The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show has been recognized as an international stature since the 1970s and was the first gem and mineral show to bring the hobby enthusiast, the public, and the professionals together in one location. The show exhibits provide a rare window into private and museum collections of the mineral world’s stars. It is […]
Category: Out and About
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 […]
We visited The Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum this month and learned much about the early settlers of Tucson. The museum is a re-creation of the Tucson Presidio built in 1775. We explored the presidio and saw how Tucsonan settlers would have lived. This was an informative opportunity to learn more about the roots of the Sonoran Desert.
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! […]
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 […]
Residents from both The Inn & Gardens enjoyed a beautiful day by Patagonia Lake. While there they enjoyed activities such as painting, nature walks, card games and fishing! They also enjoyed a tasty lunch of potato salad, chips, sandwiches and yummy chocolate cake! It was the perfect way to celebrate the last day of Summer.
Residents from The Inn & Gardens went on an engaging outing to the Arizona History Museum near the University of Arizona. We learned about life in Arizona throughout the years. We can’t wait to go back and see more exhibits that this amazing museum holds.
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 […]
Residents from The Inn & Gardens went to the University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography. The exhibit featured was the work of Wynn Bullock. It showed all of his creative techniques and his artistic progression through out the years. The residents really enjoyed the exhibit. It was a great way to get out for […]
Once again we set out on a great adventure, we headed north to Scottsdale our destination ODYSEA, the new aquarium. Our tour followed a drop of water as it falls from the sky and flows into the lakes and rivers, finding it’s way to the shores and into the great oceans. When we entered the […]
Over fifty of us traveled to Mt. Lemmon leaving behind the 100 degree plus temperatures in Tucson for the cool and comfortable 78 degrees in Rose Canyon on Mt. Lemmon. The pines were aromatic, the air crisp and the sky the bluest of blues without a cloud in sight. We had a delicious picnic lunch, tuna and […]
Residents from both The Inn & Gardens enjoyed an outing to one of the University of Arizona’s best kept secrets! The History of Pharmacy Museum is located in the College of Pharmacy building. There are many displays spread out in the building that replicate old fashion drug stores. The museum houses artifacts dating as far […]
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 […]
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 […]
Residents from The Inn & Gardens enjoyed the gorgeous weather yesterday by going wine tasting at Vail’s Charron Vineyards. Charron Vineyards is one of Southern Arizona’s oldest vineyards. The residents got to try six different wines and picnic baskets filled with goodies on the patio. They also got to enjoy the scenic view of the vineyards and the […]
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. […]
Residents form The Inn & Gardens enjoyed a beautiful spring day at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. What made this trip extra special is that the garden was selected to host the Frida Kahlo expo on her life, art and her garden. There was a replica of the garden she kept in her Mexico City home […]
Last week, 21 of us boarded our bus and headed west on our adventure to the worlds only Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ. We arrived and were greeted by Ida Jones who assisted in planning our visit. We explored on our own and enjoyed a delicious lunch in the Museum café. Next we had a docent lead […]
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.
Residents from The Inn & Gardens enjoyed a beautiful day at the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson, located downtown on Court St. We enjoyed hearing the two docents talk about how life was like back when Tucson was a Presidio in the 1700s. We learned all about how the fort came to Tucson and all […]
Tucson is known for its Rodeo. Residents from The Inn & Gardens enjoyed learning all about Tucson’s history. We saw lots of wagons and historical replicas of how life was in Tucson years ago. An extra special moment came when Dr. Bob got to sign The Storks Nest window. Doc was born in Tucson and […]
Fourteen Fountains residents attended Tucson’s Women’s March last Saturday. They bundled up and carried their signs and took a stand for their beliefs! These dynamic and independent women are inspiring!
This past week residents from The Inn & Gardens got to experience craftsmanship first hand by going to see glass blowing at Sonoran Glass School! We have never been here before so it was so exciting to see something new. Many of the residents, staff and family members had never seen glass blowing. It is […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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?!
Mondays can be tough, so 18 residents at The Inn & Gardens went on a Dairy Queen run to sweeten up Monday! Soft serve, cones, blizzards, milkshakes and dilly bars, you name it, someone enjoyed it!
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.
This past week to beat the heat we went to the bowling alley! Residents from both The Inn and Gardens laced up their bowling shoes and enjoyed a fun time together. We also enjoyed a delicious pizza lunch too. What a fun way to spend a summers day!
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 […]
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 […]
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! […]
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 […]
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 […]
On this beautiful spring day without a cloud on the sky, we set out on an adventure heading south to “The White Dove of the Desert”. The historic San Xavier Mission is a national historic landmark and was founded by Father Kino, the Jesuit pioneer in 1692. Stan, our docent, was so knowledgeable and shared the history of […]
Yesterday The Inn & Gardens ventured out into the wild west and onto Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch! The trip started off with an exciting monster truck ride. While aboard we learned all about ostriches, the Sonoran Desert and other wildlife of the area. Then we got to go fishing, ostrich fishing that is! After we […]
Today we had the opportunity to visit the operations facility for the LINK streetcar and learn about how the eight cars traverse the tracks through downtown Tucson. After we toured the operations center we boarded the streetcar and rode the 3.9 mile loop through downtown, 4th Avenue, The University of Arizona and Banner Medical Center. […]
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 […]
Every last Thursday of the month the residents at The Inn & Gardens are getting healthier by walking around The Foothills Mall. After we work up a sweat we relax in the Starbucks café in Barnes & Noble,where we sip on delicious drinks. This past week Bayada joined us to have a health talk all about […]
On this rainy day, some of the residents from The Inn & Gardens decided to go and explore the Mini Time Machine Museum. When we got there we were amazed with how big the mini museum was! It was full of doll houses, miniature towns and beautiful exhibits. We all felt like we were submerged […]
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!
This past Monday a group of us went to go see the movie Woodlawn. We didn’t know much about it going in but coming out of the theater we knew one thing; we loved it! It was more than just a football movie and the residents appreciated the values and lessons taught to not only a […]
Today a small group of ladies from The Inn went to the Jewish History Museum. None of us have ever been there or knew much about it but we figured with two Jewish holidays this month that we might as well go learn all about it! Our guides Howard and Ester were both full of knowledge […]
The residents at The Inn enjoyed an outing to the Flandrau Planetarium at the University of Arizona. Even before we got into the building we were having a ball! The UofA marching band was practicing close by so we got to enjoy the music and see how they perfect their marches. Once inside we discovered a […]
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!
The Inn and Gardens residents went to Sullivan’s Ice Cream Parlor for an old-fashioned sundae. Much to our surprise the sundaes were much bigger than we imaged! With old-fashioned décor and a great service, we will soon be there again for a full lunch outing! It was a great way to beat the summer heat!
There is nothing better to do on a hot summer day in July when you live in Tucson then visit a museum! Several of us ventured out to The Center for Creative Photography which archives the work of Ansell Adams along with several other talented pieces. We had a tour with a knowledgeable docent who […]
On one of the hottest days of 2015, 39 residents escaped the heat of the desert on June 19th and traveled up the mountain for relief from the heat and to enjoy a wonderful picnic lunch. Mount Lemmon, with a summit elevation of 9,159 feet, is the highest point in the beautiful Santa Catalina Mountains. […]
Lions and tigers and bears oh my! The residents at The Inn and The Gardens saw that and so much more. We learned about animals from all parts of the world. There was also an exhibit explaining the taxidermy process. Because of that, we got to touch and feel antlers, horns, beaver pelts, a wild boar and […]