When we booked a 4 night stay at this out-of-they way B & B, we were merely looking for a base from which to explore southeast Arizona that would get us out of the city.
Wow!! Were we ever surprised! When we first drove up - past the dried riverbed & the cows & tumbleweeds, we had serious doubts as to what we had "gotten ourselves into". Hacienda Corona turned out to be the highlight of our trip.
The Hacienda is a real hidden gem in the desert. Wendy & Phil have done an amazing job in restoring the hacienda. Everything from structural changes to the building & furniture/decorations maintain the original "feel" & design of the house. The murals in the courtyard, from the 50's, are just amazing, & lend to the ambiance. The rooms are actually NICER & bigger than appears on the website photos. The views of the mountains were just breathtaking at all times of the day, with lots of birds to be sighted.
From the moment we drove up, Phil & Wendy really made us feel like we were guests in their home. Each night there was a chance to visit & relax around the fireplace (yes, southern Arizona can be cold at night in December!) for Happy Hour. There are enough "living areas" for guest to either sit & mingle, relax in private, or even play one of the board games.
During our stay, Wendy & Phil somehow managed to assure that all of their guests were happy & comfortable - whether they were looking for a romantic get-away, relaxing escape from hectic schedules, shopping in Mexico, or relaxing after long days of hiking.
Breakfasts were plentiful & delicious. It was different each morning - from frittata to pancakes with pinenuts. They really made us feel pampered, & seemed to cater the selection to the guests. On the morning we went hiking before breakfast was served, the "breakfast fairy" provided coffee, tea, fresh juice, yogurt, & homemade granola for us.
There are horses on the property, & Phil gives riding lessons. I had never been on a horse, yet he trusted me with his favorite "girl", Sadie. He is knowledgeable about horses, & was very patient in teaching me the basics, & well as giving me a good understanding of the dynamics of the relationship between the horse & rider - something I probably wouldn't have gotten from most riding instructors.
In short, Hacienda Corona is a real gem in the desert -- something not to be missed. The location allowed us to feel that we were "away from it all", yet is not really so far from civilization to be inconvenient. We have stayed at many B & B's, but this one really is at the top of the list - not to be missed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hacienda Corona, the onetime headquarters of the Guevavi Ranch and playground for Hollywood star John Wayne, is a historic treasure. Guests relax and refresh with birds singing in the lush, vibrant gardens with historic murals on courtyard walls and a sparkling mosaic tile swimming pool. Guest rooms are luxurious and unique and while "gourmet" is not a typical ranch phrase, breakfasts are scrumptious. One hour south of Tucson between the towns of Tubac and Patagonia. ... more less