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“eclectic, world-class, wonderful”

La Entrada de Tubac
Ranked #6 of 24 Shopping in Tubac
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Truly world-class galleries highlighting all media. Home resource stores featuring rugs, lighting, accessories and decor from around the world. The best kitchen store in the state. And an authentic Indian trading post with a great selection of old pawn. All in about three square blocks.

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Reviewed 13 July 2013

If you're visiting the Tucson area, a nice diversion is a drive down to Tubac. Tubac is located in the Santa Cruz River Valley, about a 40-minute drive from Tucson, and has a 250-year-old Spanish history, being founded 1752. The area has many Missions from that era, and many are restored or in the process of restoration. The Colony of Tubac is a quirky and wonderful marketplace, boasting it's Spanish/Mexican heritage. There is a growing Artist's Colony among some 80 galleries and shops scattered about, and you find an abundance of hand-crafted items, sculpture, paintings, clothing and import shops. There are several locally-owned restaurants, and a nice golf course nearby with tasty food and a view of a pond with cattle grazing and ducks swimming amid the golf course just outside the restaurant windows. If you like to browse and shop, this is a fun experience. If you love desert exploring, there are hiking and biking trails, with many varieties of birds and animals to discover. This is a great day trip if you have the time, and well worth the drive.

1  Thank ZinFanatik
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Reviewed 15 April 2013

I stopped here on a whim while on the way to the charming Tumacacori mission. To my surprise, found several high quality shops that one might expect to find in Santa Fe or Santa Barbara, not necessarily next door to Nogales. I'd recommend the cigar shop, the Yard Woman place shop selling herbal teas that the owner learn from her grandmother, and, especially La Paloma - a pan-Latin American boutique that covers everything from high end to the common. Kudos to the owners and their eyes, taste and negotiating skills - I was amazed to find items from Oaxaca, Potosi (Huicholes/Wirrarika), Guatemala, huipiles, Shipibo textiles, rare sculptures from Amazon, fantastic poncho/despacho etc textiles from Peru. Given the consistently high quality, the prices were very reasonable... they may appear high to bargain hunters but someone who has been to the places they come from can only be amazed. If traveling Route 19, check the Mission and stop and check La Paloma....

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Reviewed 17 March 2013

A bit of a drive from Tucson, but definately worth the trip. Its a great place to spend a few hours perusing the many shops that sell beautiful hand crafted wares, but you could easily make a day out of it. There are a few restaurants available to take a break from your shopping or just to get out of the heat/sun. I only saw one restroom, but it was perhaps the most unique restroom Ive ever used (you'll have to try it yourself to see). There seemed to be plenty of parking and the store employees were friendly and welcoming. I would agree with Whopper65's review - there are some out-of-range prices but the products are very interesting and unique. I visit Tucson once a year for business and would definately return to the area again. Visitors using strollers, walkers or wheelchairs may have a bit of a problem since some of the walk ways are a bit "lumpy bumpy".

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Reviewed 15 March 2013

This trip was well worth the time and distance to get there from Tucson. Once there, we decided to try the far shops/attractions and work our way back to the front. It was a good move, since we saw quite a bit more hand-crafted merchandise than those nearest to the entrance. Some ridiculously top-shelf shops with out-of-range prices, but for the most part, very interesting products, and the informal coffee house and ice cream store made for delicious goodies. Picked up some reasonable hand-crafted pieces, and overall, the experience was satisfying. Not a not-to-be-missed attraction, but a once-and-done worthwhile trip.

Thank whopper65
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