14 Easy Weekend Getaways

New York Times

EASY GETAWAY FROM Albuquerque; San Diego; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Seattle; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; Salt Lake City; Denver.

WHAT YOU GET Sunny days, starry desert nights, P.G.A. golf courses, pampering spas.

WHY NOW The Sonoran Desert usually begins to bloom in late April, a bonus when hiking in Sabino Canyon, mountain biking on the Arizona Trail or saddling up at a dude ranch. It is high season, but there are ways to skirt even the steepest rates. Not willing to shell out $3,000 for three nights at Canyon Ranch? Pay $300 for a Spa Day that includes one $130 treatment, lunch and all classes. Or check out the Tubac Golf Resort and Spa, which is offering an Indulge Yourself deal from $260 a night that includes accommodations, a $120 spa credit and a $10 spa gift card.

WHERE TO STAY The 398-room Loews Ventana Canyon (loewshotels.com), with two P.G.A. golf courses and a 7,000-square-foot spa is offering 20 percent off starting rates of $249 a night if you stay three nights and book the Loews Long Weekend deal.

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