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Book your reservation now at the Big Blue House, an award-winning bed-and-breakfast inn located in a historic Queen Anne Victorian home built in 1899 by renowned architect Henry C. Trost. Each room is decorated in a different theme, including the Zen suite and the Hemingway Traveler suite. The innkeeper, Lea Ramsey, knows how to make you feel at home. She cooks fabulous breakfasts, and special dietary requests are welcome.
Stroll and Shop.
After breakfast, stroll around downtown Tucson. Shop 4th Avenue for clothes from casual to vintage, as well as arts and crafts, candles, books, and more. Looking for a full-on upscale shopping experience? Head to La Encantata, home to your favorite retailers, including Kate Spade, Anthropologie, Lulumon, Tommy Bahama, the Apple Store and Crate & Barrel.
Relax tight muscles with a massage at Elements in Balance Salon and Day Spa, or restore energy with a healing session at the Tucson Acupuncture Co-op. Want more? Book luxury spa wellness services to balance body, senses and spirit at the world-famous Miraval Arizona or Canyon Ranch.
Fall is the perfect time to get outdoors in Tucson (daytime temps average in the 70s and 80s) and play a round of golf at Dove Mountain’s Saguaro nine designed by Jack Nicklaus, enjoy a game of tennis, hike beautiful Sabino Canyon, or go for a horseback ride. If you like cycling, make your Tucson weekend getaway in November, and ride in the El Tour de Tucson bike race. Into running? Come compete in the Tucson Marathon in December.
Check out the Tucson Museum of Art exhibit, The WPA Connection: Selections from the Modern Art Collection; view the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson’s latest installation, or visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and learn about the unique Sonoran desert and the plants and animals that live here.
Wine and Dine.
You’ve got this. Start with your favorite drink and a view of the cosmos through one of the telescopes at the Sky Bar. From there, it’s a quick walk to the B Line for fab bistro-nouvelle fish tacos, fresh salads, and pasta alla vodka. Save room for pie because the B Line’s desserts have been featured on the Food Network.
Or hop on Tucson’s streetcar and head down to Congress Street to enjoy a martini at the Hotel Congress (where the infamous John Dillinger was captured), or sample a variety of unique beers and wines at Tap & Bottle. When it’s time to eat, head to Diablo Burger for the juiciest burgers (served on branded buns) made with local ingredients. Or sit down to a romantic dinner at Maynard’s Kitchen, featuring apps like fresh oysters and corn leek soup, fresh heirloom tomato or bistro salads, and entrees including confit duck leg salad and wild salmon with black quinoa.
All Souls Procession.
If you’re in Tucson on Sunday, November 9, make your way downtown at sunset for the All Souls Procession, a kind of Halloween meets Mardi Gras-style parade based on Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos holiday. Don a costume, get your face painted in the carnival-like atmosphere, and join the party. Walk in the two-mile long procession celebrating the lives of friends and loved ones who have passed with creativity in music, art, dance and more.
Enjoy all of these adventures and more from your home away from home in Tucson—the Big Blue House. It’s the perfect home base for your weekend getaway.