Adventures in Tucson

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.

A favorite house in El Encanto.

A favorite house in El Encanto

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.

The lovely pool at the Arizona Inn

Summertime swimming in the lovely Arizona Inn pool

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.

Christmas lights Arizona-style

Christmas lights Arizona-style

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.

Winter Haven lights

Winterhaven lights

Almost every house, tree, and bush are lit up in celebration of the season.

Cupcake truck in Winter Haven

Cupcake truck in Winterhaven

Hot chocolate, kettle corn, and even food trucks are available for hungry viewers.

Another first was checking out the Ritz Carlton at Dove Mountain.

Ritz Carlton takes gingerbread houses to the extreme

The Ritz Carlton takes gingerbread houses to the extreme

Here we saw the largest gingerbread house ever and drank the best margarita of the trip. Order the prickly pear variety. Pink perfection.

Ventana Canyon

Hoping to see Big Horn Sheep at Ventana Canyon

Other highlights were eating at Blanco after exchanging a few Christmas gifts, horseback riding in Sonoita, and hiking Tumamac Hill and Ventana Canyon.

Sunset while heading home from the Ritz

Sunset while heading home from Dove Mountain

Goodbye Tucson until next time.

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