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Saguaro Lake Makes Summer Sparkle in Arizona


Saguaro Lake Marina Offers a host of services and dining

Saguaro Lake Marina Offers a host of services and dining


From darling ducklings to majestic mountains, a day a Saguaro Lake is the perfect celebration of summer in Arizona.  Viewed from a relaxing cruise on the Desert Belle, the 9-mile long lake is a pure pleasure for fun-seekers of all ages.  A perfect choice for special celebrations, the Belle is handicapped accessible as well as very “kid-friendly.”

The Desert Belle cruises Saguaro Lake (photo courtesy Teresa Arbisi)

The Desert Belle cruises Saguaro Lake (photo courtesy Teresa Arbisi)

The smooth-riding pontoon boat has two open-air decks and an air-conditioned cabin where you can purchase light refreshments for the ride. (No coolers allowed).  Be sure to take a camera, as the scenery is breath-taking. 

During the 90 minute daytime tours, the Captain’s pleasant narration provides a humorous overview of Arizona’s chain of lakes that maintain the water supply for the Valley of the Sun, and provide a sizable amount of the hydro-electric power for the area.  His tall tales are entertaining but never overwhelm the pure pleasure of time on the water in the beautiful Sonoran Desert.

Desert Belle Boat Riders But most of all, it is a totally relaxing way to share a day with friends and family…listening to some soft music, feeling the cool breeze, and enjoying more than 40 miles of beautiful shoreline.  Revelers on the early evening live music Cruises, are often thrilled to see families of Mountain Sheep looking down from the craggy peaks beside the steep canyons of the narrow ends of the lake.

Waterskier with 4 Peaks in BackgroundIn case you’re not quite ready to call it a day after the cruise, the Lakeshore Restaurant invites you to stay just a little bit longer. Better than average “Diner Fare” is a draw all its own to Valley dwellers, but bring an appetite…portions are very generous!

Reservations for the Desert Belle are a must, and special arrangements are available for groups and special events.

You may purchase tickets:

  1. in advance online, with a credit card.
  2. in advance by phone, with a credit card, to 480-984-2425 or 877-749-2848.
  3. at the ticket booth at Saguaro Lake, cash or checks only.


Retiring in Fountain Hills – Part 2

Today’s post-50’s are looking for specific lifestyle amenities in their ideal retirement spot. In addition to Low Local Taxes, Affordable recreation and Community size, Boomers polled in a recent study by the Consumer Federation of the Southeast indicated a number of more specific preferences that make Fountain Hills a top contender as a perfect retirement location. (continued from Part I, September 9, 2012)

#4.  Top Quality Health Care:

Mayo Clinics Scottsdale Research Facility, Fountain Hills, AZ

The Mayo Clinic’s Scottsdale Research Facility is revered by local residents and international visitors alike.

Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, located within 5 miles of Fountain Hills, is recognized by eight of the most well-known national assessment organizations, more than any other major U.S. hospital or clinic. Known for its team approach to treatment (all Doctors from all necessary specialties working as an integrated treatment team), the clinic is a favorite of area residents. Scottsdale Healthcare, with its Hospital, Virginia Piper Cancer Treatment Center and Medical Specialty Plaza is a short 15-minute drive from Fountain Hills. The Greater Phoenix area boasts hundreds of hospital and specialty treatment facilities and thousands of specialists. But the very best care just might be found in the center of Fountain Hills. Our local medical center includes one of Arizona’s “10 Top Docs,” a physical therapy center, two labs and imaging center. Chiropractic, Naturopathic, Acupuncture and mental health facilities are within 10 minutes of any home in Fountain Hills as well. Local yoga and health clubs are abound, many with 24 hour access, and the “Silver Sneakers” gym is a popular spot to catch up on the local news.

Fountain Hills Sunset, Saguaro Cactus, Ocotillo Cactus, Desert Southwest

The Sonoran Desert offers a healthy, dry Southwest climate-mosquito free!

#5.  Warm Climate The greater Phoenix area is the #1 “sunniest place in the United States.” Fountain Hills, in the McDowell Mountain foothills on the edge of the “Valley of the Sun” offers the best quality of life in the high Sonoran desert. Surrounded by breathtaking 100 mile views, this area maintains the famous “warm in the daytime, cool in the evenings” character that the desert climate is known for. While we often joke “that it’s a dry heat,” the dry air means we have very few bugs, almost no mosquitos, gnats, or pesky things that bite and sting, making year-round outdoor recreation a true joy. Many homes in Fountain Hills have “outdoor” living rooms and kitchens, with no need for screens between you and the mountain paradise that surrounds us.

Saguaro Lake, Fountain Hills, AZ, Salt River

Saguaro Lake, only 20 minutes from Fountain Hills, offers full marina services.

#6. Access to Water:

Arizonan’s like their boats! Although the oft-repeated claim that we have “more boats per capita than any other state” is a myth, we desert dwellers do like our boats. Why? Because the area is surrounded by a fabulous system of lakes forming our hydro-electric system. These lakes are easily accessible, with professional ramps and marinas, are glassy smooth for riding or water-skiing, with beaches and pathways that are a fisherman’s delight (trout, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Bass, Crappie, Sunfish, Bluegill, Channel Catfish and Walleye.) Saguaro Lake is 25 scenic miles north of Fountain Hills, and is a popular haven for boating, fishing, hiking, camping, swimming, or just a quick jaunt for lakeside dining at the popular Marina Café. Dozens of groomed picnic ramadas make this spot a favorite place to toast the sunset. The Desert Belle, a classic paddle-wheeled party boat is a great way to introduce visitors to the desert as mountain sheep, eagles, a variety of wild cats, and of course, the ever-present javelina and coyotes are often spotted during the educational and relaxing cruise.

(Next week: Retirement Haven, Part III)

Let Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate be your guide in Fountain Hills.  For more information about this world-class community, its beautiful vistas, vibrant Town Center, lovely neighborhoods and fantastic real estate values, go to www.SonoranLifestyle.com.   Check out the area relocation guide at www.150Ways.com  where you’ll  find links to 150 area recreation, sports, entertainment and cultural attractions.   In Fountain Hills, be sure to stop by the Sonoran Lifestyle visitor center on the Avenue of the Fountains, only ½ block from the World Famous Fountain, or call 480-816-5557.