Top 5 Things to do in the Summer

wigwam resortWith daytime temperatures over 100 degrees for most of the summer, we’re all looking for fun places to cool off! I’ve been living in the Valley of the Sun for almost 25 years and everyone I know is always looking for something cool to do in the summer! Here are a few of my favorites:

Local Resorts
Most 4 and 5-star luxury resorts offer their best deals during the summer months, because they cannot fill all the rooms since Valley tourism is always down June-August. The fantastic deals are a great way for locals to enjoy a fun and affordable staycation at an otherwise pricey resort. The Wigwam (pictured) in Litchfield Park is popular with families and those looking for a quiet spa weekend. The Wigwam has summer activities for the enter family every weekend.

Waterparks
The Valley is home to several awesome waterparks; Hurricane Harbor in North Phoenix, Sun Splash in Mesa and Big Surf in Tempe. Waterparks are one of the best ways to enjoy a hot summer day while still being outside in the fresh air.

OdySea Aquarium
The OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale is a massive 200,000 square foot facility which puts it at the largest aquarium in the Southwest. A visit to the aquarium is the perfect way to escape the heat for a few hours. While you’re there, don’t miss out on the enclosed escalator fish tank, the restroom shark fish tank which ranks amongst “the best bathrooms in the US”, and the Living Sea Carousel, a rotating exhibit which takes you past 4 exhibits including a massive shark and sea lion tank.

Museums
Summer is the perfect time to check out the Valley’s diverse museum scene. A few of my favorite’s include the Musical Instrument Museum, The Phoenix Art Museum and The Science Center. Spending a few hours strolling in an air conditioned museum is the perfect opportunity to escape the heat while enjoying a fun and educational activity. Be sure to check out the summer concert series at the Musical Instrument Museum.

Ice Skating
When you really want to cool off, head on over to one of the Valley’s ice skating rinks where the inside temperature is always a cool 55 degrees! AZ Ice in Peoria offers public skating times, lessons and camps.

Where are your places to cool off in the summer? Give me a call so I can add to my list! 602-329-7762

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.