In my mind, there is no better time to visit the Desert Southwest than early spring. The weather is mild, the landscape is speckled with color from the short wildflower bloom, and sun is almost always shining. When my family visits the region, the experience is always feels much more authentic when we stay at a hotel with architecture and amenities that reflect the Sonoran Desert surroundings. The Westward Look Resort in northwestern Tucson succeeds in bringing all that is wonderful about the desert to its guests all while offering plenty of on-site activities to keep the whole family entertained.
Westward Look was the first resort to be built in Tucson, and it is filled with history. The original hacienda was built in 1912, complete with exposed log beams that were brought down from nearby Mt Lemmon and native ocotillo branches covering the ceiling for natural insulation. In the 1940’s the property became a dude ranch, housing such icons as the critters from Walt Disney’s “The Living Desert” and the artist behind the world famous Coca Cola Santa. By the 1960s, the property was expanded to become a full size resort and reflects much of what visitors will see today with it’s fine dining options, impressive accommodations, and impressive city lights views.
The property sits on 80 acres and features suite sized guest rooms with adobe style exteriors which seem to blend into the immaculate desert landscaped grounds. The property boasts 8 tennis courts, 3 pools, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, and shuffleboard. There is also a fitness center with classes for guests and a Sonoran Spa with treatments that reflect the desert culture and environment.
Another great activity that the resort offers is horseback riding. Guests ages 7 and older are welcome to enjoy a scenic ride around the property, including a special sunset ride. Younger guests will still appreciate a walk down to the stables to visit with and maybe even get a nuzzle from the horses.
Perhaps my favorite part of the resort are its two 2/3 mile nature trails. The Saguaro Trail wanders through desert terrain while the Hummingbird Trail meanders past a rock labyrinth, gorgeous ramadas, and specialty gardens. Be sure to take time to stop and savor the serenity of the Chef’s Garden. Revive your senses with the smell of citrus trees and the sounds of birds singing their multi-toned tunes.
If you are interested in reading more about the Westward Look Resort, be sure to read my entire review. If you decide that your family is in need of a desert escape remember that you can book your travel through Trekaroo!
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