and being treated so well by the staff. Every single aspect of our vacation was easy and blissful. My mom is now 88 and in assisted living and still remembers every detail of her stay and how special she felt.

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Deborah Elston

2012

Family and Reconnecting

My wife and I dropped off our kids at my mother’s house in Mesa for 3 days. This gave us time to reconnect since our children are heavily involved in school athletes and it seemed like we never saw each other. After 15 years of marriage this seemed like a second honeymoon for us. After 3 days of just us, our kids came and we spent a additional 2 days enjoying everything the Arizona Biltmore has to offer.

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Ryan McGinnis

2023

Unforgettable Family Vacation

Our family stayed at the resort May of 2023. This was our second time visiting. We knew what to expect since we’ve been here before, but the renovations and outstanding service blew us away!

We spent 5 days going down the slides, eating delicious meals, listening to beautiful music at night, swimming in every pool, and exploring the grounds. Our 9-year old son especially loved sitting on a patio wearing a robe and ordering room service.I loved the impeccable pool service we received every day. Our daughter loved going down the slides.

My husband loved the Waldorf Astoria smell so much, he ordered the diffuser as soon as we got home. Now our home evokes happy memories with the Unforgettable scent. Truly unforgettable!

We love making such incredible memories as a family!

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Vera McGinnis

2017 & 2023

Graduation - Arizona Biltmore Style

Allow me to take you back to May 2022. I visited sultry Arizona from Pennsylvania, excited to help my son, Dennis, and his girlfriend from back home, Julia (high school sweethearts) move into their new apartment. It’s his senior year, and this is a much anticipated, special time for them.

A milestone such as this warranted an equally exceptional place to relax and enjoy during our time in Arizona . That is exactly what I experienced with my stay at the Arizona Biltmore. Top notch restaurants were a few strides away from our villa. Quiet nights spent relaxing on the grounds were cherished after the hustle and bustle of moving all day. Which pool shall we visit today? We loved them all! After all the moving was complete we were ready to celebrate at the pool, enjoying the DJ and drinks with new friends. It was the experience of a lifetime and I long for more. Until then … I’ll be dreaming of Saguaro poolside days and nights.

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Andrea Balkiewicz

2022

A Different Life

My family is normally not the type you might see staying at the Biltmore. I’m 19, so I still travel and tag along on my parents trips because, hello, they are free for me. We always would go to Destin, Florida for our spring breaks until one year, we all decided maybe we wanted something else. So last year, for my 2023 spring break, we went to the Biltmore. To start off, I’ve never felt so bougie in my life. My parents, while well to do for themselves, said this might be our only chance to come, for it can be expensive, but also for this reason they went all out. The day we got there, my parents already decided to upgrade to a cottage suite, to get the full effect. Leading up to and during the trip, my dad mentioned to us probably 20 times that the song, “White Christmas” was written poolside at the Biltmore, so you know he was just happy to be there. And when I say everything about this place made all of us so happy, I am not exaggerating in the slightest. Everything, from the tallest cactus, to the shops, down to the smell of the place (that’s right, I said smell), we were in heaven. But what we did not know is that the week we planned on coming, was also the week of the NFL meetings at the Biltmore. We were in shock of this, only because we had no idea. The set up of everything had us intrigued. I have never been a big fan of football only because I am a teenage girl, but I felt important and impressed after seeing the coaches of teams I actually knew walk right past me as I headed to the pool. I remember peaking through windows to see the set ups of the meetings, with placeholders for the teams coaches that I literally just passed maybe 5 minutes before. We also got to see the set up of the big party being held after the meetings, which was taking place right outside our cottage. It was beautiful and everyone was happy. My parents even got the chance to meet Cris Collinsworth and got pictures with him. My mom was so happy, she posted the picture on both Facebook and Instagram. It was just surreal for my family and I to be in the presence of something we could never had imagined, for we haven’t had chances like that before. We also met a family outside in the front, while waiting for the valet to bring us our cars to catch dinner. We talked about our lives and who we were and the father of the family casually mentioned he was the COO of the Cleveland Browns. My dad was gleaming the rest of the night. He met someone so important and, of course, could not wait to get back to Illinois, where we are from, and brag to our family about our trip. To sum it up, the Biltmore is probably the most magical place anyone could ever dream to visit. I think about it everyday and are excited about going back in exactly one week, because of course we had to go back. I can still smell the Arizona Biltmore as I write this, mostly because my dad bought the air freshener smell made for the Biltmore, so we can smell exactly how it smells 24/7, but also because it’s not a smell you can forget. I have decided that no matter what or how, I am to visit Arizona many more times in my life. I have had such a magical first experience in my life and I never want to forget it, so I shall try to relive it as many times as I possibly can.

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Lorelei Jager

2023

THE BILTMORE SURPRISE

As a much needed respite from an arctic Colorado winter, the sunny patio of our casita at the Biltmore Hotel was a wonderful change, especially when I looked over at the casita next to us and saw the naked form of a well-known actor pulling on his swimming trunks.

I ordered a Tequila Sunrise and took in the view. Frank Lloyd Wright had designed the place. Kind of. The original builders paid Mr. Wright the princely sum of $10,000 back in thenineteen-twenties, only to discover that the famed architect didn’t hold the patent on thefabled block design. It hadn’t mattered; the Great Depression hit the year after the Biltmore opened and King Midas himself couldn’t have saved the place. It was sold for chewing gumprices to a Mr. Wrigley, of the Chicago Bunch.

My drink arrived just in time to watch the movie star accompany an elderly woman tothe afternoon tea, poolside. His mother, I thought; what a nice man. But my musings along those lines were quickly put to rest: most mothers don’t slip their hands under their sons’swimming suit.

Later on, I decided to partake in the tea. Mainly because I’d heard that they served the quintessential tea sandwiches with cucumber and cream cheese. I’d just settled in when I realized that the movie star and his female companion were four chaise lounges in front, two to the left. And the woman got up, walked calmly up to the table holding the tea sandwiches, opened her rather large purse, and with one practiced sweep installed the whole heaping batch into her purse.I knew the four-star rating was well deserved when the keeper of the table said nothing,
but quickly walked away and returned with another silver platter of the finest cucumber sandwiches I’d ever had. When I returned to my table with a modest plate, the elderly woman raised her glass of champagne to me and said, “To Frank Lloyd Wright.”

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Bob Alspaugh

Influencer

Wish Granted

I’ve been a Frank Lloyd Wright fan for decades and since moving to Surprise a few years ago, became a member of Taliesin West. I visited the Biltmore a few times during an extended stay 20 years ago and was absolutely smitten with the place! My wife surprised me with a one night stay for my birthday last December. I was thrilled and caught totally off-guard! My time there was well spent and I remain Grateful to this day! Funny thing is my wife did this for me but she enjoyed it so much herself we plan to make this an annual tradition. Excellent food, service and people at McArthur’s and every place we went on property! Should I win, the prize will go to a true aficionado!

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Mark Englert

2023

Biltmore romance and adventure

Married Valentine’s Day 1977 at Biltmore. I was fan of Frank Lloyd Wright. Also many stays at hotel in 80s, 90s, 2000s at corporate conferences. Love the villas and the renovations have enhanced the history and glamour of the property. Still bring my family and pets to enjoy the memories and make new ones. The staff is outstanding and always welcoming to this girl who started her married life at the Arizona Biltmore.

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Susan Stolar

1977

Birthday and First Time Stay

First time staying. We always wanted to stay and experience the Biltmore since moving to AZ from PA. My husband and I are fans of Wright and his designs. We came for my daughter’s 11th birthday weekend and a nice staycation. I am and nurse, my husband is a high school teacher and we loved our time, the staff, activities and the beauty of the resort. My daughter can’t wait to come back!

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Marissa Danielewski

2023

Sunshine, Smoothies and Floats

My husband and I met in Arizona in 2009 during grad school. We had always wanted to take our kids back to Arizona one day to show them where we met and let them experience everything it has to offer. We stayed at the Biltmore last year in 2023, my kids were 4 and 6 and they had the absolute best time staying at this resort. Our best memories include splashing at the pool under the hot sun, sitting on giant floats with cold smoothies, many meals at the delicious hotel restaurants, exploring the surrounding neighborhoods, inviting groups of friends to the hotel throughout the week to reconnect and make new memories. We loved it so much we’re returning to the Biltmore this year for Spring Break as Arizona holds a special place in our hearts!

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Cynthia Murphy

2023

A Retreat for the Soul

We arrived in the heart of the desert, seeking refuge from life’s cacophony. The Arizona sun greeted us as we stepped into the embrace of the Biltmore. Under cerulean skies, we surrendered our worries and penned new narratives. Venturing to Sedona, we hiked amidst rust-red cliffs and ancient secrets. Within the exclusive Citrus Club, conversations flowed, and connections bloomed. As twilight painted the desert, we made a pact: to carry this oasis within us. May our story linger, etched against the backdrop of cacti and star-studded nights. 🌵✨

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Arda Sengun

2024

Arizona Biltmore Started Our Happily Ever After

The Arizona Biltmore, draped in a rich history, has such romantic vibes from the fire pit area at Spire Bar, to the art deco architecture, to the breathtaking views, and everything in between! The Arizona Biltmore is where me and my now fiancé first became a couple! We first met in college, but found each other again years later, and became a couple in December 2022 at the Arizona Biltmore. We got engaged in December 2023, and would love nothing more than to honeymoon at the spot where it all began! The Arizona Biltmore will always hold a special place in our hearts, and will be a spot we will come to for years to come to celebrate and reminisce since the Arizona Biltmore really was the start to our happily ever after.

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Amanda Sierant

2022

Biltmore Oasis from Wall Street Landslide

As soon I entered the bungalow, all the fears and worries of 2008 suddenly dissipated. I put my luggage down, took my suit off, and suddenly felt as if I had entered a mystical oasis where all time ceased to move. I reviewed the hotel amenities book and said to myself: “Tierra Luna Spa / Paradise pool / golf? Love how I get to stay here and all I get is a 2 page itinerary of junk bond company meetings to attend.” I went into the shower and suddenly the Biltmore oasis took over my brain and all worries ceased to exist.

Long story short: the conference was jam-packed with pre-assigned meetings for me. I learned from random conversations, that it turned out that most of the other conference attendees basically had their banks sponsor the event and they had already made golf play dates with each other. I was slightly envious of their rude fate, but even the mere mention of what they were doing was enough to make the past 3 months of 2008 fade from my memory. I spent most of the conference on my BlackBerry with my boss back on the East Coast, but I was amazed at the tranquility I felt just walking around the Biltmore and viewing the incredible vista. While I was in my bank-ordered pinstripes and black shoes the entire conference, just walking by the pool between meetings was enough to feel as if I was in a mystical desert oasis where all time faded into a feeling of tranquility.

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Brian Ichord

2008

Bucket List Achievement

In August 1987, my husband had a conference @ the Arizona Biltmore. I tagged along with him. I thought it was the most wonderful place in the world, especially the Art Deco items. When we left, I prayed that I would one day returnn, and added it to my bucket list.

In October 2006, my husband had another conference sheduled @ the AB. I planned to attend, only to have my trip almost thwarted due to my elderly mother’s scheduled caregiver becoming unable to care for her @ the last minute. My cousin, neighbor, and other caregivers made it possible for me to do my trip. Even with all the elderly caregiving details hanging over my head, I had a wonderful time @ the AB. Every morning when my husband went to his conference, I got a coffee and a USA today. I enjoyed both @ a firepit, overlooking the mountains. First peace and serenity I’d had in a long time (my father died in Sept. 2005).

I am so grateful for that return trip!

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Kitty Spillman

1987-2006

First Trip Away

My husband and I were married in 2019 and had our first baby in the spring of 2020. We also turned 30 during this time. We would prefer to have adventures and spend time with each other rather than buying more things. We had planned to go away for our first anniversary to celebrate each other and all that had happened that year but the world had other plans. In July of 2021, my husband surprised me with our delayed trip. We had come across the Arizona Biltmore while dreaming of places to go and I continued to follow the renovations that were thoughtfully happening around the resort. I was ecstatic to spend time with one another and I could not have dreamed of a more magical place. We sat in the double chair and binged shows together, we enjoyed a fire on the patio during a rare cool, rainy day, ate at all of the amazing on property dining options, relaxed at the spa, and played bean bags with drinks on the lawn. Each day we had plans to venture out and instead we were fully immersed and in love with the property that we stayed to explore. We are planning to return for our 5th anniversary in August and I cannot wait to discover the new areas and restaurants that I have seen on social media. The Arizona Biltmore has become a very special place for my husband and I and we cannot wait to return often and soon with littles in tow.

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Kayla Lee

2021

Celebrating 1 year in the United States

I moved to the United States in June of 2022, to chase a longtime goal of mine, to work at an airline. In the summer of 2023, I celebrated one year living state side, at the Biltmore.

As a long time traveler and lover of adventure, I celebrated this anniversary in the United States, with a trip across the West Coast. My first stop was the Biltmore, which ended up being the highlight of the entire trip.

Spending time pampering myself at the spa, eating at all the lovely restaurants and enjoying the Arizona sunshine, really set in the feelings of belonging for me.

So happy to be living my dream and can’t wait for my next annual visit to the Biltmore this June!

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LiloNoort

2023

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