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You know you can ask the concierge to arrange a jeep tour or recommend a local restaurant. But did you know they’ll also hunt down the perfect souvenir or replace those dress slacks you forgot to pack while you lounge by the pool?

Most concierges want to do whatever it takes to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. The best part is that the concierge’s time and expertise is usually complimentary, though you’ll of course be charged for items and services purchased on your behalf. Gratuities aren’t mandatory but are always appreciated (a simple thank you in person or a sincere email when you return home go a long way, too).

Here, some surprising requests that you can ask of your concierge:

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FPO_BUE_403It’s not uncommon for upscale hotels and resorts to offer guests extraordinary excursions and activities, but Four Seasons takes it to a whole new level. From dining center stage at a historic opera house to designing a custom pair of Lucchese boots, here are a few exclusive Four Seasons that we love dreaming about.

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One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous Arizona works, Arizona State University’s Gammage Auditorium in Tempe, AZ, turns 50 this year. The building has an interesting history, initially commissioned by the assassinated King Feisal II of Iraq and then eventually revived as a university building, finally opening in 1964. To celebrate its birthday and the prestigious guests it has received — from traveling Broadway productions to George W. Bush and John Kerry during the 2004 presidential debates – the performing arts center has partnered with two other iconic Wright destinations to offer the “Frank Lloyd Wright Experience,” with hotel and entertainment discounts this week.

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Peak season doesn’t always mean exorbitant rates – especially with the latest series of Kimpton hotel deals. You do need to be an InTouch member and book by May 31, but the loyalty program is free to join (and includes perks like free WiFi and $10 minibar credit). Some of our favorites:

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Wild DunesYou put in an order weeks ago to make sure mom gets flowers on Mother’s Day.  We even did a roundup of great travel deals, so you can whisk her away on vacation. But what about Dad? The latter holiday, which falls on June 15, tends to get lost in the shuffle between graduation season and the beginning of summer. This year, take advantage of off-season travel deals to take Dad on a trip he’ll never forget. From a beachside resort in the Caribbean, to a golf-themed southern getaway, here are five affordable itineraries you can book right now:

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Kierland_westinkierland_dusk-620While most of the country is craving warmer weather after a particularly rough winter, triple-digit summer heat waves in Phoenix are the other extreme. Of course, that means big savings at the area’s many resorts. Considering the area boasts more than 300 days of sunshine per year and 40 luxury properties, you may never want to leave. And, with these deep discounts, you may never have to… at least until fall.

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OmniBostonLooking for a last-minute getaway? Omni Hotels & Resorts invites you to “Spring into Action” with its 72-hour flash sale. From April 1-4, rooms at the brand’s Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and Boston properties will be available for less than $200 per night. Read more

Cocktails for National Rum DayJust a few weeks ago, we were celebrating National Tequila Day. But that isn’t stopping bars from charging head-on into yet another booze-filled national holiday: National Rum Day falls on August 16 (a Friday, in case you were wondering), in honor of…well, no one’s exactly sure. But who cares? It’s an entire day of sanctioned drinking – and we’re OK with that. So don your pirate hat and grab a sprig of fresh mint. Here are our picks for the best rum cocktails around. Read more

Terranea ResortPlanning a summer vacation doesn’t have to be stressful. From New York City to Los Angeles and everywhere in between, we’ve rounded up some of the best summer deals at hotels across the country, ensuring that you can enjoy an affordable and easy summer vacation, no matter where on the map you end up. Read more

Looking to enjoy a 4-star hotel deal without straying too far from home? From sun-soaked resorts to city escapes, we have a number of upscale hotel deals all within the continental U.S. — perfect for a short road-trip or a quick weekend getaway.

For those of you in the Southwest, the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Scottsdale is offering steeply discounted rates this December. Stay for just $99 per night at this AAA 5-Diamond resort, which features a golf course, a full-service spa, and incredible mountain views. That’s a savings of up to 70 percent on current rates at the hotel. The only catch is that this is a Cyber Monday deal, which means you must book on November 26 or 27 to get these rates. So mark your calendars, and get excited for sunny skies, lounging poolside, and endless relaxation. Read more

Hotel Valley HoScottsdale’s desert summers are hot, dry, and perfect for spending a day at in one of the city’s luxurious spas – especially when treatments are on sale and come with full-day access to pools and sundecks complete with ravishing desert views and the cool relief of misting fans.

Fresh off a long flight from Atlanta, I was more than ready for my treatments at the Hotel Valley Ho’s mod VH Spa, particularly the hydrating mini-facial, which eased post-flight dryness with antioxidant-rich Chardonnay-based elixirs, and a wonderfully punishing (hello endorphins!) deep-tissue massage. Sunday night is Spa Party Night at the VH Spa, when two treatments of your choice – including specialty massages like lomi-lomi and the spa’s signature pedi – come with a cocktail in the playful Café Zuzu bar and as much decompression time as you’d like in the martini-olive shaped pool for $99 (it’s regularly $190). For a weekday fix that’s only available during the summer, try the sampler package: two 30-minute treatments for $99 ($150 if purchased separately). Monthly specials are also available at hotelvalleyho.com.

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Flickr/istolethetvPet-owners often opt to leave their beloved furry friends at home while traveling – most hotels and restaurants just aren’t interested in the potential for extra mess and noise complaints, and it can make traveling with pets more difficult and at times much more expensive. Some hotels, though, are making an effort to be not only pet-friendly, but to make your pet’s stay as comfortable as yours, with amenities ranging from doggie yoga to pet room service menus. Most recently, we’ve found great new pet amenities at the Pierre in New York City, the W Hotel Los Angeles-Westwood, and the W Scottsdale.

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The SaguaroThe Saguaro, the first Joie de Vivre property outside of California, opened in downtown Scottsdale in November. Departing from the commonplace adobe white-washed architecture in the area, Stamberg Aferiat architects played off the colors of local wildflowers to create a vibrant, eye-popping palette. The resort’s 194 rooms come with balconies or patios and views of either the Old Town or Civic Center Mall, pool area or garden; custom contemporary furnishings from Mexico; and accents in colorful hues right out of a Georgia O’Keeffe painting. Two heated pools are surrounded by yellow loungers and umbrellas. Iron Chef Jose Garces developed the menus at both of the hotel’s restaurants: Old Town Whiskey, a saloon-style bar (try the burger with bourbon-glazed cipollini, rogue blue cheese, applewood bacon, and foie gras); and Distrito, a Mexican restaurant and tequila bar with a tapas-style menu of Mexican favorites. For its first 100 days open, the resort is offering promo rates of $100/night (available for 100 rooms per week); use promo code PROPEN. Offer is valid until March 1. Regular nightly rates start from $194. www.jdvhotels.com

For general trip-planning info, see our Phoenix Travel Guide.

The SaguaroWinter may be on its way, but things are starting to heat up in Arizona: The state is celebrating its centennial in 2012, and Joie de Vivre Hotels just opened its first property outside California, The Saguaro, in Scottsdale. In honor of the former, the latter will offer 100 rooms per week at the super low rate of $100/night for the next 100 days. At the 194-room Saguaro, set in vibrant Old Town Scottsdale, guests can indulge in a lively Mexican restaurant and whiskey bar, a spa specializing in indigenous treatments, and two outdoor pools. The sale starts at midnight tonight and runs through March 1.

THE VALUE: Standard rates start at $159-$189 during this time period, so you can save 37 to 47 percent!

THE CATCH: Blackout dates include December 31 and January 12-14.

THE DETAILS: Head to thesaguaro.com and use code PROPEN to book.

WE’VE GOT MORE: Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates and travel deals to Phoenix.

For general trip-planning information, see our Phoenix-Scottsdale Travel Guide.

Kimpton is one of the most pet-friendly hotel brands by far, with each of their properties touting a robust list of pet-friendly perks that are typically tailored to the individual hotel, to its region, or to their very own four-legged pet concierge. All of their 50-plus boutique hotels nationwide welcome furry friends at no additional charge (nor are there restrictions on pet size or weight) and pamper pet guests with complimentary welcome treats, in-room bowls, beds, toys, and an endless supply of pooper-scooper bags.

What’s more, thanks to their fun “Guppy Love” program, most Kimpton hotels offer the company of a complimentary fish friend to guests who might be missing their pets at home (or who are just eager for some local companionship). In addition to Kimpton’s signature pet amenities, every hotel celebrates pet patrons in their own unique ways – read on for some of our favorite offerings of the pampering and spa-centric varieties. Read more

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