July 30, 2018

TAKE A BACKROADS TRIP: MOUNT LEMMON SCENIC BYWAY

Mount Lemmon View

Take a backroads trip up Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway near Tucson, Arizona. Our drive up one of the most scenic drives in southeast Arizona made for a perfect day. After several days in Tucson in over 100 degree heat in May, we really needed a break.  MOUNT LEMMON Mount Lemmon has a summit elevation of 9,156 feet and is the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains, located in the Coronado National Forest north of Tucson. The 27-mile Byway is the biological equivalent of driving from the deserts of Mexico to the forests of Canada! Just imagine! As gardeners, Stu and I were fascinated by the changes in plant life! Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway is about…

July 5, 2018

VISIT OLD LUXURY: HISTORIC HACIENDA DEL SOL GUEST RANCH RESORT

Hacienda del Sol

Visit the  historic Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort and find old world charm and casual luxury for travelers of any age.  We were invited to meet one of the Hacienda’s owners over dinner while we visited Tucson, Arizona.  The Resort overlooks Tucson from the Catalina Foothills. It is included in the National Registry of Historic Places In Arizona and is a member of Historic Hotels of America.  The Tucson area is home to a number of world-famous spas and ranches where Oprah Winfrey and other celebrities find rejuvenation.  Even in our wildest dreams, Stu and I never expected to be hosted by one of the Hacienda’s owners and treated to an incredible…

May 29, 2018

INCA’S RESTAURANT TUCSON

We spent a lovely evening dining at Inca’s Restaurant (www.incasperuviancuisine.com) at 6878 E. Sunrise Drive in Tucson! This restaurant is one of our favorites in Tucson! Guy Fieri visited here, folks, and he loved it! We did too! Start your meal with the famous roasted Chocio, Peruvian corn.  Stu drank the Chicha Morada, made with dry imported purple corn, fresh pineapples, apples, and cinnamon. It is full of antioxidants and delicious! The Jalea de Mariscos was divine! From chicken to vegetarian to seafood, enjoy Inca’s as you listen to live Peruvian music while you dine! The owner is adorable and her son is the restaurant’s manager. Nephews help wait tables….

May 29, 2018

10 GLORIOUS DAYS: WHERE TO STAY IN TUCSON

WHERE TO STAY IN TUCSON We stayed 10 glorious days in an approximately 750 square foot casita we cannot recommend highly enough! You can rent it too! The one bedroom, one huge bath has an eating area plus a breakfast bar for quick get up and go meals. A separate laundry room makes travel so easy. Sit on the private terrace and watch the stars come out. All linens and dishes are supplied. The pool is beautiful with a separate hot tub, waterfall, outdoor fireplace, grill and covered gazebo. The clubhouse has a fitness center and can accommodate large groups. Parking is in a gated area. We hated to leave….

May 29, 2018

HOW TO TOUR TUCSON

How to Tour Tucson Touring Tucson is unexpected! From palm trees and oleander to saguaro cactus and 117 degree days! We loved Tucson! It is tucked into a valley surrounded by mountains that are breathtaking with restored mansions in the El Presidio Historic District and the adobe row houses of the Barrio Historico. The University of Arizona looms large with shops, eateries and lots of action! Saguaro National Parks (west side and east side) We started in The Saguaro National Parks (both west and east sides). The dirt roads and saguaro cacti standing at attention like a large army is so different than what we have ever seen before! We…

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!…