Author: Amanda Oien

A Summer Essential: Salt River Tubing

A black and yellow tube, labeled Salt River, floats in the Salt River in Arizona with tubers in the background.

| By Amanda Oien Tucson’s raspados and Mesa’s Salt River have two things in common: highly desired during the hot summer months and arguably, equally refreshing. If you’re wanting to escape the scorching sun this summer or wanting to knock off Salt River Tubing from your summer bucket list, you’re in luck. The Salt River… Read more »

Choosing to Stay in Tucson After Graduating from UA

University of Arizona graduates talk about how their decision to study and work in Tucson has shaped their careers | By Amanda Oien Tucson’s green saguaros and silver barked mesquites aren’t the only colors that feel like “home” to a Tucsonan. Evident from the highest tip of Tumamoc Hill, or the rocks of Windy Point—it’s… Read more »

Tucson’s Moveable Feast

Why sit in one place all night when there is so much to savor?| By Louie Christensen You can find plenty of restaurants scattered across the Southwest that will wow you, from Phoenix’s award-winning Tarbell’s to Santa Fe’s fabulous Pantry Restaurant. But there are very few cities in the western sprawl where foodies can walk… Read more »

Shot List

An insider’s guide to the best golf courses in Tucson| By Louie Christensen As winter lingers in the northern half of the United States, thousands have to shovel themselves out of hazardous conditions. Here in Tucson, the only tool we ever need to escape our winter hazards is a sand wedge. When temperatures heat up,… Read more »

Hector the Loneliest Saguaro

Kathryn Humphrey holds book "Hector the Loneliest Saguaro" in front a saguaro in southern Arizona

Kathryn Humphrey’s move to Tucson inspired her new children’s book | By Amanda Oien| Photography by Brielle Farmer Sunshine and scorpions surround Kathryn Humphrey, who is embracing her new home in Tucson, Arizona—with the help from a secluded, yet resilient, saguaro. Kate, an illustrator hailing from the glitz and glam of Los Angeles, has called… Read more »

The Glitz of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

Bright purple amethyst gemstone

Find your way around Tucson’s Gem and Mineral Show | By Amanda Oien Since 1954, thousands of buyers, sellers, traders and visitors from all over the world make the pilgrimage to Tucson, Arizona for the annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in late January to February. The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show has everything from… Read more »

A Frosty Quick Guide to Mt. Lemmon

Ditch the mild winter weather for the snow-capped Catalinas | By Amanda Oien As the winter storm grows stronger, snow begins to fall, blanketing towering evergreens while the creeks freeze over. Locals bundle up to make snowmen, go sledding and sip mulled wine at the ski lodge. Upstate New York might come to mind, but… Read more »