Sunday, April 4, 2010

Savings Rise with Summer Temps and Scottsdale Has Plenty to Keep You Cool

We won’t lie to you. It’s hot in the desert during the summer. But you know what makes the higher temperatures worth it? Lower prices. We’re talking up to 60 percent off high-season rates. You know what else helps? Air conditioning. And pools. We’ve got lots of those. And you know what we don’t have that you won’t miss? Gross humidity. Plus, there are a number of early morning and evening activities that’ll keep you cool, and leave plenty of time for poolside lounging. Come on – where else can you stay at a Four Seasons for less than $200 per night?

The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is offering rates starting at $195 per night June 1 – Sept. 12. And with its location in the foothills of Pinnacle Peak Park, it’s the ideal destination if you’re a thrill-seeker looking to beat-the-heat with a hike or rock climb in the cooler morning and night temperatures. For more of a high-rollin’ experience, take your adventure up a notch through the resort’s partnership with Arizona Outback Adventures where you kayak the Salt River, fly to the Grand Canyon, or summit Tom’s Thumb in the McDowell Mountains.

Supplement your Scottsdale adventure experience:
During a Night Storm Adventure with Desert Storm Hummer Tours, don full military Raytheon Thermal Scopes (fancy night vision goggles) and seek out Sonoran Desert flora and fauna
The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving’s Advanced Formula Car Racing or Grand Prix Road Racing classes at 15 percent off
A sunrise (its 30 degrees cooler than the afternoon!) or sunset hot air balloon ride from Hot Air Expeditions or Rainbow Ryders, Inc

Sip, Savor & Splash at the Fairmont Scottsdale where accommodations start at $149 per night with a $50 daily food and beverage credit May 17 – Sept. 9. On Memorial Day Weekend, the resort will re-open its interactive National Geographic Explorers Camp for kids but it won’t be just a summer fling! The experience will be offered year-round with special appearances from National Geographic explorers on the weekends of Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day. Last year’s program included NASA Engineer Kobie Boykins and Tim Samaras, severe storm researcher. Prices start at $20 per child for half-day sessions. Or, for a packaged deal, book the National Geographic Explorers Camp Package for $189 per night May 29 – Sept. 6. It includes accommodations and complimentary half-day camp for up to three children.

For more family fun, check out these sure-to-please must-sees:
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park with a carousel, railroad-themed exhibits and small-scale steam train chugging passengers around a mile-long track
Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse at Wild Horse Pass with everything from staged shootouts to mule-drawn stagecoach rides
A safari-like adventure through Out of Africa Wildlife Park in nearby Camp Verde, Ariz. as you journey through more than 400 animal habitats like lions, tigers, javelina and more

The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa is offering rates of just $119 per night beginning June 14. Or the One for All special includes nightly accommodations, daily breakfast and lunch for two, unlimited daily tee times at The Boulders Golf Club, one 50-minute Golden Door Massage per night, unlimited use of the Golden Door Spa facilities and more. These deals are valid June 14 – Sept. 9 with rates beginning at $339 per night for the One for All package.

Enhance your adult-only escape with:
An early round on any one of Scottsdale’s more than 200 area golf courses including big names like We-Ko-Pa, Troon North, TPC Scottsdale and Grayhawk
Scottsdale ArtWalk in downtown and browse the Scottsdale Arts District for free every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. or opt for the special Summer Spectacular ArtWalk on July 8 with live music, art, and prize-filled ice sculptures
The monthly Hot Deal at Spa Lamar where, in June, 85-minute massages are only $90 and you can spend the day enjoying the independent spa’s resort-like amenities

The W Scottsdale Hotel & Residences is the hotspot with its Vitamin D special starting at $149 featuring a W beach tote and pitcher of refreshing Mojitos, served poolside May 27 – Sept. 7. Or, the Holiday Getaway features a three-day, two-night stay from $750 on Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day weekends with insider access to WET lounge, complimentary frozen fruit, lemonade and fruit-infused waters along with a selection of popular magazines, much-needed SPF and a 4 p.m. late check-out. Your trip must be booked by June 1.

Keep the party going in downtown with:
Unrivaled retail therapy at the Southwest’s largest shopping mall, Scottsdale Fashion Square, which recently wrapped up a $130 million renovation with the opening of Barneys New York
More than 90 restaurants and 50+ lounges, bars and nightclubs within walking distance with can’t-miss happy hour at Fred’s at Barneys New York, Wildfish Seafood Grille and Olive & Ivy Restaurant & Marketplace.
Free stuff! The Scottsdale Trolley hits every notable spot in the area Monday through Sunday and dotting downtown is more than 20 public artworks ranging from traditional bronzes to contemporary

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