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Poolside at the historic Arizona Inn.

It’s not often that you find a luxury desert resort that lets you relax among family heirlooms, including very fine antiques. But Tucson’s restored Arizona Inn (est. 1930), with its lush gardens, campy ping-pong table, glorious pool, and fine dining, is different than most resorts. Here they have a tradition of hosting generations of families (Rockefellers and regular folk alike) in refined but homey suites and “cottages” decorated with antiques and the inn’s own handmade furniture.

The antiques originated mostly from the inn’s founder, Isabella Greenway (1886– 1953), a popular Arizona congresswoman; the current proprietor is her granddaughter, Mrs. Patty Doar. Many pieces from the family’s collection were stowed away in a basement until recently dusted off and added to the existing fine furnishings. The inn’s spaces now gracefully harmonize Apache baskets with Dale Chihuly glass, George Catlin’s Indian prints with Georgian case furniture and silver, old Mexican ironwork with Boston School paintings. And in this desert enclave, expect to be warmly invited to an English high tea served in an elegantly appointed library—refreshing even on a scorching day. Learn more on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow this February, when the inn is featured in a two-minute segment of the Tucson show. Arizona Inn, tel. 520.325.1541.

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