I had a pleasant conversation with the proprietor of the Cochise Stronghold Bed & Breakfast, Ms. Nancy Yates. She showed me around the property and her one unoccupied casita - very pleasant. If I am limited to just two words to describe her B&B, they would be serene and isolated.
Unless Nancy gives you VERY specific directions, you will never find it, which is actually her marketing strategy. She has a very specific clientele in mind and does not want people just driving around to bop in uninvited. Much of Nancy's business is hosting retreats and special events, such as weddings.
Nancy prepares special, very healthy breakfasts and has them delivered to your casita. Now, that's service.
Cochise Stronghold is in the The Dragoon Mountains, which are quite picturesque and only about 2 hours southeast of Tucson. The B&B is situated at the base of the Stronghold, where the great Chiricahua Apache Chief Cochise found protection for his people from the U.S. Army.
To get to the Stronghold, you have to travel about 20 minutes on a good dirt road which traverses the year-round stream several times. I asked Nancy if, after a heavy rain, the stream was ever impassable. She said that in her 15 years, she has only had to tell her visitors once that they could not leave because the water was moving too fast.
This is about as good as it gets for bird watchers, hikers, and rock climbers.
Cochise Stronghold Bed & Breakfast
P.O. Box 232 Pearce, Arizona (AZ) 85625
Telephone/Fax: (520) 826-4141
Toll Free: 1 (877) 426-4141
Rates: $129 - $209
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