Hard Days and Soft Nights in Tucson

Featured — By Josh Steinitz on May 23, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Meanwhile, Sylvia had explored the property at the Westin, and dropped in to take an outdoor yoga class before making her way poolside for some much-deserved relaxation. The Westin has an impressive array of pools and poolside service, including a swim-up bar, towel service and comfortable chaise chairs. For families there is an all-ages pool and waterslide area, while we stuck to the adult pool for (slightly) more peace and quiet.

The Westin La Paloma

As the sun move low in the sky, we drove a mile or so up a nearby road, gaining a bit of elevation as we approached the foothills of the Catalina Mountains. It was almost time for the rise of the so-called “super moon,” a unique celestial occurrence when the moon reached its nearest orbital pathway to earth, appearing 30% larger and brighter than normal. From our road-end spot, shared by no more than 20 other onlookers, we watched as the moon rose in the east over Tanque Verde Ridge in Saguaro National Park. It was shockingly bright, like a giant, consistent flare lighting up the evening sky, creating unexpected shadows on the ground and eliciting oohs and aahs from our nearby moon-watchers. Something about seeing the moon rise over desert mountains…

Saguaro National Park

After experimenting with every slow shutter speed setting I could, we took a recommendation from the hotel and made our way to Tavolino, a nearby Italian restaurant of some local repute. The place was absolutely hopping on a Saturday night, yet due to its large size we were easily able to make a last minute reservation. The service was friendly and prompt, the wine choices varied, and the fresh bread with pesto dipping sauce started us off on the right note. Despite the promising start, our food was not special enough to merit mention here — perhaps the one time in Tucson where our coastal snobbery overshadowed the experience. Or perhaps it’s just that you really don’t come to Tucson to eat great Italian.

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