I live in a household with a LOT of males. In order to offset the prevalent male energy, my oldest daughter and I get some “us time” away from home every single year. We started this tradition when my daughter was just about to turn eleven.
All year, I put money aside from my side jobs so that we can go “camping” as we refer to our escapade.
For us girls, “camping” means we get to spend a few days at a resort watching chick flicks, getting pampered, and going to view a show at the Gaslight theater.
Since that very first year, we go to the Arizona Inn (which we love). This has to be the best hotel in Tucson, Arizona. The place is just beautiful and classy. The gardens are breathtaking and the service is awesome.
The story about the Inn is just the cherry on top.
History of the Arizona Inn
Before the Arizona Inn even existed, there was the Arizona Hut. In 1927, Mrs. Greenway created the Arizona Hut in order to help disabled World War I veterans. “Forty men, eager to regain a sense of dignity through work, responded with a fierce sense of purpose. By all accounts, their craftsmanship was astonishing.” *
By 1928, the Hut employed more than 100 people and sold its furniture to the best department stores of their day. However, with the stock market crash of October 1929, and the Great Depression which followed, orders dried up and the Hut was in danger of closing its doors. Isabella kept it afloat for a while by purchasing the furniture herself.
She decided to build the Arizona Inn to keep the Hut going, and by using its furniture to decorate her new hotel. You can still see many of these beautiful pieces in the hotel today. The Hut, however, no longer exists.
The Arizona Inn: A Gem in the Desert
The Arizona Inn encompasses 14 lush acres, 2 miles from downtown Tucson. The Inn used to be located on the outskirts of town, but the city has grown around it; placing it more in the middle. Yet, the Inn is still a haven of peace and beauty. Isabella was in every way a visionary and she built the Inn to last. A few buildings and amenities were added over the years. The Inn has a total of 93 guest rooms. It also offers a restaurant, lounge, swimming pool, tennis court, sauna, rec room, and much more. The Inn is the perfect blend of old charm and modern amenities, lush and desert landscapes, privacy and coziness. It is truly a world all of its own.
If (like us) you go during the hot summer months, you can enjoy their summer rates.
You can enjoy piano music nightly in the lounge, room service, and an extensive library of old movies (from stars who enjoyed the Inn themselves).
The Arizona Inn is also a beautiful sight to see during the Christmas season. Truly, the Inn is a place like no other.
For four generations, this oasis in the dessert has been in the same family. If you come to Tucson, you have to experience the Arizona Inn. Today, it is Isabella’s great-grandson, Will Conway, who manages the Arizona Inn.
My daughter and I are already planning next year’s stay.
*Source: Tucson’s Arizona Inn, A History by Bill Conway
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