Hotel Palomar’s staycation palette includes partnerships with nearby CityScape hotspots. Its “Round of Beer” promotion ($102) invites guests to slurp down four complimentary beers at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. Or guests can “Laugh Like a Local” with tickets to Stand Up Live ($112). Palomar also keeps its focus on the family with admission to the Arizona Science Center or Children’s Museum of Phoenix ($154). 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-253-6633, hotelpalomar-phoenix.com
Arizona Grand Resort
The Girls Grand Getaway summer package ($679) is all about the ladies. The one-night package includes four 50-minute spa treatments, a pitcher of freshly-made margaritas in your suite, 4 p.m. late check-out and $100 in dining credit. Plus, you can knock out a hike on nearby South Mountain. Damn. Do they have a boys’ version? 8000 S. Arizona Grand Pkwy., Phoenix, 602-438-9000,
Kimpton FireSky Resort
From fitness lovers to wine sippers, FireSky offers a staycation deal to suit any taste. Hosted wine tastings are offered nightly, and stretch fetishists can sweat out the toxins at “Unintentionally Hot Yoga” classes through summer. The “Fuel Your Cool” promotion ($109) includes comped cocktails and a tube of sun screen. 4925 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-945-7666, fireskyresort.com
Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa
Dubbed “The Jewel of the Desert,” this Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced luxury hotel isn’t stuffy. In fact, it rocks. The “Rockin’ Summer” promotion features a photographic art exhibit, screenings of rock ‘n’ roll-themed movies in the resort’s august Aztec Room, fireworks, spa specials, complimentary wine tastings and more. You’ll feel like Keith Richards. Just don’t trash the room, which starts at $109. 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, 602-955-6600, arizonabiltmore.com
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
Nestled in the foothills of the Phoenix North Mountain Preserve, this family favorite sports a few new wrinkles – the good kind! – this summer, including “theme days” at the River Ranch water park (superheroes, sci-fi, sports, etc.) and outdoor movie screenings at the pool (Spiderman, Despicable Me and The Rookie). Rates start at $109. 7677 N. 16th St., Phoenix, 602-997-2626, squawpeakhilton.com
Operated by “it” couple Kate Hennen and Rob Taynton, this new B&B in Old Town Scottsdale is quickly building a following. Touting itself as “Arizona’s only luxury bed and breakfast,” the four-room operation is TripAdvisor’s top-rated Scottsdale B&B and a novel alternative to big-ticket resorts. Amenities include bike rentals, an outdoor fireplace and on-site restaurant and wine bar, Virtù, from Chef Gio Osso. Rates from $129. 3701 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, 480-664-0730, bespokeinn.com
2015 Summer Getaways
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Locals’ Las Vegas
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Great Arizona Campsites and Cabins
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