Just a few minutes from the University of Arizona, there’s a stately Victorian house that’s stood on the corner of University Boulevard and 6th Avenue since the late 1800s. Today the recently renovated bed and breakfast is recognized in color and name as The Big Blue House Inn.
This Groupon is valid for stays in a queen kitchenette guest room.
In-room amenities: Each suite has a private bath, a private exterior entrance, and an expanded kitchenette.
Wake up right: A full daily hot breakfast can be had indoors or on the patio.
Distance to the University of Arizona campus: 0.6 miles
Night owls rejoice: With 24-hour reception, you can get into the inn at any time of day or night.
Tucson, Arizona: Southwestern History and Culture Amid the Cacti
Tucson—or the Old Pueblo—is a bastion of southwestern history and rich culture surrounded by mountains and desert. It's existed as an outpost for years, and as such it's absorbed elements from European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian cultures. Today, this unique blend is especially evident in the downtown restaurant scene, where you can get authentic chilies rellenos, delicately prepared sushi, and upscale bistro fare with fine wines from nearby vintners.
Those willing to make the short trip outside of downtown can better soak up the area's gorgeous natural landscape at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a combined botanical garden and zoo located about 13 miles west of the hotel. There, mountain lions, gila monsters, and more than 1,200 kinds of plants spread across 21 acres of desert scenery.
Mission San Xavier del Bac, the "White Dove of the Desert," is one of the oldest intact European structures in Arizona. The sprawling white adobe church, located about 10 miles south of downtown, was built in the 1700s. It's a striking example of the area's Spanish colonial architecture, with interiors lined with frescoes and fine sculpture.