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LOOK OUT TUCSON by Westward Look Resort

There’s nowhere in the world like our desert home, whose warmth and beauty keep visitors returning year after year. Find out about Tucson events, attractions and discoveries to help you make the most of your stay here at Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa.

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A picture-perfect Tucson wedding

Posted on August 23, 2013

While we love hosting individual visitors and groups, weddings are a huge part of life at Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa. Check out our other wedding posts, including tips for your out-of-town guests and our different packages to help pop the question, get engaged, or turn your wedding into either a simple celebration or an epic event.

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Monsoon Sunsets, a Tucson Treasure

Posted on July 30, 2013

Photo by Sean Parker

Of all the photos we post on our Facebook page, sunset photos are far and away the most popular.

Tucson sunsets are outstanding year-round, but monsoon sunsets are spectacular. The warm, moist air from the Sea of Cortez meets dry desert air, creating a high-pressure area that keeps dust, salt, and smoke particles closer to the ground. The particles mute the blues in the color spectrum and intensify the red and pink, while winds sweep up dust particles and big thunderclouds bounce back the light, saturating the colors even more. (As beautiful as the photos are, our sunsets are even better in person!)

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Top 10 (actually, more!) things to do in Tucson

Posted on June 26, 2013

If Southern Arizona is on your vacation shortlist, you’ll be busy checking Tucson sightseeing, food finds, fun times and visitor hours for different Tucson attractions. Our concierge and staff get these questions all the time, and these are the experiences our guests have raved about the most. When you’ve finished sightseeing in Tucson, relive your fun vacation days – post to our Facebook page and tell us which ones you liked the best!

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The Night-Blooming Cereus: Tucson’s Queen of the Night

Posted on June 14, 2013

One of the coolest things to do in Tucson involves nightfall, an open schedule, and an unusual and scarce plant – just one of the many strange and wonderful plants that fill our desert home.

Resembling tall, parched sticks, the night-blooming cereus (peniocereus greggii) looks ordinary – some say ugly – 364 days a year. For this reason, the plant is not a common presence in Tucson gardens, but can often be found growing wild and unnoticed in the desert.

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Tucson is a wonderful destination, especially during summer

Posted on May 20, 2013

Some visitors boast summer is their favorite season in Tucson. Yes, 100-degree days are not unheard of (but not daily occurrences, either). The heat takes time to build, and, with no humidity, our days are hot – but not sweaty – and our desert nights are very pleasant. We call it a dry heat! Tucson can be about five to 10 degrees cooler than Phoenix in hotter months.

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Tucson is a top birdwatching destination

Posted on May 9, 2013

Warblers, flycatchers, pewees, trogons – not exactly words you find in the typical glossy brochure. But to devoted birders, they’re irresistible.

The region’s many birding groups – including the Tucson Audubon Society and the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory – divide the year into five seasons, each with different species to scout. We’re now deep into spring, when songbirds stop in on their flights north; the hummingbirds are back; and owling is in full swing. The next big season for birding begins in August, as monsoon rains transform the Sonoran Desert almost overnight, making it irresistible to winged visitors (and to photographers).

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What to pack, what to wear in Tucson

Posted on May 9, 2013

Tucson is many things, but the bastion of formalwear it is not. Like most western U.S. cities, Tucson is a laid-back town. The casual culture here has even spawned its own dress code: “Tucson casual.” What is Tucson casual? In the most general terms, it’s comfortable clothing that is neither ratty nor formal. It’s what you would consider “country club casual” in many places.

Tucson’s take on country club casual includes the guayabera (pronounced why-a-BEAR-uh), also called the “Mexican wedding shirt,” also known as Tucson’s unofficial men’s shirt. There are versions of the guayabera all over the world, but they’re very popular in Cuba, Mexico and the Philippines (where they are called “barong” shirts). Typically, the guayabera is made from linen or cotton with four pockets, two panels of embroidery or pleats and a hem, so it’s worn outside pants.

Tucson casual includes sandals (please, men, no socks with the sandals!). It can even extend to nice shorts for lunch (they’re frowned upon for nighttime dining; Paul Newman got away with it here, but you may not). Leather loafers are also popular. Polo shirts, short-sleeved button-down shirts and nice T-shirts paired with a jacket are considered Tucson casual.

Women don’t seem to struggle too much with the concept of Tucson casual. For women, a simple blouse and skirt will suffice as will a full-fledged ranch-style prairie skirt and peasant blouse. Well-kept jeans, slacks, capris, sneakers, designer heels, boots sandals – they all are Tucson casual, too.

For those who want to dress western, cowboy hats and boots with starched jeans are common here. While men might shun the formal business suit and tie – especially in the hotter months – don’t forget about Arizona’s official tie: The bola, which has its own range of casual to very expensively decorated versions and often comes decorated with the official state gemstone, turquoise.

If you’re going somewhere that requires “Tucson casual” and you have second thoughts about what you were going to wear because it’s either too formal or too casual, don’t wear it. Be comfortable, look nice and you will be Tucson casual.


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