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When the winter doll-drums set in, and the grey skies and cold weather become relentless, there are two traditional solutions: You can drink, or go on vacation. At the Fairmont Hotel Scottsdale, in Scottsdale Arizona you can now, conveniently, do both.
Starting now through March 2010, the Fairmont will begin their Desert Icebreaker Package to teach you the art of the perfect cocktail, while surrounded by the perfect winter weather.
To become a mix master
The package at this AAA Five-Diamond rated retreat includes luxury accommodations, a 60-minute Mixology Master lesson for two with one of the resorts' master bartenders, and two signature cocktails per guest at the Stone Rose Lounge, the resort's glamorous hotspot from nightlife entrepreneurs Rande and Scott Gerber. Complimentary breakfast and Bloody Mary's in the LV Bistro are also included in the package, which could help with any potential hangovers.
If you feel like drying out after a boozy lesson, take advantage of the resorts Willow Stream spa (rated one of the best in North America by Conde Nast Traveler) or take in a round of golf on one of two championship golf courses.
Come home and make your friends envious not just of your cocktail-making skills, but also your perfect tan.