Downtown is changing rapidly. There is no doubt. Teaming with new life brought in by the streetcar, restaurants, apartments and other revitalization programs, Downtown is becoming a lively place to be, whether you like history or hip-hop, from El Presidio del Tucson to the restored Fox Theatre, to the Historic Rialto Theatre, to the Tucson Museum of Art & Historic Block or the Children’s Museum or just food and fun, you will find it here. Several new apartments and hotels have been built or are in the works.
During the weekdays, for a good look at the history of Tucson, visit the Downtown History Museum, part of the Arizona Historical Society. Once a month on a more quiet Sunday morning, we may give a “Walking” tour of Downtown and explain how this town of Old Pueblo came to be. Click on any hotspot. Clicking on the name in the pop-up balloon will bring up an article.
When our 4 grandchildren were young, my job as Grandpa was weekly field trips. I would scout out venues that were educational, but also interesting to young people. We ranged all over Southern California taking in the zoos, railroad parks, natural history museums, including the La Brea Tar Pits, historic …Continue reading
We enjoy going to the Fox Theater in Downtown Tucson, particularly for live performances. It’s a lot like living in Manhattan where we could enjoy a delicious dinner, then walk only a block or two and take in some of the best theater in the world.
Tucson has a lot of Mexican restaurants and not all are worthy of a second visit. Knowing which ones are best is most important when you have visitors from out-of-town. After all, you don’t want to be embarrassed by taking them to one that they aren’t going to rave about.
First on my list of last minute Christmas shopping ideas is the Old Town Artisan Studios. Much overlooked, it is full of great little stocking stuffers as well as just the right Christmas gift, be it art, jewelry, or a one of a kind tooth brush holder. Hand Made in …Continue reading
Veinte de Agosto Park is an acre of grass & trees in the heart of downtown Tucson at the point where Congress & Broadway split into one-way streets. “Veinte de Agosto” is Spanish for 20th of August. In late 2011, the park became the tent camp of Occupy Tucson protesters. …Continue reading
UPDATE June 2014: It has been about two and a half years since I first reviewed Hub (see original review below). Since then I have dined there several times with friends. Once they got established, the food and service became consistently very good. I prefer going when it’s not crowded …Continue reading
Parking meters are $1.00/hour, some with 1/2 hour to 2 hour limits 8am – 5pm Monday – Friday downtown or 7 days a week around the University. Free holidays. Most areas are now equipped with Smart Meters which can take a credit card or you can pay with your phone and an …Continue reading
The Presidio Inn Bed & Breakfast IS authentic Tucson. A real 1886 Victorian adobe example of high-class 19th century Territorial architecture. I want you to experience this unique home for several reasons: It is not a replica. This was the home of a wealthy family living in a dusty village on the outer edge of the American frontier more than 125 years ago. This at a time when most people here lived in shacks, tents, or dirty, dreary boarding houses.
A historical tour of the J. Knox Corbett House, a Tucson merchant’s home from the early 20th Century. An elegant two-story, stucco-covered brick structure built in the mission revival style, was completed in 1907 and lived in by members of the Corbett family for fifty-six years. J. Knox Corbett and his wife Lizzie Hughes Corbett built the house on the northwest corner of the block next to the Stevens House and near the Tucson Museum of Art.