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Economic expectations for spring break in Havasu murky as universities cancel week of vacation | Local News Stories

Spring breakers are still expected in Lake Havasu City come March, but just how large the flood of student visitors will be remains murky as some universities cancel the week of freedom in the face of covid-19.

University of Arizona is among the nation’s schools announcing spring break cancellations. The move intends to limit the spread of covid-19 cases on campus — a trend that many schools across the country saw last March after students traveled far and wide, creating outbreaks of the disease upon their return.

So far, Grand Canyon University, Northern Arizona University and Arizona State University all still have the break listed on their academic calendars. However, as is the nature of functioning in a pandemic, that still has potential to change, depending on the situation as the holiday nears.

As an alternative to a week of vacation, UA is instead speckling the semester with days off here and there, called “Reading Days,” in an effort to still provide breaks for students and staff. This same method is being used in several schools across the U.S.

So what does that mean for Havasu, a city that thrives on tourism and has learned to prepare for busy holidays, like spring break?

Whatever the numbers end up being, the pandemic and cancellations are expected to impact spring break 2021, according to local tourism leaders. At this point, it’s hard to say what exactly that impact may look like.

“It’s especially difficult to speculate since each day, week, and month recently have required everyone to be extremely fluid in how we act and react to the pandemic,” Matt Brewster, president of the Lake Havasu Hospitality Association, said. “For example, when this all started, Lake Havasu was in a real bad spot with all of the shutdowns and it was bleak at best, but in very little time, we found ourselves the hub of a lot more activity than anyone would have expected — in some cases, more activity than previous years.”

Brewster also believes it’s a possibility that students could be just as “wound up and in need of some much-needed outdoor activity” as boaters have been — in which case, they’ll be prepared to pump up coronavirus precautions.

“Even with students who have had spring break canceled, they may still want to enjoy that day or two of ‘Reading Days’ sitting on the beach with a good book here in Havasu,” he added.

For now, the Lake Havasu Hospitality Association is continuing to follow state health guidance while developing protocols for spring break 2021, Brewster said, noting that their plans are fluid and will change based on current information.

Summer Winter Action Tours, a company that organizes spring break festivities and events in Havasu, is returning to Havasu for 2021 after three years of absence. Terence Concannon, GoLakeHavasu president, said he hasn’t spoken with SWAT about the cancellations yet, but he plans to chat with them this week.

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10 New California Villas for a Spring 2019 Vacation

Live it up in Beverly Hills or mingle with the locals on Melrose Avenue. Golf your way through the desert or fill your feed with Instagram-worthy landmarks. No matter your style, you’ll find your niche in California — and it’s sure to be glamorous. Where to stay? From the mid-century modern gems of Palm Springs to the celebrity-laden pads of Beverly Hills, these California villas are the answer for your next trip west.

Villa: Valencia in Indio

Valencia (Indio)

California’s Desert Cities region is known to be a world leader in both golf course volume and quality. Valencia, a California villa in a gated community, is perfectly positioned — between Avenue 48 and 50 in Indio — to snag a tee time at any of the surroundings clubs. With Rancho La Quinta to its west and Indian Palms to its right, plus The Citrus Club, Mountain View, and Plantation all nearby as well, this section in Indio is as well-suited as you’ll find for your next golf getaway. For non-golfers, Valencia is just 10 miles from shopping and dining in Old Town La Quinta. The vacation home has five bedrooms in the main house, and one additional room in a guest house. All guests can enjoy its saltwater pool with a waterfall and a hot tub, plus an alfresco terrace with an outdoor television.

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Villa: Beverly Grove Beverly Hills

Beverly Grove (Beverly Hills)

There are countless ways to visit Los Angeles, but it’s hard to beat the Beverly Hills lifestyle, even if for just a week or two at a time. Beverly Grove delights with classic 90210 architecture: white exterior, French white oak flooring, an open concept floor plan, high ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows. And scenic city views are seen from just about everywhere inside and outside the home, including its infinity pool and terrace, and three wraparound balconies — one on each floor. Life at Beverly Grove can be as connected or disconnected as guests choose: SmartHome technology allows guests to control their surroundings remotely, and a home theater with couch seating is the perfect place to host movie night. On the other hand, a private cabana with a massage table allows guests to clear their minds. For moments of total privacy, head down to the private tree-surrounded balcony where a set of wooden stairs lead down to a teahouse and koi pond.

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Villa: Edinburgh Modern Mansion

Edinburgh Modern Mansion (Hollywood)

For a family getaway, a vacation with friends, or an exciting honeymoon, Edinburgh Modern Mansion in West Hollywood has the right stuff. A completely private waterfall swimming pool and hot tub with an adjoining terrace are the likely hangout place for your group of guests. And the adjacent glass wall slides open to reveal the stylish indoor living space and allow guests to easily transition in and out. The blue satin L-shaped couch is a statement on its own, and audacious art pieces add a flare to

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