Tubac, Arizona, One of America’s Coolest Small Towns (Budget Travel) is rapidly becoming a world-class destination. It is not for everyone nor is there room for everyone. It is for the discerning few who value the perfect balance of nature and culture, of tranquility and adventure, of community and solitude. This Small-Town Oasis in the High Desert (New York Times) boasts blue skies, open spaces, great weather, world-class golf, fine art galleries, shopping, dining, culture and history. Tubac is a place where artists find it easy to paint, sculptors find it easy to sculpt and authors find is easy to write. A mere forty-five minutes south of Tucson, home to an international airport, and where world class performance venues vie for attention amidst the intellectual vigor of a major university, Tubac is a world apart.
The easy drive south down I-19 is marked by kilometers, a subtle reminder that you are leaving the familiar and entering the unique. Spaces are big, as the folded hills roll away to towering peaks in the distance. As those peaks, the Santa Ritas, dominate the landscape, you have arrived. A charming village of 1900 people endowed with quaintness, tranquility and charm (Arizona Highways) and with flashes of a rugged past and bright future, Tubac blends old and new effortlessly as worn adobes sidle up against modern galleries in a mélange of color and style.
The weather is great all year round. Late spring and early summer push temperatures into the hot zone briefly in the afternoon and, as the sunsets, bring those casual, balmy evenings so conducive to alfresco entertaining. Later summer brings the monsoons, heralded by the arrival of thunder, lightning and brief downpours that soak the land and plummet the temperatures. Autumn is the best, with warm days and cool nights, perfect for long walks and bike rides. Winter is high season, with days in the 70s, as the village fills with snowbirds escaping the frozen north, and everyone heads out into the world to hike, bike and explore the surrounding countryside. You can do whatever you want whenever you want, all year round.
To spend time in Tubac is to say that you are in touch with yourself, that you are confident with your time, that you can step back, appreciate a moment for that moment’s sake, and relish the simple beauty of a red tail hawk soaring on the thermals, or a Festival of Arts rivaling any in the world. This tiny town is the perfect spot for a former muckety-muck who craves solitude, but will be able to find stimulating company when needed (Fortune Small Business).