We stayed a couple nights at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. It was really nice - we never stayed there as students (maybe because we had no money?), but summer rates were pretty good (for the resort).
TV in the bathroom? It is Shark Week on Discovery Channel . . .
The observation deck overlooking Tucson:
The resort is in north Tucson and is right up against the desert. Our room had desert view from the front door and the patio. It was pretty sweet.
We planned our meals in Tucson to hit up can't-find-in-Phoenix restaurants (yummy!):
Friday dinner: Frog & Firkin
Saturday lunch: Susie's Cafe
Saturday dinner: Zachary's Pizza
Sunday lunch: Miss Saigon
We might make this an annual weekend getaway . . .