Our Fur Baby Staycation at Lodge on the Desert

We are sharing all of the details behind our very first staycation in Tucson with our fur baby, Bowie! 


Spring break was a blast, and I am so thankful that we got to spend some time together as a family and also experience our first family road trip and family staycation! 

Last week, Adam had his spring break and had almost 10 consecutive days off. Knowing this, I made sure to rearrange my meetings and delay any projects that I could so that we could manage to spend as much time together as possible before his busy season at work starts up; summer is Adam's busiest time of the year at work since he is the IT manager at a private school, and he has to get all of the school equipment ready for the new school year while the students and teachers are on their summer break. While we did spend plenty of time during spring break relaxing, we made plans to take Bowie on the first of many adventures throughout the state and eventually across the southwest. 

We grabbed everything Bowie would need for a few days, packed it into our car, and made the two hours drive down to Tucson. 


Bowie behaved exceptionally well on our road trip, and we believe a lot of that has to do with the fact that we've been actively taking him on car rides when we need to run errands. After arriving in Tucson, we checked into Lodge on the Desert, grabbed our room key, and took Bowie around for a little tour to get him used to the area before forcing him into his normal routine. 

The grounds at Lodge on the Desert are charming and full of lush desert landscaping. A lot of the areas that were the most beautiful also had a lot of cacti (many of them were blooming their spring flowers too), and we were able to enjoy everything from far enough away on the path so we did not have to worry about Bowie getting caught up in cactus needles. 

After walking around for a bit and exploring, we decided to get Bowie settled into his 'new home' for the next few days. We set up his bed, surrounded him with his chew toys and stuffed animals, and set out his water and food bowls. Relaxing in our room and getting Bowie familiar with the place, we worked up an appetite and decided to walk a few steps back to the on-site restaurant, Cielos. 

Similarly landscaped to the rest of the hotel, Cielos has a beautiful desert decor and while you sit on the outdoor patio you feel as though you're vacationing in Mexico. Stunning, patio string lights above our heads and the sun setting, we enjoyed happy hour and experienced hands down the best charcuterie board we've ever had! The Chef's board at Cielos was packed with a variety of artisanal cheeses that were specifically chosen to pair with the cured meats, pickled vegetables, dried fruits, and jam served on the charcuterie board. Adam and I made sure to order different drinks with our meal as well--Adam's favorite drink was the Cielos fashioned (their nod to an old fashioned), and my favorite drink was their grapefruit cosmo. For dinner, we loved the Mar y Tierra from Cielos! Perfectly cooked filet mignon surrounded by grilled Cortez shrimp and a handful of microgreens, this was an exceptional dinner. 

After dinner, Adam and I took Bowie out for another walk and made sure to spend some more time playing with him and wearing him out so he could get ready to go to sleep. We threw his ball around and playing tug-o-war with his teething rope, and once he started to seem like he was no longer interested in playing, we took him out to go to the bathroom and we let him lay down to sleep while we went out to the pool to sit in the hot tub and unwind from our busy day.












The next morning, after getting a chance to sleep in for the first time in what felt like months, we finally managed to roll out of bed and we all went down to Cielos for our family breakfast. Since it was a buffet, we were able to get situated at a table and Adam and I took turns going up to the buffet to get each other whatever we needed for our breakfast while the other one stayed with Bowie at the table. 

Of course, everyone who walked by wanted to say hello to him since he is such a friendly little pup, and Bowie got plenty of ear rubs and belly scratches from all of his friends before he had some breakfast of his own. We have been doing research on the kinds of foods we can give him that we regularly eat, so we opted to give him a small plate of unseasoned scrambled eggs. Bowie LOVES scrambled eggs and he feels like he is getting spoiled when he gets to eat what his mom and dad are eating. While Bowie enjoyed about 2 cups of scrambled eggs, Adam and I grabbed a plate with some fresh fruits to share and sampled a little bit of everything from their hot breakfast buffet (including two types of breakfast potatoes, sausages, eggs, etc). 

After we ate and enjoyed some coffee, we took some coffee and poured it over ice in a to-go cup and decided to take Bowie for a morning stroll. We spent some time playing with Bowie, helping him work off some of his energy and get some morning exercise, and then we brought him back to our hotel room so he could take a nap while Adam and I went to the pool to relax for a few hours. 

The pool at Lodge on the Desert is intimate and well-decorated, and they have two tall running fountains that help drown out the noise from other guests. We have been to more resorts in Arizona than we can count and every time we go, we find ourselves whispering to one another so our conversation isn't carried across the pool since we can hear what everyone else is saying. The pool at Lodge on the Desert did not have this issue because of their fountains, which was really nice and unexpected! It's also worth noting that they had some of the best lounge chairs we've ever laid on--they were thick, sturdy, and comfortable and neither of us felt like we were going to fall off or bend them (so they are definitely plus-size friendly!) On our way back from the pool, we decided to partake in happy hour again and had some yummy margaritas and their prosciutto chips. 

Once we went back to our room to check up on Bowie, took him out to use the bathroom and got him some more water, we both relaxed, took a shower and then got ready before dinner. Enjoying some salad and an appetizer, we sat and watched the sunset and the patio string lights come on from the outdoor patio at Cielos. For dinner, we both really enjoyed the braised short ribs! Plated on top of corn purée with fried brussels sprouts, these short ribs were perfectly tender and so flavorful (and topped with these yummy haystack onions that reminded us of a blooming onion). We finished our night with a cup of coffee and a chocolate fudge brownie and fruit dessert. 

The rest of our staycation was relaxing and just what we needed before Adam's workload ramps up for the summer. We had a great time during our staycation with Bowie, and he did just as well if not better on our way back to Phoenix than his drive down to Tucson. We plan on having many more staycations and road trips with Bowie, and we are so elated that his first road trip and first trip away from home went so well!





















Since Bowie is still a puppy, he is a little bit too excited at times but we are actively trying to put him in situations around people and places he does not know so he can be a well-socialized dog when he is older. Luckily, since Cielos has a dog-friendly patio, we were able to sit and enjoy all of our meals with Bowie by our side. Many people came over to say hello to him, which is great because we are trying to get him used to be around people without jumping all over them. 

It was so lovely to enjoy our meals at such a gorgeous patio and with Bowie. While he is old enough that we can leave him for a few hours by himself, we would much rather be able to have the option to take him with us to eat at the restaurant as a family! 

Overall, Lodge on the Desert was definitely dog-friendly and we would happily bring him back again. From the moment we checked into the hotel and the front desk brought Bowie a treat, we felt like he was welcomed by everyone! If you are interested in visiting Lodge on the Desert, be sure to check out their website to review their pet policies and applicable pet fees as well as any Arizona local deals in the future. 

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18 comments

  1. The food, drinks, scenery and the accommodations sound and look amazing! I'm so glad you were able to take Bowie, and that there are still places around that allow for dogs. I bet he had quite the good time!

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  2. ok not only does this look amazing for you but they also allow dogs to come too! i bet your sweet one had such a great time- id love to experience something like this!

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  3. What a beautiful spot! I would love to relax here. The food looks so delicious! We only have cats and guinea pigs, so no, they don't come with us on vacation.

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  4. This is the perfect place for a staycation. It's so beautiful and I love that your fur baby is welcome. Looks so nice and peaceful!

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  5. What a wonderful staycation! I love that it was fur baby-friendly so you could truly enjoy it as a family together.

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  6. Looks like a ton of fun! I love the idea of a staycation. :)

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  7. This looks like a great place to visit. My husband and I met in Tucson many years ago, and I have wanted to go back. I would love to check out this place. Sounds like you had an awesome time!

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  8. This resort looks like such a luxurious and comfortable staycation. That you can bring a pet is perfect too!

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  9. What a beautiful place for a staycation with your fur baby! All of the food and decor really speaks to my soul.

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  10. I'd do a staycation if I had that awesome place to go. Glad your fur baby got to go, too. They need vacations, too.

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  11. I love staycations. This looks like a stunning place to stay. I love that you were able to bring your fur baby along.

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  12. Your dog is just too cute! I love that you were able to get away without having to go too far! That food looks amazing too!

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  13. Bowie has such a sweet face! He is likely really happy going places with you. Seeing new things and meeting new people sounds like something he enjoys!

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  14. Looks like you all had a great time there! I love that you brought your little pup and enjoyed some vacation.

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  15. Such a cute pup. Looks like a fun place... and all of that food has me drooling!

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  16. Wow! This looks like the perfect staycation. So many of the spots are so Instagram-worthy too - love it!

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  17. It's so nice to be able to go away and take your fur baby too. It's a worry when you have to leave them behind. This sounds like a wonderful place to visit. Ha, I didn't know dogs eat scrambled eggs. It's nice you could enjoy your meals together.

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  18. This looks like so much fun! And that food? Out of this world! I think that I would love to take a trip here!

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