Tucson Journals

Why I love Tucson

A December 2006 trip to Tucson by flygurl814

Kitt Peak Observatory from Afar Photo, Tucson, Arizona More Photos
Quote: I've lived in Tucson for 2 years now, and I love it more every day. Here's why.

Why I love Tucson

Best Of IgoUgo

Overview

Kitt Peak Observatory from Afar Photo, Tucson, Arizona
Quote:
When I arrived in Tucson for the first time a few years ago, it was dark. I woke up the next day, looked out the window, and realized the city is surrounded by mountains. To this day, the mountains are one of my favorite things about Tucson.Tucson is world famous for it's golf courses, spas, and outdoor activities. Celebrities have been known to frequent Tucson's top rated health spas. But you don't have to be a golfer or spa fanatic to enjoy Tucson, anyone who appreciates the outdoors and a unique landscape should make Tucson a stop on his or her itinerary.The high season in Tucson runs from October through May. The summer months bring a different kind of charm to the area. The weathe...Read More

Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa

Hotel | "The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa"

Quote:
The Westin La Paloma is my favorite hotel in Tucson. I've been to several in the area, but this one outranks them all. Nestled in the prestigeous Catalina foothills north of Tucson, the scenery is breathtaking, and the spa and golf course are world-class. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who enjoys the finer things in life and isn't on a tight budget.The grounds are very nice and give you that feeling of being one with nature while also knowing your every need will be attended to. With five pools and a swim-up bar, you can get a tan, enjoy the surroundings, and sip pina coladas almost year-round. The food also fits the bill; it is very tasty and has a nice variety of standard favorites a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 14, 2007

Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa
3800 East Sunrise
Tucson, Arizona 85718
(520) 742-6000

Frost

Restaurant

Quote:
Frost is the newest (and as far as I know, only) gelato shop in Tucson, and it is amazing. There's tons of authentic Italian flavors like amaretto and lemoncello, along with the usual favorites like chocolate, cheesecake, and strawberry. What is gelato, you might be wondering? It's an ice cream like dessert, but it has less milk fat and no eggs or butter. It has less air than ice cream which results in a much thicker, creamier texture and more flavor.Frost is great because they have a huge variety of flavors and a fun setting. The place is decorated in cool blue and white tones, and has the feel of an upscale diner. When I visited in November, there was a line out the door. They also have ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 6, 2007

Frost
7131 North Oracle Road
Tucson, Arizona 85704
(520) 797-0188

Sonoita Vineyards

Attraction

Quote:
If you are a wine snob who only enjoys the finest California can offer, Sonoita is not for you. If, however, you're an amateur wine enthusiast who enjoys taking in local flavor, Sonoita offers an enjoyable day trip from Tucson.Located about an hour southeast of Tucson, Sonoita is a tiny community that is home to a growing wine region. Currently there are a half dozen or so wineries within a few miles of each other. Sonoita Vineyards was the first winery in the area, established in 1983.I visited Sonoita Vineyards with a group of friends, and found it to be quite enjoyable. The winery itself was small and the staff a bit standoffish, but you could tell they definitely enjoyed what ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 14, 2007

Sonoita Vineyards
Sonoita, AZ
Tucson

Mount Lemmon

Attraction

View from Mt. Lemmon Photo, Tucson, Arizona
Quote:
Mount Lemmon is a peak located in the Santa Catalina mountains, north of Tucson. It's a favorite passtime of locals and visitors alike, and has something for everyone.The access road is Catalina Highway, off Tanque Verde road on the north east side of town. From there, it's about an hour drive to reach the top. The views are amazing, both of the surrounding nature and the city below. Make sure to stop at the pullouts and look around.The drive itself is quite interesting as you will see four distinct ecological strata and the temperature will drop about 30 degrees. You'll see everything from Saguaro cacti to evergreen forests, and if you're lucky maybe some snow in the winter....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 25, 2007

Mount Lemmon
Catalina Highway
Tucson, Arizona 85619
+1 520 547 7510

Fourth Avenue

Attraction

Quote:
Fourth Avenue is THE place to go in Tucson if your looking for a unique, truly Tucson experience. Nestled between downtown and the University of Arizona, this strip of road is frequented by a diverse crowd of college students and locals and has a fun flavor.By day it's a shopping area filled with boutique clothing shops, pottery and other imports from south of the border. It also boasts a natural food store, an art gallery, and several delicious restaurants. At night the Tucson weather can truly be enjoyed by walking from one watering hole to the next and enjoying a beverage on the patio.Most of the shops on Fourth Avenue are open by 10am and the bars stay open until 2am. If you get th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 25, 2007

Fourth Avenue
Fourth Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85705
+1 520 624 5004