When we visited Hacienda Corona for the first time, it was late at night. After driving a mile off the main road down a dirt, washboard trail, my wife and I had our doubts. Then we arrived at the main house, entered the courtyard, and we were transported into another time and place -- the old West. We have since gone back nearly half-a-dozen times and each time is better than the last. This place should be designated an historic landmark. Original murals by Mexican artist and bullfighter Corona decorated the interior walls. This hacienda has four rooms to rent -- we have rented them all except for "The Duke" - John Wayne's favorite bedroom when he was a frequent visitor there. (He first visited when he was filming a John Ford western nearby.) The Stovers are wonderful owners and make you feel like you are more family than guests. It's conveniently located, Mexico for lunch is a 20 minute drive. There's horseback trips thru the Santa Cruz Valley and into the mountains surrounding it, sunning by the swimming pool, and incredible Mexican/Arizona style breakfasts. I have found old (meaning 300-500 yrs old) indian pottery around this Hacienda left by the Hohokum Indians who camped out exactly where the hacienda now stands. I highly recommend spending at least a few nights at this authentic, unique hacienda.
- 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