Date posted: 03/01/2011
Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, Attractions & Distractions
Tubac, AZ, (March, 2011) - The Tubac Golf Resort & Spa is quite literally in the center of your getaway universe. In addition to the great amenities available right on property; golf, spa, salon, restaurants and live entertainment at the bar, you will be surrounded by myriad attractions and distractions to suit every taste and desire. From an ‘airy’ visit to the Whipple Observatory at the peak of 8453 foot Mt. Hopkins, to a lazy afternoon amidst the vineyard draped hills and tasting rooms of the Southern Arizona Wine Country, to a hike through the shaded glens of Madera Canyon filling in your “Birds I Have Seen” list, you can pique an interest, taste perfection and fulfill a dream.
The charming village of Tubac, right next door, is home to an array of unique shops and world class galleries, as well as the Tubac State Historic Park & Museum. The three-block square area is perfect for a leisurely walk on a sunny afternoon. And that is just the start. History is huge here. Discover the origins of Arizona at the Tubac Historic Park and Tumacacori Mission. Re-live the Cold War at the Titan Missile Museum (very cool) and discover why Arizona was originally called the ‘Copper State’ at the Pima Mine Museum. You can also do an easy hike along a stretch of the Anza Trail, just outside the resort, and imagine Captain Juan Bautista de Anza leading a group of colonists along the same trail in 1775, to eventually found the city of San Francisco!
Then head east along SR 82 to Sonoita and Southern Arizona’s Wine Country. Enjoy a leisurely and gorgeous 25 mile loop through rolling hills which seasonally sport glittering gold or emerald green, highlighted by a growing number of vineyards producing varietals from tempranillo to sangiovese to viognier, and many more. Tasting opportunities abound along the route, starting right in Sonoita at Dos Cabezas to the wineries along Elgin Road including Callaghan (the original winery here), Kief Joshua and Canelo Hills. to those further along; Sonoita Vineyards and the new Lightning Ridge, which specializes in Italian blends. Have the resort pack a picnic and plan to spend the day.
The Universe is Yours at the Whipple Observatory. The towering Santa Ritas, which dominate the skyline to the east of the resort, sport peaks of 8453 ft (Mt. Hopkins) and 9550 ft. (Mt. Wrightson). At the pinnacle of Mt. Hopkins, right at 8453 ft, sits the Whipple observatory, which is open for tours from October to May. Stop first at the Smithsonian Visitors Center at the base of the mountain for very interesting intro into the art and science of astronomy. Then join the tour, ($7) to the top, where you can look south into Mexico, north into Utah, East into New Mexico and west into California (or maybe it just seems that you can see that far). Certainly a day and a view to remember!
Or, head north to the Titan Missile Museum in Green Valley and journey back in time to the chilly days of the Cold War on this truly fascinating tour of a fully maintained Titan missile launch facility ($9). The basic one-hour tour takes you three levels below ground into the working heart of the station, with impressive views of the missile itself from each level. The overall complexity of the ‘silo’ is unbelievable. Deep underground you arrive at the command center where you can actually sit at the command console and push the button!
All these and more are mere minutes from the resort, your getaway central, where the luxurious accommodations and resort amenities await your return.