Steal away for a luxurious stay in one of Tucson historic properties.

Experience the real Southwest in Tucson. Dramatic scenery, majestic saguaro forests and captivating sunsets beckon you here, and the unique cultural heritage – a blend of Native American, Spanish, Mexican and Western influences – makes the city a one-of-a-kind vacation destination.

While the luxurious resorts on the outskirts of town are well known, there are some hidden historic properties offering authentic Southern Arizona charm that are well worth discovering.

Arizona Inn

Check into the historic Arizona Inn, and make a romantic escape right in the middle of town. With chilled Champagne and fresh fruit in your room upon arrival, your weekend of luxury is quickly under way.

Guests have been luxuriating in the private, quiet and sunny grounds of this boutique resort hotel since 1930. A model of Western elegance, the inn offers guests a sense of serenity as they wander the acres of gardens, fountains and flowers; enjoy a relaxing game of croquet or an afternoon by the pool; or savor an evening of Four-star dining followed by live piano music in the Audubon bar.

Lodge on the Desert

Lodge_on_the_Desert.pngLodge on the Desert is another of Tucson’s historic urban oases, with hacienda-style accommodations that invite romantic rest and relaxation.

Paths meander through seasonal flowers, native cacti and manicured lawns, and guests love to linger by the poolside fireplace. The restaurant at Lodge on the Desert offers indoor and outdoor dining in an authentic Southern Arizona ambience, featuring a “new American” menu that can also be enjoyed poolside.

Hacienda del Sol

HDS_EveningCourtyard.pngNestled in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains is yet another historic boutique resort that makes for a wonderfully romantic retreat. Built in 1929 as a desert getaway and a ranch school for girls, Hacienda del Sol is now a luxury resort with vintage style.

Hiking trails and horseback riding are just outside your door, as is the nationally recognized The Grill restaurant. Much of the produce served in the restaurant is grown in gardens scattered across the resort’s 34-acre property, and the restaurant has won numerous local awards, including “Tucson’s Most Romantic Dining.”

So make your next romantic getaway one to remember and enjoy a taste of classic Tucson and the real Southwest.

(Brought to you by the Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau.)