11 Arizona Staycation Spots for Cool Summer time Getaways

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There are real problems of how to eradicate racism and defeat the police and what on earth to do about the pandemic. And then there’s summer-and-I-can’t-get-out-of-town-because-of-those-terrible-virus-problems, which can seem just as real when the mercury hits 112 and your kids are fed up with sitting around the house.

You deserve time off and can still go on vacation without endangering yourself and your family. To many people, air travel seems risky, but those of us trapped in the 48th state can still enjoy outdoor beauty and a change of scene right in our own backyards while staying safer, saving some dough, and doing local businesses at support the business.

Hit the slides at the Great Wolf Lodge.EXPAND

Hit the slides at the Great Wolf Lodge.

Great Wolf Lodge Arizona

Big Wolf Lodge

7333 North Pima Road, Scottsdale
480-948-9653

There is, for example, the Great Wolf Lodge Arizona in Scottsdale, where the first summer camp-in is taking place this year. Overnight guests stay in camp-themed rooms with rustic decor, kitschy bunk beds, and indoor and outdoor patios. There’s also a revamped arts and crafts program and room service items based on campfire treats.

L'Auberge de Sedona has great views of the famous red rocks.EXPAND

L’Auberge de Sedona has great views of the famous red rocks.

The Sedona Inn

The Sedona Inn

301 L’Auberge Lane, Sedona
855-905-5745

For fans of the wilderness, there’s L’Auberge de Sedona, a short getaway to the north that’s promoting nature-inspired spa and wellness experiences this year. These include a nocturnal moon meditation series, a yoga class by the creek and a fireplace S’Mores banquet. (Bring your own ghost stories.)

Enchantment Resort

525 Boynton Canyon Road, Sedona
928-282-2900

Also in Sedona, the newly opened Enchantment Resort is offering special summer prices until the end of the year and is compiling a list of activities and excursions for its guests on the topic of family on site.

Under canvas Grand Canyon

979 Airpark Lane, Valle
928-248-8808

Further north is the Under Canvas Grand Canyon outside of Valle near the canyon’s south rim. The 160 hectare pinon and juniper trees provide a beautiful backdrop for hikes, horse riding and jeep tours through flora and fauna.

Experience a retro stay at Hotel Valley Ho.EXPAND

Experience a retro stay at Hotel Valley Ho.

Hotel Valley Ho

Hotel Valley Ho

6850 East Main Street, Scottsdale
480-376-2600

Scottsdale’s Hotel Valley Ho from the middle of the century has put together the so-called “Sip and Splash Package” which, in addition to a “secret” room, includes a round of cocktails in the resort’s OH pool and breakfast for two in their own Cafe ZuZu Update, if you use the online code “SPLASH”.

The view from the cabana is beautiful at Talking Stick Resort.

The view from the cabana is beautiful at Talking Stick Resort.

Talking Stick Resort

Talking Stick Resort

9800 East Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale
480-850-7777

Talking Stick Resort’s Summer Playcation Package is game-oriented for both children (with on-site hosted frivolity) and adults (wellness offers, cocktails by the pool and a special discount in the Talking Stick Entertainment District).

Get away from it all at the Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley.EXPAND

Get away from it all at the Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley.

Hermosa Inn

Hermosa Inn

5532 North Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley
602-955-8614

And the Hermosa Inn keeps its stay plans simple: you save a lot of money for the price of their luxury amenities. The resort’s dish consists of casitas with private terraces and al fresco dining – or at Lon’s, the popular on-site restaurant. The Summer in Paradise Getaway Package includes daily grocery credit, special poolside service, and late check-in and early arrival privileges.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa

5350 East Marriott Drive
480-293-3700

The JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa will reopen to guests on Wednesday July 1st. The SPLASH into Summer package is valid for stays Monday through Thursday and includes a resort credit and 50 percent discount on VIP seating at Griffin Bay, the hotel’s luxurious pool experience. Kids will love the waterslide and 1,600 foot lazy river, while mom and dad enjoy two 18-hole golf courses, a tennis center, and a full-service spa.

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort

11111 North Seventh Street
602-866-7500

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

7677 North 16th Street
602-997-2626

There’s even more kid-themed action at both central resorts at the Phoenix Pointe Hilton: Tapatio Cliffs and Squaw Peak. Pool dive movies, water-themed games, milkshake parties, and handicrafts keep the little folks busy while their parents take cooking classes from master chefs and explore the resort’s Spanish-Mediterranean grounds.

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa

5700 East McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley
480-948-2100

Empty nests (as well as anyone who has really good taste and wants to rub their elbows with celebrities and other elites) might consider staying at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, known for its Asian-inspired spa services and long list of rare wines, which are served by the pool or poolside pretty much anywhere you like.

Arizona Biltmore

2400 East Missouri Avenue
602-955-6600

The Arizona Biltmore also aims to keep kids busy with water park fun this summer. There are eight (you read that right – eight) pools planned with kid-friendly activities throughout the day. When they’re dehydrated, your kids can try kid cooking classes or a game of glow golf at night while you play tennis, wander through a round of golf, or just sit back and do nothing. Hey, you’re on stay.

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