Dog's Day Out in Tucson, AZ
Saguaro National Park was officially designated as protected wilderness in 1976. It consists of 57,930 acres within the Rincon Mountain District of Saguaro National Park, and is bounded on three sides by the 38,590-acre Rincon Mountain Wilderness Area, which lies within the Coronado National Forest. There are more than 165 miles of hiking trails. Dogs must be on leash and must be cleaned up after on roadways and picnic areas.
Bookman’s Entertainment Exchange is an Arizona-grown shop that has six locations across the state. Like its sister stores, the Tucson shop specializes in preserving and recycling resources from every form of entertainment – including books and multimedia. With popular in-store events and free Wi-fi, Bookman’s is a favorite Tucson hangout for locals. The owners are self-proclaimed pet lovers and welcome leashed, well-mannered dogs into the store.
Oro Valley, located north of Tucson, offers beautifully manicured parks where dogs are welcome, as long as they're on a leash. Trails, through and surrounding the park (in an adjacent wash), offer great exercise for pooches. Within the park, scooper dispensers and trash cans are available. Cañada del Oro Riverfront Park also has plenty of entertainment for travelers including a horseshoe park, walking paths, and an equestrian staging area.
About 30 minutes outside of downtown Tucson is Charron Vineyards & Winery, most well-known for their white merlot. It is one of Arizona’s oldest vineyards and, at 4,200 feet in elevation, enjoys warm summer days with cool nights – a perfect growing condition for grapes. On deck are daily wine tastings that visitors can enjoy with their pups on the outdoor patio, surrounded by spectacular views of the nearby Santa Rita Mountains. The vineyard was started by Milton and Susan Craig, a husband-wife team who moved to the area after retiring from their careers in the technology industry. Charron Vineyards has four acres of mature vines and another five acres available for future growth.
The Cup Cafe is an established downtown Tucson tradition with a reputation for delicious, creative and eclectic fare, alive with flavor. The full-service, historic modern bistro has three menus with fresh and ever-changing daily features. Selections include build-your-own omelets, unique salads, great appetizers, full-coursed entrees, creative and classic sandwiches, as well as vegan and vegetarian options. The trendy restaurant features homemade desserts from local bakers, Sarah Martin and Ian Cox.