La Casita Del Sol LC – Tucson Gay Owned Guesthouse

Author: , December 30th, 2018

La Casita Del Sol LC

Stay with us at La Casita del Sol, an historic 1880’s adobe rowhouse home in the El Presidio Historic Neighborhood in downtown Tucson, Arizona.

La Casita del Sol has five hundred feet of living space, with two rooms and a bath, reflecting the simple lifestyle of the late 19th century workers who lived here – tradesmen, blacksmiths, bartenders, and more.

La Casita del Sol keeps its original simplicity and charm, combined with beautiful, comfortable aesthetics and modern amenities that travelers today expect.

Our guests are close to everything: Tucson’s unique culture, natural beauty, historic sites, and flavors our wonderful Southwestern Cooking. There are many great sights within easy walking/cycling distance from La Casita del Sol, and many more an easy drive away.

Walk through our hundred-year-old doors, hand crafted in Mexico into your own private patio, where you can sip a cup of coffee or tea in the sunshine on a warm winter morning, or relax in the shade in the summertime. The courtyard is decorated with beautiful Southwestern pottery and local plants, and at night, the courtyard becomes a magical place with the twinkling of tiny lights and the flicker of candles – the perfect place for a cocktail or nightcap.

See the La Casita Del Sol LC Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Tombstone & the Saguaro National Park – Free Wheel Drive

Author: , October 18th, 2018

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After our stay at the Mushroom Farm, we made our way to Tucson which also happens to be next door to Saguaro National Park. The short drive North took us through a very dry landscape. The earth is a dull brown, the horizon is unclear in a haze of dust, and the sky is a bright blue with no clouds in sight. The rolling hills and mountains in the distance break up the monotony of the desert. The highlight of this drive is stopping and seeing the tourist trap, Tombstone.

Tombstone was one of the last frontier towns of the West that boomed when silver was discovered nearby. At the height of the town’s popularity in the late 1800’s about 14,000 people lived here. The Gunfight at the O.K Corral was a shootout between outlaw cowboys and the town’s lawmen. It was a time when the West was a place of lawlessness and wildness. Today the town has a kept up the historic buildings, performs several reenactments, and is overall a trap for tourists.

We only stayed for about an hour. We ate some ice cream. Sadly, we didn’t stay for the reenactments.

By Camrin LaFond – Full Story at Free Wheel Drive

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Catalina Park Inn Bed & Breakfast – Tucson Gay Bed & Breakfast

Author: , March 19th, 2018

Catalina Park Inn Bed & Breakfast - Tucson Gay Bed & Breakfast

Catalina Park Inn Bed & Breakfast opened in 1994 by Mark Hall and Paul Richard who continue to welcome guests visiting Tucson in their 21st season. The home was built in 1927 and retains many of the original details including all the beautiful Mexican mahogany woodwork. There is original artwork throughout the inn and surrounding desert gardens.

Leave your car at the inn and walk or take Tucson’s new Sunlink Streetcar light rail to the many restaurants, bars, and shops of Fourth Avenue, Congress Street and University Boulevard. When you are ready to tackle the many other sights to see in Tucson and the surrounding area access is a cinch as the inn just a mile from the highway.

If you are searching for an inn that offers a quiet and relaxed atmosphere and not a “scene”, Catalina Park Inn may just be the ticket. The vibe is quiet and low key. Each of our five guest rooms has a private bath and many amenities including free Wi-Fi, Flat panel TV, DVD players, CD/AM/FM/iPod dock stereo, plush robes and super comfortable beds with high quality linens. On the main floor there is large living room for guests, and a Butlers Pantry with a guest fridge, glassware, ice, and a DVD library.

The inn’s clientele is varied and at the full breakfast served each morning in the dining room you might meet the parents of a UofA student, a guest lecturer or straight and gay tourists from anywhere in the world. It all adds up for lively and fun breakfast conversation.

Plan to stay in Tucson for a few days if you are able. There is much to see and the area offers magnificent natural beauty. Just a few of the sights you will want to check out are: The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Sabino Canyon, The Saguaro National Monuments East and West, Mission San Xavier, Kartchner Cavers, Tombstone, Bisbee, The Pima Air and Space Museum, The Center for Creative Photography, Tohono Chul Park, Kitt Peak National Observatory, Mount Lemmon and so much more!

See the Catalina Park Inn Bed & Breakfast Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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La Casita Del Sol LC – Tucson, Arizona

Author: , March 29th, 2017

La Casita Del Sol LCPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Stay with us at La Casita del Sol, an historic 1880’s adobe rowhouse home in the El Presidio Historic Neighborhood in downtown Tucson, Arizona.

La Casita del Sol has five hundred feet of living space, with two rooms and a bath, reflecting the simple lifestyle of the late 19th century workers who lived here – tradesmen, blacksmiths, bartenders, and more.

La Casita del Sol keeps its original simplicity and charm, combined with beautiful, comfortable aesthetics and modern amenities that travelers today expect.

Our guests are close to everything: Tucson’s unique culture, natural beauty, historic sites, and flavors our wonderful Southwestern Cooking. There are many great sights within easy walking/cycling distance from La Casita del Sol, and many more an easy drive away.

Walk through our hundred-year-old doors, hand crafted in Mexico into your own private patio, where you can sip a cup of coffee or tea in the sunshine on a warm winter morning, or relax in the shade in the summertime. The courtyard is decorated with beautiful Southwestern pottery and local plants, and at night, the courtyard becomes a magical place with the twinkling of tiny lights and the flicker of candles – the perfect place for a cocktail or nightcap.

When you enter the bedroom/sitting area from the patio, you’ll see beautiful wood floors, a historic beam and saguaro rib ceiling, and our charming beehive wood-burning fireplace – a warm and cozy Tucson adobe home. Unpack and relax in our soft guest robes.

For entertainment, La Casita del Sol comes with satellite TV (with movie channels, music, and 24 hour news). We also have WiFi internet access, so you can stay connected to work or friends and family back home.

At night, you’ll relax in our queen-sized bed, with plenty of plump pillows – it’s also a great place to watch TV or to snuggle up with that book you’ve been meaning to read.

Our bright, Mexican-tiled bathroom offers more relaxation – soak for an hour in our antique claw-foot tub, or shower away the day’s cares. There’s also an antique table and glass shelves for your toiletries.

La Casita del Sol also has a fully equipped kitchen and dining area, with artisan furniture and beautiful wooden cabinets. The kitchen has a complete set of dishes, silverware, linens and cups and glasses – make yourself coffee or tea, or a full meal at home, or enjoy one of the great downtown restaurants within easy walking distance.

We supply our guests with a welcome basket filled with fresh fruits and local pastries, bottled juice and water, coffee and tea to get you started, local soaps and bath products, and paper towels, cleaning supplies and dish soap for the kitchen. There’s also an iron and ironing board for guest use.

Come stay with us in the heart of Tucson, the Old Pueblo, and enjoy the great sights and flavors of Southwestern culture!

See the La Casita Del Sol LC Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Running Horses in Tucson – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , May 14th, 2016

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I’ve visited the Southwest five times over the past few years, but it took me until my 6th visit this year to finally visit a ranch, a real working dude ranch with a bunch of cowboys, horses, cattles – and all that back-dropped by the spectacular Southwest scenery: the barren Sonoran desert with its countless giant Saguaro cacti, dusty desert roads and rugged mountains.

It might have taken me six years to finally experience ranch life in the Southwest, but when I eventually got a glimpse of it, it was the finest of the finest: the fabulous White Stallion Ranch just outside Tucson, where my friend Lynn took me one morning to take photos of the horses as they were gathered in one huge enclosure and herded into another one by a group of wranglers.

The 5am wake-up call for this photography outing was painful, but the scene that unfolded when the cowboys entered the enclosure to bring the horses down together was incredibly beautiful: the morning sun was just rising above the mountain peaks, bathing the ranch in a warm, golden light.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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San Xavier del Bac in Tucson – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , April 28th, 2016

San Xavier del Bac

Returning to Arizona felt as glorious as ever! As usual, I am housesitting here – but this time, for different homeowners. I’m enjoying the company of a different dog and a different pool, but I am in the same neighborhood in the Catalina foothills which I love, and funnily enough it is just as hot as it is when I’m here in May. Tucson is experiencing unseasonably warm weather at the moment, I’ve been told.

I usually come to Arizona for a month of peace and quiet, and to catch up on work projects that I don’t get around to when I’m on the road, but this year, I’ve been busier than usual. I’ve been more social than I was on previous visits, making more of an effort to make new friends here, and have them show me some cool spots around town, because Tucson’s restaurant scene keeps growing. I also got to catch up with old friends over wine and cheese and have been taking advantage of my well equipped and spacious kitchen which almost makes me want to stop traveling and set up a home base. Almost.

The highlight of the week? Katie came to visit me for a few days and I introduced her to some of my favorite spots around here: we hiked in Sabino Canyon and in Saguaro National Park (and after finding this website listing all the hikes around Tucson I think I’ll never get bored here – so many hikes I haven’t done yet!), and we visited the beautiful San Xavier Del Bac Mission, pictured above, which is the oldest European structure in Arizona, filled with striking original 18th century statuary and mural paintings.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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City Sundays: Tucson, Arizona

Author: , July 26th, 2015

City Sundays: Tucson

Hey all,

We’re launching a new weekly series on the blog and our Facebook travel groups – City Sundays. Each week we’ll select a different LGBT friendly city to talk about, and we’ll invite our innkeeper and travel agent/tour operator friends to come talk with us about it as well.

TUCSON, ARIZONA

Tucson is my home town. It’s the liberal counterweight to the much larger Phoenix metro, a college town, and a beautiful place to visit. From the city’s up and coming downtown, where you’ll find the FGourth Street shopping district and the Tucson Museum of Art to the outskirts, with Colossal Cave, hiking in Gates Pass and Sabino Canyon, the Desert Museum, Old Tucson, and the Saguaro National Park, there is so much to do and see in this Southwest town.

Have you ever been? What did you do while you were there?

Do you wanna go?

Let’s chat! Join the conversation here:

Gay (Men) Travelers: Gay Travel Club
Lesbian Travelers: Lesbian Travel Club
Transgender Travelers: Transgender Travel Club
Bisexual Travelers: Bi Travel Club
LGBT Families: LGBT Families Travel Club

Check out our Tucson page here:

http://www.purpleroofs.com/usa/arizona/azsonoras.html

And our Tucson articles on the blog here:

http://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/?s=tucson

Globetrotter Girls – Road Tripping in Southern Arizona

Author: , June 1st, 2015

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This week’s Polaroid is coming a little earlier than usual because I have two more posts coming up this weekend – including my monthly round-up on Sunday!

Having a visitor in town was the perfect excuse to do a lot of sightseeing, hiking and road tripping in the past seven days. Showing a first-time visitor around Arizona was a great way to see this beautiful part of the US with new eyes and our itinerary included revisiting old favorites of mine, like Saguaro National Park, road tripping to nearby towns such as the Old Western town Tombstone (including its hilarious cemetery) and the charming mining-turned-artist-town Bisbee, and escaping the hot desert summer to cooler temperatures up on top of Mount Lemmon, where I hadn’t been since 2010.

I find road tripping through the barren desert scenery incredibly liberating, the wide open plains and big open skies that imply the land in front of you is yours to discover, evoking a true feeling of freedom which fills my heart with joy.

By Dany – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls | Southern Arizona Gay Travel Resources

Visiting the Tucson Museum of Art

Author: , January 15th, 2015

Mark and I were in Tucson, Arizona over the holidays, and ended up going with my mom to the Tucson Museum of Art. It’s on the edge of downtoan, and has some great ongoing and visiting shows.

For the next month or so, you can catch “The Figure Examined” – a collection of studies of the human figure owned by the Kasser Mochary Art Foundation, which includes works by Picasso, Cassatt, Rodin, Renoir, Rivera, Matisse, Degas, Warhol, and many more. It’s an amazing collection – and you can take photos! A lot of the art is homoerotic. 🙂

Also at the museum right now – Southwest Anthems – some amazing art of the southwest; Shadow Play – a selection of pieces chosen for the interplay of light and shadow; and The WPA Collection – works from the Works Progress Administration that provided jobs to thousands during and after the great depression. There’s also a great selection of Mexican folk art.

But don’t take my word for it – let the art speak for itself.

Check out their website and our Tucson accommodations page.

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Featured Gay Accommodations: Catalina Park Inn, Tucson, Arizona

Author: , December 1st, 2014

Catalina Park Inn - Tucson, Arizona

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Quiet Six Room 1927 Historic Mansion: There is a computer and printer in the living room for guest use. The inn also has a WI-FI network if you bring your own equipment.

See the Catalina Park Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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