Described as a “boutique hideaway,” The Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley originally started far beyond the Phoenix city limits in 1936. Founded by cowboy artist Alonzo “Lon” Megargee, the Inn’s fun history mirrors the eclectic decades of its existence and its array of owners.
Hotel guests and staff claim that Megargee’s ghost — in the form of a shadowy cowboy — still haunts the premises. They hold his spirit responsible for self-flushing toilets and glasses breaking mysteriously in the middle of the night.
Lon’s legacy also lives on in the award-winning restaurant named for him at the Hermosa, and in other areas of the Inn, which includes 34 hacienda-style accommodations and casitas on more than six acres of desert landscaping.
The Inn was restored to its original charm in the 1990s and remains popular among patrons wanting a more secluded getaway.
Location: 5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Phone: (602) 955-8614
– Michelle Talsma Everson/Suzanne Wilson, Phoenix.org