Roaming around Tucson is like stepping into an old Western film. In this Southwestern town, you’ll experience dust on your boots, a dry yet lush desert landscape and a rhythm that can only be described as eclectic.
Our team recently spent 24 hours in Tucson with the intention to roam and discover what makes this city come alive as we photographed our new Spring Collection (coming soon…like tomorrow soon!). What we found was a fusion of Mexican and American cultures, down-to-earth people and regional cuisine with its own unique flavors. But most of all, we found inspiration in the stillness of the desert, breathtaking landscapes, endless Saguaros and a color palette that’s exclusive to the Sonoran desert.
Follow along on our journey to immerse ourselves in the culture of the Old Pueblo, the local’s nickname for their beloved Tucson.
Historic casitas, Southwestern-inspired boutiques and Mexican fare are just a few of the stops you’ll experience during a stroll around downtown Tucson. A common site: bright blocks of neon color, hacienda-style structures and historic buildings transform you into a world that clearly celebrates its Mexican influences.
Our team started our time in Tucson by roaming from Downtown Tucson to nearby 4th Avenue, a popular street for gathering and shopping, at Lindy’s on 4th. Known for its signature burgers, Lindy’s is a quaint atmosphere that perfectly epitomizes Tucson: down to earth, inviting and authentic. Aside from their bigger-than-life burgers, Lindy’s serves a variety of local favorites like Birria Fries, Dirty Tachos, Porked Fries and margaritas.
No one in our group left Lindy’s on 4th hungry… or thirsty.
Hacienda Del Sol Resort
North of Downtown Tucson and higher in elevation lies a tranquil desert resort at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountain Range. What struck us the most about this retreat were unobstructed views and the elevated guest ranch experience.
We learned that, back in the day, Hacienda Del Sol was a popular destination for old Hollywood legends like Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Hacienda Del Sol has maintained its charming grounds while accommodating every wish of the modern traveler. For us, this included poolside snacks and cocktails, strolls through the paths filled with cacti and desert plants and the feel of stepping back in time, like lounging in the resort’s historic spaces. We even played chess and thumbed through vintage books in a quiet room.
A night of R&R at Hacienda Del Sol was just what we needed before venturing out to Saguaro National Park.
Saguaro National Park
The desert is synonymous with the saguaro, and there’s no place else like Saguaro National Park to see thousands of them. A true wonder of the Southwest, this national park just west of Downtown Tucson welcomes you in with twisty roads that bend and curve with the flow of the hills. Around each turn is a new sight – Saguaros as far as the eye can see, majestic mountain backdrops and other desert flora and fauna.
Saguaro National Park was the perfect setting for photographs and complemented our new Spring collection like no other destination could. Off the beaten trail, we found canyons, washes and rock formations that felt undeniably Western.
We recommend seeing Saguaro National Park at the golden hour or late at night when the stars seem to shine the brightest against the moonlight mountains.
The Sonoran Desert Spring Collection, Drop #1, features six new styles in seven sun-kissed desert inspired colors created with our signature french terry fabric. We hope you feel the southwestern culture like we did as you roam in the new styles.
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Written By: Jennifer Lawhead