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 […]
Category: Out and About
We set out early Saturday morning and headed north to the Superstition Mountains in Apache Junction, about a 2 hour ride. We arrived and were escorted to our front row tables in the Barleen’s Arizona Opry Dinner Theater. The talented Barleens family opened their second music venue in Apache Junction, AZ in 1987. The family […]
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 […]
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 […]
Residents from The Inn and Gardens recently enjoyed a trip out to the Gadsden Pacific Toy Train Museum. At this museum is a collection of old toy trains that are all still operating. We were led on a private tour and learned all about the different types of operating model trains and residents reminisced on […]
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 […]
Residents from The Inn and Gardens enjoyed a morning at the International Wildlife Museum. Founded in 1988, the museum highlights over 400 species of insects, mammals, and birds from around the globe. Some of the collections are more than 100 years old and all the animals found at the museum were donated by various government […]
On Thursday, residents got a treat when we headed out to Fiesta Lanes Bowling Alley. There, residents got the chance to compete and have fun while bowling. After our game, we enjoyed visiting with friends and neighbors over pizza and soda. This was a great way to beat the heat and stay indoors but still […]
The University of Arizona Museum of Art (UAMA) opened in 1924 under the leadership of UA professor Katherine Kitt, who was the founder of the UA Art Department. The museum has been the beneficiary of several seminal donations of artwork since its inception. The generosity of donors of art over the years has made it […]
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 […]
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 […]
Residents from The Inn & Gardens enjoyed a trip back in time to the Wild West! We enjoyed a delicious steak dinner at the steakhouse. While there, Community Life passed out ties for all to wear. In true Pinnacle Peak fashion the server came over and cut off our ties! Now we will forever have […]
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 […]
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 […]
This is the park to visit for a great hike and picnic! We had a shady ramada, with easy access to a delightful trail. There were wildflowers, birds, and glorious sunshine! We had a delicious picnic lunch and the most extraordinary game of trivia!
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 […]
Residents from The Inn & Gardens enjoyed a day of petting and learning all about different animals! This was not your average petting zoo; aside from having goats, chickens and pigs there were also Patagonia Beras, Capybearas, emus and Monaray lizards! The farm was kind enough to bring the animals to us in a covered […]
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 […]
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! […]