Carefree Resort & Villas Introduces Southwestern Romance Packages…

And Private Concert With Country Music Star Jessi Colter

Famed Arizona Retreat Invites Guests to Rediscover Southwestern Romance, Kicking Off Valentine’s Day, 2006 with Legendary Lady “Outlaw”

CAREFREE, Ariz., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ — Arizona’s Carefree Resort & Villas announced a month-long celebration of Southwestern romance, kicking off with a private Valentine’s Day concert by country music star Jessi Colter and a new series of romance packages.

The Resort’s unique Opera House, a “Grand Ole Opry” style venue reflecting the Resort’s Western character, will host A Jessi Colter Valentine on February 14, 2006 from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. The event will be Colter’s first live performance leading up to the February 21 release of her new CD, Out of the Ashes, and will feature giveaways of advance copies of this recording as well as a guest appearance by country music legend Tony Joe White, the artist behind hits like “Polk Salad Annie” and “Rainy Night in Georgia.”

This premier performance also serves to unveil the following romance packages:

“Oh My Darlin’ Valentine” Package (available 2/14/06 only) features:

— Deluxe guestroom accommodations (one night)
— Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries delivered to room
— Live, on-site concert, A Jessie Colter Valentine, tickets for two
— Pre-concert campfire gathering with the Resort’s resident “Cowboy
Poet” and musical entertainment

*Package cost: $195, booking code: TOL

Southwestern Spice Romance Package (available starting 2/17/06) features:

— Overnight accommodations in a Master Villa, featuring an adobe-style
fireplace, Jacuzzi tub and exquisite views of High Sonoran Desert
— Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries delivered to room
— $100 in gift certificates for use with any spa treatment (one-hour or

*Package cost: from $375. Visit to book package.

Guests of the Resort can experience other Southwestern activities throughout the month, including dichroic fused glasswork and jewelry-making workshops, Sonoran Desert Flora, Fauna and Art tours and an introduction to Arizona-mined amethyst, malachite, lapis and turquoise, as well as desert Jeep tours, horseback riding and hot-air ballooning. As part of the Resort’s celebration of the romance of the Southwest, other activities available soon include: two-step dancing in the Opera House, Native American dance performances and opportunities to participate in authentic cattle drives at a nearby ranch.

About Jessi Colter

Original country “Outlaw” Jessi Colter breaks a 20-year silence as she prepares to release Out of the Ashes, her first new solo album since 1984. Produced by Grammy(R) award winner Don Was, Out of the Ashes marks a grand return to Colter’s roots, with songs steeped in the blues and gospel tradition of country music. The album features guest vocals by Colter’s son Shooter Jennings, personal friend Tony Joe White, and even a voice from the past — legendary superstar Waylon Jennings, Colter’s late husband. Out of the Ashes arrives in stores February 21, 2006 from Shout! Factory. Among Colter’s career highlights is a collaboration with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Tompall Glaser to release “Wanted! The Outlaws,” the first Nashville album to go platinum.

About Carefree Resort & Villas

A legendary Arizona retreat, Carefree Resort & Villas offers unparalleled luxury in the heart of America’s scenic Southwest. This expansive and serene 465-key property features spacious single and double guestrooms, casitas, and luxury villas, which are beautifully appointed with fully equipped kitchens and fireplaces. In addition, guests can enjoy the Resort’s full-service spa, fitness center, swimming pools, signature Red Horse Saloon and Lariat Grill restaurant. The Resort is surrounded by 16 of Arizona’s finest golf courses, including its signature, dedicated course Legend Trail Golf Club, and enjoys desert landscapes with vibrant mountain vistas. Carefree Resort & Villas is easily accessible from Scottsdale and Phoenix.

For reservations, contact Carefree Resort & Villas at (888) 488-9034 or by email at Ask about the Resort’s other Southwestern Romance Packages. Visit Carefree Resort & Villas online at

Tickets for “A Jessi Colter Valentine” and pre-concert event exclusive of an overnight stay are $35 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster at (480) 784-4444 or online at

*Packages based on double occupancy. Taxes not included. Other
restrictions may apply.

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