Travel News this Month
Weekenders, accommodations, renovations, and more
This month, Indian Wells’ bougainvillea-clad Miramonte Resort & Spa (pictured above) is rolling out a line of personalized “choose your own adventure”-style spa treatments, including the luxurious diamond facial. Yes, it has trace elements of precious stones! Newly decorated guest rooms feature plush beds and calming earth tones (miramonteresort.com). While you’re in town, nourish your mind as well as your body at the Desert Town Hall lecture series featuring hotshot editrix Tina Brown. Beginning January 29, other speakers include CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta; former Florida governor Jeb Bush; and General Stanley McChrystal. deserttownhall.org // Casey Hatfield
Camping… at the Ritz?
For kids who prefer to rough it but are forced to stay at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in Tucson, here’s your solution: Hotel staffers will remove your bed or roll-away and replace it with a tent, s’mores kit, a book on the Sonoran Desert, and a desert tortoise stuffed animal. Ask about In-Room Camping as well as the Junior Rangers program. ritzcarlton.com
Going wine tasting or visiting the Cal Poly campus, but don’t want to stay at the Apple Farm Inn? We don’t blame you. Now downtown has its first luxury boutique hotel and rooftop lounge at the Granada Hotel & Bistro, which just underwent a $5 million reno. Enjoy the 1920s exposed brick and sunlit balconies, plus take advantage of perks like complimentary bike rentals. granadahotelandbistro.com