We had the privilege of dining at the historic Skyline Country Club in Tucson’s Catalina Foothills. The cuisine was prepared by award-winning chef, Chef Issa Moussa and his staff, and was absolutely delicious. The city views were spectacular, and the atmosphere was relaxing.
For information on the Skyline Country Club, CLICK HERE.
The 1930’s El Rancho Robles Dude Ranch in Oracle, Arizona. It is no longer a dude ranch, though some rooms are rented as apartments today. It is approx 4500 feet above sea level. There are lots of birds and wildlife. Trees shade the property, and a stream runs through it. Click here (PDF) to see an old brochure from the University of Arizona Library (PDF format) on the El Rancho Robles dude ranch.
Early this morning the lunar eclipse, “blood moon” was visible in Tucson. This one was unique in that it converged with the winter solstice for the first time in 372 years (December 21, 1638). The Spanish Conquistadors had come and went about hundred years earlier. It would be 54 years before Jesuit missionary Eusebio Francisco Kino would arrive, but the Pima and Apache Indians would have seen it if the skies were clear.
In the Old West, wagon loads of ore would have traveled from Tucson, through Florence, to Phoenix. For regular travelers today between Arizona’s two largest cities, it is nice to take this more scenic drive. It is a two-way road, so not as safe to travel as the freeway, however, the desert is beautiful and Florence makes a good place to stop. You can walk around, shop, and eat.
Florence boomed in the 1870’s as miners from Silver King Mine and cowboys from local ranches rode in to Florence for fun and business. In 1909, the territorial prison was moved from Yuma to Florence. Today, Florence is still home to prisons, an immigration center and a juvenile detention center. As you travel through Florence, you can not help but be surprised by the size of the existing prisons. But, just blocks west into town, is quaint little Historical Florence that reflects the pride of those living there. Florence has worked hard in restoring historical buildings and homes. Many of the buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. As you walk around town, you can read about the history of the structures on plaques in front of each.
So, visit Florence, Arizona. Another great place to Discover Arizona.
We recently drove out to Oracle, Arizona (North of Tucson) and visited this old 1930’s Dude Ranch – “El Rancho Robles”.
While the great room does not have the baskets and rugs that you see in this old photograph, it still has the wonderful big fireplace.
We had the privilege of sitting in the “great room” of this historic old ranch and were granted permission to walk the grounds. Some rooms are rented as apartments and some as guest casitas.
The architecture is interesting and it’s shady grounds with running stream brings in an abundance of birds.
It may one day be on the Historic Register. Looking through the old pamplet (pdf), it looked like a place that offered great vacation experiences.
View more photos and other photos of Oracle, Arizona by CLICKING HERE.