My husband and I spent 3 nights at the Paca de Paja B&B outside Tucson in late April. What a fantastic place! Caroline is the perfect hostess: knowledgeable, organized, friendly, flexible, tactful. As a birdwatcher, I often find B&Bs trying places to stay, because the breakfast hour is usually right when you want to be birding. But she'll serve breakfast whenever you want it, or leave you something you can heat yourself, if she's working. And you can enjoy it out in her beautiful garden, if you like. The straw-bale house is wonderfully designed, full of good ideas: a treat to see for anyone interested in straw-bale houses or residential architecture in general. (For example, it was 98 degrees outside and 78 inside, without air conditioning.) And her garden! Full of interesting plants and delightful places to sit or stroll. Without trying very hard, we saw ~30 species of birds, and several kinds of mammals and reptiles as well.
This place is comfortable, beautiful, educational, and interesting. A total delight. Wish I had a reason to return to Tucson.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Paca de Paja is a charming eco-friendly B&B in the Sonoran Desert SW of Tucson showcasing Southwest architecture and sustainable design. Near Kitt Peak, Saguaro NP and Desert Museum. Solar hot water & electric. Beautiful private spa and cactus gardens. Opportunities to see wildlife and enjoy the quiet of the desert. ... more less