Mother’s Day at the Wigwam

As someone who has lived in Arizona off and on most of my life, I have always been familiar with the historic 2014-05-11-12.12.001 As most of us do, I researched online for the best places for Mother’s Day brunch. My folks live west of Phoenix in Wickenburg, so I was looking for a place that was fairly close to them…I (re)discovered the Wigwam.

The Wigwam has a fascinating history that dates back some 80 years and is tightly connected to Arizona’s Five “Cs,” Copper, Cattle, Cotton, Citrus and Climate. In Arizona’s early days, Goodyear Tire & Rubber discovered that long-staple cotton extended the life of its tires, so the company bought 16,000 acres of Arizona land for cotton farming. The Organization House, built in 1918, was the first building on the Wigwam site and was established as lodging for ranch suppliers. Guests intimated that it would be a great place to spend a winter vacation, as did Goodyear executives whose families often accompanied them when visiting the farm. On Thanksgiving Day, 1929, The Wigwam officially opened its doors as a guest ranch. While this resort property in Litchfield Park has steadily grown over the past 80 years, a portion of the original structure, (The Organization House), remains as the cornerstone of The Wigwam’s authenticity and southwestern charm.

2014-05-11-13.48.18The Mother’s Day brunch at the Wigwam is a popular event (as I’m sure other holiday brunch affairs are), so, in an effort to accommodate as many people as possible, brunch is served in one of two large conference rooms. The center corridor between the two dining areas acts as the buffet section, which is complete with a live piano player. The beautiful music emanating from the grand piano is mic’d into the dining rooms. Each buffet table, as well as each dining table, was adorned with vibrant and elaborate flower bouquets. Reservations are required and as you check in, you’re escorted to your specific table depending on your group’s size.

It can be a challenge to serve quality epicurean food in a buffet setting, but the folks at the Wigwam did a marvelous job. The size and diversity of the food selection was also impressive…from poached salmon, King Crab claws, pork loin, prawns, salads, fresh fruits & cheeses, to omelets and pancake bars, they had something delicious for everyone. IIMG_3656 was also extremely impressed by the fact that each time we went to the buffet, it looked as though it had hardly been touched. Each culinary display was refilled and kept manicured throughout the brunch. The wait staff was also top notch, frequently coming by our table to see if we needed anything, and, to remove unwanted dishes. Of course, no brunch would be complete without dessert. Each dining hall had several beautifully arranged dessert tables with an array of items to indulge oneself.

After our lovely dining experience, my girlfriend and I parted ways with my folks and we perused the Wigwam grounds, which encompasses over 440 lushly landscaped acres. As we entered the reception area, we were struck by the elegantly crafted adobe-and-timber structure, accented in a rich palette of southwestern colors and materials. The main pool area is a desert oasis, complete with cabanas and 25’ water slide.

The Wigwam is a beautiful Arizona landmark and it’s nice to see this historic property looking far younger than its age. If you’ve ever stayed or dined at the Wigwam, please leave a comment below, I’d love to hear what your experience has been like.


Wigwam Contact Information:

Address: 300 East Wigwam Blvd.
- Litchfield Park, Arizona 85340
Phone: 623.935.3811

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Mike Shubic

Mike Shubic is a seasoned road trip travel video blogger, traversing the byways of the world looking for those hidden gems of the road. From unique destinations, unexpected discoveries, creative cuisine, intriguing inns to exciting attractions…the road is his page. The experiences are his ink. And every 300 miles, a new chapter begins. Whether you live vicariously or by example, Mike will do the exploring so you can have an adventure.