One of the pluses of staying in the area is the ability to take advantage of the lower prices area resorts charge at this time of year. Instead of paying the $300-400 a night cost of these places during the peak tourist season, those willing to deal with the heat can enjoy the same amenities for less than half that. For locals, often extra sweeteners are offered, like dining credits, free wine tasting at night, discounted spa costs, and upgraded rooms.
Betty and I grabbed one such offer two weeks ago. A small resort 35 minutes from home was our destination. A beautiful pool area, quiet ambiance, and a relaxing feel made for a tremendous two nights and parts of three days.
Sleeping late, lounging by the pool, using the hot tub, reading a few newspapers each morning, burning through the dining credits at the upscale restaurant, and talking about our future made for a marvelous time. A stroll through parts of Old Town Scottsdale was fun. We drove home refreshed and are considering booking another stay at the end of next month.
It just goes to show a satisfying journey doesn't need to involve great distances, just a meaningful experience and building memories. Here are a few pictures that may motivate you to explore close-by options for a quick summer getaway.
|Start of the day|
|End of the day...tough life|
|Almost took this home!|
|And a good time was had by all|