Roughing It vs. Fluffing It: Hit the Road or Hit the Spa

By Susie Reese

Everyone has a different idea for a vacation. Some people want a pampering resort with gourmet dishes and signature drinks. Others can’t wait to hit the Great Outdoors and pitch a tent, trap their own food, and cook it fireside. The Southwest offers a variety of vacations, and with world-class spas and unique traveling opportunities, you can rough it or fluff it through America’s desert paradise.


Roughing It with EagleRider

Don’t rent a car to explore the country. Rent an adventure. EagleRider specializes in motorcycles, ATVs, dirt bikes, and scooter rentals, and with one of their vehicles, the country is an open-road. Take one of the company’s signature tours, such as the widely popular Route 66 Motorcycle Tour beginning in Chicago and ending in Los Angeles. The Wild West Guided Tours have two paths, one through upper California including Yosemite, San Francisco, and Monterey, and one through lower California, which explores Palm Springs, the Grand Canyon, and Brice Canyon before ending in Las Vegas. See some of the highlights in the video below, and don’t miss The Easy Rider Movie Tour, which takes the same path as the major motion picture from L.A. to New Orleans.


Fluffing It at Westin Kierland Resort and Spa

If you’re looking to be pampered, then stay at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Phoenix/Scottsdale. The four-star resort offers a full-service spa, championship golf courses, and world-class dining.  Agave, the Arizona Spa, takes its name from the Agave plant, native to the state and used in many treatments. Arizona’s native cultural therapies infused with healing traditions from the Far East, create a unique and revitalizing experience for every guest. Inside, Agave relaxes guests with 20 treatment rooms, a movement studio, men’s and ladies’ locker rooms, each with a whirlpool, sauna, and steam room, juice bar and full-service salon. Outside, guests have a private area with a courtyard garden and a quiet lap pool with  At Agave, you are immersed in a world of tranquility and luxury.

Westin Kierland Agave Spa pampering

Find utter relaxation in the treatment rooms of Agave, the spa at the Kierland Resort!


Roughing It with El Monte and Road Bear RV Rentals

Though each RV is not equipped with a full-service spa or a Jacuzzi, El Monte and Road Bear RV Rentals pamper guests who are so-called “roughing it.”  Kitchens equipped with ranges, a microwave, and a freezer/refrigerator grant the comforts of home, and a full bath, complete with toilet, sink, and shower offer on-the-road convenience. An air-conditioner, heater, and generator allow for even more comfort. Small RVs come with an outside awning for grilling, and larger RVs slide out for relaxation room. El Monte offers luxury accommodations including leather seating, flatscreen TVs, and even a faux fireplace. Their itineraries include the American Panorama Tour across the south region of our country from L.A. to Orlando; the Best of the West Tour from Colorado to Nebraska, South Dakota, and Utah; and the Grand Canyon and Pueblos Tour, which includes Route 66, the Hoover Dam, and of course, the Grand Canyon. Road Bear offers similar itineraries and luxury RVs provide LCD TVs with DVD players and an mp3 hook-up. The company also guarantees all rentals are 2013-2014 models.

El Monte Road Bear RV Rentals

El Monte and Road Bear RV Rentals only provide the most recent models, from budget-friendly road warriors to luxurious homes on wheels.


Fluffing It at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort

Indulge in fun and serenity at this premier hotel in Phoenix. The Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort is an all-suite hotel with a full-stocked, refrigerated mini-bar, Peter Thomas Roth bath amenities, and a separate living area, complete with two TVs for continued tranquility. The Pointe Hilton also hosts the Falls Water Village with a 138-foot waterslide, free-form pools, and a 40-foot waterfall. Poolside cabanas offer ultimate convenience and comfort, located near the attractions with a ceiling fan, television, mini-fridge and more, or stop at the Cascades Café for poolside refreshments. For children, the Kids Korral provides parents with relaxation and children with fun activities. Teens are also welcome with activities geared just for them while Mom unwinds at the Tocaloma Spa and Salon with soothing body and skincare treatments, body exfoliation, and even-in room massages. The spa also provides nail, pedicure, hair care, hair removal, and cosmetic services. Dad can take a swing at the Lookout Mountain Golf Club, a nine-time winner of Golf Digest Four Star Award situated in the breathtaking North Phoenix Mountain Preserves. Professionals are on hand for individual instruction or a group lesson.

Lookout Mountain Golf Club Phoenix Golf Point Hilton

The Pointe HIlton pampers Dad with the award-winning Lookout Mountain Golf Club.

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