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History of Resort Living in Phoenix

In Scottsdale, some of the earliest traditions of luxury resort recreation began in 1910 near today’s modern The Phoenician. Once home to two landmark desert retreats, the Ingleside Inn which opened its doors in 1910, and the Jokake Inn, which took its place in 1926, travelers were immersed into a high desert paradise at the foot of Camelback Mountain. Guests were treated to white-tablecloth dinners and rustic cookouts in Echo Canyon, arriving by horseback, where entertainment included Native American dancers and singers. Outdoor drawing and painting classes stimulated artists of all ages, early golf tees often saw horseback riders sharing the fairways, and relaxation, exploration, and social gatherings were all part of the experience.

The Jokake Inn was built by Robert Evans, son of the artist and iconic cultural steward of the Southwest, Jessie Benton Evans. Like many who relocated to Arizona during that time, Evans sought the warm climate for health. But what she and so many others found was a strange and wonderful space that inspired the soul to create.

The Jokake Inn was one of few built, at that time, to reflect the unique artistry, architecture, and traditions of the Southwest and local craftspeople and artisans were credited to the creation of the Inn’s authentic feel and sense of place.

The vision for Ascent at The Phoenician living is to evoke a profound appreciation of the natural beauty of Camelback Mountain and its surrounding landscapes, causing owners to reminisce back to earlier laid-back days and nights gone by at the Jokake Inn. The intent and design of our Private Community Amenity has influences that mirror the character and architectural style of the original building which still stands on The Phoenician grounds to this day.  Rustic wood beams, trellises, and adobe style facades have been incorporated to give us a hint of the past while also bringing a desert sense of calm and tranquilness to its natural setting – continuing to provide the kind of inspiration and creative spark that has made the slopes of Camelback Mountain and the Phoenician lands unique for so many generations.


Historical photos provided by the family of Jessie Benton Evans through Scottsdale Public Library.