As editors of a city lifestyle magazine with a travel section that covers locales far beyond our beloved Phoenix Valley, you can imagine that we get pitched A TON about new and exciting travel offers around the country. Of course, we can't fit everything into a 200 page monthly magazine that only allots five of those pages to regional travel. Sigh... 'tis the nature of publishing.
But it pains us too much to kill all of our darlings. So each month, we scrape a few travel tidbits off the cutting room floor and bring you Travel Bag Bites – bite-sized travel-related goodies (special offers, activities and deals) to snack on while planning your next great escape.
Looking to experience a resort vacation that goes beyond swim-up bars and wall yoga? The Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa in New Mexico's Santa Ana Pueblo offers a series of family-oriented programs celebrating Native American culture. Activities include horseback petroglyph tours, pottery classes and story-telling under the stars. tamaya.regency.hyatt.com
Allegiant Air discontinued its Mesa-Sonoma route earlier this year, but Valley wine fans need not despair: American Airlines quickly stepped in with daily nonstop flights to Sonoma's STS airport from Sky Harbor. Doorstep-to-doorstep, you could be sipping a dry Sauvignon Blanc with amusing hints of honeysuckle not three hours after leaving home. Rates start at $244 one-way. aa.com
Desert to Desert
Much like the Valley, Palm Springs gets wicked-hot in the summer. And much like the Valley, Palm Springs goes into super-saver mode after Memorial Day. Example: the Midweek Retreat package at the midcentury-marvelous Riviera Resort, which includes $175 in resort credits (spa, restaurant, etc.) with a two-night stay ($135/night). rivierapalmsprings.com
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