Our family (my sister the bride, her sons, godmother, fiance/now husband, my husband and I) lives in Florida. The groom's parents live in Tucson. My sister found this wonderful place and chose it as the location for their December 26th wedding. The lodge is beautiful!
The double-gated entrance looks like metal twigs that allows visibility into the courtyard while providing security and ease of mind. Once through the gates, the guest is met by the 5' walkway that traverses to the right and left, along the sides and across the back of the quaint desert courtyard. The limestone footpaths, bird feeders, and lovely fountain are perfect appointments to the simple but comforting atmosphere.
The desert garden courtyard was ideal for the ceremony: the guests stood and sat in the covered areas surrounding the courtyard while the wedding party and officiator stood by the lovely fountain located in one corner of the desert courtyard. The temperature was pleasant, the weather ideal, and everyone had an ideal "seat" to hear and see the ceremony. Afterwards, a reception was held in the nearby, easy to get to Coyote Pause Restaurant.
All four rooms are spacious, clean, and tastefully decorated! Each comes with its own sitting area, coffee maker, snacks, room frig and TV ideally positioned for viewing from both the sofa and bed. Some of the rooms are adjoining which made it particularly nice when communitcating and visiting with family. Double doors with glass inserts and screen doors enhance the feeling of spaciousness and the enjoyment of the dry, fresh air. Everything about the room "welcomes" each guest from the first step into the room.
The "family room" is accessible to all guests. The adobe style fireplace extends a warmth (on appropriate mornings) that is only exceeded by the aesthetic charm and beauty. The availability of the computer, reading materials, and variety of information about local attractions serve to extend the feeling of being welcomed by the delightfully charming and helpful innkeeper, Angel.
The physical attributes and conveniences of the lodge are only part of the success story. The other element is the innkeeper. Angel's hospitality is second to none. Each guest feels welcomed and "at home", and just as importantly, as if he or she is the only guest. Angel has a way of making each person feel special. She is amazing and an absolute delight.
The Coyote Pause is more than a place to eat. Miss Deborah and her staff cook up some unique and delicious dishes. A meal ticket for each day is included in the price of the room and well worth every penny. The portions are filling, the variety is more than ample, and you'll find the menu unlike any other. The comments are brief but only due to space and time limitations of the writer.
Lastly, the on-location shops provide for great shopping. The proximity to "Old Tucson" Studios, the Desert Museum and other local points of interest is very convenient. The addition of other atractions to the lodge (you'll have to visit to find out) provide more reasons for this writer and her family to visit Angel, Miss Deborah, and the Cat Mountain Lodge. We hope you'll find everything as perfect and enjoyable as we did. rd/12/10
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