We love Starr Pass Golf Suites located in Tucson's southern hills, and have stayed there many times. The suites are uniquely appointed Southwest style. In the morning, we feed the quail with their black topnotches right outisde the patio door--they like whole grain bread bits and disdain crispy cereal. If you reserve a one bedroom apartment, there is a nice fireplace, dining table and chairs, and comfy chair and long sofa in the large living room. The fully appointed kitchen includes a dishwasher and a full size refrigerator. We appreciate the long counter for toiletries in the large bathroom instead of at inns where there is little space.
In the evening from the restaurant patio, we look forward to seeing the javelina grazing on the golf course and we sometimes see them crossing the roads. It's wonderful to enjoy the stately saguaro cactus which look like gesturing people, and the starry skies at night. The front desk and maintenance staff are welcoming, efficient and helpful. It's always hard to leave Starr Pass Golf Suites and we look forward to returning again and again.
Whenever we stay at Starr Pass, we take a day trip about 45 minutes south to Tubac which is a desert enclave of shops, art galleries and restaurants. Tubac is right off Highway 19 on the way to Nogales, Mexico which we do not visit because that city is not safe. In Tubac, my favorite boutique is Quilts Unlimited which features original, arty women's jackets and unique quilts. There are also art galleries as well as shops that offer elegant Southwest home furnishings, clothing and sourvenirs. The Chili Shop right in the middle of Tubac is a great place for ice cream, coffee, ristras and other Southwest souvenirs. Paloma, the large indoor/outdoor compound near the old church on the eastern outskirts of Tubac, offers the best prices and selection for Mexican pottery, home decorations and colorful clothing. Elvira's, our favorite Tubac restaurant serves up perfect Margaritas and Mexican dishes with flair in a memorably designed setting.
Tubac Presidio Historic State Park nearby is also worth a visit. A trip to Tubac would be incomplete without bringing home a tiny bag of spice from the very popular Santa Cruz Chili and Spice Shop on the west side of the old highway a few minutes south of Tubac in Tumacacori. Spices from all over the world come in tiny sealable plastic bags.
Also from Starr Pass, one can easily take day trips to Bisbee and Tombstone. If you go to Bisbee, call ahead and make a reservation at Queen Mine for the popular, fascinating underground copper mine rail tour where you'll be outfitted with yellow slickers and head lamps, and be sure to take sweaters or jackets. Don't miss Smithsonian affiliate Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum in the town square.
Tombstone is fun for all ages with its Boot Hill , fight at OK Corral, wood-planked sidewalks, museum, old opera house saloon, stores, cafes and saloons which serve food and drink. Have a wonderful time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Starr Pass Golf Suites is a Southwest vacation jewel. At the heart of the resort is the celebrated Starr Pass Golf Course a 27-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Facility. Its desert style layout and dramatic terrain challenges golfers of all skill levels. Starr Pass Golf Suites is also perfect for a family getaway, hiking, or those seeking to enjoy the culture and adventure of the old southwest. The magnificent views from your spacious casita include natural desert landscaping drenched in 350 days of sunshine per year. A 75-foot heated Olympic swimming pool, whirlpool and fitness center are just the beginnings of a full array of amenities. Come see all the Tucson foothills have to offer at this southwest getaway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Starr Pass Golf Hotel Tucson
- Starr Pass Hotel
- Starr Pass Resort