After surviving the plane ride with a toddler, we were thankful to be in Tucson! Our first stop off the plane was In-n-out burger to grab a quick bite before heading to our hotel, the Westin La Paloma. When Ryan was in law school, their annual gala was held at this beautiful hotel so it always brings back the memories and I love it so much. The views from the property overlooking the Catalina Mountains are beautiful and it has a swim-up bar, a water slide and even an adult only pool. Our first night, we went over to some friends for dinner. Logan was running on fumes but he managed to stay entertained. I think it helped they have a little girl just a few months older than him. They made carne asada and we had a little taco bar. It was the perfect welcome back to Tucson night and made me realize how much I miss Mexican food. The view from our room wasn’t too bad either!
Our first full day we slept until our toddler alarm woke us up around 7am. We spent the morning hiking a part of Finger Rock Trail (see more photos here) and then came back to the hotel to spend the rest of the day at the pool. Logan needed a nap but we knew he wouldn’t take one in the room. We took a stroller walk around the hotel property until he fell asleep. He stayed asleep in the stroller for about 40 minutes. Any nap is better than nothing.
After an afternoon at the pool, we went back to the room to get ready for dinner. We wanted to stay close to the hotel this night so we went to another one of our Tucson favorite, Blanco. I forgot how much I loved the ambience of this restaurant and it is super kid friendly.
On our last day, we let our toddler alarm clock wake us again. We drove over to campus early and spent the morning walking around. We went to get a little gear at the book store, walked through the mall area and ended our tour showing Logan the tennis courts his daddy used to help coach on. On the way back to the hotel, we took a quick detour to see our old house and snapped a quick photo.
We spent our last afternoon at the pool soaking in as much sun and warmth as we could. My friend Gina and her family came up for the afternoon and it was so good to see her. Her little girls are so precious. It has rained everyday since we have been back in Seattle so I am so thankful we decided to plan this last minute trip.
Our dinner plans were to go to Guadalajara Grill for dinner but since Logan was running on no minutes of a nap, we opted for take-out from them. Three nights in Tucson equaled three Mexican dinners and I couldn’t have been happier. I think I had forgotten how beautiful Tucson is and we are hoping to make this an annual family trip for the next few years while the kids are young. If you are planning a trip to Tucson, let me know and I’ll be glad to share more of favorites.
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