Is your idea of a perfect mancation to spend time golfing with your buddies on some of the greatest golf courses in the world, then come back to a luxurious hotel where you can spend time spoking cigars and drinking premium bourbon?While certainly drinking and smoking isn't for everyone, if this is your cup of tea then you ought to enjoy it while you can since smoking bans are clearly creeping across the country and this icon of men smoking cigars, sipping bourbon, and sharing stories and tall tales with other guys is sure to disappear at some point in the near future.
The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa is planning the ultimate getaway for the guys – the “Stogies & Sticks Foursome Mancation” is designed to be an ultimate guys weekend of lighting up fine cigars, sipping premium bourbon, dining on delectable American Lodge Cuisine and teeing off on two of Phoenix’s best golf courses. The Biltmore's three-night/four-day vacation package for four will be offered Oct. 16-19, 2008. It kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16 with a uniquely crafted ‘Bourbon & Cigar Dinner’ in the resort’s signature restaurant, Wright’s at The Biltmore. It combines a gourmet menu with both pre-dinner and after-dinner cigar smoking and bourbon on the restaurant’s beautiful patio and lawn. An array of top-brand cigars will be offered and selections from the Jim Beam Small Batch Bourbon Collection will be poured. The menu will feature Wright’s signature American Lodge Cuisine with it bold flavors, rich texture profiles, elegant but simplistic presentations and highest-quality ingredients from American boutique farms and dairies. You can hear David Haddad of Fumar Cigars and David Mays, the “Whiskey Professor,” discuss bourbon, cigars and specialty dinners at Wrights by listening to their podcasts here.
(For those of you not familiar with the term "lodge cuisine" think of hunting and fishing lodges.)Friday and Saturday will be golf days on the Arizona Biltmore’s two outstanding courses. You and your guy friends will play 18-hole Adobe one day and 18-hole Links the next. Among Arizona’s oldest, the stately and grand Adobe course recently underwent a major renovation to restore original features such as wide-open views and rugged bunkers while incorporating modern updates. Links is one of the more challenging courses in the Phoenix area with a celebrated layout of rolling fairways lined with luscious pines and well-bunkered greens. The Stogies & Sticks Foursome Mancation package includes accommodations for three nights, the Bourbon & Cigar Dinner, two rounds of golf, and breakfast daily. The cost is $450 per person, double occupancy, per night. To make it three days of golf – and a total of 54 holes over the long weekend, guys can add an instructional option to their Arizona golf mancation with the Hilton Golf Academy. The full day golf academy includes a group lesson for the foursome from 9:00 am to noon, lunch, 18 holes of golf at nearby Pointe Golf Club on Lookout Mountain at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, transfers to/from the golf club, Hilton Golf Academy bag tag and Hilton Golf Experience Instructional Manual. The optional Hilton Golf Academy is $300 per person. To find out more about this awesome mancation golf package, I spoke with Julia Thorn, Director of Marketing Communications at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa.
We are planning to do at least two Stogies & Sticks packages per year, perhaps more. In addition, we are exploring other mancation package ideas.