Fun Tucson Getaway Deals

tucson Fun Tucson getaway deals are happening now!

A local getaway is a great way to experience luxury in the desert at a fraction of the cost.  Why spend a ton of cash on flights, rental cars and the other vacation necessities this summer when people travel from around the world to experience resorts in Arizona?

Summer is the best time to book a fun getaway at a resort in greater Phoenix or Tucson for a great rate.

Incredible pools, quiet gardens, posh spas, exclusive golf, quaint romantic settings, award-winning dining and family fun are just some of the fabulous things local resorts have to offer. And, in the summer, with a staycation, you can have a piece of that luxury or a weekend of poolside family fun for a great price!

Visit any of the resorts’s websites or call for more information on the fun Tucson getaway deals

Westin La Paloma

www.westinlapalomaresort.com

Current Offer: $99/night Ask for Code: SAVINGS or SUM2014

Benefits: $50 food & beverage credit with 2+ nights; weekly themed beach parties with live entertainment, giveaways & specialty cocktails and BBQs; activities for both kids and adults; Friday sing-a-longs for the kids 7:30-9pm; Kids clubs; Dive-in movies; watersides; Adults only swim up bar; Jack Nicklaus golf course; Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa

My favorites: The perfect amount of family-friendly and adult luxury

Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort

www.hotelelconquistador.com

Current Offer: $89/night Ask for Code: CONQUER SUMMER

Benefits: Passport of savings; AAA4Diamond; Nestled at the base of the Santa Catalina mountains

Loews Ventana Canyon

www.loewshotels.com

Current Packages: Spaaah Package; Summer Nine Holes; Eat Drink our Treat; Their Night’s a Charm; Stop, Drop & Roll; RoadWarrior

My favorites: Prices drop way down in the summer and from the spacious suites, the views are breathtaking.

Marriott Tucson Starr Pass

www.marriott.com

Current Packages: Play Your Way: $199/night plus $100 daily resort credit, ask for Code P42; Bed & Breakfast: $189/night includes breakfast for two adults and two children, ask for Code S4B

Also, not to be missed, if you are looking to venture off the resort properties, are two of my favorite sites in Tucson. Mission San Xavier del Bac and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Both are suitable for children. Don’t forget your camera!

Fun Phoenix Getaway Deals

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Fun Phoenix getaway deals are happening now!

A local getaway is a great way to experience luxury in the desert at a fraction of the cost.  Why spend a ton of cash on flights, rental cars and the other vacation necessities this summer when people travel from around the world to experience resorts in Arizona?

Summer is the best time to book a fun getaway at a resort in greater Phoenix or Tucson for a great rate.

Incredible pools, quiet gardens, posh spas, exclusive golf, quaint romantic settings, award-winning dining and family fun are just some of the fabulous things local resorts have to offer. And, in the summer, with a staycation, you can have a piece of that luxury or a weekend of poolside family fun for a great price!

Visit any of the resorts’s websites or call for more information on the fun phoenix getaway deals.

AZ Grand Resort & Spa

arizonagrandresort.com

Current Getaway Deal: $169/night

Benefits: Affordable family fun: Seven acre water park; Dive-in movies; $50 credit toward spa, dining, golf, retail, room charge, resort fee, Rustler’s Rooste restaurant

*Added bonus: Travel Tuesday Program- 40% off best rate on Facebook page

My favorites: I’ve been to this resort with my family and it’s a perfect staycation sport. The pool, poolside activities & water park make it perfect for kids of all ages and Rustler’s Rooste boasts yummy AZ BBQ type food in a Country-Western themed atmosphere with beautiful views of the valley from the mountain on which it sits

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

www.marriott.com

Current Getaway Deal:  Fling & Swing Experience $169/night Ask for code ZJ5

Benefits:  Affordable family fun or luxurious vacation: Kids Eat Free; $50 daily resort credit; free golf; free resort fee (includes internet, self-parking, tennis); Lazy river for family poolside fun

My favorites: The resort is luxurious with a nice vibe of both family-friendly and romantic getaway; If you leave the kids at home, don’t miss a quiet dinner date at Roy’s for some of the freshest fish in the Valley; With or without the kids, the large fire pits on the patio are a great place to gather for a drink after the sun goes down

The Phoenician

thephoenician.com/offers

Current Getaway Deal: Splurge & Surge $159/night Ask for code SUMMER

Benefits: Kids splash pad with activity line up & kids menu

My favorites: The Phoenician is a staple resort in the Valley and highly sought by tourists The Camelback Mountain location is beautiful; The pool is my favorite part of the resort…it’s three tiers of pools, with the top pool being the most kid-friendly boasting a splash pad, the second being a lively mix of kids and adults and the lower pool more adult-friendly.

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

www.hilton.com

Current deal: Summer Flashback Package $109/night

Benefits: Affordable family fun: Waterpark; themed family poolside activities; Friday night dive-in movies

Royal Palms Resort & Spa

www.royalpalmshotel.com

Current Getaway Packages: Luxurious Vacation: Luxe Lounging; Anniversary sale; Summer romance

My favorites: I’ve traveled all over the world from Paris and Rome to Maui, St. Lucia and Bora Bora and the Royal Palms is still one of the most quaint, beautiful places I’ve ever experienced.  Lush gardens, 24-hour pool and romantic hideaways abound the gorgeous resort sitting at the base of Camelback Mountain. Although it’s more of a couples getaway, I’ve also stayed with my toddler and had a great time. The poolside cabanas are a steal during summer months priced at only $100 and it doesn’t get any better than T. Cook’s award-winning dinning for a quiet dinner for two.

Stay tuned for our next installment of fun getaway deals close to home: Spotlight on Tucson.

Sedona’s Cathedral Rock-“8th Wonder of the World”?

Sedona to have the “8th Wonder of the World”?Sedona Arizona

Yes it’s true…Cathedral Rock is in the running to become the “8th Wonder of the World”.
Inspired by the newly developed 8th Wonder of the World contest created by Virtual Tourist, The Sedona Chamber of Commerce asked our 30,000 Visit Sedona Facebook fans “What are the 7 Wonders of Sedona?” Below are the complied results in order of popularity:

  1. Cathedral Rock
  2. Boynton Canyon
  3. Bell Rock
  4. Slide Rock  State Park
  5. Devil’s  Bridge
  6. Palatki  Heritage Site
  7. West  Fork Trail

As you can see from the results above, our fans, visitors and locals alike choose Sedona’s Cathedral Rock as the #1 most iconic spot in Sedona, Arizona. We therefore nominated Cathedral Rock into the running to become the 8th Wonder of the World. It seems obvious that with vivid crimson spires and copper sandstone monoliths, Cathedral Rock was a perfect nomination choice.

Official voting is now open until September 30, 2013; and Cathedral Rock is listed as one of the 324 locations around the world. Although Sedona is small, sometimes considered to be a hidden gem, we know we can count on the support of locals and national/international visitors who have marveled at the beauty and majesty of Sedona’s Cathedral Rock. Ideal for a romantic hike, a family adventure, a photographer’s greatest ally or thrill seeking adrenaline junkies; Cathedral Rock has something to offer all ages and interests.

We hope we can count on your VOTE for Cathedral Rock as the 8th Wonder of the World. You can vote every day until September 30, 2013!

Reprinted courtesy of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce.

Tempe Festival of the Arts

Arizona Wine Growers AssocaitionnArizona Stronghold will be pouring at the Tempe Festival of the Arts, April 5th -7th.  As many as 400 artist booths line Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets presenting unique, and hand-made artwork that offers visitors a distinctive shopping experience.  In partnership with the Arizona Wine Growers Association, the Tempe Festival of the Arts is proud to continue our presentation of the Arizona Wine Festival Gardens, bringing the best in Arizona wines to complement the ambiance of a fine arts festival environment! Arizona wine growers are on hand for tastings, serving, and are selling their fruits of the vine by the bottle or case on-site.

Located on Mill Avenue between 3rd Street and University Drive in Downtown Tempe

Did you know that Arizona has an emerging wine industry in Cochise Santa Cruz and Yavapai Counties. People are beginning to recognize Arizona as an up and coming wine producer. Visit Arizona Wine Growers Association for more news and information.

Courtesy of Sedona Chamber of Commerce  Sedona Chamber of Commerce

Arizonan’s Favorite Vacation Spots

San Diego Sicilian FestivalSAN DIEGO SICILIAN FESTIVAL, MAY 19TH

Arizonan’s have many ways to escape the summer heat and one of our favorite vacation spots is San Diego, Calif. Check out this fun event. What began as a neighborhood celebration 20 years ago has grown into a multi-block, colorful, musical and culinary celebration of everything Sicilian. Grape stomping,  Sicilian treats, cultural displays, folk-dancing and nonstop live entertainment. Plus a festive Bambino Zone and Bellissimo Car Show.

Headling this years 20th Anniversary event is The Sicilian Tenors, direct from New York City. Three Sicilian American tenors, Aaron Caruso, Elio Scaccio, and Sam  Vitale, will take the Sicilian Festival audience on a romantic musical journey during their dynamic presentation.

The Sicilian Festival is also the perfect venue for families with children. All children’s activities are FREE, and include a large inflatable slide, puppet theatre shows, face painting, and many other activities to keep the bambini entertained throughout day-without emptying their parents’ pocketbooks!

Admission: Free. Locatiion: Little Italy section of Downtown San Diego. Time: 10am-6pm. For more information, log on to the Sicilian Festival website at www.sicilianfesta.com