Loews Ventana Canyon

My family and I spent the weekend at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, a true desert oasis. Surrounded by Saguaros, this resort is one of the top Arizona luxury resorts, It has stunning views of the Catalina Mountain range, and lots of amenities all within the resort itself. .

The resort is absolutely amazing, the customer service is top-of-the-line, and the on site restaurants have impeccable taste.

The resort has one main big pool in the very center of the resort, with poolside service, courtesy sunscreen and towels, for all you mommies that are absent minded like myself, and views of the Catalina Mountains. They also have an adult only pool, in case you want to get away without the kiddos. I would recommend a piña colada poolside!

They have an on-site, lake side spa and I was lucky enough to get a massage! If you go, ask for Peg! She is amazing! It’s the best massage I’ve ever had! Attached to the spa is a full women’s locker room, accompanied with steam room, sauna is, showers, and all the toiletries that you just happened to forget to pack! (They know me so well!)

They also have tennis courts, banquet halls, golf, and an exercise room! The exercise room even has Netflix streaming! Now that’s my kind of working out!

The customer service is top-of-the-line, the staff comes by every night to turn over your room, and provide you with water bottles. They were constantly asking if we needed anything additional, and making sure our stay was pleasant. They even provided Charlie with a cookie making set upon arrival… To which mommy enjoyed some of the dessert as well! (Shh)

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The resort has a grass area located in the center by the main pool, with fire pits, corn hole and tables.

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Located on the resort is a hiking trail that leads to this waterfall. The hike is not treacherous and kid friendly, which makes it fun for the whole family!

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BIll’s Grill is one of the restaurants located poolside. This is the steak nachos that happen to be super amazing and pair perfect with a drink 😉 
 

Warning: If your hungry, do not proceed any further. Whether you have a taste for grilled salmon and sushi, ribs and BBQ sauce, pork loin and burgers, seasonal grilled vegetables, Loews Ventana Canyon has a dining experience you won’t want to miss. No wonder the brunch is rated #1 in Tucson. The Blues, Brews & BBQ Sunday Brunch is by far the best brunch I’ve ever been to. The food is out of this world.  They have a live blues singer on the patio and a full menu of items such as a sushi table, a dessert table, a pancake machine (what!!!), an omlet bar and so much more. And when I say table, I’m not talking about a little dinky counter… I’m talking about long extended tables with so many choices, so much good food, that you won’t need to eat for days after you eat this brunch. Not only that, but they also have unlimited beers on tap from local breweries. The ambience is amazing, you can sit inside or outside.

The Juice Shot Bar included with your brunch 

The women lake-side spa/locker room with tons of amenities 

Charlie and his Dad 

And if all this wasn’t convincing enough, “Loews Loves Kids” and the proof is evident. The have an onsite “Kids Closet” offering items available for guests to use during their stay. These include toys, books, strollers, night-lights, potty seats, baby bathtub, baby blankets, outlet protectors, and more. The restaurants offer children’s menus with healthy options plus fun books with crayons, all very reasonably priced.

Visit Loews Ventana Canyon today

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Gold Canyon Golf Resort and Spa

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I had the pleasure of visiting Gold Canyon Golf Resort and Spa this past week and was beyond impressed by the resort. One of the most impressive aspects of this resort is that it combines hotel, spa, golf, on site restaurants, and a wedding venue all in one location.

The resort is located in the desert Arizona landscape in the mountains of Gold Canyon with amazing views of the Superstition Mountains. When you drive up, you enter through unique small roads up the mountain and find casitas lined up, extremely secluded and quiet. Its beautiful and I absolutely love the entire outline of the resort. There are no “seventh story no window views.” Every room is an individual casita like style room, which is unique and intimate all at once.

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Gold Canyon Golf Resort & Spa is ranked in the top ten for wedding venues in Arizona. And if you are searching for a place, you must go and get a tour. They have several different wedding venues to choose from, views that are breathtaking, and wedding packages that are affordable, and easy! And… they not only make sure the bride and groom are taken care of, but wedding guests also enjoy full service Resort which includes:  Hotel, Restaurant, Spa & Salon and 2 – 18 hole Championship Golf Courses.  Since when does your wedding party get pampered too? And everything is centrally located, all within the resort! Here are a few pictures of one of the venue options:

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They have tons of bistro style lighting (which I just so happen to love).

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One of the outdoor places to “say those vows.”

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Outdoor wedding reception area

And… when you book a wedding package… it comes with a bridal suite. And… wait for it… the bridal suite is over 1,000 square feet and accompanied with an indoor hot tub, 2 showers, 2 bathrooms, a living room, a master, 2 fireplaces, a washer and dryer, a full size fridge, microwave, stove top, and 2 patios. (Mind blown…) Here are some pictures of the included Bridal Suite with a wedding package:

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Outdoor seating area

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Sorry… not included in the room! But had to just say ‘hi!’

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Patio off the master area in the bridal suite

And wait… they also have an outdoor pool, and hot tub and it’s within walking distance of every single room in the resort. Here are some shots:

The resort also has golf (and who doesn’t love golf). The resort fee includes unlimited access to range balls as well! Gold Canyon Golf Resort offers two 18-hole Championship golf courses, Dinosaur Mountain and Sidewinder. Dinosaur Mountain is rate one of the top course in Arizona.

And lastly, as if you were not sold yet… They have a quiet, intimate restaurant that overlooks the Superstition Mountains and has some amazing views of the valley sunsets. The Kokopelli Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is also centrally located in the resort.

Visit Gold Canyon Golf Resort and Spa here!

California Baby

I’m not so sure my patience has ever been tested quite as much as it has been recently… Charlie turned three, and while there was no such thing as terrible twos…terrible threes hit us hard. He tends to get extremely cranky around bedtime, causing mommy to go crazy! We recently tried California baby, overtired and cranky bubble bath and loved it. Not only does it create tons of bubbles which makes Charlie’s bath-time super fun (for him). I won’t lie, those bubble bath potions that produce no bubbles are dumb. It isn’t the case with these!And they smell amazing!!! The smell of chamomile and tangerine soothes him and gets him prepared for bedtime.

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30th Birthday Dinner

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I can’t believe it… the day actually came… and I turned 29 again! I was lucky enough to have close family and friends over for a birthday dinner. I ordered personalized decorations from Shindigz, it turned out exactly how I wanted it and helped to make the night one of a kind. We sat around the table for hours, stuffed our faces with baked ziti, breaded brie, lemon asparagus, and finished the night off with red velvet cake (that had plenty of candles on top… thanks mom…ha!)

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And just like any party, a piñata was definitely needed..

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With on

With only 20 calories per can, and 100% of your daily vitamin C, these Purity Organic Sparkling juices were the perfect mixers for the party. Find them here: http://purityorganic.com/sparkling/

Vine Box also helped us to celebrate. Vine box is a monthly wine subscription, so you can get wines from around the world, delivered straight to your door. They come in individual glass bottles perfect for pouring and for friends! Find them here: https://www.getvinebox.com

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Decor pictured here from Shindigz

Bridge Nine Candle Co. was the perfect addition to the outdoor table set up. Find them here: https://bridge-nine-candle-co.myshopify.com

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Needing snacks for your party?

Pure growth organic sells some yummy organic sea salt and each chips. Find them here: http://www.puregrowthorganic.com

Another amazing chip to try is Snikiddy mac n cheese (seriously amazing!) Find them here: https://www.snikiddy.com

If you like beer and you like tea… and you like FLAVOR … you will love these drinks from Owls Brew. They are perfectly refreshing. Find them here: http://www.theowlsbrew.com

Owls Brew also has mixers! These can be paired with Vodka, Gin, Rum, Tequila. If you visit there site, not only do they tell you all their ingredients but also have drink ideas and pairing ideas. My favorite: Grapefruit Collins (a perfect blend of grapefruit, orange and lemon).

By far one of my favorite drinks currently on the market. I came across Detox Water on Instagram and decided to give it a try (I was on a “health kick”). I won’t lie when I first read about aloe vera in a drink I thought what? Sounds gross… I was sooo wrong. The Pinamint flavor is amazing. Not only is the consistency surprisingly like water (I had expected it to be thicker) but the drink is smooth and not overbearing. I drink one of these when Im feeling a little dehydrated, or when Im coming down with a bug, and it makes me feel so much better. With only 30 calories, and filled to the brim with aloe, electrolytes and vitamins these drinks are amazing. Use code NEWYEARS25 for 25% off your order! Find them here: https://www.detoxwater.com

Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort

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My family and I recently visited Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort and let me make this short and simple… you need to go and visit this historic hotel. Not only does it have fantastic history (like a Katharine Hepburn + Spencer Tracy suite that they actually stayed in! gasp…)  but it has an infinity pool overlooking the Catalina mountains, an amazing restaurant on the resort, patios overlooking the desert sunset, jacuzzi hot tubs in the rooms, and spacious SPACIOUS rooms (with fireplaces). Everyone at the resort was so friendly and accommodating, especially Bones, props to him! He always greeted me by “Mrs Abbadessa” with the biggest smile on his face. I can not say enough good things about this resort!

Visit Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort here: http://www.haciendadelsol.com

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The food though…

We had breakfast, lunch and dinner at The Grill at Hacienda del Sol. The food was impeccable, the customer service exceeded expectations, and the views of the Catalina Mountains from the dining room was one for the books. Spencer, the server at the Grill and Jaime, the bartender were so friendly and made the dining experience even better.

For breakfast I had a Bloody Mary and the Smoked Salmon plate. I won’t lie, if Lox is on the menu, I’m ordering it. The Smoked Salmon plate is a Lox plate, with a petit baguette, chive cream cheese, red onion, tomato, capers and plenty of salmon to even have leftovers. I would definitely recommend.

For lunch, I ordered the Green Chile Cioppino. It had Mahi-Mahi, Mussels, Peruvian Potatoes, Green Chiles Tomato, and a Grilled Focaccia to top it off. The Mussels were absolutely to die for… I wanted an entire bowl of just mussels. I would definitely recommend.

For mid day snack, we ordered the Artisanal Cheese Plate. It was filled with Saint Andre, Spanish Manchego and Danish Blue House-made Jam, Marcona Almonds Marinated Olives, Fresh Berries Grilled Focaccia, and Hayden Mills Crackers. It was amazing! I would definitely recommend.

Dinner Recommendations: Fried Octopus and Scallops

Desert Recommendations: Carrot Three Way

Visit Hacienda del Sol The Grill here: http://www.haciendadelsol.com/dining/the-grill

The rooms were so spacious, clean, comfortable and the views out of the patio were amazing during sunsets. The resort is located in the foothills, but it seems like you are in another world in the middle of a desert. The entire resort is secluded, quiet, and super relaxing. There are no city lights or loud city noise.

Room Recommendation: #38 (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn suite)

And if the resort wasn’t enough for you, you can even visit the horses and go horseback riding. Visit them here: http://www.haciendadelsol.com/amenities/horseback-riding/

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