Arizona hotspots


Arizona Inn
While Kevin Costner was shooting
1996's "Tin Cup," "the only place he would stay is at the Arizona Inn," says producer and Old Tucson Prods. CEO
Mark Sennet of the historic boutique resort. 2200 E. Elm St., Tucson;

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
The award-winning spot has it all:
top-notch accommodations, fine dining, the beautifully appointed Hashani
Spa and plenty of something Arizona
is famous for -- golf. 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd., Tucson; 520-792-3500;


Producer-director Chris LaMont, co-founder and executive director of the Phoenix Film Festival, describes the
eternally cool, old-fashioned restaurant and bar as "a filmmaker hangout."
2611 N. Central Ave., Phoenix;

El Chorro Lodge
Founded in 1934, El Chorro Lodge began its life as the Judson School for Girls. But after its reincarnation as a restaurant and bar, it drew such patrons as Clark Gable and Milton Berle. And with its old-school vibe and decor, it continues to attract a Hollywood crowd. 5550 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley; 480-948-5170;


The Tap Room
Looking for ZZ Top? You're likely to find them at the Tap Room (where they're reputed to be regulars), located inside Club Congress at Tucson's Hotel Congress. Founded in 1919, it bills itself as "a longtime haven for artists, musicians and
those that are both (or neither)." 311
E. Congress St., Tucson; 800-722-8848;
    -- Compiled by Shannon L. Bowen


"Oklahoma!" (1955)
Nogales and the San Rafael Valley in Arizona stood in for the Oklahoma territory in the movie musical.

"Rio Bravo" (1959)
Old Tucson was the backdrop for the John Wayne and Dean Martin Western.

"Raising Arizona" (1987)
Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter tested their kidnapping skills in Scottsdale, Florence and Phoenix.

"Little Miss Sunshine" (2006)
The Arizona rays shone down on Chandler, Flagstaff and Phoenix as the film's semidysfunctional family raced to a
California beauty pageant in a VW bus.

"Into the Wild" (2007)
Scenes from this cinematic homage to the great outdoors were shot in the Arizona towns of Bullhead City, Page and Yuma.