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Weekend Getaway in Tucson Arizona

Weekend Getaway in Tucson, Arizona

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Tucson weekend getaway

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.

Pamper Yourself.

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.

Museum Hop.

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.

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Tucson 25th all souls procession

Tucson 25th Annual All Souls Procession 2014

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The Tucson All Souls Procession. It’s a simple concept: Celebrate the lives of those loved-ones who have passed It all started in 1991 as an idea forth by Susan Johnson and has grown to a unique two mile long Tucson tradition that should not be missed. This 25th annual procession will take place the weekend of  November 8th and 9th with the mail parade happening the evening of Sunday November 9th. Participants and spectators alike with start gathering early on 6th Avenue. Words alone cannot describe the incredible sights to behold. So here a  few images taken by the community.


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Tucson bed breakfast images get attention

The Big Blue House Inn images attract world-wide attention

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The Big Blue House Tucson B&B images attract world-wide attention.

It seems as if since we posted the new images last year, The Big Blue House has been getting a lot of attention. The historic restoration combined with the talented Vargas photographic team has certainly helped restoration project gain  recent notoriety.
Starting with the iconic Arizona Highways Magazine article featuring the Big Blue House in the March 2013 issue.

The Big Blue House Inn

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Tucson modern streecar

Tucson 6th Avenue two-way conversion: Sixth Avenue Going Two-Way

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Tucson, Arizona, 6th Avenue two-way conversion underway.

Sun Link tells us the construction delays will continue as the construction downtown  Tucson eases.

The good news is the downtown traffic should get some relief as barricades are being removed and streets finally opening after months of mess. Sixth Avenue will open again as a two-way street relieving the congestion on West University neighborhood side streets.

UPDATE 08/03/2013

After consulting with a few of the people who are actually doing the work; The latest time schedule for 6th Avenue turning into a two-way street is about September 30th, 2013.

There will be improvements to the regular stop lights at 6th Avenue and 6th Street. University blvd. & 6th Avenue will remain a 4-way stop.

UPDATE: 08/16/2013
Residences along 6th Avenue and University Boulevard have received a notice not to park on 6th Avenue on several days late in August for “paving operations” 
It appears the 6th ave conversion will happen by early September.

As a business that is directly effected by this transition, we are totally excited to finally see it happen. 
Much of the traffic on the North/South side roads such as 4th, 5th, and 7th Avenues with be relieved as local residences will be able to access their homes without having to zig-zag through the neighborhood.

Every single day there are at least half a dozen possible accidents with wrong-way drivers. The only reason there has not been a head-on collision is the width of the road allows evasive maneuvers.

Letter from the City of Tucson:

Sixth Avenue is converting two-way

Sixth Avenue is converting two-way

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Tucson's Fourth Avenue Street Fair

Tucson’s 2014 Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair

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Fourth Avenue is often called “The Cultural Center of Tucson” for good reason. 

Fourth Avenue Restaurants

Fourth Avenue Restaurants

Twice a year it seems the entire population of the old pueblo converge on 4th Ave. for a funky, fun time.  Artists of every style and persuasion line the blocks of  Fourth Avenue. Chanting food vendors and local musicians create a crescendo of good vibrations.

It is difficult to resist the aroma of grilled onions and roasted peppers from the Tucson Firefighters BBQ booth tempting passers-by.

main gate shopping

main gate shoppin


The 2014 Winter Street Fair will no different and The Big Blue House Inn will again be hosting out-of-town Arizona artists and craftsmen who enjoy the close proximity to Tucson’s Historic Fourth Avenue and all it has to offer.
Tucson Streetcar

Tucson Streetcar

 Fourth Avenue Street Fair

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