What Do Waterfalls, Saguaro Fruit, and Star Gazing Have in Common?

Article and photos by Herb Rubinstein

They are all elements of exciting wedding options at Loews Ventana Canyon.

Located just outside of Tucson, Arizona and backing up to the incredible Saguaro National Forest, this 5-star resort offers stunning natural settings for your wedding or gathering.

First, The Waterfall

Surrounded by the stately Saguaro and offering panoramic view of the valley below the waterfall is an ideal setting for the ceremony. A paved, lit path leads through meticulously maintained desert flora to the pool at the base of the waterfall. The bride and groom often take their vows in this stunning natural setting.

Star Gazing

It so happens that Tucson is one of the world’s foremost locals for Star Gazing because of its low night time light reflection. In other words; up above the city, it’s really dark. Consequently many of the nations top observatories are located in the nearby mountains.

Loews has acquired a professional quality telescope that comes equipped with a genuine Astronomy Professor that will explain what you are viewing. This has proven to be a popular addition to the wedding options offered.

Saguaro Cactus

For those not familiar with this royal plant; it is the state plant of Arizona and is highly protected. The stately cactus towers 50 feet above the desert floor and weighs in at around 8,000 pounds, this giant plant can store 2,000 pounds of water and can survive years of drought.

Every year it bears a fruit that a local Indian community gathers and produces Jams and Sauces that have an incredibly distinctive flavor. The chefs at Loews have created some delicious dishes using this uniquely flavored fruit.

Loews Ventana can accommodate groups up to 600 with various options for receptions, from Natural Outdoor Settings to Elegant Ballroom Style seatings, and have all the amenites one can expect from a 5 star resort.

If you are planning a wedding and want to do something really unique with a natural theme, take a look at this fine property.

About the Author

Herb Rubinstein lives and works in Santa Barbara, California. A veteran world traveler, Mr. Rubinstein has published many travel stories. “I especially like Eco Adventure stories.” You may read some of these stories at

Photos courtesy Herb Rubinstein

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