When it comes to the best things to do in Phoenix, few people know more than the experienced concierge staff at Phoenix resorts and hotels. We’ve got the the insider tips, secrets, and recommendations of more than a dozen concierge hosts that we’ll be bringing to you over the coming months.

This week we feature Holly Forsman of the Wigwam Resort:

Holly Forsman of the Wigwam Resort

Holly Forsman of the Wigwam Resort

How long have you been a concierge at The Wigwam? 15 years

What are your top five recommendations for visitors to do/see while they are in Phoenix?

These are all great places to visit and spend some time exploring:

  1. Desert Botanical Garden
  2. Heard Museum
  3. Historic Heritage Square
  4. Phoenix South Mountain Park or the White Tank Mountain Regional Park
  5. Musical Instrument Museum

What are your favorite Phoenix restaurants? Why are these your favorites?
Fleming’s Steakhouse: Great food, amazing steaks, close to The Wigwam

Durant’s:  Arizona icon, open more than 60 years, great ambiance

Avanti: Tasty, classic Italian fare

Sierra Bonita: Delicious Southwestern food

Stockyards: Has a fun, Western ambiance

Barrio Café: Serves authentic Mexican food, best guacamole in town

Name one “secret” location that a traveler must visit: Historical Heritage Square

What “touristy” things do you think locals are missing out on? Pueblo Grande Museum

What is your favorite experience in Greater Phoenix?  The Music in the Garden concert series at the Desert Botanical Garden

Who is your favorite local character? Les Sossaman- The Wigwam’s resident historian

Tell us your favorite off-the-beaten-path or hidden attraction, restaurant, etc.: The Wrigley Mansion

If someone only had one day to explore Phoenix, what would you recommend that they do? Do a tour of Phoenix with Detours Arizona, Geo Savvy or Vaughan’s Southwest Tours

Tell us about The Wigwam: The Wigwam was built in 1918 and has casitas that cover 75 acres and three golf courses. The property has a total of 450 acres. The Red Door Spa, a two-story spa facility, encompasses 26,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor treatment areas. The Wigwam boasts 331 rooms, 26,000 square feet of outdoor patios and party lawns. The Wigwam is open year-round for the convenience of our guests.

Do you have any fun facts about The Wigwam? The Wigwam means “Gathering Place” and was originally was called the “Organization House.” The Wigwam quickly became a popular destination due to the beautiful locale and warm hospitality.

Wigwam Resort Spa Pool

The Wigwam Resort’s Spa Pool (Credit: Zaruba Photography)

Any other advice for visitors to Phoenix? Be sure to drink a lot of water. And If you’re going hiking, stay on the path and use a hiking guide when you can.