Monday, December 15, 2008

My World: Tubac

Under the fading light of December skies we drove to Tubac on Saturday, December 6. It is my Mother's first day here and we drive her to Rio Rico to see Hawk Hill before stopping by Tubac for dinner. We had no idea it was Luminaria Nights but as we pass trough the archway that frames the entrance to the Tubac Embarcadero we see the sidewalks lined with paper sacs waiting for their candles to be lighted.


Tubac is a small town south of Tucson that enjoys a growing reputation as an artist colony. The little town is a winter escape for many snowbirds as well as a year-round residence for retirees. Today the sidewalks are guarded by nutcracker soldiers.

My mother poses with them for fun.


Christmas lights stream across courtyards, and wind around pillars and posts.



Mom and I sit on a sculptured bench...



...while Gus is greeted by Santa Claus.



Our growling stomachs call to us. We find a pleasant place to dine at the Tubac Deli and Coffee Company. Pizza is our choice for tonight. We find a table outside under the lighted patio with strains of Christmas carols wafting through the evening air...




...and luminaria lined walkways waiting for flame...



...while fountains sing their own songs...



...and sculptured minstrels play...

...and a head is bowed in peaceful prayer.

Tubac is a wonderful place to visit with many restaurants and art galleries. I have only started to explore this wonderful part of My World.

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(Click on any photo to enlarge for the best view.)

25 comments:

SandyCarlson said...

These are very, very interesting. Looks like you and your mom had a good time of it.

Kathiesbirds said...

Sandy, this is a wonderful place to visit if you are ever here!

Wren said...

If I get back to Tucson, and I hope I will some day, this will definitely be on my list. Looks like you had a great day.

Kathiesbirds said...

Wren, we did. And if you like art or history, this is the place for you. There is also very good birding nearby.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

I could use a good dose of desert living right around now. Interestingly, here in south Florida, our nights don't get as cold as Phoenix, but our summer's rarely break 95 F ... not counting the humidity.

Kathiesbirds said...

Robert, my brother, who lives in Cape Coral, is always pointing that out to me. He loves it there, and I love it here! I hope you can come back someday!

Vickie said...

What a festive southwestern stroll, so full of cultural tradition. I love the first photograph and of course the lights and waiting candles.

Beth said...

Oh Kathie, your desert posts are so delightful as I shiver. I was just reading about sandhill cranes and thinking about your post on them last Spring. Enjoy your visit with your mom.

bobbie said...

It looks like a lovely place. The bench you and your mother are seated on is beautiful. And it's all very festive.

Natural Moments said...

You did an excellent job visually of showing your tour through Tubac. It is world very much worth exploring. Happy Holidays.

kayleen said...

looks like one of those touristy places where it's fun to stroll, eat, stroll, eat....and stroll some more.

gina said...

what a wonderful place to visit. you'll have to share more of it. :)

Stacey Huston said...

Wonderful world, when shared with those we love.. thanks for sharing

Ruth said...

A very inviting My World location, well pictured and well described. I love the first picture.

Deborah Godin said...

Hmmm, I may have to revise my long time stance on needing all four season in one year, that looks so warm and inviting!! Coffee there would be heaven...

Gaelyn said...

Thank you for the wonderful tour of Tubac. I really like the fountains. Have a great visit with your Mom.

Guy D said...

Thanks for the tour, those are some great shots.

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures

Arija said...

Kathie, this is another of your brilliant posts. I loved seeing you and your mom together.
Hugs all round.

Doug Taron said...

The photography in this post is outstanding. For some reason the picture of Gus with Santa made me chuckle. Tubac is yet another place that I've driven past a ton of times and never taken the time to visit. I'll have to change that.

Celeste said...

Tubac looks wonderful, thank you for sharing it with us.

Texas Travelers said...

Nice post and great photos.

I learned something new about AZ.

Troy

PS: Separate email is on the way.

nina said...

I always enjoy seeing a warmer locale decorated for Christmas, though, without snow and winter jackets, I would feel funny.

Thinking of you sitting at a table outside...while we wait for a snowstorm heading right for the midwest!

Lynne said...

You and your Mom look so happy- Gus and Santa too! Enjoy your visit.

Mary C said...

I've not heard of Tubac before. I'll have to put that on my list to visit next time I'm in that area. It looks like your mom is enjoying her visit with you and Gus. I had to chuckle when you mentioned that all of you had dinner outdoors. Gosh, it's been too cold around here (northern CA) to consider eating dinner outdoors. Lunch, maybe, but definitely not dinner! ;o)

The Good Life in Virginia said...

lovely post...have never had the chance to visit tubac but have been to tucson. the weather looks nice.