Brochures and maps
about local and out of town Arizona recreation facilities and
sightseeing attractions, menus from my
favorite restaurants and bird watching
and nature books and binoculars are on display in the living room or in
the front hall...There are records, tapes, and books in the living room
that you may use; games are in the chest with the photos on top of it.
Daily paper and TV guide are usually on the family room coffee table.
Ask host about toys.
Step back in time and play a stack of
50's pop or folk albums
or classic Broadway show tunes on a certified antique record
player. (You know it's antique when you can't find parts to fix it!)
Bagels’ outdoor hot tub is available for
use year round. If you want to use it, ask us to turn it on or to show
you how to do it. It takes about an hour to heat.
Bagels’ pool is refreshing in spring,
summer, and fall, but very expensive to heat in the winter. Public
heated 25 meter pools nearby are available for a nominal daily fee at
Udall Park (see below) and, for a reasonable daily or weekly individual
or family guest fee, at Club La Mariposa (see below).
If you’re dying to swim in a lake (or fish or go boating), the nearest
place is Lake Patagonia, about 1 ½ hours from Bed and Bagels. (See
and Recreation Center
Public park and
recreation center with fitness facilities, indoor jogging track, and
heated outdoor pool. Daily pool fee of only $3.00 for adults, $.75 for
kids under 18. At Tanque Verde and Sabino Canyon Roads. Free outdoor
concerts there in June and September. 791-4873
Club La Mariposa
best kept secret is this fabulous fitness and sport facility one mile
south on Houghton - between Tanque Verde and Speedway.
For a reasonable daily or weekly membership fee, an individual or family
can enjoy use of all the facilities: 25 meter heated outdoor pool and
hot tub, 12 lighted tennis courts, use of ball machine, golf driving
range, racquet ball, and excellent workout equipment. (Reduced fee for
pool use only.) Short-term child care service on the premises, by
Center (River Road and Dodge).
Many activities, fabulous fitness and tennis facilities, pool, gym,
pre-school, after care, summer day camps. Open to all. Excellent rental
library of films of Jewish interest. 299-3000. Daily guest fee: $10 for
adults; $5.00 for children 2-12. Located at River and Dodge.
Twelve lighted courts
await you at Club La Mariposa (see above listing) for a $15.00 per day
fee, entitling you to full use of the Club’s facilities. You may want to experience play at the southwest’s flagship
Randolph Tennis Center (www.randolphtenniscenter.com),
a 20 minute drive. Randolph, with its 25 courts, was named facility of
the year in 1993 by the United States Tennis Association and hosts more
tournaments than any other facility in the Southwest, including USTA
National Championships. Both La Mariposa and Randolph have excellent
children’s tennis programs.
Two adult and two
children’s bikes and bike pump are available at Bed and Bagels for your
use. Serious cyclists may want to contact the Greater Arizona Bicycling
Association for information on bike trails, group rides, and club
www.bikegaba.org. or Southwest Trekking, 296-9661 for guided
mountain bike trips.
fanciest golf course (five minute drive from Bed and Bagels): Arizona
National (formerly Raven at Sabino Springs):749-3636.
Tucson’s five municipal golf courses: 791-GOLF. www.tucsoncitygolf.com.
Closest ones to Bed and Bagels are Randolph, at 600 S. Alvernon Way, and
Fred Enke, at 8251 E. Irvington.
Park…spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White
Sox, and home of the Tucson Sidewinders triple-A baseball team. Tickets:
Nearby and versatile, offering short, long, sunset, and dinner rides.
4450 S. Houghton Road. 298-8980. See also Colossal Cave below.
Boy and horse get acquainted before a
Tanque Verde Guest
Check-in to this top-rated historic western resort and choose your
mount from more than 100 horses. Three daily rides according to ability
level. Experienced riders can lope if they prove their ability in
daily ride tests given in the corral. Full resort activities, children's
programs. Short stays possible, depending on availability. For
serious riding, check in to nearby Tanque Verde Guest Ranch for a few
Photo courtesy of Tanque Verde Guest
and southern Arizona is a mecca for hikers, and Bed and Bagels has
guidebooks and schedules of escorted hikes sponsored by Tucson Audubon
Sierra Club (www.arizona.sierraclub.org),
and the Southern Arizona Hiking Club (www.sahcinfo.org).
Best Nearby Hike/Bike Spots
Bed and Bagels’ neighborhood:
End of my street
(Glenn) falls into gravel road leading to a wash (dry riverbed). Across
the wash are many trails. Excellent for jogging or walking/running dogs.
Agua Caliente Park
Walk (1 hour) or
bike (20 minutes) to this oasis in the desert, complete with palm trees,
warm spring, ponds teeming with ducks and other water birds, picnic
tables, restrooms. Walk, bike, or drive east on Glenn (right) to Conejo,
left to Ft. Lowell, right to Soldier Trail (about 2 miles), left for
about 1/2 mile till you see a sign for Agua Caliente. Ideal for
Upper Tanque Verde
canyon - sandy beach (muddy since the 2003 Catalina mountains fires),
pools of water, rock formations, and falls (the latter depending on how
much rain there’s been recently), nude sunbathers! Go left on Houghton
to Tanque Verde, left on Tanque Verde till it ends in a gravel road.
Continue for about ½ mile on road till you see a Coronado National
Forest welcome sign. SET ODOMETER. Trailhead (which is easy to miss) is
one mile from the sign, on the right side of the road. Walk is just 20
minutes along a scenic trail with nary a sign of civilization visible
after the first hundred yards! Dogs allowed on trail. If they’ll come
back to you when called and won’t attack other dogs, you can let them
landscape par excellence…There is a visitor’s center, scenic 8 mile
drive, and many hiking trails, as well as a 6 mile bike trail that
parallels Old Spanish Trail between the Park and Broadway. 733-5153.
Visit Saguaro West one day when you’re at the Arizona Sonora
Desert Museum. See Sightseeing link. Take Houghton south (left) and turn
left on Old Spanish Trail (light after 22nd st.) and follow signs. Park
is about 3 miles from Houghton.
wilderness park, with visitor center, picnic areas, hiking trails, and
multiple “beach” areas. Narrated tram ride with daily unlimited on/off
privileges ($6.00; $2.50 for children 3-12) Tram info: 749-2861. From
Bed and Bagels, go west on Tanque Verde Rd.
for about 4 miles, right on Sabino Canyon. Follow signs and keep right
when road splits. It is about 4 miles. $5.00 parking fee. For info
about park and current conditions: 749-8700 Best hikes: Seven
Falls. About 8 miles round trip from the Visitor’s Center. Walk or
take Bear Canyon tram to Bear Canyon trailhead. (About 6 miles if you
take the tram, which costs $3.00 round trip); Hutch’s Pool. Trailhead is
at the last stop on the main tram (Stop 9). Hike is about 4 miles each
way. If you find the place (watch for cairns
pointing the way from beginning of West Fork trail) there is wonderful
swimming in the long deep pool. There is also a scenic swimming hole
that shares a trailhead with Hutch’s Pool. Instead of going up, go down
to the left and walk Sabino Creek trail (1/2 mile) for about 10 minutes.
As of Sept. ‘03, the Canyon’s waters were sooty from aftermath of summer
fires and runoff from subsequent floods.
There are many
hiking trails on the way up Mt. Lemmon, a scenic one hour drive up the
mountain, with 7000 foot elevation gain, complete change of habitat
(from Saguaros to pine forest) and 20 degree drop in temperature in the
summer. Road leading up the mountain (Catalina
about a mile from Bed and Bagels. There is often snow at the top in
winter and there’s a small ski area there. Cute little A-frame
restaurant at the top in village of Summerhaven was spared by the fire
and has great pies and many hummingbird feeders where you can see
different varieties of hummers close up. (Village of Summerhaven at the
top and thousands of acres destroyed by fire - summer of 2003.) For
current Mt. Lemmon information, call 749-8700.
Colossal Cave Mountain Park
This desert park,
listed on the National Register of Historic Places, features
crystal-filled Colossal Cave
and historic La Posta Quemada Ranch. Cave and ranch tours, museum
exhibits, stagecoach and horseback rides. About 23 miles from Bed and
Bagels. Houghton south to Old Spanish Trail, turn left and stay on road
till the park. 647-7275.
and State Park
This popular fishing, swimming, and boating lake has a campground,
picnic tables, bathhouses, bait and camp grocery store, boat ramp,
marina with boat rentals, and ranger-led activities. Lake is home to
bass, bluegill, catfish, and crappie and is stocked with rainbow trout
in the winter. Handicapped accessible. About 1 ½ hours from Bed and
I-10 East to Hwy 83 South to Hwy 82. Hwy 82, 7 miles past the town of
Salt River Tubing
Hands down, the best hot weather activity around and well worth the 2 ½
hour drive from Bed and Bagels. Rent a large inner tube for $12.00 and
you and tube are transported upriver and dropped off at a shallow spot
from where you float at various speeds, depending on water level down to
various exit points at 2, 4, and 6 hour intervals – again depending on
water flow. Bus brings you back to your starting place and car. River is
cold and delicious. Scenery gorgeous. Facility sells round Styrofoam
coolers for about $20.00 that fit inside a special tube you can rent to
carry it. Bring lots of water, sun block, shoes to wear in the water,
hat, cord to loosely tie tubes together if you are in a group, mesh drag
bag to keep drinks cool if you don’t want to bother with a cooler. Glass
containers are prohibited and all coolers and bags are checked for them.
Tubers must be eight years and older. Life jackets available for rent at
facility or bring your own for non-swimmers and children. Salt River
Tubing is located in northeast Mesa, 15 miles north of U.S. 60 (Superstition Highway) on Power Rd.
Open daily in summer (depending on water flow), weekends in September.
Always call to verify availability: (480)984-3305.
Directions by Mapquest
Bush Highway Mesa, AZ