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Bed and Bagels of Tucson
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, CDs, DVDs, 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!)
Bed and 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.
Bed and 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 below)
Udall Park 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
Tucson’s 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 appointment.www.lamariposaresort.com
Jewish Community 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. www.tucsonjcc.org. 299-3000.
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 activities: www.bikegaba.org. or Southwest Trekking, 296-9661 for guided mountain bike trips.http://www.swtrekking.com/
Nearest and fanciest golf course (five minute drive from Bed and Bagels): Arizona National (formerly Raven at Sabino Springs):749-3636.www.arizonanationalgolfclub.com
Information on 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.
Pantano Stables. Nearby and versatile, offering short, long, sunset, and dinner rides. 4450 S. Houghton Road. 298-8980. See also Colossal Cave below.
Tanque Verde Guest Ranch
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 days:
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.www.colossalcave.com
Patagonia Lake 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 Bagels. (520) 287-6965
Directions: I-10 East to Hwy 83 South to Hwy 82. Hwy 82, 7 miles past the town of Patagonia
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 www.saltrivertubing.com 1320 N. Bush Highway Mesa, AZ
Outdoors abound within just a short drive from my Bed and Breakfast in Tucson.
Bed and Bagels, pet friendly vacations, Tucson bed & breakfast
Call for Reservations 520-603-2912 Sharon@BedAndBagels.com 10402 E Glenn St, Tucson, AZ 85749