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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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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.


Tucson knows … all Mexican food is not created equal!

Posted on April 21, 2013

Want to get some Mexican food in Tucson? Well, you can’t throw a taco farther than you can find a Mexican restaurant in Tucson. Most of the local restaurants serve Sonoran-style Mexican food, which isn’t always available outside of the Southwest. So what you think of as Mexican food may not be on menus here, which are based on the traditions of the large state just across the border: Sonora, Mexico.

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Desert’s bounty – cactus fruit – makes tasty souvenirs

Posted on April 1, 2013

Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa gives you a great taste of the Southwest – literally! – whether you’re staying at Tucson’s first and finest resort or shopping online. One of our popular offerings at The Shop at Westward Look is made right here in Tucson: Cheri’s Desert Harvest cactus preserves, syrups, candies, quick mixes and gift items. If you’re looking for a unique souvenir that shouts “Tucson!,” the cactus products make great vacation mementos, presents for friends back home or hostess gifts (but don’t forget to get some for yourself).

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Tucson really goes “green” for St. Paddy’s

Posted on March 5, 2013

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and you might not think that it would get much notice in Tucson, right? After all, this is a town that lets its schools out for the annual rodeo! But the Irish influence is steeped in Tucson’s history. The man who is called the “Father of Tucson,” Hugo O’Conor, was an Irishman raised in Spain who became a military governor in Mexico. As governor, he established Presidio San Agustín in what is downtown Tucson as part of a trade route for the Spanish.

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