Archive for the ‘Shopping Southern Arizona’ Category

Tubac’s Appeal

April 26th, 2012 by tucsonbb



Scenes from Tubac, ArizonaTubac is worth a visit if you’re staying in the Tucson area.  It is one of the oldest settlements in Arizona.  Early inhabitants were the Pima and O’odham Indian tribes, and the first Spanish missionary arrived in 1691 to establish a mission and ranch.   During the 1800’s it was abandoned at times because of Apache raids but flourished at other times. It is now a thriving town of artists, artisans, and importers, a wonderful place to shop as well as visit the old Presidio.  Visit their website for information about festivals, art shows, and other local happenings.  Located about an hour south of Tucson, our Hacienda guests often shop there for Mexican imports.

Scenes from Tubac, Arizona

Tucson & Benson Book Lover’s Best Kept Secret

March 2nd, 2010 by tucsonbb

Singing Wind Bookstore

Originally uploaded by Kutsavi

If you are a book lover visiting or living in the Tucson area, you might want to consider a drive to a secluded ranch bookstore outside of Benson that specializes in Southwestern and Western themes called the Singing Wind Bookstore.

It is run by Winifred Bundy who has lived there for 52 years and run the bookstore for 33 of those years. We encourage book lovers at Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast to venture down there, about a 40 minutes drive.

The bookshop carries thousands of mostly new books, and Winn knows where every one of them is. She greets guests and shows them how the books are organized, and can recommend books also. We can’t send you to her website because she doesn’t have one, yet she’s nationally known. The bookshop is open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and most holidays. You’re sure to walk away with at least one book so bring cash or your checkbook as she doesn’t accept credit cards. If you don’t have a GPS, you might want to print out a Google

Several times a year she hosts different groups of western writers who tell about their books and have them there to sell. One can visit with the authors, buy books, browse the shop, listen to live music, and eat a buffet meal.

The address is 700 West Singing Wind Rd.
Benson, AZ
Phone 520-586-2425

Tucson Farmers Market a Find

May 26th, 2009 by tucsonbb

Recently, I rode my bike from our Bed & Breakfast lodging in Tucson, Arizona to a place where all kinds of surprise treasures can be found on Saturdays, Rincon Valley Farmers & Artisans Market.  It’s just 5 minutes away by car and 15 minutes if one is an average bicyclist and must ride a road bike on our dirt road lane to get to Old Spanish Trail.  Wouldn’t you know, there is a very long hill going down to the Market and I didn’t have the strength to get back up that hill so my husband had to come to the Market to rescue me when I was done shopping.

Rincon Valley Farmers Market Photo by Ray Goodwin

Rincon Valley Farmers & Artisans Market, Photo by Ray Goodwin

The market offers much more than just produce and the work of Artisans.  This week there was a portable rock climbing tower that was in place for active youth to enjoy.  Several food vendors were also selling hot sandwiches and hot dogs.  Several times a month there’s also a local swap meet on some land in back of the barn although when I visited during May’s hot temperatures, not as many sellers were there.

I visited the produce section to purchase some organically grown vegetables and was attracted to some yummy home made salsa we were able to sample at checkout.  On any given Saturday, there could be freshly baked sticky buns or pies, homemade tomales, or burros.

Our Bed & Breakfast guests visited the market and purchased an artistic ironwood statute and some different custom mixed spices.  Even if you’re not in buying mode,  it’s just fun to see the work of all the talented artisans.