Your Fall Travel Guide – Hotels, Restaurants and Entertainment in Tucson
With the fall season just around the corner, the city of Tucson is preparing for its next influx of visitors. People from all over the world enjoy coming to charming Tucson for it’s beautiful fall weather, luxurious golf courses and wide variety of entertainment options for singles, families and couples alike!
With all the different hotels and restaurants out there, it can be hard to decide where to spend your time when you’re only in town for a couple of days. Here you’ll find recommendations of some of the best and most unique hotels and restaurants Tucson has to offer as well as some suggestions on what to do for entertainment. Enjoy!
Where to Stay:
1. Hotel Congress.
Built in 1919, this historic hotel is located right in the heart of downtown Tucson. If it’s nostalgia you crave, Hotel Congress is the place to stay. Staying true to its roots, the hotel doesn’t have television sets in any of its rooms. Trying to make a phone call from your room phone? Be prepared to connect to a switchboard at the front desk when you pick up!
2. The Arizona Inn
If you’re looking for a historic hotel but also want a little bit of luxury during your vacation, then The Arizona Inn is the perfect place for you. This luxury boutique resort hotel is located in mid-town Tucson. Built in 1930, it sprawls over 14 beautiful acres of gardens and lawns full of flowers and fountains. Stay in the same hotel as world-famous actors such as Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra and Katherine Hepburn and experience for yourself the luxuries that The Arizona Inn has to offer.
3. The Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain
If it’s modern luxury you desire, then a stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is a must! The hotel is now accepting reservations for arrivals for December 18, 2009 and beyond. Be one of the first to stay in this brand new world-class luxury hotel. Experience a picturesque retreat set in the high Sonoran Desert, northwest of Tucson, Arizona, in the scenic town of Marana. Boasting 250 lavish guest rooms including 24 individual casita rooms and The Ritz-Carlton Club Level and suites, this hotel is sure to accommodate your every desire.
Where to Dine:
1. El Charro Cafe
Established in 1922, El Charro is the oldest continuously family-owned Mexican restaurant in the United States. The original location is in downtown Tucson, however since its establishment the restaurant has opened up an additional four locations around the city. Legend has it that the very first chimichanga was invented in Tucson when a cook accidentally dropped a burrito into a deep fryer. So whether you’re ordering a chimi or anything else on the menu, be prepared for a taste of truly authentic Mexican food at El Charro Cafe.
Cayton’s is the signature restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain. Cayton’s serves American comfort cuisine with a Southwestern flair and is open to the public, members and guests Tuesday through Sunday. Enjoy your meal while overlooking a fabulous golf course and breathtaking mountain and desert landscape views. Additionally, enjoy live music on Sunday during lunchtime and Friday evening. Cayton’s is fine dining at its best.
In the mood for Italian? Check out Caruso’s Italian Restaurant. Caruso’s has been owned and managed by the Zagona family since its establishment in 1938. They offer fine homemade Italian food including pasta, pizza and Italian specialties. Its “big copper pot” that is visible from the dining room contains all the Caruso sauce served since their first days in Tucson. Eating a meal served by the master chef Caruso will leave you completely satisfied with your Italian dining experience.
What to Do:
1. Golf at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club
Home of the PGA Tour’s World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club is unrivaled for quality, luxury and service. Complete with a 45,000 square-foot clubhouse complex, this promises to be the most satisfying of golf games for avid and casual players alike. The 27 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf will leave you feeling refreshed and full-of-life. After you’ve finished on the course, stop by and check out the beautiful homes at The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. These sparkling gems of luxury Arizona real estate offer exclusivity while maintaining a convenient distance from the city of Tucson and its happenings.
2. Bike in El Tour de Tucson
The 27th Annual El Tour de Tucson takes place in November. In this event, cyclists of all skill levels are taken on a breathtaking route around Tucson. With more than 10,000 cyclists participating in past years, El Tour de Tucson is an event not to be missed. Cyclists can choose from courses of 109 miles, 80 miles, 67 miles, 35 miles or a 4-mile ride suited for kids and families. The best part of it all? The tour benefits a variety of charitable causes. For more information, visit www.pbaa.com
3. Shop at Casas Adobes Plaza
Casas Adobes Plaza is home to a distinctive selection of upscale boutiques, luxurious spas, beauty salons and charming restaurants. This exquisite Spanish Colonial building has been drawing visitors for more than 50 years. Fine jewelers and antique art shops offer beautiful local and native gifts for loved ones. Shop for premium denim for men and women at Loop Jean Company or treat yourself to a day at the salon. Once you’ve worked up an appetite from all the shopping, grab a bite at one of the many cafes and restaurants located in the beautiful Casas Adobes Plaza.
Interested in Dove Mountain luxury Arizona real estate? Visit www.theresidencesdovemountain.com .