Peek-a-boo from Tucson! Benjamin and I were invited to stay at Westward Look – Tucson’s first resort built in 1920, sitting on 80-acres in the northern part of Tucson (exit off I-10 and Ina Road). Westward Look is a Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa and boasts a AAA 4 star rating.
Famous Old Hollywood guests include John Wayne and Vivien Leigh and regular guest Dean Martin!
We arrived after dark and quickly unpacked and changed to head over to see some friends when we heard a knock at our door – chocolate nachos which had chocolate mousse! It was divine – I was thrilled to share it with our friends after our BBQ – it was a hit.
We woke up early to this lovely view from our balcony – a little garden and a tree turning color, be still my heart! You know how much I love gardens, don’t worry a tour is coming up in this post. Benjamin saw a bunny in there, little sneak! We had a quick breakfast (aka cereal style) to make our couples massage appointment that was set up for us. This is one of three pools at Westward Look.
Isn’t our place adorable? It had vaulted ceilings, a large sitting area and a spacious bathroom – with another sink outside of the shower, love that!
Check out our view when we walked out – the photo really doesn’t to it justice –
I’m no stranger to Tucson, this city is my alma mater stomping grounds where I spent four amazing years of my life as a UofA Wildcat!
The resort has a lot of scenic trails between the rooms – with over 80 acres, you can take a morning, afternoon or evening stroll just going around the property. We decided to walk to the spa because the weather was absolutely perfect!
After our amazing spa massage – and take our word for it because we are regular spa massage clients – we both looked at each other and said, “That was wonderful!”
We were so refreshed and relaxed we grabbed some lunch at my favorite spot in Tucson – Beyond Bread (order the Betty’s Brie on sourdough bread – if you order it on baguette you’ll have a hard time eating it), took a quick nap, and then decided to explore the property some more – as you can tell I have more pep in my step! We spotted a roadrunner too, I wish I was fast enough to have snapped a photo, but here’s a link to one on Wiki if you’ve never seen one in person before.
Walking, or skipping along the resort trails is like going through a desert botanical garden – I spotted this on a cactus – don’t they look like little pineapples? Benjamin did some research and said it was cactus fruit on a fishhook barrel cactus.
I may or may not have dared him to eat one…he may or may not have accepted my dare…
History with Coca-Cola + Museum
In the 1940s Westward Look was the hot destination for Hollywood directors, producers and cinematographers – remember western movies were a big thing too!
You know how some people like new development homes, while others like historic homes? Benjamin and I lean towards historic, which is why we really enjoyed Westward Look. It was built in the 1920’s as 15 cottages, a “dude ranch”- and as the years went on and a change of owners, the property was given the name Westward Look from a poem by English writer Arthur Hugh Clough, a closing line in the poem read, “Westward, look, the land is bright.”
The original Watson house is off the main lobby and you can walk through and see a few galleries – including this awesome Santa Coca-Cola painting with a neat story –
The two girls above serving Santa a Coca-Cola are the two girls belonging to the Nason’s (past Westward owners). The artist Haddod Sundblom was a regular winter visitor to Westward Look – he was also an incredible artist who created icons of advertising including the Gerber baby and Aunt Jemima in addition to the Coca-Cola Santa.
Heading further up the stairs of the former Watson house is a little museum of desert artifacts.
We headed back toward our room to see the Chef’s Garden and this is the regular type of scene you see that connects the rooms – the trails have little spots with a table or bench.
I call this the cactus high-five!
Behind our room we had a lovely view of the Chef’s Garden, a huge organic garden at the resort that supplies two restaurants with veggies, fruits and more. Don’t you love the farm-to-fork/farm-to-table approach?
You know me and gardens, they are my happy place. I found a cute grapefruit tree – this one was red and I was pointing at a large grapefruit!
Some of the cabbages were as large as my head and leaves as long as my arm! It was amazing, I pretty much had garden envy. Time to get to work.
We experienced an amazing dinner at Westward Look’s hotel restaurant, GOLD. As huge foodies who will eat almost anything, we were incredibly in awe of the menu and labeled this as one of our top favorite restaurants we’ve ever been to.
Jacket: Micheal Kors (similar)
Our appetizers the chef prepared included grilled and chilled Mexican shrimp, and Schmaltz fried potato lake – with sockeye salmon and fried quail eggs. Benjamin ordered grilled Atlantic salmon (he’s part Grizzly Bear), and I ordered the Thai coconut lemon shrimp.
I was so very sad when I was full – I wanted to keep eating. Looking at this now I wish I could have had more. The presentation was beautiful and it was lip-smacking good.
Then we took a 10-minute walk because really, we were that full. We had to walk off our meal – haha! Then we came back for dessert, a berry cobbler.
Happy four year anniversary to us.
Thank you so much Westward Look for inviting us to celebrate and treating us like VIPs, what a lovely experience we had! We unplugged and really felt like we were able to relax and have quality time together.
Until next time!