The Big Thaw
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April 30th, 2008 – by: sweetsummerdaiz
Allegiant Air had a 2 day sale with non-stops from Green Bay to Mesa for a ridiculously cheap rate of $150 round trip. So without skipping a beat, I snatched the deal and deserted my city for the desert.
I was so surprised to see just how many water features and founds abounded from the sand of the desert. Colorful flowers and the sound of cascading water warmed not only my feet but my soul, too.
How ridiculous of me to head to Phoenix and NOT take my golf clubs! I will not make that mistake again!! Golf courses are everywhere and each as beautiful as the next.
I stayed at the Arizona Grand Resort shortly after it re-opened after renovation. The suite was lovely and comfortable. Whether I looked from the patio or the doorway, I could see and hear fountains in every direction! With massive red geranium planters defining the umbrellaed chairs, I was in bliss as I sat and enjoyed my 6am coffee blanketed by warm temperatures, even at that early hour. It was April and I was fortunate enough to go there when it was 98 degrees~! The hot sun felt absolutely great and a very welcome change from the 9 months of my own fridgid temperatures back home.
The Oasis Waterpark on site was a blast! A long and enjoyable lazy river was the perfect entertainment for me as I beached myself on a lounge chair in the sun.
The restuarants on this property were all terrific and each had a theme. Mexican, barbecue, Asian, fushion, and American. Of course, I had to try them all and I was certainly NOT disappointed.
Though there was a new section of the hotel being built when I was there, it was generally a peaceful experience.
One big thing to mention, if you are using Allegiant Air to head to Phoenix, please note that they fly into the Gateway Airport, you need to know that renting a car will be your best bet to get around. This is a tiny airport and is far away from the main city and most of the resorts and hotels. We took a shuttle from the airport to the Arizona Grande Resort. This ride was about $40 per person, $80 for two, for one way. We then took a hotel shuttle back to the airport at the end of the trip and it was another $80.00 - we could have rented a trip for the four day vacation it would have been the same price with a whole lot more flexibility.
I had a great time in Phoenix as I basked in the 98 degree days.
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Phoenix Hotels & Accommodations review
Arizona Grand Resort with Waterpark, beautiful and relaxing in the off-season.I stayed here at the end of April, beginning of May, which is their off-peak or shoulder season. Room rates were quite good at this time, around $179 … read entire review