The O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference, held in Tucson, Arizona, provides conference speakers and attendees the opportunity to "get away" and relax in this warm southwestern resort.
Getting Out & About
O'Reilly & Associates will be providing free shuttle service to exciting Tucson attractions and night life. Tour attractions such as the BioSphere 2, Colossal Cave and Sabino Canyon. Service will also be provided between the Westin La Paloma and the Marriott Towne Place Suites for the convenience of those attendees who are staying at the Marriott. View the complete Shuttle Schedule to plan your excursions.
From the airport, catch either a taxicab or the Arizona Stagecoach charter bus (next to baggage claim) to the Westin La Paloma Resort.
For information on Tucson public transportation, bus routes and fares, visit the City of Tucson's Transportation Index.
Just for Kids
The Westin La Paloma provides an entertainment package to all children staying at the hotel. Upon check-in, your children will receive a fun bag filled with an activity book, crayons, a drink cup, and more. Dining at the Westin La Paloma is fun for kids too. Children 12 and under accompanied by an adult eat free in the hotel restaurants and each child receives a colorful cup that is good for free refills during your entire stay. For a bedtime snack, request complimentary milk and cookies be delivered to your room.
The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa offers a "Children's Lounge" as a child care service to traveling parents. Childcare service can be provided for a maximum of four hours per day. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance to guarantee accommodation. The Children's Lounge has fun activities, arts & crafts, TV, music, books, movies, puzzles, toys and an outside play area for children to enjoy. The Lounge is open during the following hours:
|Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Thursday||8:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday, Friday, Saturday||8:00 AM - 9:00 PM|
For additional childcare services, the Children's Lounge has names and phone numbers of local child care professionals available on request.
Your children will also enjoy the specially designed "kids-only" pool available at the Westin La Paloma. In addition, youngsters at least three and a half feet tall can enjoy the Slidewinder - Arizona's longest resort waterslide.
Sites & Attractions
Golf enthusiasts will enjoy testing out their skills on Tucson's picturesque golf courses. The renowned 27-hole Jack Nicklaus signature course is located conveniently at the Westin La Paloma Resort. Visit Tucson City Golf or the Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau "Golf" section to find information on other beautiful Tucson courses.
Take a tour of Columbia University's Biosphere 2 Center; one of the world's largest ecological laboratories. The Biosphere 2, covering 3.15 acres, contains several different biomes which house a rainforest, a million gallon salt-water ocean, a coastal fog desert, and four other wilderness ecosystems. Bring yourself and your children for this educational tour of a lifetime.
Mission San Xavier del Bac
The Mission San Xavier del Bac, established in the 17th century by Spanish missionaries, is known as one of the finest examples of mission architecture in the country. Named the "White Dove of the Desert" for its stark contrast between surrounding land and building. The Mission's interior is covered with recently restored intricate hand painted frescos. Located only 10 miles south of Tucson on I-19.
The Arizona - Sonora Desert Museum, a renowned natural history museum and zoo, features botanical gardens and desert paths where you're sure to encounter a variety of desert wildlife.
The International Wildlife Museum, highlighting over 400 different kinds of mammals, insects and birds (some of which are endangered or threatened) is a fascinating museum to visit while in Tucson.
The Westin La Paloma Resort offers a wide variety of dining options. Stop by "Janos" for French-inspired cuisine in an elegant setting. In the mood for something more casual? "Sabinos by the Poolside" offers mouth-watering hamburgers and tasty concoctions at the swim-up bar. The "Desert Garden Bistro" provides you with an opportunity to sample bistro-style cuisine. Step outside onto the Bistro's patio to see spectacular views of the Santa Catalina Mountains; the perfect place to meet up with colleagues, order your drink of choice and unwind after a long day.
Looking for a restaurant out on the town? Visit the Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau's "Dining & Nightlife" section or the Tucson Citizen "Cuisine" section for in-depth restaurant reviews and "cheap eats".