May 30, 2011 7:12 PM
TUCSON - Is your family enjoying this Memorial Day weekend? Many Tucsonans are enjoying the weekend without traveling very far at all. Staycations became very popular a few years back when the recession hit.
News 4 spent some time today at Westward Look Resort where they've sold out of rooms.
And many of the folks we talked to at the pool still find the good deals and less hassles a better way to relax
"We would be exhausted by the time we got there. We were exhausted last night when it was bedtime.
Anjuline Pfeifer is spending the weekend with two families. There are seven kids all together. She couldn't imagine dealing with the lines at the airport
And she likes the summer deals.
"We got breakfast for all the kids and for us. And a beautiful room and the weather is great."
And Anjuline's friend, Christian Cain says you get more bang for your buck.
"And that's another advantage of a staycation is they're having to go get on the road and get home, and we get to stay here for a lot longer cause we only have like, a twenty minute drive."
Otton Suarez, Director of Rooms at the Westward Look Resort says they usually sell out on Saturday night Memorial Day weekend, and is excited that this year Sunday sold out too.
"We were very fortunate it picked up at the last minute for Sunday."
But they didn't want to turn anybody away.
"Because we were sold out the rooms weren't quite ready at the time so we asked them to go and enjoy their time at the pool and we put a rush on the room so we could get the rooms turned around quickly."
Clearly the swimming pool is most popular place to hang out and stay cool. There's also
horseback riding and a spa. There's even a Kid's Corner where the youngsters can play
video games and do arts and crafts."
Anjuline's party enjoyed some of that stuff but she's says it's mostly just relaxing.
"It's so nice to be able to just be here and not have to go anywhere to have a getaway."
American Automobile Association of Tucson says 715,000 thousand people will travel more than 50 miles this weekend in the state. That's about the same as last year and a 7% increase from 2009 when the recession and high gas prices kept a lot of people home.