News Flash.  Summers get hot here in Phoenix!

Even the full time residents of PebbleCreek… and there are quite a few of us!…  tend to book at least a weekend getaway to give ourselves a break from the heat.  This year, I wanted to go to a resort with a lazy river so that I could just sit in an inner tube for hours and relax.  Over the years I have been to The Arizona Grand many times and always had an enjoyable time.   Some pina coladas… an inner tube… some shade.  Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.

The Pointe Hilton is another option for a Phoenix staycation with a lazy river.  Fees tend to be reduced in the summer, making a two day getaway a possibility for many residents.

This year, though, I decided to branch out and head to Palm Desert, CA.  Palm Desert, just outside Palm Springs, is an EASY ride from PebbleCreek… about 3.5 hours depending on who is driving!   The ride is beautiful – mountain views with no tolls and very few billboards.  The Omni Rancho Las Palmas was a perfect place to unwind.  The lazy river was soothing, the restaurants felt special without being too pricey, there is a spa and a gym…  and shopping just across the street.  Overall…  a total getaway.

For those who just want to play in a water park – but not do the hotel stay – Wet ‘N Wild is a great option – particularly with visiting family.  And some PebbleCreekers enjoy the Salt River Tubin– though I must admit I haven’t tried that yet!

We live in a desert – and it is very obvious in the summer.  But, there are lots of ways to cool down in the water!