A short drive south of Tucson, there are a number of quaint, small towns and we chose to visit two of them for this month’s stories: Tubac and Tumacacori. For our cover piece, we journeyed to Tubac’s Morning Star Ranch development, where we photographed the home of Russell Palmer and Alec White. See the results of years of planning their very personalized hacienda on page 14.
We also dropped by the residence of Dhana and Gene Waken in the Barrio de Tubac neighborhood. See their lovely casa beginning on page 20.
Dhana also treated us to an amazing Lebanese meal, using recipes from her husband’s family. See page 26 to learn how to replicate two of their favorite dishes.
By the way, even if you don’t know anyone in Tubac, this is the perfect month to visit the village. The 60th Annual Festival of the Arts will take place Feb. 6-10, offering you the opportunity to meet artists from all around the country and purchase a wide variety of arts and crafts.
We also stopped at the nearby Tumacacori Mesquite Sawmill. Husband-and-wife duo Art and Valerie Flores provide mesquite wood for a variety of uses. See page 28 to learn about their company and its products.
And turn to page 12 to read about clothing designer Ruby Sanders who loves to cook dishes from her home country of South Africa, and graciously gave us one of her mother’s favorite recipes.