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Scottsdale Travel News: May 2016

SOME LIKE IT HOT

Psst! We are about to let you in on a little secret. Scottsdale’s summers may be known for their dry heat, but locals know the warmer months are the best time for staycations at a fraction of the price. How low do the prices go? They go lower than a champion limbo lover on her best day; in other words, Scottsdale’s summer rates are slashed by as much as 60 percent off peak season. See for yourself with these summer resort package samplings.

Nestled into the side of Camelback Mountain is Sanctuary Resort on Camelback Mountain, a retreat that will leave you feeling like royalty. Return home refreshed after booking Sanctuary’s Spa Harmony package, which includes three night’s accommodations for you and a guest in a casita, daily breakfast and two 60-minute spa treatments per person. This package is offered year-round, but rates start at $292 per night during the summer months. For media information, contact Jamie Scalici at jscalici@mower.com or 212-980-9231.  

Every summer has a story to tell, and the staff at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North wants you to create yours at their foothills utopia. Not only do room rates start as low as $179 per night, but the resort is also giving away getaways. Guests who use the hashtag #FSSummerStory and tag the property through Instagram or enter the contest on Facebook are eligible to win one of three stays at the resort. The contest runs June 1 through Sept. 5, and prizes will be offered to the best entries for couples, families and friends. Summer discounted room rates are available June 1 through Sept. 1. For media information, contact Kim Cole at Kim.Cole@fourseasons.com or 480-513-5049.  

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel is celebrating its 40th anniversary this summer with an homage to its illustrious beginnings and success throughout the eras. Book the Dive into the Decades package, and you can snag nightly room rates starting at $159, spa vouchers, decade-themed cocktails and nightly food & beverage credits. Relive the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s during scheduled weeks at the resort to catch your favorite music and movies. This package is available Memorial Day through Labor Day. For media information, contact Tatum Luoma at Tatum@TLCPublicRelations.com or 602-842-2998.  

W Scottsdale’s Vitamin W Package ensures you are vacation ready the moment you check in with a complimentary tote bag, sunblock and sunglasses. When you are ready to hit the pool, kick back and relax with a complimentary pitcher of W Scottsdale’s signature cocktail—Vitamin W. Rendezvous back to your “Wonderful Room” for a snooze in your hip abode. This package is available year-round, but summer room rates start at $199. For media information, contact Christina McGoldrick at christina@vkpr.com or 310-207-5175.  

CELEBRATING IN STYLE

Talk about aging gracefully! The Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley, the onetime home of cowboy artist Lon Megargee, is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year with renovations and a resort package that tells the story of the property’s historic charm. This quaint hacienda-style property is sure to impress with cozy, remodeled casitas, a new roundabout and 24-hour valet, and a brand-spanking-new resort lobby that features a comfy fireplace.

Rejoice in all that’s old and new at The Hermosa Inn with the 80th Anniversary package, which celebrates Lon’s innovative spirit as a painter. Kick off the celebration at check-in with a glass of sparkling wine. Later, meander over to the resort’s signature restaurant LON’s with your $80 dining credit and head off-site for a dose of culture with complimentary admission for two to Phoenix Art Museum. Upon your return, settle into bed with an enhanced turndown service that features a night cap of the “Alonzo 80” signature cocktail. Rates start at $289 per night and are available through Aug. 31. For media information, contact Kendra Riley at kendra@dawningpr.com or 602-384-3211.

PART OF YOUR WORLD

You wanted to be part of our world, Ariel. Now, the tables have turned, and kiddos are dreaming of flipping their fins as mermaids. It comes as no surprise that Scottsdale resorts like Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and The Phoenician are offering instruction that prepares kiddos of all ages to become this (not-so) mythical creature. Dive into Mermaid University at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess where the resident mermaid teaches children ages 7 to 12 the ins and outs of life under the sea. Each 90-minute class includes ample instruction, a mermaid tail, a pair of goggles and Mermaid University Diploma. Classes are $180 and take place at 8 a.m. Saturdays during the summer. For media information, contact Valerie Lee at valerie.lee@fairmont.com or 480-585-2706.  Guests of all ages can swim as mermaids at The Phoenician’s AquaMermaid School. Kids can live their storybook fantasies as they glide through crystal pools under the direction of instructors. Grownups can try on a fin for size too and experience a creative workout that’s outside the realm of their normal routine. Hour-long classes are available on weekends through Sept. 5 at $70 per person. For media information, contact Denise Seomin at denise.seomin@luxurycollection.com or 480-423-2657.   

BRINGING LIFE TO THE NIGHT

If the words “night owl” conjure images of great horned owls swooping through darkness, we’ve got a treat for you. That’s right, Scottsdale offers alternative nightlife options for those looking to explore the beauty, geography and nature of the Sonoran Desert by night. Set at the base of Pinnacle Peak, you’ll have a front-row seat to the heavens at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Learn all about the constellations and planets during a celestial picnic with the resort’s professional astronomer. Resort chefs pack a decadent picnic-basket meal that you can indulge on as you study a star map and peek through a telescope at the stars. For media information, contact Kim Cole at Kim.Cole@fourseasons.com or 480-513-5049.  Catch a glimpse of the animals that prefer to scurry in the night during a moonlight bike ride at The Boulders Resort & Spa. All skill levels are welcome to bike the paved trails where you might see quail, javelina, rabbits, bobcats and more. For media information, contact Debi Bridges at db@bridgesmediagroup.comor 480-306-4242.

Make sure to pack a flashlight when you head to Scottsdale, and you can enjoy an evening of desert exploration with the whole family. Beat the heat during the summer at Desert Botanical Garden with self-guided flashlight tours. Stroll through the paths and experience various discovery stations that delve deeper into the flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert. For media information, contact Lori Appleby Hoke at lhoke@dbg.org or 480-481-8101.