Pioneer Hotel – The Fire That Destroyed Downtown Tucson

Pioneer Hotel Fire; December 1970.

In the 1920’s, one of Tucson’s richest men was Albert Steinfeld. When he was 18-years-old, the German-born Steinfeld came to Tucson in 1872 via stagecoach to work for his uncle Louis’ mercantile, Zeckendorf’s. Originally, Zeckendorf’s was a large one-story adobe building with a flat roof situated just west of Calle … Continue reading

Top 10 Margaritas In Tucson: Part Dos

Tyler Sunderman, bartender at Agustin Kitchen

In Part I of our List of the 10 Best Margaritas in Tucson, we reviewed the cocktails of lo Esencial and Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain. Our next tastings were Downtown, starting at Agustin Kitchen in the Mercado, then on to the Tap Room at Hotel Congress, and finally to El Charro … Continue reading

Family Fun: Día de los Muertos at the Art Museum

All Souls Procession 2011

FREE! On Sunday, November 1, 2015, our Tucson Museum of Art will help us all celebrate the Annual Día de los Muertos from 12 PM to 3 PM in the Museum’s courtyards, plaza and lobby. This is definitely a family-fun event. There will be a community altar, altars decorated by … Continue reading

Hiking Tumamoc Hill in West Tucson; a Review

Tumamoc Hill

Hiking Tumamoc Hill, located on the far west side of Tucson, is extremely popular. Reasons for this are proximity to Tucson neighborhoods and a short but promised workout. We had heard about this for years and finally decided to see what all the fuss was all about. Don’t let the … Continue reading

Dia de Los Muertos in Sonora Mexico

12_Paradise-Grave-Shrine

This weekend in Tucson, we will celebrate Dia de los Muertos with the increasingly popular All Souls Procession. This is a festive event, Tucson style honoring those that have gone before us. Please watch this video, demonstrating how the Dia de los Muertos event is celebrated in the rural areas … Continue reading

Is The Royal Elizabeth The Best Bed and Breakfast In Tucson?

Main Room Royal Elizabeth

As I stood on the front porch of the Royal Elizabeth Bed and Breakfast, I looked around at the surrounding Downtown Tucson community. I tried to image what it was like when this magnificent Victorian home was built in 1878. In my imagination, the modern skyline disappeared immediately. Back then, … Continue reading

A Carriage Ride Into The Past

Sentinel Carriage Company Tour of Downtown Tucson

We know more about Tucson history than most. Why? It’s our job. We are, after all, Southern Arizona Guide. We particularly enjoy Downtown Tucson because it is so rich in local history and cultural heritage.  We never tire of discovering historical gems hidden among the modern high-rises and older Downtown … Continue reading