Despite the zest and vitality of the period, the Old West was no match for the New West, with its bigger hats, shinier spurs, and more articulate horses. Travel back to a time when men were men and animals were silent with today's Groupon: for $40, you get two VIP tickets to dinner and a stage show at Rockin’ R Ranch in Mesa (up to an $80 value, ticket fees included). From June through mid-September, the Rockin’ R Ranch is only open on Saturdays.
A real working cattle ranch owned and operated by one of Arizona's original pioneer families, the Rockin’ R Ranch dishes out delicious country-style meals alongside lively western-themed entertainment and activities. Today's deal gets you VIP seating to the live stage show, during which The Rockin’ R Wranglers perform country-folk classics such as “Orange Blossom Special” and the Arizona state song, “Arizona,” which the state’s cowboys famously whistled as they carved out the nooks and crannies of the Grand Canyon. As tunes are fiddled on stage, bellies are stuffed with vittles from an all-you-can-eat barbecue chicken and beef dinner.
Along with the supper and show, visitors are welcome to witness a friendly postdinner gunfight, gape at the medical miracles of an old-timey medicine-man show, or revel in the rustic roadhouse atmosphere of an Old West saloon. Novice prospectors can also pan for gold to see first-hand how difficult it was to find precious metals before the advent of modern alchemy. The saloon opens at 5:30 p.m., and the dinner buffet opens at 6:30 p.m., followed by the stage show at 7:30 p.m.