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Spring Training in Tucson

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A March 2006 trip to Tucson by mplunkert

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Quote: I gave my husband a trip to watch some of the Colorado Rockies' Spring Training games and fell in love with this desert city.

Spring Training in Tucson

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Overview

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My husband is a die-hard Colorado Rockies fan, so for Christmas I gave him a trip to Tucson to see some of their spring training games. Of course, I had to accompany him—a pretty clever gift idea, if I do say so myself. In my defense, however, Tucson would not have been on my short list of places to visit. My mental image of it was that of a dry, ugly, desert town, so I was blown away by the city’s beauty and charm. Although baseball occupied most of our time, and the one “off” day was cold and rainy, we still managed to enjoy a visit to Saguaro National Park. And Tucson has to have some of the best restaurants of any place we’ve visited. It was a week before I dared to step on the scale again. Y...Read More

Doubletree Hotel Tucson at Reid Park

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Hotel | "DoubleTree Hotel at Reid Park"

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I had researched available hotels in Tucson, and I selected the DoubleTree based on its cost and its proximity to Hi Corbett Field, the home of the Colorado Rockies’ spring training games. As it turned out, I don’t think I could have chosen a better place to stay. The DoubleTree Hotel at Reid Park is truly a first-class establishment. We were presented with two huge, warm, chocolate chip cookies upon check-in. Our room was large and comfortable, with a king-sized bed, a comfy overstuffed chair and ottoman, a sizable desk, and a wonderful view of the Catalina mountain range. The coffeemaker and free daily newspaper made for leisurely mornings, during which the typical knock on the door from “Housekeepi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 2, 2006

Doubletree Hotel Tucson at Reid Park
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, Arizona 85711
(520) 881-4200

Terra Cotta Restaurant

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Restaurant

Terra Cotta Restaurant Photo, Tucson, Arizona
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Terra Cotta is a large restaurant with seating for over 300 people. A sizable bar area separates the two main dining areas, and there is ample capacity there as well. When we called for reservations, we were told that we could get one for 5:30pm, but that there was nothing available until after 8pm if we did not choose to dine so early. We chose the earlier hour and requested a seat in the indoor patio area so that we could watch the sunset. Given what we had been told when we made our reservations, we were surprised that we were the only diners in the very large area—and continued to be the only diners for at least 30 minutes. Even when we left over an hour later, there were still plenty of empty tab...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 2, 2006

Terra Cotta Restaurant
3500 East Sunrise Drive
Tucson, Arizona 85718
(520) 577-8100

Olive Tree

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Restaurant | "The Olive Tree"

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The Olive Tree has joined the short list of my all time favorite restaurants. Making my list requires a romantic ambiance, superb service, and delectable food, and The Olive Tree gets 6 stars, out of a possible 5, on all of these points. The restaurant is small and cozy, with only 17 white-clothed tables. One wall is paneled in rough-hewn wood, and adorned with a row of black and white pictures depicting various elements of Greek life. A large decorative mirror flanked by sconces hangs on another portion of the wall. The collective effect is one of understated elegance.The service was impeccable—prompt, attentive, yet unobtrusive. Immediately after being seated, bread and sweet cream butter were...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 2, 2006

Olive Tree
7000 East Tanque Verde Road
Tucson, Arizona 85715
+1 520 298 1845

El Minuto

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Restaurant | "El Minuto Cafe"

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We made it a point to dine at El Minuto one evening based on another member’s great review. The review spoke of mosaic-topped tables, a desert-scene painted on one wall, and friendly service. It sounded charming, but we ended up having a somewhat different experience from the other reviewer. We were there on a Friday night, however, and the other reviewer’s visit had been on a week night, so that might account for some of the differences. At best, I can only describe our experience as an evening of inconsistencies.We had made reservations and were seated promptly enough—at a cheap Formica-topped table in a room with bright pink walls. Colored lights and garish tinsel decorations hung from ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 14, 2006

El Minuto
354 South Main Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85701
(520) 882-4145

Hi Corbett Field

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Attraction | "Spring Training at Hi Corbett Field"

Hi Corbett Field Photo, Tucson, Arizona
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Three professional baseball teams call Tucson, Arizona “home” for spring training—the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Chicago White Sox, and the Colorado Rockies. The Diamondbacks and White Sox play their games in Tucson Electric Park while the Rockies play at Hi Corbett Field. Attending some of the Rockies games was the main reason for our trip since my husband is a die-hard fan. However, even I—a much, much less avid fan—enjoyed the spring training games. Hi Corbett Field is a lot smaller than Denver’s Coors Field—no nose bleed sections. You can actually see the players’ facial expressions! Players are more accessible for autographs, too, much to the delight of several kids who sat near us during a couple...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 7, 2006

Hi Corbett Field
Gene C. Reid Park Off East Broadway
Tucson, AZ
(520) 327-9467

Saguaro National Park

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Attraction

Saguaro National Park Photo, Tucson, Arizona
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When I learned that southern Arizona is only one of three areas in which the Saguaro (pronounced “sah WAH roe”) are found, I decided I had to see them up close and personal. (The other two areas are along the Colorado River in California and in the state of Sonora in northern Mexico.) Saguaro National Park was thus a must-see on our Tucson trip, although I was not expecting the spectacular beauty that the park offered.Saguaro National Park is divided into two parts, Saguaro National Park West and Saguaro National Park East, flanking Tucson on either side. Each section has its own visitor center as well as plenty of picnic areas, scenic drives, and short nature trails. More serious hikers can...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 20, 2006

Saguaro National Park
3693 South Old Spanish Trail
Tucson, Arizona 85730
(520) 733-5158