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-size travel-related goodies (special offers, activities and deals) to snack on while planning your next great escape.
We’ve written about TV-show-themed travel packages in this space on several occasions, including European Game of Thrones tours and a Big Little Lies sojourn in Monterey. So strap on your spurs for the “action-packed” Westworld Package offered by Gateway Canyons Resort on the Colorado-Utah border, just a few miles from where exterior portions of the popular HBO series are shot. Starting at $999/night, guests will have access to all kinds of Old West-y fun depicted in the series, such as horseback riding, archery and, um, DIY Moscow Mules? Must have missed that episode. Also: No animatronic soiled doves, in case that needed to be stipulated. gatewaycanyons.com
Organic farm junkies might want to put Camarillo, California, on their summer vacay shortlist. Located an hour northwest of Los Angeles in Ventura Country, the one-time farming community – now an upscale, politically-conservative near-beach town – has retained traces of its agrarian roots, offer several u-pick experiences, including legendary McGrath Family Farm (mcgrathfamilyfarm.com). And then if you want to get shnookered at the wineries in nearby Santa Barbara, you can do that, too. visitcamarillo.com
Mad for Madeline
Another summer, another opportunity to extoll the warm-weather virtues of Telluride, that alpine Colorado ski town poised so tantalizingly close to the Arizona border. Mentioned in this month’s Rocky Mountain feature for its majestic Via Ferrata experience, the town also has a new landlord in town with the acquisition of Madeline Hotel & Residences by the august Auberge Resort Collection. Stay at the chalet-style property for fall-out-of-bed access to hiking trails and million-dollar views, or make it your home-base while attending the Telluride Film Festival (Sept. 1-4). madeline.aubergeresorts.com
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