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Things to do in Tucson

September 20th, 2018 by samhughesinn

Things to Do, plus Places to See, Food to Enjoy

Tucson, AZ

Downtown Tucson
by John Burcham for The New York Times

Things to Do in Tucson

Travelers search for Things to Do in Tucson and the The New York Times posted a wonderful article in today’s paper. Subtitled 36 Hours in Tucson, it includes recommendations for sightseeing, most importantly, architecture & historical treasures.

Besides the usually available tourist information the article also touches on great food, the proliferation of new restaurants & local food. Also featured are biking & hiking plus some of the treasures of the University of Arizona including the Mirror Lab, and two small museums, (The Center for Creative Photography and the University of Arizona Art Museum). It describes two of our observatories (Flandrau Planetarium & Kitt Peak National Observatory). Shopping areas (like 4th Avenue) and the lesser known Mercado San Agustin on the west side of town are profiled as well.

Many lovely photographs of the places featured, accompany the article. There are too many wonders to be enjoyed in just 36 hours but if visitors reach even half of these great recommendations, they will have a terrific first taste of Tucson, AZ.

The full article (including links to all their recommended sites) is available at

Some of the “must do” adventures in Tucson are not mentioned in the New York Times article, but there are only so many things a person can see in 36 hours. A more textured visit would have to include the Sonora Desert Museum on the West side of town, Pima Air & Space Museum, and DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun to cite only a few. The Mission of San Xavier del Bac (the White Dove of the Desert) is only twelve miles south of Tucson and is one of the most historically significant remaining pieces of early Tucson. Begun in the 17th Century, the complex stands in the middle of the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation. (Constant renovation has kept this beautiful building looking exactly as it did upon completion in 1797.) And with ample time it’s possible to combine your lodging in Tucson (hopefully at Sam Hughes Inn Bed & Breakfast) with a trip to the old mining towns of Bisbee and the cowboy historic Tombstone, AZ.

Thanks to the New York Times for this great advertisement for our sweet little city in the desert Southwest.


Sam Hughes Neighborhood

April 3rd, 2016 by samhughesinn

Courtesy of Carolyn Classen and the Sam Hughes Neighborhood list serv, the following events are coming up the weekend of April 8-10, 2016:

Spring Fling on the University of Arizona East Mall

April 8, 9 and 10, 2016

Spring Fling is the largest student-run carnival in the nation. Each year, over 1,500 University of Arizona students volunteer to bring fun and excitement to the Tucson community. The mission of ASUA Spring Fling is to provide funding for UA clubs and organizations through this 3 day event.
Including over 35 rides, games, and 20 original food booths! Check out all the events for the family at Phone info at 520-621-5610

Sam Hughes Neighborhood Garden Tour

April 10, 10 to 4 p.m. Tickets $10, SHNA members $5 (bring your certificate of membership), children free with paid adult.  Tickets on sale at Sam Hughes Elem. School, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More info: tour


Cyclovia Tucson – 10-3pm

Get out of your car and walk or ride your bike through car free roads.



Sunday, Apr. 10, 2016
10am – 3pm

The route: Lost Barrio Historic Warehouse Shopping District (Park Avenue south of Broadway) to Himmel Park  (1000 N. Tucson Blvd.)

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016
10am – 3pm

Himmel Park, 10 to 3 p.m. (Car free route from Himmel Park, south on Tucson Blvd., west on E. 3rd St. bike route, south on N. Olsen Ave., west on E. 9th St., then over to Rincon Hts. neighborhood, and the Lost Barrio).  Sam Hughes garden tour is on the Cyclovia map as the Sam Hughes Activity Hub. Map attached.

 Earth Day

Earth Day Tucson at Himmel Park,  10 to 3 p.m. (along Tucson Blvd.), The 22nd annual event celebrating the community and the environment, in conjunction with Cyclovia Tucson. Print brochure for Tucson Earth Day. Event will include  eco-themed displays, information and hands-on activities for all ages. Topics include: • Air quality • Climate change + Sustainability • Water harvesting and conservation • Renewable energy • Wildlife protection • Land conservation + Native plants • Reduce, reuse and recycling • Alternate modes of transportation •

“Cycling with Cyclovia – Partnering with Cyclovia Tucson for continued success”environmental themes”. Free admission



April 22nd, 2015 by samhughesinn

Barbecue grillThe University of Arizona School of Anthropology celebrates 100 years since its inception with a series of free food lectures. Sponsored in part by the Marshall Foundation, this series explores the area of food & nutrition and its relationship to man and to our perception of ourselves, as it began thousands of years ago.

Up in Smoke: The History of Barbecue will be presented on Thursday, April 23, 2015, 7:00 – 8:30pm, in Social Sciences 100. This free lecture will be hosted by Steven Raichlen in a keynote address at the University of Arizona Social Science Auditorium. (See university map for locations). Steven Raichlen is an award winning author, journalist, lecturer, TV host & novelist. He has a best selling book and TV shows, Primal Grill & Barbecue University on PBS and he has lectured on the history of barbecue at the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress & Harvard University. So, whatever you think you know about throwing a steak of the grill will pale next to this expert’s bank of cooking knowledge

The Human Appetite: A Symposium on Food and Anthropology will be presented Friday, April 24, 1 – 4pm in Haury 216 (see U of A map). Food is the story of human life and this lecture will explore how we think about food from subsistence strategies to nutrition to the role of food in our daily lives.A panel of graduate students in the School of Anthropology will discuss aspects of “how we are what we eat”. Presentations will include the Heritage of Butchery, Early Roman Animal Sacrifice & Consumption, East African diet and identity, Food Security, White Mountain Apache Food Sovereignty and the Biography of Grain.

10,000 Years of Eating in the Southwest, Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10am – 3pm, Arizona State museum lawn. (See U of A map).This lecture covers the changes in food and eating in the Southwest over the past 10,000 years with demonstration booths staffed by students & faculty of the School of Anthropology.

Food Tour: Local Foods from Tucson’s Past, Saturday, April 25, 2015, 11am – 3pm, departs from Arizona State Museum lawn. Cost $25 per person. Sign up at before 9:00 pm, Thursday, April 23. The tour will visit three locations representing Tucson farmers & their local crops at different points during the past 4,000 years. One is a village site on Tumamoc Hill where Native American farmers raised corn about 400 B.C. Below it are the remains of fields where farmers planted agave & pits where they roasted their harvest in A.D.1250.

You can reach these lectures in about a 20 minute walk from Sam Hughes Inn Bed & Breakfast or park in any of the university garages listed on the map.

Cool Car Visits Sam Hughes Inn

March 11th, 2015 by samhughesinn

Old Car at Sam Hughes Inn

Very Cool Car

Cool Car Visits Sam Hughes Inn

This fabulous car was parked in front of the Sam Hughes Inn, Saturday, March 7 while its owner went to one of the final Pac12 basketball games at the University of Arizona. “Such a cool car” and just sitting there all by itself. I couldn’t resist going out and taking a picture of it. I think it looks incredible, with red leather roof and interior upholstery and wire rims. It is modeled after a vintage Mercedes but I couldn’t tell if was actually old or a fabulous replica. Either way it was a wonderful addition to the neighborhood and I noticed that people who followed later, parked at a safe distance being very careful not to bump into it.This car makes you want to tie a long scarf around your neck, jump in the driver’s seat and take off!

Whether you’re driving a cool car or not, if you’re in the area attending a game at the University of Arizona, consider staying with us. You can park your car for free and walk to all the games.