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Travel Bag Bites: November 2017

Written by Craig Outhier Category: Adventures Issue: November 2017
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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.

Grand Velas Los Cabos. Photo courtesy TripAdvisor.
Grand Velas Los Cabos. Photo courtesy TripAdvisor.

Cabo Cab-O?
Go wine-tasting in the land of Sammy Hagar and tequila body shots? Evidently, it’s muy posible. The Grand Velas Los Cabos resort now offers the Over-The-Top Wine Lovers’ Getaway package, which includes dinner with the resort’s resident Michelin-starred chef Sidney Schutte, plus visits to local wineries like Vinas de Garza and D’Poncelis. The cost: a cool $26,650 per couple. Or you could stay at the Marriott and visit the wineries on your own. Just sayin’. loscabos.grandvelas.com

University of Phoenix B&B
Finally, Glendale is getting its own boutique hotel. The 100-room Aloft Hotel is due to open in Summer 2018 in the Westgate Entertainment District, right under the monolithic gaze of Gila River Arena. Design-wise, it looks a little like an upscale orthopedic hospital… but when in Rome, no? starwoodhotels.com/alofthotels

Don’t Be a Crater Hater
Looking for something to do in Rocky Point this fall besides, you know, sipping on cheap drinks and zoning out on sherbet-hued sunsets? The Puerto Penasco Tourism Board suggests checking out the area’s trio of phreatomagmatic depressions: El Elegante Crater, El Tecolote and Cerro Colorado Crater. Evidently, NASA sent astronauts to the craters in the 1970s to train for lunar missions. Deep, man. cometorockypoint.com