Closer to Nature in Tucson
Nearby Scottsdale (120 miles northwest) is booming with luxury resorts, high-end shopping and carefully manicured golf courses. However, it can be said Tucson brings visitors a little closer to nature. That “return to life” attitude is manifested in activities like the Spirit of Adventure at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. Every evening at 5:15, guests gather around fire pits to listen to live Native American flute music as the sun sets.
The Forbes five-star, AAA Five Diamond resort (the only one in Tucson) is not what you might expect from a typical Ritz property. “You wouldn’t necessarily say this is a Ritz-Carlton,” says Mike Aylmer, director of sales and marketing. “It’s more indigenous.”
In addition to the Spirit of Adventure celebration, get connected with nature at the Ritz’s Golf Club at Dove Mountain, opened in 2009 as former host of the WGC-Accenture (now Dell Technologies) Match Play tournament. Don’t be surprised to find yourself in company of desert hares, bobcats, lizards, rabbits, and maybe a stray coyote or two. And if you miss the fairway, watch out for cholla cacti, which can throw their spines if you get too close.
For a dinner that feels off-site but stays on property—eliminating pricey transportation to downtown Tucson, 40 minutes away—planners often book Cayton’s Burger Bistro, connected to the golf club. The outdoor patio with a fireplace is an incredible place for stargazing and letting the peacefulness of the quiet desert take over. Cayton’s famous hand-mixed adult milkshakes don’t hurt either.