Our good friends Melinda and Dick suggested that we take a short drive down south with them to Tubac and Tumacácori National Historical Park for a day of shopping, eating, and soaking up southern Arizona culture. Tubac is a shoppers dream - a groovy blend of art galleries, clothing boutiques, crafts shops, home furnishings, and antiques stores…plus many more hidden gems with purchasable items. Interspersed with the shops are plenty of restaurants so our stomachs could be satisfied and the shopping could resume.
Established in 1752 as a Spanish Presidio (fort), Tubac is the oldest continually occupied European settlement in Arizona. Tubac’s history is long and sorted including Jesuit Missionaries, Indian uprisings, mining, and now an influx of artists luring tourists to the town.
All that shopping and we were hungry so we settled into Elvira’s Restaurant – a cool fusion of creative Mexican and bistro food with a dimly lit and crazy colorful atmosphere.
A few miles south of Tubac is Tumacácori National Historical Park. Mission Tumacácori was established in 1691 by Father Eusebio Francisco Kino’s after a landmark visit to an O’odham Indian village. This would be one of 20 missions he established but the oldest established in Arizona.
A visit to the park begins with a short orientation film and then you are free to wander the grounds on a self-guided tour. The weather was perfect, we loved being with our friends and we enjoyed our leisurely tour under the warm sun.
|Looking inside the mission|