When I think of Arizona, I think of warm weather, wildflowers, breath taking sunsets and a desert filled with cacti and mountains. And I also think of pools, laying out and catching some rays and time outdoors with Charlie. To me, Arizona is the perfect place to spend time outside.
Charlie and I recently had the pleasure of staying at the Hilton Resort, El Conquistador located in Tucson Arizona. The hotel was a true desert oasis. The resort spans over 80 acres of desert and had amenities that will provide for an unforgettable vacation.
While at the resort, Charlie and I spent the majority of our time at the swimming pools. Charlie’s favorite pool was the kid pool (of course), it was private and quiet and had a zero edge entrance that Charlie loved to run in and out of. I like that the resort kept the kids pool away from the large pool, so that I did not feel like Charlie was being too loud when others were trying to relax.
My favorite pool was the main oasis pool, located in the middle of the resort, surrounded by grass and palms trees and accompanied by a poolside bar and grill. And let me tell you… the grill food is amazing! I would definitely recommend the burger, it was perfect. Tommy, the poolside server had the best customer service skills and was so friendly.
And if you are anything like me, then you like hot tubs. El Conquistador has a super secluded, private, and quiet hot tub located right next to an ice pool.
I loved that the entire time at the resort, I never had to leave. The resort had an on site gym (with treadmills that streamed Netflix…gasp!…), on site restaurants and even a full buffet style breakfast (that served Lox Bagels… my favorite!). They even served sunscreen, water and towels by the pool (for all you absent minded parents like myself).
Overall, the resort was beautiful, fun, and one for the books! Thank you El Conquistador for having us!
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
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/
I recently went to the beach and took my Cee Cee and Ryan diaper bag… and boy was I happy I did! Not only was it the perfect travel companion for the beach, but yielded the best date to the wedding we attended. I was tempted to try and stick my stroller in it to… 😉
This is my second Cee Cee & Ryan Diaper bag. I truly feel so lucky to have met Christine, the owner of Cee Cee & Ryan. This company is amazing. Not only are the diaper bags sleek, trendy, and functional, but they are designed to make everyday adventures simple. Cee Cee & Ryan Diaper Bags were thoughtfully designed with ample room to carry all of your baby’s essentials and your essentials and can accommodate a family’s ever changing needs. Cee Cee & Ryan Diaper Bags are a must-have for all parents.
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Flagship Dinner Cruise: http://www.flagshipsd.com/cruises/nightly-dinner-cruise
We recently joined Flagship Cruises for their Nightly Dinner Cruise.
We had passed the Flagship stand so many times that we almost became accustomed to walking past it, like we were blind to it. Until some people in our group decided to stop by the stand and check out what they were all about.
And I am so glad they did!
We decided to join them on their Saturday Night Dinner Cruise.
The service was impeccable, the views were unforgettable, and the evening was one of the most memorable family nights we had on the trip.
We started off the cruise with champagne, and Charlie enjoyed himself to some apple cider. I added the ‘Hosted Bar’ to my ticket and let me tell you, it was SO worth it! The Merlot and Bloody Mary’s were amazing! I would definitely recommend adding this onto your reservation!
Charlie loved watching the boat take off, and screamed with delight at the people waving at him from the shore. He kept yelling “On a boat! In the water!” I did not know someone could be this excited about being on a boat… that in itself made mommy so happy.
We then had a three course gourmet dinner followed by the most amazing dessert which included lemon bars, caramel brownies, strawberries with whipped cream and cheesecake. Yes… all four. And I did not control myself.
The ship sailed 25 miles along the San Diego coastline. There was music, dancing, and the beautiful night lights of the city.
I would recommend this over and over for both locals and for tourists. I will definitely be taking my friend and my family on this again!