A mini hub of activity in downtown Tucson is Fourth Avenue; close to the University of Arizona it has a variety of boutiques day spas and cafes.
Rob D. Brodman
The University of Arizona Mineral Museum Tucked in the lower level of the Flandrau science center, it displays minerals, gemstones, and meteorites of positively otherworldly shapes and hues. INFO: Closed Mon-Wed; $5; 1601 E. University Blvd.; 520/621-4227.
The University of Arizona Museum of Art With a time-spanning and globe-trotting collection, it's like a survey course in art history. INFO: Closed Mon; free; 1031 N. Olive Rd.; 520/621-7567.
Arroyo Design The store specializes in custom-designed mesquite furniture. INFO: Open Mon-Sat and by appointment Sun; 224 N. Fourth Ave.; 520/884-1012.
Conrad Wilde Gallery The attractive space is a top spot to check out Tucson's contemporary art scene. INFO: Closed Sun-Mon; 210 N. Fourth Ave.; 520/622-8997.
MAKE IT AN OVERNIGHT
Peppertrees B&B Inn (from $140, including breakfast; 520/622-7167), with its courtyard and gardens, provides a sanctuary in the heart of the
university neighborhood. Stay in a Mexican-style casita with a private patio or a 1920s Territorial-style house. A graduate
of the Culinary Institute of America, innkeeper Jill McCormick shows off her skills with creative, balanced breakfasts featuring