Our small group stayed at La Canada house again a few weeks ago. We were there last year about the same time, and enjoyed it so much that we wanted to come back.
Once again, the house and grounds were very clean, and baskets full of treats greeted our arrival. There were even little packages of chocolate Easter eggs hidden under each of our pillows (we were there Easter Sunday.) Lots of towels, complimentary soaps, shampoos, etc. were in the bathrooms. Everything was just as pleasant this year as last. They've replaced the dishwasher since last year, and a few pieces of furniture have been moved around. There is now a nice 8-foot pool table in the front room that Ken the caretaker is restoring. There is also a hammock out back which I don't remember seeing last year.
We had a great, relaxing time in Tucson again. This year we went to the Pima Air and Space Museum; there are so many old aircraft there that it's sort of overwhelming. A lot of the planes are outside, and it was unseasonably hot the day we were there, so I plan on going back there next year and going earlier in the day.
We hit several of the small mom & pop type Mexican fast-food places (Michoacan on Flowing Wells, just a little ways south of La Canada house, was a good one) and went down to the 4th Street area of South Tucson for some more formal Mexican dining.
We had several dinners at the house, and again we were impressed with the fully-equipped kitchen. I suggested to the owner that he might want to find some kind of utensil caddy to keep all the spatulas, whisks, etc. together, as they tend to be scattered between numerous different drawers. He thought that was a good idea.
They've installed a pool heater, so for an optional extra charge, you can have the water warmer than it might otherwise be. The water was warm enough for me, but one of our party preferred to have the heater turned on a couple nights. I can see where the heater would be a BIG plus during the cooler weather.
As last year, we saw plenty of the local wildlife around; I found that if you're brave and go outside really late, you can see and hear certain creatures that prefer to only come out at night.
Anyway, kudos and many thanks to Phil (the owner) and Ken (the caretaker) for helping to make our second visit another nice one. I think they take pride in the property, and the work they do to make it such a welcoming and relaxing place certainly shows.