When it comes to destinations for long weekend getaways in the western U.S. with a healthy combination of active pursuits and a dose of luxury, there are lots of usual suspects. For west coasters, it’s Palm Springs, wine country, Tahoe, Santa Barbara, Bend, Hood River, and Whistler. For mountain-staters, it’s Park City, Jackson Hole, Sedona, Telluride, Vail, Santa Fe, and Bozeman, among others.
Perhaps because it’s a real working city and not just a vacation destination, Tucson often gets left off these lists. However, after a long winter of unproductive skiing and still waiting for a true summer in San Francisco, my fiancée Sylvia and I decided to make the easy trip south for a long weekend combining two of my favorite pursuits—trail running and biking—while rejuvenating and relaxing one of the area’s premier resorts, the Westin La Paloma.