Category: Out and About

January 22, 2018

Yume Japanese Gardens

Residents had a great cultural experience during their trip to the Yume Japanese Gardens. Yume means “dream” in Japanese and as residents strolled through the gardens it certainly lived up to its name. Throughout the garden, there was a traditional Japanese tea house where many of the residents talked about their experiences and thoughts about […]

October 19, 2017

Outing to Reid Park Zoo!

Residents from both The Inn & Gardens enjoyed todays beautiful weather with a trip to the zoo! We got lucky that today was not too hot so lots of the animals were out. We got to see a lot of different kinds of animals including lions, otters and elephants. We even got to feed the giraffes! […]

October 9, 2017

Ice Carving Demo

We ventured out yesterday to ICE T, the only Ice Sculpting Warehouse in Tucson. We learned the steps behind making ice and the beautiful works of art. Pat Caffrey showed us how the 300 pound blocks of ice are transformed from water to ice and we were able to cool off in the freezer. Then we had the good fortune […]

August 21, 2017

The Fountains Visits San Agustin Mission Garden Friends of Tucson’s Birth Place

We started out early to beat the heat on our adventure to visit and learn about Mission Garden. Their mission is to preserve, honor, protect, restore and recreate the cultural heritages and landscape of Tucson’s birth place. The gardens are located at the base of A Mountain in the Menlo Park Barrio. There is archeological evidence of irrigation […]

June 8, 2017

Visit to the New Mormon Temple

Amid the iconic saguaro cactus of southern Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, the LDS Church’s new Tucson Temple opened its doors and welcomed the public for a three-week open house in June. The “art deco” style, 38,000-square-foot structure will close it doors and only members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints deemed in good standing […]

May 24, 2017

Watermark University Beer Tasting Class Field Trip

Last Friday our ever popular WU Beer Tasting class visited Sentinel Peak Brewery for a beer tasting expedition. We traveled to Tucson’s only midtown brewery, Sentinel Peak, where we were welcomed by their wonderful staff. Cory the brewer, shared with us about all the beers available for tasting and flats were ordered along with delicious lunch […]

May 2, 2017

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Outing

We experienced perfect weather, with mild temperatures and overcast skies, which is very unusual for late April in Tucson. We couldn’t have picked a more perfect day to head out for an extraordinary adventure to the nationally acclaimed Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The museum is a 98-acre zoo, aquarium, botanical garden, natural history museum and art gallery founded in 1952. […]

April 3, 2017

La Encantada Mall Walk

Residents from The Inn & Gardens enjoyed walking a new mall with Bayada, La Encantada! This gorgeous outdoor mall was great for a warm but cool spring day! We loved getting to go somewhere different and window shop. We will have to return here when the weather permits.

December 19, 2016

Outing to Ben’s Bells

Residents and family members from The Inn & Gardens went to Ben’s Bells to help paint and promote kindness. While there, we learned the history behind the organization and how its mission of kindness has spread worldwide! We helped spread that mission by volunteering to paint kindness coins. These coins are used in schools to help […]

December 19, 2016

The Fountains Visits The Tucson Botanical Gardens

On a clear unseasonably warm (record breaking 84 degrees), 20 residents ventured to the mid town Tucson Botanical Gardens, a beautiful oasis consisting of seventeen specialty gardens spread over 5 1/2 acres. The gardens are home to a butterfly exhibit and is hosting The Freda Kahlo Exhibit on loan from New York. Everyone had a wonderful time exploring the gardens and […]

October 31, 2016

Extraordinary Outing to the Chiricahua National Monument

Residents from The Inn journeyed almost three hours to go see the Chiricahua National Monument. This outing is the result of the residents interest in the Chiricahuas after we learned about them in our Watermark University Geography Class. With such beauty so close to us, we had to go see it in person! The drive was absolutely gorgeous as we drove […]

September 20, 2016

Gardens Lunch Outing

Every 1st and 3rd Sunday residents from The Gardens enjoy a lunch out with friends and lots of family members too! We tried a new Mexican restaurant, San Carlos Grill, and everyone agreed it was muy delicioso! Great company, great food and a huge ice cold margarita? How can a Sunday get any better?!

September 13, 2016


On Saturday, we enjoyed tailgating to get ready to cheer on the Wildcats to victory! We went on a bus ride up to A Mountain and then out to the park for a classic Tucson favorite, Eegee’s! It was such a great day and filled with great people.

July 25, 2016

Tubac Overnight Excursion

We departed from The Fountains on Thursday morning heading south on our overnight adventure to Tubac, a small town at the base of the Santa Rita Mountains. We arrived at the artisan community just in time for lunch with ample time to explore the many shops and galleries. We arranged our overnight stay at The […]

June 22, 2016

UofA McKale Center Tour!

Today the residents from The Inn and The Gardens enjoyed a tour of the McKale Center! We got to see inside the UofA Women’s Basketball team locker rooms, the weight room and the Jim Click Hall of Champions. We even meet a few of the student athletes! This trip was especially great for one our residents, Lee. She worked at the […]

May 31, 2016

Inn & Gardens Lunch Outing!

Every time there is a 5th Sunday in the month, residents from The Inn & The Gardens get together to go out to lunch. This month we went somewhere we haven’t been before, The Foothills Mall Food Court. The residents had their choice of several kinds of food. They really enjoyed the food and company! […]

May 20, 2016

Watermark University Beer Tasting Outing to Barrio Brewery

Last week a group of residents who have been attending the Beer Tasting Watermark University series over the past 6 months, went to a local brewery, Barrio Brewery, and had an informative tour as well as a tasting of the 10 selections on tap. We learned about the fermentation process and the “chemistry” involved in the art of […]

May 4, 2016

Lunch Out with The Gardens

This past Sunday, the residents from The Gardens went out to lunch at Old Times Kafe. What made this a special lunch outing was that there was a grand total of 23 residents, family members and staff! This was our biggest lunch outing yet! The families at The Gardens love to participate with their loved ones and […]

February 19, 2016

The Fountains Residents Visit to the Arizona State Museum

On Friday February 19th, 2016 residents enjoyed a docent lead tour at the Arizona State Museum. We learned about the tribes that live in different regions of Arizona, including tribes in Tucson. We also viewed the current exhibit, The Intimacies of Faith which had beautiful religious art. The State Museum is the home to one of […]

December 29, 2015

Toy Train Museum

Earlier this month the residents from The Inn & Gardens got to enjoy an outing to a classic holiday tradition of toy trains! Once at the Toy Train Museum we were surrounded by lots of trains, elaborate tracks and little towns! It was such a fun day and made us all feel young at heart!

July 31, 2015

A Day Spent Bowling!

Today we went out and bowled! Many of our residents were on bowling leagues in the past; so this was familiar ground for them. They all bowled great scores and had lots of fun! We even had pizza for lunch. What a great way to get out and have fun in the summer!