CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar is found on the ground floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, 45 minutes north of Tucson at the base of the Tortolita Mountains. (The hotel and restaurant address on North Secret Springs Drive gives you an idea of the desert privacy you’ll find here.) From the Ritz-Carlton’s second-floor lobby, both the elevator and a grand staircase lead down to the restaurant, which is large but designed to feel intimate; you’ll see two bars, a lounge area, a glass-enclosed private dining room and a variety of booths and tables for groups large and small. The Four-Star restaurant's lower-level location offers outdoor seating areas and proximity to the resort’s citrus grove. Inside, the views of the saguaro-studded mountains through the restaurant’s oversized windows are stunning, with bonfires glowing across the resort at night.