Good deal at a warm Southwest ranch


Tanque_1Cold there? Fly here! says the home page of Arizona’s Tanque Verde Ranch.  You can’t argue with that logic. The Midwest and East Coast are even now gripped in the clutches of various storm systems that— even when the snow stops falling—will leave behind a mess of clogged roads and snow-blocked cars.

So why not plan a Southwest getaway? In March, you might even catch the desert in bloom. Picture it: ocotillo waving their fiery-red blossoms in the breeze, barrel cactus sprouting yellow and scarlet tops, desert verbena spreading a carpet of pink across the sands. And you, not shoveling snow.


Tanque Verde Ranch

This month, there’s a hot deal being offered at Tanque Verde Ranch, where you can “discover the joys of the Sonoran Desert in spring time with a unique vacation”.

Just outside Tucson, the long-established  Tanque Verde boasts Southwestern hospitality along with magnificent mountain and desert terrain. There’s so much to do, you and the kids won’t have time to be bored: tennis (on four courts), a swimming pool and spa, mountain biking, fishing, basketball, volleyball and a nature program (with two full-time naturalists).Tanque_7

But most importantly, there’s an outstanding riding program (with 1- hour, 2- hour, all-day, breakfast, picnic rides and daily riding lessons for all skill levels). The children’s program is highly acclaimed and counselor-supervised (for ages 4-11), featuring tennis, crafts, and nature hikes. Parents can ride with kids within the program.

Food is hearty and high-end (a sample menu might include seared sustainable salmon with white anchovy-arugula salad or hop-braised lamb shank). As they say at Tanque Verde “Besides the three gourmet meals served each day in the dining room, several indoor and outdoor specialty dining events are held each week. These special events include the Old Homestead Breakfast Ride, Mexican Fiesta Night, and the Cottonwood Grove Ranch Barbeque with live entertainment.  Indulge in mouth-watering southwestern cuisine while also taking in the authentic dude ranch atmosphere of Tanque Verde Ranch!”

And at day’s end, when you want some ‘grown-up time’, you can relax at the ranch’s own Dog House–a free standing, full service bar.Tanque_3

Hot deal: “Desert in Bloom” package | March 1-19, April 8-17; Salas – $329* | Casitas – $369* | Haciendas – $399. What’s included: 2 nights southwestern-style accommodations; breakfast and dinner daily; private hike-planning session with experienced hiking staff; scheduled guided hiking excursions in Saguaro National Park; all additional scheduled hiking and nature activities; one sunset horseback ride for each adult; special discounted rates on scheduled mountain biking activities.

NOTE: Package requires a minimum of double-occupancy, and is based on limited availability for new reservations only.  Rates may vary based on room type and dates selected.  Package may not be combined with any other offers or specials and may be discontinued without notice. Not applicable to groups.  Additional per-person rates apply for parties with more than 2 people. Rates subject to AZ state tax.


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