Southwestern Lifestyle — It’s easy to understand why so many active adults have chosen the American Southwest and Tucson, Arizona as the place to retire. Imagine enjoying dinner beside a stately saguaro, relaxing on your patio to watch an extraordinary sunset, or taking a swim in the outdoor pool in January.

Our weather is one of the greatest benefits of living in Tucson’s Rincon Valley. Mild winters mean you will never have to shovel snow again! And while the summer can be pretty warm, it’s only for a few short months.

Cultural diversity abounds in the Southwest. Just a short drive in any direction can take you to many interesting places. You can relive history, meet with native artisans, or even take in a bit of cowboy culture. Latino customs are visible in many local festivals and in much of the architecture, music, and cuisine.

Tucson — Arizona’s second largest city, with a population in the greater metropolitan area close to one million, still has the appeal and accessibility of a smaller city.

desertmuseum-01Tucson’s museums include the Tucson Museum of Art, the University of Arizona Museum of Fine Art, the Arizona State Museum, Pima Air Museum and the famous Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

The choice of cultural activities is extensive and includes groups such as The Arizona Theater Company, The Catalina Chamber OrchestraThe Arizona Opera CompanyThe Tucson Symphony OrchestraBallet Tucson, and The Tucson Boys Chorus. In addition, each year The University of Arizona’s UA Presents program brings more than 40 live theater, music, dance, and traveling Broadway shows to Centennial Hall on campus.

Nearby historic sites include the beautiful San Javier del Bac mission, the old-west town of Tombstone, the colorful mining town of Bisbee, and the art colony of Tubac.

Hiking areas include Catalina State Park and the two famous Saguaro National Park sites. Two other great parks, Tohono Chul Park and the Tucson Botanical Gardens feature a variety of interesting native plant gardens. In addition, the southernmost ski area in the United States is located in the Catalina Mountains, the range that borders Tucson on the north.

Tucson has great dining, art galleries and shopping, and plenty of sporting events. It was recognized as the top spa destination by the renowned Zagat Survey. There are no fewer than 20 golf courses in Tucson and one, Del Lago Golf Club, is only 7 minutes from The Academy Village. Del Lago is quickly gaining a prominent position among the better-known courses in the area and also offers a quality dining experience.

DHmap3The Rincon Valley — Academy Village is located at the base of the Rincon Mountains on Tucson’s east side. In this beautiful valley you will find a quiet and peaceful country setting close by the conveniences of modern life. (See red dot in map on left.)  Rapid growth in Tucson has left the Rincon Valley as one of a few semi-rural areas with plenty of open space and views missing from other parts of the city. In 1991, The Rincon Institute was founded as a nonprofit conservation organization to protect the natural resources of Saguaro National Park East and adjoining lands of the Rincon Valley. It sponsors the Rincon Valley Farmers and Artisans Market that is open every Saturday morning just  3 minutes from Academy Village.

To find out more about Southern Arizona and Tucson, please click on these  links: State of Arizona Tourism Website and the City of Tucson’s Visitor’s Bureau.

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