This Fall, It's A 'Season of Personal Discovery' At The Fairmont Scottsdale Resort

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Scottsdale luxury resort features six themed weekends and 32 best-selling authors/lecturers

It can be said that one of the best investments people can make is in themselves. This fall, the new "Season of Personal Discovery" offers vacations with an inspiring purpose, giving up-close and personal time with 32 best-selling authors and lecturers over six themed weekends at the Fairmont Scottsdale luxury resort , a AAA Five Diamond resort located in the pristine Sonoran Desert.

From September 25 to December 6, 2009, these weekends invite travelers to the Scottsdale resort to follow their passion and learn life-enriching skills by spending time in the world of self-improvement, the culinary arts and more.

Authors on the schedule include Pulitzer Prize winning humorist Dave Barry, mega-blockbuster lawyer-novelist Scott Turow and New York Times best-selling crime author Ridley Pearson, to name a few.

Each weekend event includes a unique theme and at least four author presentations. Topics are:

  •     Living Your Best Life (September 25-27)
  •     For the Love of Books (October 2-4)
  •     Ultimate Girls Getaway (October 9-11)
  •     Food and Wine for the Soul (October 23-25)
  •     Cloak & Dagger (November 6-8)
  •     Grand Finale (December 4-6)

Packages include three-day/two-night stay at our Scottsdale luxury resort, exclusive admission to the Friday "Meet the Authors" welcome cocktail reception, Saturday book readings, reminiscences, demonstrations, "Q&A" sessions, a Saturday evening "Mix & Mingle" cocktail reception and gala dinner, a farewell breakfast Sunday morning and a keepsake "Season" gift.

Weekend packages at the Scottsdale resort are priced at $499 per person, double occupancy and $591 per person, single occupancy. Saturday daytime event pricing is available for Arizona residents at $275 per person including the day's seminars, author luncheon, book signing opportunity and a special "Season" gift. Also priced for locals, the Saturday evening dinner event is $185 per person. Gratuities are included in all package/pricing options; resort taxes are additional on an overnight stay.

For complete details and reservations as well as more information on any of the specific weekends, please dial toll-free, 800-908-9397 or visit

Set against the backdrop of Arizona's McDowell Mountains, AAA Five-Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale reflects its Southwestern setting with Spanish colonial-style architecture, expansive plazas and lush, flower-filled gardens. The resort features 649 oversized guest rooms with a private terrace or balcony, five heated swimming pools, the luxurious 44,000 square-foot Willow Stream-The Spa at Fairmont and championship golf at the adjacent TPC Scottsdale Stadium and Champions courses. Dining options include the AAA Four-Diamond BOURBON STEAK by acclaimed chef Michael Mina, The Grill Seafood and Chops, overlooking the 18th green at the TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course and the new LV Bistro, featuring farm-fresh cuisine and menu emphasizing locally-grown organic produce, natural meats, and sustainable seafood. Stone Rose Lounge, a contemporary hotspot with cutting-edge design, fashionable clientele and signature cocktails, was developed by nightlife entrepreneurs Rande Gerber and Scott Gerber of the Gerber Group, who also operate Whiskey Park, Whiskey Blue and Midnight Rose around the country. For more information, please visit

The Fairmont Scottsdale is operated by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, a leader in the global hospitality industry with an extraordinary collection of iconic, luxury hotels around the world. The Fairmont Scottsdale is owned by Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT) which owns and provides value-enhancing asset management of high-end hotels and resorts in North America, Mexico and Europe.


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