May 29, 2018

FOODIES TAKE NOTE! TUCSON HAS IT ALL!

Foodies, take note! Tucson has it all! You should explore America via food! Tucson is an unmatched destination for mouth-watering mom & pop delights regardless of budget! Prices are extremely reasonable everywhere. Eat lunch at some of the more famous restaurants and you will pay less. Our favorites include: Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort (haciendadelsol.com) An historic and beautiful respite located at 5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Road in Tucson, for those looking for an equestrian and spa experience. Hacienda was a girls’ boarding school at one time and still boasts the suite where Hepburn and Tracy stayed for extended periods. Reservations are a good idea and so worth it!…

May 29, 2018

BACKROADS TRIP: EXPLORE PAGE, ARIZONA

Stu & Barb

Explore Page, Arizona! Page has become one of our favorite places in America. You’ve all seen the iconic photos of the famous Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend in doctors’ waiting rooms. We had to go! To explore how to take this backroads vacation, we started booking tours in Page, Az in January prior to our late April arrival. Photography tours of the famous canyons-just think!!! See our tour recommendations for Page, Az. Antelope Canyon photo tours were already sold out. But not to worry! We found some other canyons to explore by researching online and voila! Horseshoe Bend Canyon and Antelope Canyon X became targets along with the iconic Horseshoe Bend…

May 29, 2018

ARTIST, “TED” DeGRAZIA GALLERY

ARTIST TED DeGRAZIA Tucson is home to the Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia Gallery, maintained by the DeGrazia Foundation. We were thrilled to get to visit the historic site where the artist lived, worked and built a chapel! Opened in 1965, the gallery has more than 15,000 DeGrazia originals. His oil paintings, watercolors, ceramics and sculptures are housed in six permanent collection rooms: I. Padre Kino II. Cabeza De Vaca III. Papago Indians IV. Retrospective V. Yaqui Easter VI. Bullfight De Grazia hand built the adobe brick buildings on the 10-acre site. The Mission in the Sun was built in 1952 in honor of Father Kino and dedicated to Our Lady of…

May 29, 2018

SAGUARO NATIONAL FOREST VISIT

Saguaro Cacti are only found in a very small portion of America. They are found exclusively in the Sonoran Desert so you can only find them in southern Arizona and western Sonora, Mexico. It is estimated that these soldiers of the desert can live to be as much as 150-200 years old. Amazingly, Saguaro grow very slowly -a 10 year-old plant may only be 1.5 inches tall. However, the cacti we saw were between 40-60 feet tall! A fully-grown Saguaro can weigh as much as a ton! Don’t miss seeing these wonders at the Saguaro National Forest (nps.gov/sagu/index.htm)!      

May 29, 2018

VISIT ZION NATIONAL PARK: WHERE TO STAY

Want to know where to stay when visiting Zion National Park? When visiting Zion National Park (nps.gov/zion) stay in Springdale!! What an adorable town! Springdale has no franchise restaurants, no street lights, and artists’ shops galore.  We loved staying at the Best Western in Springdale. Our room had a wonderful view and a small terrace with chairs for watching the stars. The hotel has two outdoor fire pits which capped off perfect days in the Park. There is a fitness room and a free hot breakfast to boot. All the shops and restaurants are within walking distance and the shuttle to the Park stops directly across the street and, when…