Take Time to Chill
Mellow vibes in a bustling town
Sunset at Mission San Xavier del Bac,Southside District
Wander the gardens of Tohono Chul, near Oro Valley. Named one of the world's great botanical gardens by Travel + Leisure, Tohono Chul shines a light on the art, culture, and natural wonders of the Sonoran Desert with nature trails, eclectic shops, galleries, classes, and bird-watching opportunities. The Garden Bistro's award-winning menu is heartily influenced by the flavors of the region.
Achieve harmony at Yume Japanese Gardens, a living expression of an ancient heritage from the Land of the Rising Sun. Covering three quarters of an acre, it comprises five traditional visions of landscape. In each segment, nature is balanced by the human hand to render the elegant and subtle spirit of an authentic Japanese garden. In Japanese, “yume” translates to “dream”, and the experience here allows visitors to drift off into precisely this sort of state.
Tohono Chul glows with twinkling lights in December.
Get your zen on at Seven Cups Tea House. Walking into Seven Cups, the first thing you will notice is its serenity: calm, quiet and peaceful. A traditional Chinese tea house with more than 100 loose-leaf teas, Seven Cups prides itself on slowing things down. Linger over a sit-down tea service and feel urgency disappear with each sip. Soft décor, tranquil music and the gentle bubbling of aquariums perform in harmony to soothe and settle.
Commune with nature in Madera Canyon. With its mountainous terrain and lush, green plant life, Madera Canyon is a welcome variation in the desert landscape. Feast your eyes on wildflowers in spring and changing colors in fall. Observe abundant wildlife year round as well as hundreds of species of birds. Take a respite from the summer heat by hiking diverse trails or strolling leisurely along Madera Creek. Get away from it all and revel in the grandeur of this local treasure.
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