Setting Our Family Free to Tucson (Our Weekend Getaway!)

by - Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tucson is a place that cannot be fully appreciated until you get there. It's vast beauty can sure catch your eye but to truly appreciate this magical place, you need to explore the city. We've been to Tucson a few times over the years but really without an agenda. It's hard to dig in without really digging. My family and I haven't ventured away from home too far since August so a little jaunt down to Tucson was just what was needed for a little fun and R&R.

There are a few spots on FOURTH AVENUE where you can add your lock. Make a wish...

As some say, Tucson is known for the 5 C's. Creativity, Culinary, Cactus, Catalinas and Cycling. Creativity is a slam dunk with the many artists and galleries throughout the city. Tucson is also a culinary masterpiece for sure! There are so many eateries to discover. Along with eateries, you can find many more cacti! Checkout Visit Tucson Page for more information on the Saguaro National Park! The Santa Catalina Mountains is a great escape for hiking and a few swimming holes! Lastly, the city is one of the top 25 in the country for being bike-friendly(cycling!). So many amazing perks of this place you really just need to get here.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Tucson was awarded by UNESCO The Creative Cities Award for the title of Unesco Capital of Gastronomy? More info available at Visit Tucson. This is the only city in the USA to hold this award!

Well known for the farm to table movement and using local ingredients from local agriculture, this city shines and is well deserving of their award!

You cannot leave this place without carrying a little Rustic Candle with you!

We arrived at our hotel and unpacked quickly so we could head out and explore before settling on a place to dine for dinner. We found ourselves on historic fourth avenue right in the heart of Tucson. There are many, many shops to checkout including a few that we stopped in and snagged up some goods. Rustic Candle was an aroma experience you can't miss! There are also a few thrift stores, a food co-op and a Goodwill to check out! I can't believe that there are more than 100 shops and restaurants to be found on fourth avenue! It's a happening place. The city has a street car system that can take you right to fourth avenue as well, or take you home from this very eclectic shopping district.

Fun Fact: The Fourth Avenue Art Fair is held in Spring and Winter. This sounds like a must do!

After walking up an appetite, we decided to try out Penca. (located downtown) This restaurant was mentioned in a few periodicals as well as through word of mouth. Very unassuming without any signage upon arrival, once you walk through the front door you feel like you belong. It's very rustic chic and feels like home. The menu was creative and fun along with some great tequila flights on their drink menu. We loved their chips & salsa! If you're going to order dessert, try out their fresh churros! Yum!

The following day we explored some more! We visited The Lost Barrio, an eclectic mix of home decor, accessories and furniture stores.

We also made our way to Mercado San Agustin! This place has a center courtyard with eateries, a bakery, coffee shop plus a few retails stores. It was very beautiful and full of people enjoying their lunch! I hear they also have a weekly farmer's market, concerts, food trucks and outdoor movies that happen here too!

I had a few other places I wanted to visit but Monday hours and holiday closures didn't allow that to happen. I wanted to visit Cafe Poca Cosa  (they also have a secondary location called, The Little One),  Barrio Bread,  and Native Seed Search plus a few others. Guess I'll have to plan another trip! 😉

We ventured next to the Old Town Artisans. A multitude of different artists, a beautiful courtyard, a stage, a restaurant, plus so much more! It was very near the Tucson Museum of Art and within walking distance to many downtown destinations.

For years I've wanted to see the historic homes of Tucson, it's been a to-do list item since I can remember. We found the Barrio Historico and took in all of the beauty of these turn of the century homes. It was just behind the veil of the city tucked off street. This would be a photographers paradise, seriously!

Lastly, we finished off our visit with a trip to Apson Tacos after hearing of this place from a friends friend. It's on the south-side of town tucked off street with an airy outdoor patio. They are authentic, quickly made to order and they have a good variety of options on the menu. This is where the locals go most definitely. Don't miss their salsa bar to garnish your tacos! Also try their horchata!

For this trip to Tucson, we chose to mainly focus our exploring on shopping and food. There are so many, many to choose from. Beyond food and shopping, there is also a variety of things to do. Next time, we plan on the zoo, a few museums, the Saguaro National Park and more eating! Visit Tucson has a lovely webpage that helped me make a list of things to do as well as give me some history on the area. If you're thinking of visiting Tucson, I'd highly recommend giving it a look.

If you're interested in visiting Tucson, check out this site. I'm also happy to answer any questions about our trip or help you plan yours. I still have a long to-do list for this beautiful city!

Thanks for stopping by!



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