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Archive for December, 2009

Travel to Prescott Resort & Conference Center

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Over the years, we’ve stayed in many hotels.  Some were great; some were lacking.  We were fortunate to stay at the Prescott Resort & Conference Center in Prescott, Arizona recently.  In almost every aspect, our stay was superior. (more…)

Travel to Bucky’s Casino in Prescott Arizona

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

This is it!  The last Wednesday of the year, and, the last of a series of articles on Arizona tribal Hotel-Casinos.

For the culmination of the last four weeks, we decided to get out of town and head for Prescott, Arizona, less than 2 1/2 hours northwest of Phoenix. (more…)

Holiday Travels in Prescott, Arizona

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

During the holidays, Prescott decorates more than most communities. Their Courthouse, the Yavapai County Courthouse, acts as the center of a giant light display. (more…)

Travel to Charming Prescott, AZ

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Prescott has charm.  It is absolutely undeniable.  When you first see Prescott (pronounced Pres – CUT), you have the feeling that you’d really like to live there.  Warm and friendly with quirky shops and a town square around the courthouse, Prescott is a great place to visit. (more…)

Travel to Tucson for Christmas

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Like many people, traveling is something you probably enjoy or you wouldn’t be reading this blog.  As a place to visit during the holiday season, Tucson, Arizona gives you a fantastic climate and an old atmosphere, conducive to a holiday spirit.  If you can’t have snow – the proverbial white Christmas – you might as well have a classical Spanish holiday in old Tucson. (more…)

Travel Food Options in Tucson

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

When you’re traveling in Tucson, it seems natural to want to eat native food.  Since Tucson was briefly part of Mexico, it seems only natural to eat Mexican food.  They come by it honestly. (more…)

Traveling to TUCSON’s Casino Hotel

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

We’re coming down to the last two Wacky Casino Wednesday’s featuring casinos with hotels here in Arizona.

This week we’re featuring the only casino/hotel in southern Arizona.


From a tent containing a bingo hall established in1984 to a $120 million hotel- casino, the Tohono O’odham nation completed its newest casino project in 2007 including its first hotel.

The quite new Desert Diamond Casino

The quite new Desert Diamond Casino

Located adjacent to the Tucson International Airport, Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel is owned and operated by the Tohono O’odham Nation, the second largest tribal area in Arizona.  Another Desert Diamond Casino without a hotel property is located I-19 & Pima Mine Rd., approximately 10 miles south.

The 323,000-square-foot casino-hotel is located at 7350 S. Nogales Highway.  A 149 room hotel is connected to the 165,000 sq. ft. casino by an 8,000 sq. ft. conference center.


The casino complex boasts over 1000 slot machines

  • 500 Seat Bingo Hall
  • 35 Seat Keno Room
  • Separate non-smoking slot machine room
  • Separate non-smoking poker and table game room

** Note: Smoke Alert!!!  After visiting several casinos over the last few weeks, all which allow smoking on the gaming floor, my opinion is that The Desert Diamond Casino ventilation system is not as adequate as the previous properties we have reviewed.


Monsoon Night Club

Hours: Friday & Saturday 8:00PM


The Steakhouse

Cost: Prime Rib/Steaks: $16.95-$29.95

Hours: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 7 Days a Week

The Buffet
Cost: Lunch $9.99, Dinner $12.99

Monday Seafood Buffet $16.95

Sunday  Brunch $14.95

Lunch: $8.85
Dinner: $10.85

Food Court

Diamond Grill / Diamond Wok

Cost: Grill – Average Entrees 4.95   Wok – Average Entrees $5.95-7.95

Hours: 24 Hours


As an added benefit to your wallet, there is no lodging tax – a savings of 12.5% per room.

Desert Diamond Hotel with a Vegas kind of look

Desert Diamond Hotel with a Vegas kind of look


Heated outdoor pool

Exercise facilities

Near the pool

Near the pool


King and double rooms are available along with Executive Suites and Luxury VIP suites with one or two bedrooms.

Rooms include:

  • Contemporary decor
  • 32″ flat panel television (42” flat panels in suites)
  • Large work desk
  • Complimentary wireless internet access
  • Refrigerator

Travel to Biosphere 2: Science’s version of Big Brother

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

In September, 1991 until September, 1993, eight people lived together in one very large “house,” Biosphere 2. (more…)

Traveling to Tucson

Monday, December 21st, 2009

More than once I have been talking to someone from outside Arizona who says, “I have relatives who live in Tucson.”  It’s interesting that no one ever says, “I have relatives who live in Phoenix.”  I know it’s just an odd coincidence, but it’s still interesting. 

So, what is it about Tucson that attracts a slew of wealthy retirees and others to make it their home? (more…)

Friday Favorite: Scottsdale Food

Friday, December 18th, 2009

When you are traveling – well, you gotta eat!  Where you’d like to eat is obviously determined by diet, preferences, and budget.

Scottsdale has every imaginable food opportunity in both chain and unique restaurants.  Today, we’ll feature two unique restaurants catering to two different culinary inspirations. (more…)