Cave Creek, AZ Meeting Planning Overview
Planners who have ever wondered if the spirit of the Wild West still lives may very well want to hit the trail and head to Cave Creek. Located about 20 miles north (and a world away) from Phoenix and Scottsdale, Cave Creek has a wide-open cactus-studded landscape that only adds to its western ambiance. Likewise, Cave Creek meeting venues enthusiastically embrace their Old West heritage in a variety of ranches and saloons.
That's not saying that meeting attendees have to rough it when staying at venues in Cave Creek! Far from it: The Carefree Resort & Conference Center offers a host of amenities such as a heated pool, full-service spa and lighted tennis courts. And The Boulders Resort and Spa, a AAA 4 Diamond resort located just down the road in the happily named town of Carefree, offers the ultimate in luxury along with world-class golf and a Golden Door Spa on site.
Cave Creek gives meeting attendees the opportunity to immerse themselves in the spirit of the Old West while being surrounded by the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert. It offers plenty of opportunities for team building, whether it's on a hiking trail, an old-fashioned cowboy cookout or a trail ride. Private events can be booked at venues such as Full Circle Ranch or Los Cedros USA, a championship horse-training facility located nearby that is designed in the style of a Moroccan citadel.
Dining venues in Cave Creek range from casual to gourmet. Some of the many casual dining choices are Harold's Cave Creek Corral, Bryan's Black Mountain BBQ and the wonderfully named Big Earl's Greasy Eats. El Encanto, which offers patio dining in an Old World Mission-style setting, is a favorite for those who crave Mexican food. The restaurant can also be booked for private events. When only gourmet cuisine will do, the widely acclaimed Binkley's Restaurant is a popular choice.
Shopping in Cave Creek is an adventure in itself with its blend of eclectic shops and galleries. One example is the Town Dump, a massive antique shop that claims to have over 100,000 items in stock. At the other end of the spectrum is el Pedregal Festival Marketplace, an upscale, Southwestern-themed open-air mall filled with unique shops and boutiques.