My husband and I each recently celebrated a major birthday as well as our 30th wedding anniversary with a trip to Tucson, Arizona. After considering at a 14 day cruise around the tip of South America, and renting a gorgeous home with its own pool on Kauai, we chose Tucson. I know, weird, huh?
We realized that the one thing we really wanted was SUN (and golf for him). The other choices carried a significant chance of rain. I think we made the right choice-this was one of our best vacations ever! As an added bonus we were able to visit with our youngest son who lives in Tucson.
DH is from El Paso, so he likes the desert and I’m a convert.
Through pure luck we were vacationing the week after Thanksgiving so rates were ridiculously low. I booked a “Master Suite” at the La Paloma Resort and Spa-that meant we had 2 rooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 huge tv’s and two balconies overlooking the golf course, the lights of Tucson and the mountains. I could get used to this!
The resort was fabulous. We had a great view of the mountains and enjoyed the incredible grounds with desert plantings, sculpture, fountains and other art scattered throughout. And we loved this: a heated Olympic lap pool. The “resort pool” area had 10 different pools, a swim-up bar, a couple of heated spas and a cold spa-it is the desert after all.
I didn’t even set foot in the cosmetic spa area. I know I’m weird-just not a spa kinda girl.
The main lodge was tastefully decorated for the season.
I giggled at the “Tucson Christmas tree”.
But one of the best things was all the beautiful desert plantings around the property. The shadows in the desert seem to be more stark-love that.
Looks like a little cactus family!
How did that rainbow coloring happen?
Someone had a sense of humor!
Oh I loved these guys with all their curly margins.
I never tired of agaves with their strong lines, great color and undulating shapes.
I don’t know the name of this interesting planting.
Among my outings while DH golfed, was a visit to Sabino Canyon. It was gorgeous and full of fall color.
There was no one there-I had this view to myself.
Of course I had to hit every quilt shop in town. And there were some pretty nice choices. This Bernina dealer’s display at The Quilt Basket was the coolest one I’d ever seen. The shop owner said that Bernina comes in and builds it to the specs of each shop.
There were 2 textile art exhibits while I was visiting. In the next post I’ll show you!
Merry Christmas everyone!