Tucson Staycation Ideas for Savor Food & Wine Festival Weekend

Savor Food & Wine Festival is rapidly approaching. Savor is the premier foodie festival in Southern Arizona brought to the state by Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, Local First AZ, and Tucson Botanical Gardens. The festival showcases up to 40 restaurants, 20 wineries or breweries, and local food exhibitors. The current, growing list of participants features Mama's Hawaiian BBQ, Maynard's Market & Kitchen, and Sonoita Vineyards. To see the full list of participants please click here. Savor02

Savor is happening on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Tuscon Botanical Garden (2150 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ  85712). Tickets are $65 per person, and there is 10% off discount code for Localists (email [email protected] for that promo code)! So why not make a whole weekend of it?

Staying overnight in Tucson before or after Savor Food & Wine can be a fun, local staycation weekend if you are coming from Central or Northern Arizona. Here are a number of local picks for where to stay and what to do.

Where to Stay

There are a handful of locally owned hotels in Tucson, here are our picks:

Hotel Congress in Tucson is a great hotel in the heart of downtown. Photo credit: Hotel Congress, via Facebook.

Hotel Congress 15 minutes from Savor at 311 East Congress Street. This hip, historic hotel is in the middle of Downtown Tuscon and boasts live music almost every night. This would be a fun place to rest your satisfied bones after Savor and place you in the center of the city for Sunday.

Mon Ami Bed & Breakfast 10 minutes from Savor at 5902 East 9th Street. Mon Ami is situated in a tranquil residential neighborhood with acres of unspoiled desert landscape that frame unfettered views of the Catalina Mountains. This B&B is walking distance from shopping, entertainment, and (of course) great cuisine to continue your foodie exploration of Tucson. This is the closest local hotel to the Tuscon Botanical Garden.

The Downtown Clifton 15 minutes from Savor at 485 South Stone Avenue. The Downtown Clifton is a Southwestern paradise nestled in the heart and soul of downtown. Decorated with local art and run by people that REALLY LOVE Tucson this hotel offers a complimentary meal at 5 Points Market, exquisite design, and is close to shopping, museums, and hiking.

The Inns at El Rancho Merlita 20 minutes from Savor at 1924 North Corte El Rancho Merlita. Inns at El Rancho Merlita's classic ranch house and guest home feature vintage architecture including wood and beamed ceilings, heritage decor and western art. View the mountains, desert gardens or a lush arroyo from anywhere on three acres of sanctuary.


Casino del Sol Resort 30 minutes from Savor at 5655 West Valencia Rd. While Casino Del Sol Resort is a little further from the Tucson Botanical Gardens than the previous hotels, this is the choice for resort style luxury. Managed by the Pascua Yaquai tribe, this casino resort is nestled in the secluded mesquites of the high desert with Hiaspi Spa, High Limit Lounge, PY Steakhouse, and Ume Sushi & Asian Cuisine (featured at Savor!) onsite.

Inns at Civano 30 minutes from Savor at 10448 E Seven Generations Way. The Inns at El Rancho Merlita have four units available in a the resort-community of Civano. This hotel is very close to Saguaro National Park and offers a homey place to rest your head before or after Savor.

What to Do

Your staycation can continue with cultural attractions, shopping, live music, hiking, and the walk-able streets of downtown Tucson. Below are some local suggestions:

MOCA Tucson weekend hours are Sat/Sun 12pm - 5pm. Photo credit: MOCA Tucson, via Facebook.

There are multiple local museums and galleries in Tuscon, please check their websites for hours and events.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - Inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert.

Children's Museum Tucson - Where imagination and learning connect!

Etherton Gallery - Fine art gallery specializing in vintage & contemporary photography since 1981.

MoCA: Museum of Contemporary Art - MOCA inspires new ways of thinking through the cultivation, interpretation and exhibition of cutting-edge art of our time.

Presidio San Agustín del Tucson - Tucson's original Spanish fort, celebrating Tucson's history and culture.

Tucson Museum of Art - Connecting art to life.


If live music is more your style, Fox Theater and The Rialto Theater are presenting The Fab Four: The Ultimate Beatles Tribute on February 6th. This all-ages show presented in Fox Theater ranges from $30 to $45 per person and doors open at 7:00pm. Rest for a few hours after Savor before hitting the town again for the uncanny live renditions of Beatles’ songs. Named "The Best Beatles Show in the World" by LA Times, The Fab Four invite you for a memorable evening. Tickets available online.

Tucson Symphony is also presenting the classics with Brandenburg, Jupiter & More Points of Interest on February 6th. The show after Savor on February 6th is at 8pm and again on February 7th at 2pm. The full program includes Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Stravinsky's Concerto in E-flat, Ibert's Divertimento, and Mozart's Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter” conducted by Markus Huber. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased online here.

Photo Credit: Philip Scott Johnson, via Visit Tucson on facebook.

There is also ample hiking in and around Tucson. Local tourist information center, Visit Tucson, has outlined the Best Hiking.

"Hiking the mountains that surround Tucson brings you to the very heart of Southern Arizona. In the canyons of the Santa Catalinas or on the summit of Rincon Peak, you'll experience a quiet beauty that has a way of putting life in perspective." -Visit Tuscon's Tuscon Hiking

Finally, even if you just stay in the city and take a stroll down 4th Ave to shop or ride the street car into Downtown you'll have a great time. Visit Tuscon and Our Local Business Directory can inspire you with more local businesses and experiences to check out.