The Catalina Foothills rise gently from the City of Tucson below to the base of the Majestic Catalina Mountains.  The beautiful area is known for its incomparable desert and mountain views plus many outdoor activities within minutes of your vacation home. Sabino Canyon National Park is the perfect place to walk or hike and enjoy the varied scenery including blooming flowers, the giant Saguaro Cactus rising towards the sky, the river, stone cliffs and all types of cacti. There is also a tram ride to the top of the Canyon. Catalina Loop Trail within Catalina State Park is a 2.5 mile easy hike for all ages. Enjoy the desert landscape and rugged mountain views.

The foothills also provide quick and easy access to downtown, shopping, dining & entertainment. Nearby La Encantada is the largest upscale shopping center in the Tucson metropolitan area. Stores include Tiffany & Co.Louis VuittonCrate & BarrelPottery BarnWilliams Sonoma, and Tommy Bahama. A wide variety of dining experiences await every palate. Groupon offers a number of special deals from Sushi to Mexican to Greek or an authentic western barbecue. Log on to: www.groupon.com/local/catalina-foothills-az/restaurants.

For a true Southwest experience, head to Tohono Chul Park. Recognized as one of the great botanical gardens of the world, the park has been connected nature, art and culture for over 25 years. We recommend taking the time for lunch in the Garden Bistro. What started as a small construction project in the early 1950s developed into a 10-acre National Historic District designed and built by acclaimed Arizona artist Ted DeGrazia. De Grazia, who depicted Southwest Native American and Mexican life in a manner some find kitschy and others adore, built Gallery in the Sun, a sprawling, spacious, single-story museum with the assistance of Native American friends using only natural material from the surrounding desert. You can visit De Grazia’s workshop, former home, tranquil chapel, and grave as well as a gallery and free museum.

From Reflections, you are just 15 minutes from downtown Tucson, a city rich in architectural heritage which spans three cultures, It is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the United States. Hispanic barrios, American architectural forms, and remnants of a prehistoric Native American past give Tucson a unique and eclectic identity unlike any other city.

Downtown Tucson is a unique mix of chic, Western Nouveau, a hip art scene and down to earth family-centered fun.

For culture, restaurants, festivals and wild west fun, log on to www.downtowntucson.org for more info. Or pore through the basket on the coffee table for brochures and books on this incomparable place.