As hikers, birdwatchers, and nature lovers, we couldn't have enjoyed staying at The Casitas more. They are located in a quiet area without much development, very close to Saguaro National Park, and are filled with all kinds of interesting cactus and other plants and birds and wildlife. We loved having our very own house as home base (privacy, quiet, space, and great views), and we enjoyed many evenings of just sitting out on the patio watching birds at the feeder; saw a coyote, rabbits, and several species of ground squirrels. The house itself is well decorated and extremely comfortable, and the Tuscon weather was perfect for a vacation - warm and dry. We will definitely be back.
We loved our March 2019 stay in Harvest Wind (and then, because we couldn't bear to leave when we were supposed to, Rain Dancer.) All the casitas are charming and private, the landscaping is beautiful, the sunsets gorgeous, the view of the mountains ever-changing, the backyard bird watching stellar (quail, roadrunners, many hummingbirds, and others). After hours of hiking in the nearby Saquaro National Park East or the Catalina Mountains we enjoyed soaking in the "spool." We never went out for dinner once--could not beat our own back yard! We hope to be back!
I love staying at the Casitas any time of year...and we have enjoyed all four seasons there . Our last visit during Nov 2018 consisted of a mini-reunion with high school friends. Loved lounging on our Desert Sun patio all afternoon, making dinners in the full-size kitchen, and visiting all of the animals! Very clean and cleverly decorated. We and/or our visitors have stayed in all 5 casitas, and they are all A+. Can't wait until our next visit in April....
This was my second visit to Smokey Springs Ranch, and it was (if possible) even more wonderful than the first! We had intended to take drives to a few local places, but we loved our casita so much we just stayed put for the whole four days - just sitting on the veranda, watching birds, lolling in the "spool" (spa pool), and strolling the grounds. The landscaping is exquisite, and the casita had everything we wanted plus!
Had I only know what a casita was and how wonderful these were we would have stayed longer. Freestanding house with living room, tv room, full eat-in kitchen, bed room and bath. Covered outside deck for bird watching or having a fire in your chiminea. Beautiful indoor gas fireplace. Wonderful grounds - ranch with horses, chickens, geese, peacock, peahen, donkeys, burros, sheep, big horn sheep, tortoise, goats, mules, dogs. Saw a bobcat and jack rabbits and quails in a back yard. Beth seems to be one of the nicest human beings on the planet. Great experience!!