Tucson, Arizona, is a city nestled in the dramatic backdrop of several mountain ranges. It lies in the Sonoran Desert, but, unlike many would think, it’s brimming with nature for the adventurous. After all, this city was formed from a Spanish fort built here during the 18th century and the people staying here had to be hardy and daring.
The city’s diverse population and close proximity to Mexico allowed it to have some of the best Mexican food in the world. It earned the title of being one of the United States UNESCO Creative Cities, and was the only places nominated for gastronomy. It is also home to the University of Arizona, and students say that even in the confines of their school, nature and great Mexican food aren’t far away.
So, if you’re up for strong flavours, sand, and scorpions, check out these 5 HomeAway and Vrbo vacation rentals that capture the character of Tucson:
Want to be completely surrounded by the desert landscape, but not quite fully committed to sleeping in tents? Look no further than this listing. Enjoy awesome views while lying in the comfort of bed, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows. The sloped ceilings help to create a cosy vibe. Imagine the thrill of being able to spot a coyote or a javelina trotting by your window in the morning. Awake to the grand daybreak of the desert. The house is composed of two units that are connected by a covered breezeway. Through the breezeway, you can enter an open-concept, fully stocked kitchen. It faces west, so whip out your shades as you enjoy the sunset as you whip up dinner. If you’re seeking privacy and tranquility in the desert but also want a touch of luxury, this listing might just be perfect for you.
Desert Beauty, Close to City, Quiet and Private
Area: Near N Cotaro Road and W Ina Road, Tucson, AZ
Price: from 137 USD
Number of Guests: 2
Access: Down a private gravel road, shared only by the owner’s home
Desert Beauty, Close to City, Quiet and Private6398 West Ina Road Unit A
Top guest reviews
Host:great job to the owner james and his wonderful property managerjames and carella were wonderful hostseveryone was very helpful with us answering any questions we hadvery accommodating in friendly caretakerwe also enjoyed getting to meet james the owner who was incredibly kindRead more reviewswonderful location: close to great hiking and close to suppliesthe location is exceptional - a mile or so from some very nice restaurants and food grocery storeshowever don’t let the close proximity of these stores deter from the serene location of the housespectacular home in a beautiful dessert locationthis is one of the most elegant architecturally interesting places we’ve ever rented
Need somewhere spectacular and rustic for a larger group, perhaps for three generations of your family? This enchanting masterpiece of a home will have even the fussiest in-laws feeling like aristocrats in their desert mansion. Enter the space through a 1,700-square-foot (158-square-metre) fireplace-lit patio. There are three gorgeous suites with en suite bathrooms, and another king-sized bedroom with a walk-in shower. Some have functioning fireplaces to keep you warm on wintry desert nights. To really give you that luxury edge, all the rooms are equipped with LED TVs. Look at all the timeless decor and furniture that adorns the bedrooms, especially this master suite. Combined with the natural grandeur of your surroundings, you will feel like you’ve stepped into an old wild west romance novel. And, of course, who could forget this absolutely incredible 7-person infinity pool with heating options? Watch the views all around you reflect off the calm surface of the water. Step into the pool in the day to escape the blistering Tucson heat. Turn the heat up and take a dip at night to comfort yourself in the desert cold. You can be sure to expect nothing but a luxurious stay with these hosts; they have been in the home rental business for 11 years and have had many 5-star reviews for their property.
Masterpiece with Infinity Pool and Spa
Area: W Aklam Rd, Rwin Hills Estate, AZ
Price: from 334 USD
Number of Guests: 10
**Special Jan 13-20 ** Masterpiece with Infinity Pool and Spa671 N Mountain Side Way
Top guest reviewsour daughter is an aspiring chef and loved the kitchen cooking delicious mealsthere is an amazing outdoor recreation area with cool infinity pool and spacious hot tub
Host:ron was a great host he has an attention to detail and responded to all inquisitions promptlyRead more reviewsthe location of the house is very private and so quiet ron was such a great host
This quaint guest house, located on top of a hill, is full of that Tucson desert-side charm. Its location allows visitors to witness sweeping views of many of the mountain ranges that surround Tucson, including Rincon, Catalina, and Tortolita. Settle down to sexy, red hot sunsets that you can watch from the Casita’s patio. It has old-school architecture with a lovely warm orange colour scheme on the inside, matching the beauty of the surroundings in the evening. Other unique touches are the Mexican-influenced decorations that fill the home, including the kitchen tiles and dining tables. Even the stylish bedrooms have flashes of the Mexican theme, such as the bed sheets. Relax in the cosy little living room in front of the warming fireplace. Guests are also allowed to relax on the patio of the owners’ houses, and also use the pool if it’s in season.
We loved the casita! It was so beautifully appointed with wonderful artwork, plush robes, comfy beds, great coffee and stunning views. Connie and Andre are great hosts as well. The property is set on 20 acres with trailheads close by. You wake in the morning to the sound of birds, the occasional deer and humming birds feeding on flowers. At night the lights of Tucson spread out below you. The setting is private and rural but close to restaurants and shops in Tucson. I wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again. I can’t say enough nice things about our stay! Kimberly B
Quaint Adobe Guest House loaded with Tucson Charm and Spectacular Views
Area: W el Camino del Cerro, Tucson, AZ
Price: from 87 USD
Number of Guests: 4
The Starlight Casa is a HomeAway that was built with the aim of transporting the vacationer back to the time of the pioneers. It’s isolated, beautifully, and historically inspired. This canyon is the desert’s secret, and even long-time locals don’t know that this area of Tucson exists. The artists involved in the construction of the property often comment on how well hidden this stay is. Spot wildlife wander around your home as you spend sun-soaked afternoons on the patio. As the evening sun turns into night, travel back hundreds of years, contemplating the unchanging nature of the stars. The casita was built with authentic Tucson architectural design elements in mind. The traditional motifs and structures inside the home harken back to another time, but modern appliances in the kitchen allow you to prepare a warm meal in minutes. The natural building materials and high ceilings moderate temperatures superbly, providing you comfort in the desert. An example is this spacious, rustic bedroom; the high ceilings work like natural air-conditioning.
If you’re looking to get a glimpse of old Tucson in a near-magical setting, this HomeAway is perfect for you.
Tucson Time Machine Journey–Enjoy Rooftop Sunsets & Wildlife Show
Area: Between Nebraska St, S.Beehive Ave, and the W Placita de Terra, Tucson, AZ
Price: from 277USD
Number of Guests: 6
Tucson Time Machine Journey–Enjoy Rooftop Sunsets & Wildlife Show3725 W Holladay St
Top guest reviewsthere is also plenty of comfortable outdoor seating with views in every directionthe house was clean and comfortablethe house is well appointed (better than some 5 star hotels we've stayed in ) and super cleanhome was well equipped and extremely clean we would definitely stay here againit's well-stocked very clean and has comfortable indoor and outdoor space to spend time together
Host:the owners responded quickly and were very easy to work withhe was very attentive and courteousfirst of all andrew was a wonderful hostwe will be back fantastic hostRead more reviewslocation was beautiful with very easy access back to tucson and surrounding areathis is a great place very relaxing and close to everythingthis location is great for anyone looking to experience the desert lifeeverything about this property was perfect the location is the main draw
If you’re looking for a stay in the desert with an accommodation that resembles your childhood fantasy of what your very own castle would look like, Mollohan Castle is right up your alley. There is an exciting range of themed rooms in this castle, from Rapunzel’s Tower to a gloomy dungeon. Play pretend in a well equipped environment full of props. Bust out your imagination and have your kids rescue you from sand demons. The bedrooms are regal in their own right, with rich wooden posts and maroon carpets. Chill out here like a king or queen after making your rounds in town. The view from the outside isn’t bad either; the dusty roads, mountain ranges, and towering cacti really give you a sense that you’re defending your own fort.
Our family had a great stay at the castle. We hiked, played pool, and spent some good quality time together. The castle was the most unusual place we have stayed in, with a private room on the third floor and a dungeon in the basement. Plenty of room for the four of us.
MOLLOHAN CASTLE Mountain side seclusion / City views and Sonoran Desert
Area: W Mollohan Drive, Santa Cruz Southwest, Tucson, AZ
Number of Guests: 8
Mollohan Castle = Mountain side seclusion, Desert Beauty1939 W Mollohan Dr
Top guest reviewsplay pool or ping pong on the deckon the down side it seems that this facility is still a work in progressthe bed in the master bedroom was very comfortable as was the living room
Host:daniel was a good host and has a neat visionthe owner is friendly and very accommodatingand danny is a great hostdanny was very helpful and friendlythe owner was quick to help and gave suggestions on where to eatRead more reviewsit was very easy to access and had grocers and shopping very close bycool place a work in progressloved it had a total blast excellent location to do all the tucson stuff
Tucson: bold and hearty
Admittedly, Tucson is not for the faint of heart. The sandy desert with its extreme temperatures and the abundance of wild animals are not everyone’s cup of tea. Still, with its beautiful landscapes and its pride in its heritage, this city is worth stepping out of your comfort zone for. These five HomeAways are sure to make anyone feel right at home though.
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