Vacation Like a Kennedy at Castle Hot Springs in the Sonoran Desert

Nora Burba Trulsson | July 16, 2019 | Lifestyle

Castle Hot Springs is secluded within the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert.

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Castle Hot Springs, Arizona’s legendary historic resort near the Bradshaw Mountains, reopened this year as an opulent destination after a major two-year renovation and restoration. The 210-acre resort, which first opened in 1896 and had been shuttered since a 1976 fire, catered to wealthy Easterners—among them the Vanderbilts, Wrigleys, Carnegies and John F. Kennedy—who came to luxuriate in the healing, mineral-rich hot springs and dry desert climate halfway between modern-day Lake Pleasant and Wickenburg. Now, the rejuvenated resort debuts with six restored original buildings; a gourmet restaurant; an organic farm; its own microbrewery, which produces a signature Lithium Lager; and 32 stylish accommodations, including bungalows with private spring-fed outdoor tubs. Don’t want to drive the unpaved road past Lake Pleasant? The resort has a helipad where you can land a private chopper. Sky View Cabins and Spring Bungalows $1,400-$1,600 per night, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and all daily gratuities for two adults



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Photography by: Paul Markow