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FOCUS ON: The Legacy Resort,Phoenix, AZ

By Barbara B. Kreml, Chicago, IL

I entered a request nine months before I received confirmation for February at the Legacy Resort in Phoenix. I gathered that the only rea- son for the availability was the fact that the resort had just opened that Octo- ber. Nothing else seemed to be avail- able in Phoenix proper, Scottsdale, or Mesa.

A car is essential, as the resort is located south of Phoenix, about 20 minutes from the airport. The area is being developed and last February there were few restaurants or stores in the immediate vicinity. Legacy uses Enterprise Rent-A-Car as it’s pre- ferred rental car agent. Make sure you understand that the contract agency will pick you up at the airport if you arrive before 3:00 p.m. and deliver a

car to the resort. Since there are a number of Enterprise locations in Phoenix, double-check the phone num- ber before calling for a pick up.

As indicated in the confirmation from the resort, the master suite has a king-size bed with a double sleeper sofa in the living room. The bathroom has a large whirlpool tub. The suite has two color TVs and a washer and dryer. A fully equipped kitchen includes a coffee maker, microwave, and toaster. The decor is very attractive, South- western style.

The suite has a lock-off section so if you want a two-bedroom, make sure you request the lock-off as part of the package. Because Legacy is a new resort, I had the impression that RCl was not aware of the layout, as I requested a two-bedroom trade for my three-bedroom unit in the bank.

The golf course, being new, was in excellent condition. We had to use the cart paths because the LPGA tour- nament was scheduled for later in the month; the groundskeepers wanted to keep the fairways in perfect shape. Golf lessons are available for those so inclined.

A continental breakfast and ori- entation is held every Monday at 9:30 a.m. where speakers from various tourist attractions describe their facili- ties. For example, hot air expeditions, horseback riding, and desert dog hum- mer trips are available. A monthly activity schedule also is distributed, list- ing tours, fitness programs such as kickboxing and weights, and other ac- tivities. A list of local points of interest is available at the concierge’s desk. For touring the area, I had gotten some maps off the Internet. You are better off getting a detailed map of the Phoe- nix area to set up more efficient routes.

Phoenix, of course, is a great place for shop-a-holics. The Pedrigal offers a variety of unique shops. Shopping malls abound. This area also boasts a variety of antique and art stores. Glen- dale, an adjacent suburb, has numer- ous shops for the antique lover.

For touring, the botanical garden is fascinating with the flora of the Southwest. If you are a Frank Lloyd Wright fan, don’t miss a visit to Taliesen West. The Heard Museum, which features Indian arts and crafts, can occupy you for at least en hour. Several restaurants that merit mention include Convivo on 16th Street, Un Bane, Cafe Terra Cotta, and Avanti on Thomas Avenue.

Would I select the Legacy for an- other vacation? Yes, if I could get a suite rather than the one-bedroom. I would prefer staying at the sister re- sort, Orange Tree in Scottsdale, be- cause the location is better for my pur- poses.

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