Tucson is a treasure chest of fun experiences, delicious food, and beautiful design.
We visit Tucson once or twice a year to visit family. Being there in the winter is especially wonderful. The delicious smell of burning mesquite fills the air of the crisp cold nights. The days are beautifully sunny but cool. Perfect conditions for my golfing husband.
I spent my days repeating some favorite experiences and trying out new ones.
Everytime I visit Tucson, I must drive through the El Encanto neighborhood. It is full of beautiful old homes that I enjoy viewing each and every visit. This mauve Art Deco/Moroccan-style home I find very intriguing.
A visit to the nearby Arizona Inn is also a must. I love the pink painted walls with blue trim. Breakfast and ping-pong replaced swimming as it was far to cold for that. In the summer there is an ice cream sundae bar that is popular with adults and kids alike.
Some new experiences for this year were perfect for celebrating Christmas and the southwest.
A gift for my mother was riding in a hay-less hay wagon to see the festive decorations in the Winterhaven neighborhood with her grandchildren.
Almost every house, tree, and bush are lit up in celebration of the season.
Hot chocolate, kettle corn, and even food trucks are available for hungry viewers.
Another first was checking out the Ritz Carlton at Dove Mountain.
Here we saw the largest gingerbread house ever and drank the best margarita of the trip. Order the prickly pear variety. Pink perfection.
Goodbye Tucson until next time.
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