By Anthony Ziola & Leah LeMoine
The West Valley’s premier resort community is anchored by historical hotel The Wigwam and its sprawling golf course, so you can see greens from most places in Litchfield Park. After your tee time, explore the Mayberry-like town streets surrounding the resort.
3 Places To Eat
A Park Café
Litchfield Park’s busiest breakfast and lunch spot starts hopping “Sunday after church” according to owner Julio Soman. Parishioners aren’t the only ones clamoring for Soman’s signature huevos rancheros, chilaquiles and shrimp ceviche.
44 N. Old Litchfield Rd.
B Lazy Palm Sports Grill
Football fans flock to Lazy Palm on Sundays this time of year to catch NFL Sunday Ticket games. Your best brunch bet: the doughnut burger, which unites a juicy beef patty, cheese, egg and bacon between two glazed doughnuts. Arteries, shmarteries.
76 N. Old Litchfield Rd.
C Old Pueblo Café and Pub
Chef Ernestina “Tina” Borquez has been lovingly preparing her familia’s recipes for Litchfield Park residents for more than 50 years. Locals love the Sonoran enchiladas (choice of beef, chicken or cheese) with tomatillo sauce, guacamole and sour cream. Come on Friday nights to hear live music by Los Gringos.
102 N. Old Litchfield Rd.
3 Things To Do
D The Wigwam Resort
Take a golf lesson at Warren Schutte Players Academy or play a round on one of the resort’s three, 18-hole championship golf courses. Not into fairway fun? Book a massage at The Wigwam’s LeMonds Aveda Salon + Spa or lounge at the pool.
300 E. Wigwam Blvd.
E Turtle Park
Bring the family for outdoor fun at Turtle Park, which spans 5 acres. There’s a large sand playground, a soccer field, a baseball field, pet-friendly water fountain, picnic tables and shady trees. Don’t miss its titular feature, two concrete turtles kids can climb and play on. Take some candid photos for your holiday card and kill two birds with one stone.
675 Villa Nueva Dr.
F Garden of Memories
The Church at Litchfield Park is interdenominational, but its architecture has strong Catholic mission vibes. Snap a few photos of the beautiful building and then venture to the picturesque Garden of Memories, which features red granite tablets commemorating departed members of the church and a Veterans’ Memorial Fountain.
300 N. Old Litchfield Rd.
The Wigwam began as lodging for ranch suppliers for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s cotton interests in the 1910s. It opened as a resort on Thanksgiving in 1929 and this year celebrates its 90th anniversary with a slew of deals. Book your third night for just $19.29 and enjoy retro dishes and cocktails..
Relive the old Southwest with a quick photo session in The Wigwam’s lobby, which boasts a grand fireplace and a collection of Native American pottery. Its cobblestone front drive and cactus garden are also prime spots for Southwestern selfies.