Posts Tagged ‘Tucson’

Healing Touch Massage – Tucson, AZ

March 28th, 2010 by tucsonbb

You don’t have to stay at a bed and breakfast to get a great massage, but it sure helps the vacationer relax from the stresses of travel and work.  At least that has been the opinion of guests at Hacienda del Desierto who have been

Tucson Massage therapist for Hacienda del Desierto B & B

Tucson Massage therapist for Hacienda del Desierto B & B

soothed by Pamela Joosten, a Tucson massage therapist.  She offers therapeutic, neuro-muscular, lymphatic, hot stone, aromatherapy, and raindrop therapy.  Guests can have that massage right in the privacy and comfort of their own guest room.  Last week she also gave a massage to a woman on vacation who was six months pregnant.

Luckily, Tucsonans don’t have to stay with us to have that special massage but can get one either in their own home or at her home.

Those interested can obtain contact information through Hacienda del Desierto.

Morning Walks in Sabino Canyon

February 27th, 2010 by tucsonbb

Guest Post by Lori Woodward Simons

One of the delights of my life is the month I spend as artist in residence at Hacienda Del Desierto B&B in Tucson each February.  During my stay, I take daily walks in either Saguaro National Park East; the entrance to the park is only three miles from the Hacienda, or else I take a half hour drive to Sabino Canyon for a pleasant morning or afternoon walk.


Outer Sabino Canyon near the Visitors’ Center with the Santa Catalina Mountains in the far ground.

One doesn’t have to trek far into the desert to take photos like the one above — the pavement is just steps away from this scene.


Walking trail from the Visitors’ Center towards the Canyon proper

This trail begins just behind the visitors’ center and runs parallel to the road (where the trams travel). The first hill with a cliff at the top, in this view, is called the Acropolis. The trails ends roughly at the base of the Acropolis, where it joins up with the road that leads into the canyon. The canyon itself offers spectacular views, marked at the base by a year-round stream — punctuated by a dozen or so stone bridges that were built during the Great Depression.

The vegetation along the stream is characterized by what is called the Riparian Zone, where giant sycamores cottonwoods, and willows grow along the well-watered banks of the stream. Just above that zone, the Sonoran Zone begins, where giant saguaros stand tall along the steep hillsides. The entire canyon is crowned with vertical cliffs – dominated by Thimble Peak at the Top of the Canyon.


The third Bridge into the Canyon.  After a winter rain, the stream flows over the tops of the bridges. One can easily wade across. However, the water is iced cold. This photograph was taking during the winter, so the trees are still bare. Thimble Peak is seen at the top of this photo behind the sycamore tree.

Sabino Canyon is at the base of the Catalina Mountains, about a half hour’s drive from the B&B. If you have a park pass for Saguaro National Park, that pass will also get you free parking at Sabino.

Sabino Sentinel 7×10 Watercolor. Private Collection.

Annual Tucson Arizona Rodeo

February 15th, 2010 by tucsonbb


84th Annual Tucson Rodeo

Originally uploaded by Coppertane

COMING SOON!! The Tucson Rodeo. Events run from Feb 21-28th with the famous Rodeo Parade on Feb 25th as an introduction to the professional rodeo which starts on the 25th through the 28th.

The Rodeo Parade is the longest non-mechanized parade in the world with over 200 entries traveling a distance of 1 1/2 miles. Rosemary, co-owner of Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast, actually rode her horse in the parade in 1954 wearing a traditional western fancy outfit with long leather fringes on arms and culottes, western boots, western hat, and carrying an empty rifle. She was just 14-years-old and wore long braids. Kids watching the parade thought she was Annie Oakley. What fun that was. She rode her horse from the Tucson foothills about 10 miles away down to where the parade started at that time–not anything one could do today.

You might also enjoy visiting the Rodeo Parade Museum which is housed in the first airport hanger in Tucson Circa 1918. There are 100 buggies and wagons, old west artifact, and a typical western street with shops of the period. The museum is open Mon-Fri during January and February.

Read all about the history of the rodeo, the parade, the Rodeo Museum at www.tucsonrodeo.com. There is also a printable schedule of events and ticket information on that site.

Wonderful American Indian Show Coming

January 25th, 2010 by tucsonbb

For fourteen days starting on Jan 31st, the American Indian Exposition will be at the Flamingo Quality Hotel Ballroom at 1300 N. Stone Ave. here in Tucson, Arizona during the Gem & Mineral Show.

There will be a wonderful collection of Indian arts and crafts and even food at this location. Fourteen artists will be changing throughout the show. There will even be tribal dancers at poolside during the event.

I’m sure guests at Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast will be wanting to check out all the treasures and enjoy the dancing.

Tucson Rodeo & Parade A Major Event

December 30th, 2009 by tucsonbb

One of the best know events in Tucson, Arizona is La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, the Tucson rodeo which was first started in 1925 by a winter visitor who thought it would bring winter visitors to the area.  It has for these many years.
Team Steer Roping
Creative Commons License photo credit: kretyen

It is the preceded every year by the longest non-mechanized parade in the country with marching bands, individual riders decked out in their western gear and horse drawn western themed buggies and floats.  One of the owners of Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast dressed up as Annie Oakley and rode her horse in the 1954 parade when she was just fourteen.

The rodeo participants come from all over the country to compete in bronc and bull riding, barrel racing, roping, and more.  All the information you’ll need if you are visiting the Tucson area between February 20 through the 28th can be found on the Tucson Rodeo link above.

Tucson’s Sabino Canyon Offers Dream Hikes

December 22nd, 2009 by tucsonbb

I just took a beautiful hike in Sabino Canyon with my brother. We took the nature trail and then took the Esperero Trail which winds up through Rattlesnake Canyon for a hike of about three miles. Sabino Canyon is one of Tucson, Arizona’s most beautiful areas to see in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, and one doesn’t have to be a hiker to see parts of it. There is a tram which can take you on a narrated 45 minute tour all the way to the end. You can get on or off at 9 different stops going up or back in order to hike or seek out a quiet place to enjoy the peace and quiet. On the website above, you can read about the different trails from easy to challenging.

It is also a favorite spot for artists to paint. Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast, located just 20 minutes south of the Canyon, has at least one original painting of the canyon by a New Hampshire artist.

Tucson’s Historic Walking Tour

December 7th, 2009 by tucsonbb

Tucson Historic Courthouse

Tucson Historic Courthouse as seen from a walking tour of Historic Tucson

Visitors to Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast invariably want to know where the historic part of Tucson is located so they can appreciate the rich cultural heritage of the town.  Historic Tucson before 1900 was located just east of I-10 off of Congress Street and was probably no more than a few blocks square but increased after the railroad came to town in 1880.  This area now holds the government buildings along with a number of the historic landmarks.   A walking tour of that area has been developed by the Tucson Presidio Trust for Historic Preservation.  It is called the Presidio Trail Historic Walking Tour.

The complete walk is 2 ½ miles but can be walked in stages rather than all at once.  It takes you through historic neighborhoods and identifies landmarks.

Outdoor Recreation Surrounds our Tucson Arizona Inn

October 26th, 2009 by tucsonbb

T’is the season when the rains start to fall in the Northwest and the snows start to fall in the Midwest. Yes, that’s when people start to wonder why they don’t spend more time in lovely places like Tucson Arizona, and they book a week or so at our Tuscon Arizona Inn. Some folks so deeply in love with this area that they end up moving here. Others just vow to return again, year after year. And they do.

Why? Because it is lovely here in the southwest in the winter, particularly in the Tucson area. True, nights can be cold, and it sometimes snows; but days are often sunny and just the right degree of warm.

Because the weather is so fine, it draws folks out of doors during the winter months. November is a great time to take long hikes in nearby Saguaro National Park or Sabino Canyon. Either spot offers miles of hiking trails, spectacular views, and clean air.

Tucson Botanical Gardens is always a good spot to visit while staying at our Tucson Arizona lodging, especially if you want to indulge in the beauty of southern Arizona wilderness without delving too deeply into that wilderness. There is always something interesting happening at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, such as the Scarecrows in the Garden exhibit, through November 30, 2010.

So don’t feel sad when the rains set in or the icy cold arrives with a blast. Fight back by heading south for a while, to this Tucson Arizona Inn.

Tucson Bed & Breakfast a Certified Wildlife Habitat

October 8th, 2009 by tucsonbb

Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast in Tucson, Arizona is a Certified Wildlife Habitat.  We have let important trees and shrubs grow without pruning in areas close to our home but not in areas which require

Wildlife Pond at Hacienda

Wildlife Pond at Hacienda

architectural landscaping which has created nesting areas for birds and cover for small animals to escape from predators.

We have two fountains and two wildlife ponds at the Hacienda which provide water to javalina, birds, rabbits, bobcats, coyotes, and other desert animals.  Various arid plants, especially red flowering ones, attract

“By providing food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young–and by incorporating sustainable gardening practices–you not only help wildlife, but you also qualify to become an official Certified Wildlife Habitat.”

Hummingbirds are attracted by all the flowers, especially the red ones.

See more beautiful gardens and a butterfly garden while visiting Tucson at Tucson Botanical Gardens.

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