Last month I traveled to Tucson, Arizona for the eighth time. I was fortunate to visit Tucson the first time with best friends during Spring Break of my senior year at college. For the last seven years I’ve been spending a week there each February to buy jewelry + other treasures at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show for my parent’s shops.
A few of my favorite places and experiences:
- Blue Willow: Cute and cozy, located in an old Adobe home. Wholesome, homemade classic American & Southwestern food.
- Mother Hubbard’s Cafe: Southwestern menu infused with Native American dishes. Breakfast all day, try the Green Corn Waffle.
- Seis Kitchen: Regional Mexican restaurant that uses local ingredients, located at public marketplace Mercado San Augustin.
- Blanco Tacos + Tequila: Modern south-of-the-border eatery; best Cheese Crisp (kind of like a Mexican pizza, but better, I order it topped with black beans) and margaritas.
- Penca: Upscale Mexican cuisine and craft cocktails downtown. Don’t miss the Guacamole Board and trying (at least) one of the Tequila and Mezcal Tasting Flights.
- Tucson Gem and Mineral Show: Certain shows are reserved for registered professional buyers, but there are plenty of amazing areas open to the public!
- Mercado San Augustin: Public marketplace that features a weekly farmer’s market, local shops (think handmade moccasins and vintage finds) plus dining options like my suggestion of Seis Kitchen above and a traditional Mexican bakery.
- Arizona State Museum Southwestern anthropology museum that focuses on the indigenous cultures of Arizona and northern Mexico.
- Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Natural history museum, zoo and botanical gardens all in one!
- Take a scenic drive up Sentinel Peak.
Have you been to Tucson? I’d love to hear your recommendations as well!