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Monday, August 12, 2013

A Toast in the Desert

Arriba, Abajo, Al Centro, Al Dentro, Salud!  These words make for an interesting start to happy hour at the JW Marriott Starr Pass in Tucson, Arizona.  This traditional tequila toast, shared with guests at sunset each evening, is one of the many traditions that make this hotel a great place to stay the next time you visit Tucson, AZ.
Cactus FlowerThe toast is completed on the hotel’s back patio amidst the magnificent beauty of the Sonoran Desert.  Guests in attendance are treated to the Legend of Arriba Abajo as they enjoy the stunning views, a complimentary shot of tequila, and an occasional glimpse of desert wildlife.  We were lucky enough to spot a family of mule deer amongst the amazing flora of the desert surroundings.
According to the legend, a Mexican revolutionary, General Pancho Villa, was madly in love and wanted to marry his beloved, Juanita.  When he asked Juanita’s father, Don Pablo, for her hand, Don Pablo devised a plan to avoid losing his daughter.  He challenged General Villa to a tequila drinking contest.
I am not going to tell you how the legend ends.  You will have to visit the JW Marriot Starr Pass to find out!  And while you are there, take time to enjoy a round of golf on the Arnold Palmer golf course, float on the lazy river, relax at the Hashani spa or just drink up the beauty of the Sonoran desert.  Salud!