Looking for relaxation, outdoor adventures, and rewarding your senses with food/shopping/craft brewery experiences? Trust us, you don't even need to plan this, you can ease right into all of that, in Marana.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is one of the top-rated resort/spa/restaurant destinations in the U.S. Forbes Travel Guide has awarded The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain its highest five star ratings for the resort, spa, and a four star rating for CORE Kitchen for several years in a row. If you are into dolce far niente (and you know who you are), this is the ultimate place to indulge while taking in exotic scenery and perfect weather. We couldn't ask for anything more.
Stay and hike/bike/walk at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain by exploring the many trails in the Tortolita Mountain range. The resort is nestled into a magical mountain range, that offers gentle desert walks or can be quite challenging. There are also easy bike paths as well as mountain biking for the very advanced rider. Enjoy the Sonoran Desert wildlife and plant life slowly and up close.
If you want horse riding experiences and activities every moment of your vacation and not have to plan any of it, you want to stay at the White Stallion Ranch. It is the highest rated dude ranch in the U.S. and will get you outside for horse rides, archery, electric biking, rock climbing, and much more. The pick-your-own experience is perfect for multi-generational families and small groups. The White Stallion Ranch has been run by the same family for three generations and is famous among visitors from Britian, France, Germany, Australia, and Canada. Americans are rediscovering and claiming this very special world class destination. The White Stallion Ranch also abuts Saguaro National Park West and feels a lot like staying in a national park but with no crowds or parking to worry about, and you have personal hosts and guides for every activity.
Have your own adventures by staying in Marana and taking off from here for Saguaro National Park West, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and Ironwood Forest National Monument, all within 30 minutes from any hotel in Marana. Foolish Pleasure offers hot air balloon rides over and around Saguaro National Park West and Ironwood Forest National Monument.
See our guide to birding hotspots in and around Marana. You can find hundreds of bird species in this region as part of annual bird migration patterns.
Reward Your Senses
You have a world of options from The Ritz's Forbes Travel Guide Four Star-rated CORE Kitchen to one of the region's best Mexican food trucks, a weekend-only authentic Native American fry bread place, to amazing sushi, Neapolitan wood-fired pizza, to Indian cuisine. Yes, you can plan your visit here around food.
Visitors come to Marana from all over the world, sometimes just to shop at the Tucson Premium Outlets at Marana Center that has more than 60 name brand stores offering incredible deals on beautiful selections of clothing, shoes, and accessories that you'd never find in bigger metro areas. This scenic outdoor mall never has crowds and always has top notch friendly professional retailers who can help you find what you need. And the Arizona Pavilions shopping area has incredible selections, plenty of parking, food options, and entertainment.
Craft Breweries and Taphouses
In addition to Marana's neighboring micro craft breweries, each a legend on its own, there are several more new taphouse/wine bars, where you may sit and sip or visit a food truck and enjoy local ambiance.