My husband and I recently stayed here to celebrate my 30th birthday and had a wonderful time! I had been very busy at work and didn't want a large celebration so we decided to do something quieter and I'm glad we did! First off, they are pet friendly and had no problem with us bringing our two small dogs. They even gave us a room with a private back patio so that we didn't have to go traipsing around the ranch to let them use the bathroom if we didn't want to.
We arrived in the late morning to get the dogs settled before lunch and they had no problem letting us into our room early. In fact, another couple arrived while we were having lunch and they had no problem accommodating them as well.
The rooms here are very clean--I was amazed. I was slightly afraid that the bathrooms would show wear and tear with the buildings being so historic, but I'm happy to say that the bathroom was cleaner than some of the new 4-star hotels I've been at! They do an amazing job with the upkeep of this place! Rooms come with the typical furnishings, but what my husband really liked was the plush rocking chair.
The food here is AMAZING! The chef, Raymond, accompanied by the owner Veronica, make the best meals around! To give you an idea, one breakfast was a frittata with spice muffins and fruit, the other breakfast was prickly pear pancakes with chicken apple sausage and fruit. Both lunches we had were large salads (one was topped with the BEST vinaigrette dressing I have ever had!) Dinner one night was a pork tenderloin with duchess potatoes and green beans and we had a cookout for dinner on Saturday. The cookout was so much fun! There was tons of wonderful food and it was a pleasure to have the owners (Richard and Veronica) as well as the staff (chef Raymond, wrangler Colette, and handyman Greg) join us. After dinner, they lit a campfire for us guests and allowed us to sit and mingle while they went off to bed.
We also went horseback riding one morning. Their wrangler, Colette, is a very lovely woman who is very knowledgeable with horses. The ride we took was through the desert around the property and was a mild ride--mostly walking with a few places to trot. This was fine with me since I'm not an experienced rider and was mostly interested in looking at the landscape anyway. I also loved the fact that Colette took us on a slightly longer ride since I wanted to get a nice picture of the Baboquivari mountains. She was also more than willing to take pictures of myself and my husband at various points along the ride.
All of the staff are very accommodating. Whenever I asked for a afternoon cup of coffee, Veronica had no problem getting me one. Greg, the handyman/bartender, had no problem restocking the beer or opening up the Cantina a little early on Saturday (there were some football fans who wanted to watch a game on the TV in there.)
All in all, this is a great place to visit if you're looking for a quiet getaway. You are guaranteed to have a relaxing time and meet some wonderful people! My only regret is not staying long enough to enjoy the surrounding area and all that this ranch has to offer...that's why I will definitely be coming back!
For those of you interested in this ranch here are some words of advice...
Although this ranch sits close to the border (you can see the border fence from some spots on the ranch) there is absolutely no threat of "border violence." Sasabe is the safest crossing in Arizona. In fact, if we didn't have the dogs with us, my husband and I would have slept with the door to our room open (only utilizing the screen door.)
With that, since you are so close to the border your cellphone will not work unless you happen to find an area with transient 3G coverage. That is the point of this place--to get you to relax and put the phone down. If you must be in constant contact via text/email, you may want to look somewhere else or purchase an international plan from your phone provider.
Most of the horseback rides will be at a slower pace due to the rocky surroundings. There are few places in the desert around the ranch where the horses can freely run. If you are an experienced rider and would like to "go fast" you may be disappointed, but if you are a casual trail rider like myself, you will surely enjoy the beauty of the Sonoran desert.
Be aware that if there aren't any other guests, the place will feel a little deserted. We were the first couple to arrive on Friday and I was happy that two other couples checked in that day as well. We all ate dinner together and I'm glad to say that I was really nice to meet new people! Five more guests arrived on Saturday and only added to the fun. If you're not comfortable with the possibility of being the only ones there, then I would ask if other guests have reservations before making yours.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the late 1600's, the fertile Altar Valley was settled by Spanish Jesuits. Father Eusebio Francisco Kino and his followers built a mission outpost on what is now our ranch. Still standing and in use, this rare historic adobe structure is considered to be the oldest building in Arizona. Today it serves as a peaceful gathering place for guests to mingle and relax. Rancho De La Osa or 'Ranch of the She Bear' is one of the last great Spanish Haciendas still standing in America. In 1921 Louisa Wade Wetherill, who is still considered one of the foremost Navajo historians, came south looking for a lost tribe of Navajos. She never found them, but she started Hacienda De La Osa Guest Ranch on Thanksgiving Day, 1924. We are a private, intimate Guest Ranch, with 18 Territorial-style guest rooms. Each guest room has a private bath and most have a wood-burning fireplace. All guests are within a short stroll to the pool, hot tub, hiking, Wildlife Refuge and corrals. Enjoy Southwestern dining in our romantic, historic hacienda dining room, secluded outdoor courtyard or under the stars at a cookout! We have a Cantina with full liquor license and carry an extensive wine list, premium tequilas and a margarita you won't soon forget! You will enjoy choice cuts of meat, innovative entrees, fresh, crisp greens and vegetables and decadent desserts. We are happy to cook vegetarian or low fat--just let us know before you arrive. Rancho De La Osa is a truly special place that rejuvenates the spirit and invigorates the soul. We hope you will visit soon! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rancho De La Osa Guest Ranch Hotel Sasabe
- Rancho De La Osa Hotel
- Rancho De La Osa Guest Ranch Arizona/Sasabe