The Arizona Inn is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for a romantic weekend getaway! Steal away to Tucson to relax and unwind with someone special.
I had only been to Tucson once before, for about 6 hours for back to back meetings in November of 2008, so I didn’t have a chance to really explore or get a feel for the city.
I was surprised to learn that the population of Tucson was roughly a million people as it has such a calm laid back feel too it; a little different than Phoenix. The weather was on my side with an average of 25 degrees Celsius for my weekend adventure.
I stayed at the lovely Arizona Inn located in Central Tucson, although you would never know it, as it has such a private secluded feel to it nestled in a residential neighbourhood.
The entire property is surrounded by 15 foot walls of the most unique pink / peach colour and hedges just as tall, creating a cozy vibe. The feel is almost like home with understated but personalized service, you feel very welcome when you arrive.
My room at this gorgeous luxury Arizona hotel was stunning with a large private patio, a view of the courtyard and the lush gardens. The decor was simple and tasteful featuring a variety of antique furniture, likely from Isabella Greenway’s original furniture factory.
Dining at the Arizona Inn was my favourite part of the evening. The service was impeccable and the food was spectacular – my absolute favourite is the seared scallops with cilantro ginger risotto.
I decided to try the breakfast buffet by the pool for a more casual setting the next morning and it was just as impressive. An after breakfast ping pong game was in order in the main courtyard as well.
If you are planning a trip to Tucson I would highly recommend a visit to Sabino Canyon and the Desert Museum, both are on opposite ends of town from each other but well worth the drive. The narrated tram tour in Sabino Canyon features some of the most spectacular views of the Santa Catalina Mountains, you can also hop-off / hop-on the tram to stop and splash in the creeks or have an afternoon picnic.
The Desert Museum isn’t your typical museum; you will see a variety of wildlife, vegetation and caves featuring all that beauty that Arizona has to offer.
On the way back from the Desert Museum, Old Tucson Studios should not be missed; the number of movies and TV shows that were filmed there is astonishing. Whether it’s to catch a gun fight at the OK Corral, ride on the stage coach through town or devour homemade fudge this attraction is well worth the visit.
If you are in the mood for authentic Mexican cuisine, the El Charro Cafe is a must try. They are famous for their Carne Seca beef and of course their very generous portions.