Hubby and I put 794 miles on the car for our little weekend jaunt.
Eat, sleep and drive seemed to be our theme. We like to drive places we have never been before and so it was with this trip. We headed south toward the Mexican border of Nogales. I was assuming it would be desolate and not much to see.....but no, there were many homes all along the way and the little town we stayed at the first night (Rio Rico) was really neat. There were little hills everywhere and on top of every hill was a house. We stayed at a resort called "Esplendor" it was just a great place.....pretty and great service. Here are a few pictures:
The patio off the bar and restaurant (we had dinner out here)
The next day our plans were to drive to Douglas, Ariz. and stay at the historic hotel called "The Gadsen Hotel". The map showed us to drive to Nogales, Az. and then turn east to go to Douglas but as we got there it looked like we were going to the run right into the border crossing so we tried to avoid that but instead ran smack into the fence. Although we live so close to the Mexican border this was the first time I had seen the fence.
Well we worked out way around and finally got on the right track. Hubby wanted to stop at the Del Sol Casino. Trust me, this is not your average casino....it looks like a Mexican town with buildings and etc. and the roof looks so much like the evening sky you aren't sure it isn't real. We had lunch there and looking out at one of the bars they had these revolving tequila bottles. Like I said, it is not your average casino.
Well, when you take jaunts not all the experiences are great ones and so it was with Douglas and the historic hotel. If only I would have read the reviews on Tripadvisor before I booked a room. It is really sad too because the hotel is really amazing but just not being maintained. We ended up going back about 90 miles to another place where we had stayed one time before and got a room there.
The next day we were determined to drive the different route home so back tracked again and headed to Wilcox, Safford, Globe and then home......and so was the weekend jaunt.