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Untold Stories: Explore The Phoenician’s History

Intriguing facts, photos, and letters from the past.

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.

We marvel at the abundance of history and heritage surrounding The Phoenician. Take a moment to stop by the Ascent Sales Gallery, located in the Phoenician’s Retail Promenade, where you can indulge in a very cool installation featuring some never-before-seen vintage images and photographs of the Jokake Inn, Jessie Benton Evan’s family, and the early years of the Phoenician resort. Also, check out the History of Resort Living in Phoenix story in our blog.

The Ascent Visitors’ Center is open daily, so feel free to drop in!
We are located in the Retail Corridor at The Phoenician.

1980’s conceptual plans and renderings for the new Phoenician Resort.