We just returned fron two days at Cat Mountain Lodge, south and west of Tucson. We chose it because it was close to the home of a friend, and the good reviews here. It lived up to the reviews. There are 5 rooms, and we had Old Mexico. It was good sized for a B&B, nicely decorated except for one shortcoming, and quite comfortable. The rooms open out to a delightful patio with well chosen desert plantings, and a map showing you the name of each plant. The one shortcoming was that the lamps in the room were pretty dim and made reading difficult.
There is a common room open day and night with tea and cookies, as well as a computer. Coffee is served in the morning. There are pleasant grounds with more desert plantings, a delightful home for the resident desert tortoise, who was hibernating, and an overall relaxed atmosphere.
The lodge is back from the street, behind a small shopping center holding about five arts and crafts stores, and a cafe open mainly for breakfast and lunch, but also limited dinners on Fridays and Saturdays. It would be advisable to look for the Coyote Cage sign. The B&B provides you with two vouchers daily for this cafe which can be used for either breakfast or lunch. This is a unique concept, has the advantage of providing a wide restaurant selection, and the disadvantage of the loss of the B&B companionship. In our case, this didn't much matter because we were the only occupants until Saturday when we left.
Cat Mountain is a long way out in the desert, about 20 miles from downtown Tucson, and traffic closer to the city can be bad. In the city it deteriorates to just plain awful.
However, if you wish to visit the Arizona Sonora Desert Museaum - and you really should - that is relatively close. This museum combines a zoo and botanical garden, mainly limited to local flora and fauna, but is a beutiful place with delightful exhibits. Do not miss the raptor show. It is quite an experience to have a red tailed hawk fly right past your head. The Saguaro National Forest Center is close by, as well as Old Tucson, a location designed for us in many western movies and TV shows.
This B&B would also be a decent starting off place to visit Nogales in Mexico, Kitt Peak observatory and other southern Arizona places easily reachable in a days round trip drive.
Our hostess, Kat, was very pleasant and chatty, with a lot of local information. Altogether we hade an excellent stay here, and would recommed this B&B if you are interested in visiting this part of the Tucson area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 2009, our beautiful 13 acre eco-friendly bed & breakfast offers a vintage ranch setting with 5 spacious rooms, a mix of Southwestern comfort and modern conveniences. We also have a guest house available. Nearby artisans shopping center, telescope observatory, café, and desert tortoise enclosure makes Cat Mountain Lodge a fine destination for locals and traveling visitors. ... more less