If you’re like many folks living in Canada or the northern two-thirds of the US, the opportunity to escape winter’s cold for a warm, sunny destination is high on your list. Sojourn’s Arizona Bike Tours have attracted sun-seeking cyclists for the past decade to the region in and around Tucson.

Tucson has always been at the forefront of developing bicycling infrastructure and its devotion to completion of The Loop, which will soon total over 130 miles of bike paths, has not gone unnoticed by cyclists.  Sojourn has been touring guests to and from Saguaro National Park for years using paths that are part of The Loop.

It’s unusual for us to base a tour in a city, even if only for one night, however Tucson has a gem of a small resort nestled in the foothills above town. The historic guest ranch resort of Hacienda del Sol was formerly a private girl’s school whose students included children of elite society the likes of Vanderbilts and Westinghouses. In 1948, the school was transformed into a guest ranch and soon became the favored hideaway of Hollywood stars Spencer Tracy and Audrey Hepburn.

 Today, the history and authentic charm of this southwestern style guest ranch is evident throughout the property. Spanish style architecture, gardens, and courtyards offer relaxing oases in the midst of the Sonora Desert. Peaceful sitting areas and stylish guest rooms provide plenty of options for personal reflection. And, speaking of reflection, the tastefully designed swimming pool often catches the reflection of the towering Santa Catalina Mountains to the north.

Hacienda del Sol is home to Sojourn guests for three memorable evenings during our Arizona bike tours. In addition to the physical beauty of the property, it also features one of Tucson’s finest restaurants. If you’re thinking about escaping the cold and snow this winter, look no further than Sojourn’s Arizona Tour – you’re sure to relish your time in the friendly Southwest, especially during your stay at lovely Hacienda del Sol.