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Travel Itinerary

Day One

9:00 a.m. Stop by the Cup Café at Historic Hotel Congress

Enjoy an award-winning breakfast and a visit to the “build-your-own” Bloody Mary bar at this signature Hotel Congress restaurant in downtown Tucson. Popular with locals and visitors alike, the Cup’s full bar, full-service dining room and plaza seating area are hoppin’ seven days a week. Expect a wait for breakfast on weekends—it’s one of the best in town.

11:00 a.m. Shopping Excursion to “The Lost Barrio Tucson” Warehouse Shopping District

If you’re in need of some retail therapy, The Lost Barrio has your cure. This historic warehouse district is located on Park Ave. between Campbell and Euclid, south of Broadway Road, and comprises a unique collection of shops and galleries. Browse antiques, home accessories, Mexican imports, handcrafted furniture, fine art, rugs, tribal, folk and Asian art and gift items. The Lost Barrio’s world importers and artisans have created a colorful destination in the heart of Tucson. Ready, set, shop!

2:00 p.m. University of Arizona Museum of Art, Arizona State Museum and the Center for Creative Photography

Give your eyes (and soul) a treat at the University of Arizona campus—home to three exceptional cultural experiences:

  • The University of Arizona Museum of Art (UAMA) offers a world-class collection spanning many cultures and eras, with core collections including U.S. and European art from the Renaissance through Contemporary, as well as a public art collection with more than 40 outdoor public sculptures.
  • Established in 1893 and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Arizona State Museum is the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest, celebrating the enduring cultures of the American Southwest and northern Mexico.
  • The Center for Creative Photography, co-founded by famed American photographer Ansel Adams, celebrates the rich heritage of modern North American photography with a collection of fine art photographs taken by a variety of artists, as well as rotating exhibitions and events. It is one of only five archives of Adams’ photographs.

5:00 p.m. Dine at Café Poca Cosa

No trip to Tucson is complete without a taste of Mexican food. At Café Poca Cosa, chef/owner Suzana Davila has placed her imaginative Mexican cuisine within the lively confines of a truly upscale, yet casual, urban setting. A master of chiles, Davila’s genius draws upon the wide range of flavors and ingredients indigenous to her native country, all artfully blended to create a truly authentic dining experience.

7:00 p.m. Check in at Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort

Originally a school for the daughters of society’s elite families (think Vanderbilt, Pillsbury and Maxwell), Hacienda Del Sol is now a luxury resort nestled in the foothills of the scenic Catalina Mountains. This historic jewel sits on 34 acres of pristine desert and is included in the National Registry of Historic Places in Arizona. Here, resort guests are treated to elegant guestrooms, charming hospitality, award-winning dining and a full-service spa.

Day Two

8:00 a.m. Breakfast at The Grill at Hacienda del Sol

The Grill is Hacienda Del Sol’s celebrated dining venue and winner of the AAA Four Diamond award. Naturally, you can expect an out-of-this-world breakfast or a sublime Sunday brunch amid elegant surroundings or al fresco. The Grill also has won numerous local awards, including “Tucson’s Best Dining with a View” and “Tucson’s Most Romantic Dining.”

10:00 a.m. Saddle Up and Ride

After a leisurely breakfast, experience Tucson’s breathtaking desert landscape atop your mount with a serene horseback ride on nearby valley trails. Hacienda Del Sol’s stables are open year-round for trail riding, group and private lessons. Giddy up and go!

12:00 p.m. Lunch on Terraza Garden Patio

Return to Hacienda Del Sol for a garden dining experience on the Terraza Patio. Nosh on fresh, locally sourced ingredients found in delicious appetizers, salads and Southwestern specialties—all surrounded by Joesler-designed architecture and blossoming gardens.

3:00 p.m. Hacienda Signature Massage

Sore from that morning horseback ride? Indulge in a Hacienda Signature Massage at The Spa and leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Choose a 60-, 90- or 120-minute session. Afterward, you’ll be singing “spa-lalujah!”

6:00 p.m. Dinner at El Charro Café

Get a taste of Tucson history with dinner at El Charro Café—The Nation’s Oldest Mexican Restaurant in continuous operation by the same family. Savor traditional Northern Mexico-Sonoran style Mexican specialties that Gourmet magazine called “A Taste Explosion.” From Chimichangas to Hand-Made Tamales to the Famous Carne Seca, this is food you’ll call “muy bueno!”

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