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From journal Kartchner Caverns
March 13, 2007
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August 1, 2005
The area has hiking and biking trails (bikes are available to rent) and tennis courts (rackets are available to rent also). There is also an activities coordinator; for example, hiking is coordinated three times a week for 1½ hours. The fitness center has windows all around, so while you are exercising, you can look out into the pool or some of the landscape. The equipment was nicely arranged, and there was enough for a full-circuit workout. Water and towels are available in the fitness room. There is also a TV and computer, but there is a fee to use the computer. The pool is an Olympic-size pool.
The site is situated about 10 minutes from downtown Tucson. Even though the site has two restaurants and the JW Marriott is close by, we chose to have our meals either in the casita or downtown. Two places I recommend are Beyond Bread and Blue Willow. Beyond Bread is a great place to have breakfast and lunch, and the prices are reasonable. Blue Willow is a cute place that was a home converted to a restaurant. The meals are about $7-$8 apiece. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The area is far enough to feel the peace and quiet of the mountains, but not too far from sights and downtown. I plan to stay again at Starr Pass.
From journal Quick Getway to Tucson
March 3, 2004
From journal Fun Adventure
February 15, 2004
The architects of this community are to be commended! It appears that every unit has a fabulous view of something from their casita’s balcony. The individual casita is actually two units that can be rented in three possible ways. The smallest unit is the deluxe room, which is similar to a hotel room with a TV, two queen beds, microwave, refrigerator, kitchen sink, bathroom, and a balcony. The master suite unit is larger and consists of a full kitchen, small laundry closet, living room equipped with a queen sleeper-sofa, TV, gas fireplace, and countertop with 4 barstools, a master bedroom with a king-sized bed, TV, a huge bathroom, and a balcony. The full casita links the master suite and deluxe room unit with a locking door between the two units. The full casita sleeps a maximum of eight guests with adequate storage for your vacationing needs.
Rich southwest furnishing utilizing rod iron, stonework, and Mexican-handcrafted furniture enhance the casita’s character. The resort’s amenities include: an 18-hole PGA rated golf course, heated pool and Jacuzzi, tennis courts, and fitness room.
We have stayed here several times with friends who had a son attending University of Arizona. The university is only about a 10-minute drive. If you are an early riser, be sure to sip a cup of coffee on your balcony in the early morning and watch the natural animal life of the desert come to life. I fondly recall walking the streets of the resort and looking at the sparkling nightlights of Tucson in the valley below the resort.
Our first visit was in August (when the son began college) and our second stay was in the following January. The Sonora Desert has beautiful evenings almost year-round and the Starr Pass knows how to showcase the splendor of the desert.
From journal Becoming a Wildcat