Nautical Beachfront Resort attracts vacationers in Lake Havasu, Arizona

This year the state of Arizona celebrates its centennial, so it’s a great time to visit the Grand Canyon State.  Of course, there is much more to see and do in addition to visiting the spectacular national park. Why not start at Lake Havasu City?

Located in the Chemhuevi Valley along the Colorado River, west of the Mohave Mountains, the city gets its name from the Mohave Indian word meaning “blue water.” That’s appropriate because development in the area began with the creation of Parker Dam in 1938 to serve as storage for two aqueducts. Lake Havasu, a large reservoir behind the dam that is fed by the Colorado River, provides welcome relief from the arid desert climate typical of Arizona.

 

 

 

Nautical Beachfront Resort has 1,000 feet of prime beach frontage.

 

 

A city is planned. Lake Havasu City became famous when developer Robert McCulloch, Sr. purchased the London Bridge in 1968 and had it shipped to the U.S. for reassembly at Lake Havasu. The famous bridge now spans a canal built in conjunction with the dam.

Since water plays such an important role in the area, it’s no surprise that hotels and resorts sprang up around the man-made lake. But the only resort actually featuring beachfront property is Nautical Beachfront Resort. Recently remodeled to include updated rooms and welcome center, convention facilities, and a large, beautiful infinity pool streaming into the lake, the resort is historically tied to the beginnings of the city itself.

Infinity pool appears to pour into Lake Havasu.

The resort adds improvements. Built to accommodate the first visitors brought in by founder McCullough, the original Nautical Inn opened in 1964 with only 16 rooms and a dining room overlooking Thompson Bay. Today each of the 138 lakefront rooms and suites features a balcony or patio for taking in the refreshing view of Lake Havasu. It’s the only resort where guests can moor their boats overnight on the beach in front of their rooms. It’s also the only Lake Havasu hotel with its own on-site 18-hole golf course (it’s a public course so others are welcome).

Boats dock on the beach at Nautical Beachfront Resort

During our stay, my husband Larry and I ate breakfast each morning at Turtle Grill. An evening meal would find guests admiring sunset views over the lake. We also kayaked along the shore one morning to a secluded cove where we watched herons and other birds cavorting on the water. Strolling along paved paths on the property, we admired blooming bougainvilleas and painted murals featuring the property’s iconic turtle figure.

Kayaking is a popular water activity at the resort

Recreational boating and fishing bring an estimated 2.5 million visitors annually to Lake Havasu. It’s also a popular destination for northern snowbirds and year-round retirees. Located two hours from Las Vegas and two and a half hours north of Phoenix, Lake Havasu is pleasantly removed from the hustle and bustle of city life yet easily accessible.

For more information on The Nautical Beachfront Resort, click www.nauticalbeachfrontresort.com  or call 800-892-2141.

Balloon Festival is coming up. Special events are featured year-round with the 2012 Lake Havasu Balloon Festival scheduled for January 19-22. Hot air balloons float into the Havasu sky showcasing bright colors of the rainbow. The week-end event includes food vendors, art exhibits, an antique car show, sky divers, and carnival rides. www.havasuballoonfest.com

Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier


 

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