When you have a unique way of delivering a special experience, there’s a timelessness that attaches to the memory. It’s one of the reasons why we travel. The memories we create in our journeys allow us to reflect back to a time where you not only discovered something new but in turn learned something new about yourself. When I travel, I am entirely discovery-oriented; exploring a new terrain and all that it has to offer. It’s why we vacation, right?
I often prefer to rent a home, apt, or even a small boutique hotel when I travel. However, there are those times when I want a few days filled with a distinct level of R&R that’s fully inclusive in one space. A place not too far, but far away enough where I feel like I have reserved an escape from my familiar scenes. I came across a list from Thrillist Travel of “15 all-inclusive resorts that don’t suck”. When I read these lists, I find one or two destinations that exude an added layer of je ne sais quoi in the creative direction of their immediate cool factor. In this case, it’s the Tanque Verde resort in Tuscon, AZ and it shows in their utilization of the natural landscape.
I’ve yet to visit Tanque Verde, but I really wanted to share this with you because it looks to be an incredibly cool place to revel in tranquility! It’s one of the oldest guest ranches in America and lies between Mica Mountain and Seven Falls. The high level of thought to the resort’s design and Sante Fe architecture are what ultimately captivated me.
The down-home bbq fiestas Master Chef, Justin Macy and his team of Ranch Cooks offer guests are just one of the ways that Tanque Verde embodies the gorgeous southwestern style and culinary heritage. There’s an authenticity in the Old West experience, and the most breathtaking scenic views of the deserts and mountains give a facet of luxury that you can only experience in this region of the United States.
My children are adults now, but I remember the times when traveling as a young family, keeping them busy and interested always factored in to where we decided to stay. Here, kids can burn up all their energy with the complimentary horseback riding, tennis, arts and crafts, and nature programs. It makes it easier to relax and reconnect with self and what’s important in actually living.
I can’t help but envision a hike to explore the surrounding canyons or a Hot Air Balloon ride through the mountains to feed my constant creative craving. I usually can’t stay still for too long, but when on vacation I try to stay away from my devices, so I am not tempted to work. It’s tough because my passion is my work, but I’m sure I’d manage just fine knowing that when I return to my suite, a soft robe is waiting for me to throw on to relax in the La Sonora Spa.
Can you tell I need a VACAY? Yes I do.
Happy Summer to all who work hard and deserve a break.