June travel deals: Arizona dude ranch, Eurostar sale
Tanque Verde Ranch, a family-owned dude ranch near Arizona’s Saguaro National Park, is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a deal that includes accommodations and daily breakfast for two for $150 a night. The offer is available through Aug. 30. Tanque Verde is one of America’s longest operating cattle and guest ranches. Family friendly activities (which cost extra) range from horseback riding/lessons to art classes. The ranch dining room offers gourmet meals — or guests can opt for specialty dining events, such as cowboy cookouts. There’s a kids’ program, full-service spa and a saloon. Learn more about the ranch and book the anniversary special online at www.tanqueverderanch.com/portfolio-item/august-ranch-getaway/.
Among other spots in Arizona offering sizzling summer deals: The Moxy Tempe, part of the Marriott family, is offering a Summer Hibernation package that includes accommodations for two, use (four hours) of a shaded poolside cabana with an ice-cold bucket of beer provided, plus a $50 credit (per stay) at the MOXY Counter (open around the clock for grab-and-go provisions). The hotel offers a range of activities, from free bike rentals to Monday Movies and Friday-night karaoke. The Hibernation package is available through Aug. 6 and includes 2 p.m. late checkout. Rates start at $89 a night, and there’s no resort fee; parking costs $7 per night. Hibernation requires a two-night minimum stay. Book by phone at (800) 228-9290 using the code SUM or book online at www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-deals/phxox-moxy-phoenix-tempe-asu-area.
The Graduate Tempe is offering a Stay & Play package, starting at $99 a night, through Sept. 6. The deal includes accommodations, high-speed Wi-Fi and free parking (a $7 value) plus a $25-per-stay credit at Dave & Buster’s (with free shuttle transportation to and from). There’s no resort fee and no minimum stay required. The hotel is steps from Arizona State University and a short walk from the trendy Mill Avenue District. Book online at www.graduatehotels.com/tempe/hotel-deals.
The Andaz Scottsdale, part of the Hyatt family, is offering an Escape the Ordinary package through Sept. 3 that includes breakfast for two (up to $52 value) at the hotel’s Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen, four drinks daily at Turquoise Pool (up to $48 value) and a waived resort fee ($39). The package includes free Wi-Fi, free valet parking and a 20 percent discount at the resort’s Palo Verde Spa. Hotel guests get complimentary Tesla transportation within a 5-mile radius. Rates start at $169 a night, and reservations are required at least three days in advance. Book online at www.andazscottsdale.com/bungalows_suites/special-offers or by phone at (800) 233-1234 using the code EXTRA.
Claremont, a 30-mile drive east of LA, will celebrate its fifth annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival July 12-22. Interested? Five local properties are offering enticing “Room and Bard” packages that include overnight accommodations, a pair of festival tickets with cushion seating (a $76 value), plus a picnic for two with a split of wine, kept cool in a tote you’ll keep ($60 value). The package starts at $199 at Claremont’s top-rated hotel, the 28-room Hotel Casa 425. Learn more at www.casa425.com/specials. Find even lower rates at other hotels where the deal must be booked by phone: DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont (909-626-2411), Claremont Lodge (909-626-5654), Knights Inn Claremont (909-626-2431) and Motel 6 Claremont (909-621-4831).
Always dreamed of visiting Rancho La Puerta, the renowned destination spa just across the U.S./Mexico border in Tecate? Summer is the time to save on weekly bookings. For stays through Sept. 7, solo travelers can book a seven-night stay in a Ranchera for $3,780, rather than the usual $4,400. Doubles can stay for $3,300 per person — a $600 per-person savings. Three people sharing a Villa Studio will each pay $2,957 (usually $3,700 per person) and four friends can share a Villa Suite for $3,040 per person, instead of the regular $4,000 each. A stay at the Ranch includes all meals, a wide range of fitness classes and other activities, plus use of 11 gyms, four outdoor pools, tennis courts, steam rooms and saunas. Summer savings include a $150 spa credit per person, per stay. Transportation is provided round-trip from Lindbergh Field. Learn more and book online at www.rancholapuerta.com.
Heading to Europe? Eurostar has a summer sale. Book by June 19 (for travel between July 16 and Nov. 11) to save up to 30 percent off Standard Premier fares on most Eurostar high-speed trains. Travel from London to Amsterdam for as little as $89, from London to Paris or Brussels starting at $112. Learn more and book online at www.eurostar.com.
DaRosa is a freelance travel writer. Find more of her articles at www.AlisonDaRosa.com. Prices quoted here are subject to change. Restrictions and blackout dates may apply, and all deals are subject to availability.