This 34 acre, Spanish Colonial style resort was built in 1929. It began as a college preparatory school for girls who came from all over the country to attend. In 1948 it became a guest ranch. The resorts motto, “A Home away from Home” is so true. The relaxing atmosphere brings you back in time. There are 30 rooms, suites and casitas. No two are the same.
Many famous actors have stayed here including Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, John Wayne and Clark Gable. A casita was built especially for Spencer Tracy and you can stay in that very one today. The resort was featured as a “geotourism” destination by National Geographic, and top 10 for romantic inns by American Historic Inns.
The library has some of the original books from when it was a girl’s school. The telephone is on the bookshelf too. With a big fireplace, hand carved beams and big overstuffed chairs you feel like you are at home immediately.
The Grill at Hacienda Del Sol Restaurant has received many local and national culinary awards. Executive Chef, Ramiro Scavo was the winner of the Iron Chef Tucson award. There are magnificent views of the Catalina mountains. Have breakfast on the patio, then go for a horseback ride, or take a swim. Don’t miss the gift shop. It has hand blown glass perfume bottles, a wine rack stocked by the Grill, and many other items.
It is wonderful to see such an historic part of Tucson, Arizona returned to it’s original state, and a treat to be able to stay there and become a part of the history.