We stayed at the Azure Gate over Martin Luther King weekend. We frequently stay at B&Bs, and this is one of our favorites. Dennis was great. He provided good advice on restaurants, sightseeing, and wildlife photography.
The Inn is located in a rural area about 20 minutes from downtown and the airport. The grounds are large, several acres, and are covered with succulents and cactus. If you go out after dark, take a flashlight. There aren't streetlights, so you can see lots of stars, and maybe a bobcat.
We stayed in the Saguaro room. It is one of two rooms in the main building. There are two others which are separate buildings with kitchens. Our bed was partly made of saguaro wood (yes wood, how do you think cactus that tall stand up?). Plenty of closet space and a bathroom with a full shower and two sinks. Our room also had a patio and a saddle, which looked like kids would love it.
Dennis is a very good chef, with great presentation skills. Instead of good home cooking or a continental breakfast, it feels more like a good restaurant in a comfortable setting where you can wear your bunny slippers. We had a southwestern omelet with a fruit appetizer this morning. When we were making reservations he asked our preferences, and any dietary restrictions (e.g., allergies).
Our host had interesting stories, and it quickly seemed like visiting an old friend. We were there for two days, but wish it had been longer. There is a nice pool, a fireplace, a piano, and quite a library of books and videos. Dennis is a wildlife photographer, and has several books of work. He also has a lot of greeting cards with pictures of things like javelina and ocelots.
Mid January is a fine time to go to Tucson. Very pleasant for hiking or outdoor attractions. We went to the Arizona Sonora Wildlife Museum, Saguaro Natl Park, and the Pima Air Museum. All within about 20 minute of the Inn. All pretty good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 5 magical acres of desert botanical garden ambiance; two guest houses with kitchens; plus two guest rooms in the main house offer a range in pricing as well as length of stay; enjoy the library, chess room, living room, and outdoor oasis; walk through 10 Azure Gates designed by artist Simon Donovan; Come here to relax and enjoy the peace, beauty, and spirit of nature that is The Azure Gate. ... more less
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