Category: Out and About

August 30, 2019

Exploring History & Culture At The Arizona State Museum

The Fountains at La Cholla residents recently visited the Arizona State Museum, which was founded in 1893 as one of the University of Arizona’s original research units. The museum is the oldest and largest anthropological research museum in the U.S. Southwest, as it houses expansive collections that are exceptional resources for the teaching, study, and […]

May 13, 2019

Visiting The Center for Creative Photography

The Center for Creative Photography, at the University of Arizona, is recognized as one of the world's finest academic art museums and study centers for the history of photography. The Center opened on the University campus in 1975. The Center also has acquired individual photographs by modern and contemporary photographers including Ansel Adams, Edward Weston […]

April 1, 2019

Rails, Trails and Museums: Amtrak, Horseshoe Cafe & The Amerind Museum

We departed The Fountains at 6:45am on Thursday and headed downtown to the Amtrak station. We boarded the the Number 2 train heading east to Benson, AZ. We spotted coyotes, rabbits, wildflowers and pristine open desert. We deboarded the train at the Benson stop and headed across the street to the well known Horseshoe Cafe […]

January 22, 2019

Visiting the Jewish History Museum and Holocaust History Center

The Jewish History Museum, formerly known as the Jewish Heritage Center of the Southwest, is a museum housed in a historic synagogue building in Tucson, Arizona. The museum's building, which housed the first synagogue in the Arizona Territory, is the oldest synagogue building in the state. The building operated as a synagogue until 2008 when it […]

January 3, 2019

Tucson Mural Tour

On a chilly morning with snow capped mountains we ventured downtown for a tour of the highly acclaimed murals found in clear site throughout downtown Tucson. The Mural program was the brainchild of the Tucson Arts Brigade and has been an incredible success. The program was intended as a beautification effort that involved residents of all […]

October 22, 2018

Extraordinary Community Adventure to Canyon Lake!

We had an extraordinary community adventure last week! We filled two of our community buses and headed 150 miles north. Our destination, Canyon Lake, which is nestled in the Superstition Mountains and the Historic Apache Trail. We boarded the Dolly Steamboat for a ninety minute lake cruise of the secluded inner waterways, referred to as Arizona’s […]

July 24, 2018

Kartchner Caverns

In November 1974, two young cavers, Gary Tenen and Randy Tufts, were exploring the limestone hills at the base of the Whetstone Mountains. In the bottom of a sinkhole they found a narrow crack leading into the hillside. Warm, moist air flowed out, signaling the existence of a cave. After several hours of crawling, they […]

July 11, 2018

Annual Mt. Lemmon Picnic

Mount Lemmon has a summit elevation of 9,159 feet and is the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains. It is located in the Coronado National Forest just north of Tucson. Mount Lemmon was named for botanist Sara Plummer Lemmon, who trekked to the top of the mountain with her husband and E. O. Stratton, a local rancher, by horse and […]

April 24, 2018

Extraordinary Overnight Trip to Phoenix

A group of us ventured north to Phoenix for an extraordinary adventure. We visited the world famous Heard Museum located in downtown Phoenix, enjoyed a delicious lunch at SWITCH, a new restaurant. Our overnight stay included fine Italian dining and wonderful accommodations with a full continental breakfast before heading out to the Phoenix Musem of Art. We had an […]

April 10, 2018

The New York Times Features Tucson: The City That Encourages You to Explore

Foodies, Hikers and Art lovers alike come to get their fill in one place, all right here in Tucson, Arizona. At first thought Tucson may seem like your standard desert town, a mixture of mountains and cacti sprawled about, sprinkled with wildlife here and there while decorated by mom and pop stores complimented with a […]

March 27, 2018

Fountains Residents Join March For Our Lives Rally

Residents of The Fountains, students and their supporters took to the streets in Tucson as a part nationwide rally for gun reform. Authorities estimated eight-thousand people showed up to support the March for Our Lives event on Saturday, March 24th, 2018. Protestors gathered at Jacome Plaza downtown in the morning and marched to the University of Arizona […]

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 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?!