Tubac began as a Spanish presidio in 1752. The remnants of the history are still there for those who want to explore the historic Tubac Presidio State Park. Today, however, it is better known as an artist colony. There are a number of unique shops, art galleries, and dining options. Just a 47 minute drive south of Tucson, you can explore it for the day, or stay at the Tubac Golf Resort and Spa. Originally set on the grounds of the historic Otero Ranch, cows graze lazily near the golf course. The resort has sweeping views of the Santa Rita mountain ranges and the grounds are filled with fountains, lush lawns, and mature trees.
For the art lovers, the best place to start is the Tubac Center of the Arts. Here they promote and exhibit the arts of both local artists and those from around the country. There are workshops for all ages and a gift shop. Tubac is a good place to station yourself if you want to make some day trips to nearby points of interest. The closest thing you might experience to a beach in Arizona is at the Patagonia Lake State Park. This huge lake has boating, swimming, kayaking and even the best bird-watching in the state.
Further afield is the charming town of Patagonia itself. The wine trail in Sonoita is the perfect way to end the day before you loop back. Numerous wineries greet you along the route in this rustic and beautiful desert grassland region. Considered to be Arizona's original wine country it will not disappoint with wineries like Los Milics Vineyard.
However, if you prefer to stay in Tubac, the Flying Leap Vineyards Tasting Room has plenty of Arizona wines for you to try as well. Dining is a must in Tubac and Elvira's is an award winning modern Mexican cuisine that is a must-see while in town. However, if you prefer a good cup of coffee and a sandwich, Tubac Deli & Coffee Co. is a quick and delicious option. Whichever way you decide to spend your time in Tubac, it is time well spent.