Travel back in time to Arizona’s cotton boom in the early 1900s, when the Goodyear Tire & Rubber company bought 16,000 acres of land here for cotton farming (cotton extended the longevity of its tires). Lodging for company executives morphed into a guesthouse, which evolved into a guest ranch with room for 14 guests. It opened on Thanksgiving Day in 1929 and eventually grew to become a chic Southwestern resort with a sprawling golf course. This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Litchfield Park property’s hospitality, and it’s celebrating with food, drink and accommodations specials.
You can experience happy hour two ways at The Wigwam. At the more casual Red’s Bar & Grill, enjoy snack bar favorites including fried pickles, onion rings, pretzel bites, hummus and deviled eggs ($6 each). Things are a little shmancier at the courtyard Wigwam Bar, but everything is still approachable. The pan-roasted mahi tacos ($7) are bright and boosted by slaw and sriracha. Wigwam Wings ($7) are doused in traditional Buffalo sauce and paired with celery and ranch or blue cheese dressing. The Sonoran quesadilla is stuffed with roasted chicken, Oaxacan cheese, poblanos and caramelized onions ($8). For my money, you can’t go wrong with a cantina board ($8), a Southwestern spin on a charcuterie spread that brings together the salty and spicy charms of chorizo, white cheddar, spiced corn nuts, pickle chips, Corona Dijon and a pretzel roll. Sometimes you just want a burger, though, and the Wbar 2 Stack ($8) is a beaut: two juicy beef patties, melty American cheese, grilled onions, Wbar sauce and fries. Hot tip: Ask for some Corona Dijon on the side to dip your fries.
Get $1 off draft beers and select cocktails and house wine for $5 each at Red’s Bar & Grill. At Wigwam Bar, draft beers are $5, and $6 gets you a prickly pear margarita, Wigwam Mule, house-made sangria, or glass of Sterling Vineyards wines. They’re not discounted, but you have to try at least one of the drinks from The Wigwam’s anniversary-inspired Commemorative Cocktail Menu, which features tipples inspired by famous figures of the 1920s. My favorite: The Great Gatsby, which unites gin, honey simple syrup, and fresh lemon and orange juices for a bracing and delicious summer sipper ($11). Come on Speakeasy Saturdays and drink a Duke Ellington (Cognac, Cointreau, lime, fine sugar, $12) or a Babe Ruth (Wigwam ale, house bourbon, $14) while dressed in your flapper finest with other guests in period garb.
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For dessert, mark The Wigwam’s milestone year with a slice of limited-edition classic orange cake ($9), a throwback recipe from the resort’s early days. You can also take advantage of sweet staycation deals like the 90th Anniversary Summer Promotion ($90 room nights and anniversary experiences; promo code: 90SumPR) and the 90th Anniversary Third Night 2019 Package (get your third night for $19.29, in honor of the resort’s opening year; promo code: 1929PR).
Happy hour runs Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. in Red’s Bar & Grill and on Sunday-Thursday from 4-6 p.m. in the Wigwam Bar.