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Adobe Rose Inn: Is It The Best B&B In Tucson?

Adobe Rose Inn 2nd St Courtyard

Two blocks east of our University of Arizona in the historic Sam Hughes Neighborhood you will find one of Tucson’s best B&B’s: Adobe Rose Inn. While suitable for just about any reason for a stay-over in Tucson, the Adobe Rose is particularly attractive to (1) travelers who have business at the University and (2) visiting […]

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Amado Territory Inn – Near Tubac


The Amado Territory Inn once had a very good restaurant although I see that their website now indicates dining room SNACKS, whatever that is. However, we have also walked their pleasant grounds, and wandered into their artist studios. I had a brief conversation with the new owner, Wayne, and seen … Continue reading

Aravaipa Farms Country Inn: A Lodging Review!

Front Porch of a Casita at Aravaipa Farms Country Inn

One Saturday in late August 2014, Ms. Karen & I headed for the west entrance of Aravaipa Canyon to check out a place of lodging we had heard good things about: Aravaipa Farms Country Inn. From Tucson, it took us about an hour to get there using Route 79 through … Continue reading

Bisbee Grand Hotel Bed & Breakfast: A Review.

Bisbee Grand Hotel Front HDR 02 Final

I have had the pleasure of staying in many historical hotels & inns, including European castles. Considering their antiquity, travelers have to decide if the experience of living temporarily in a relic is worth doing without certain modern amenities and putting up with a few quirks & inconveniences.

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Bisbee’s Copper City Inn: A Review!

Copper City Inn: Louie de Bisbee Room.

There are at least as many places of lodging in Bisbee as there are reasons to visit Bisbee in the first place. Most of the hotels & inns are old … a hundred years old or more. They are definitely charming, but sometimes inconvenient or uncomfortable, and almost never handicap-friendly. … Continue reading

Blue Agave Bed and Breakfast: Night Views!

7_Folks By Fire REV

On a very pleasant February evening, Father Bill, Neighbor Roy, Ms. Karen & I visited innkeepers Dana & Peter at Blue Agave Bed and Breakfast. Their splendid inn is located on a hilltop in the Tucson Mountains west of the City. You can find our review of Blue Agave in … Continue reading

Canyon Rose Suites: A Bisbee Lodging Review!

Canyon Rose Suites Sign

I stayed one July night in the least expensive room ($99) at the Canyon Rose Suites and found it a pleasant experience. Built at the turn of the previous century, this old Allen Building was originally constructed for a furniture manufacturing operation. It was acquired by owners Brett & Alison … Continue reading

Casa de San Pedro Bed & Breakfast

A portion of the courtyard at Casa de San Pedro.

We wholeheartedly recommend Casa de San Pedro Bed & Breakfast whether you’re a birdwatcher or just want to hike in the cool shade of the big trees along the San Pedro River. Karl & Patrick are terrific innkeepers. The grounds are very pleasant. And it’s located within a stones throw … Continue reading

Cochise Stronghold Bed & Breakfast

Cochise Stronghold

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. … Continue reading

Cochise Stronghold Natural Apache Fortress

This rugged natural fortress was, for some 15 years, the home and base of operations for the famed Chiricahua Apache Chief, Cochise.  Cochise and about 1,000 of his followers, of whom some 250 were warriors, located here.  Sentinels, constantly on watch from the towering pinnacles of rock, could spot their enemies in the valley below and sweep down without warning in destructive raids.  No White Eyes, man, woman or child, within a hundred miles was safe from these attacks. Click here to read more. Enjoy Hiking, birdwatching, rockclimbing. Stargazing or just cooling off in the 5000ft. Elevation. Camping is available and run by the BLM. RV's no longer than 30'. There are 9 tent or RV sites, and 2 group sites.
To read more about this fascinating area, see our webpage on Council Rocks.

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Cochise Stronghold B&B.
Sunglow Ranch

Apache-history_115For more information on the Apaches and the history surrounding the Apache Wars, see our page on the Local History of the Apaches.

Copper Queen Hotel – Bisbee

Copper Queen Hotel

The Copper Queen Hotel still stands majestic after more than 100 years.
Worth a look around the lobby and saloon. Relax with a drink on the front patio. Take a Ghost Tour.
11 Howell Ave.; Bisbee, AZ 85603

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Desert Pavement and Desert Varnish

Desert Pavement

Denise Bausch of the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge on the Colorado River in Southwest Arizona near Yuma defines desert pavement and desert varnish and their importance in desert environments. It’s a two hour Drive from Yuma, a bit closer from Blythe, but if you want a true desert environment experience, … Continue reading

Down By The River B&B: A Review!

Down By The River Bed & Breakfast

I’m a critic. One of my jobs is to critique dining & lodging establishments and recommend to our website visitors the ones that are Southern Arizona’s best. Down By The River Bed & Breakfast is one of the best. Mike & Angie Hug offer their guests a most unique & … Continue reading

El Presidio Inn Bed & Breakfast – Tucson Historic Neighborhood

El Presidio B&B Courtyard

The Presidio Inn Bed & Breakfast IS authentic Tucson. A real 1886 Victorian adobe example of high-class 19th century Territorial architecture. I want you to experience this unique home for several reasons:
It is not a replica. This was the home of a wealthy family living in a dusty village on the outer edge of the American frontier more than 125 years ago. This at a time when most people here lived in shacks, tents, or dirty, dreary boarding houses.

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Four Points By Sheraton Tucson Airport Hotel: A Review.

Four Points Tucson Airport Hotel

There are many reasons why visitors to Tucson & Southern Arizona want to stay at least one night in a hotel near our Tucson International Airport (TIA). Fortunately, they have a lot of choices along Hotel Row (Tucson Blvd.) just before entering TIA. (Airline designation: TUS.) However, you can’t get … Continue reading

Hotel Congress – Downtown Tucson

Hotel Congress

Built in 1919, the same year my father was born in Tucson, the Hotel Congress served passengers arriving at the train depot across the street. Walking into the lobby, you will immediately have a sense of this hotel’s history. Yet, even though it’s old, all the modern comforts and conveniences … Continue reading

Hotel San Ramón In Bisbee Arizona: A Review.

Hotel San Ramón with Santiago's on the ground floor.

For reasons I cannot explain, Bisbee has some of the very best restaurants in Southern Arizona. Fortuitously, Bisbee also has a couple of fine old hotels. The Hotel San Ramón is one. Bisbee’s historic district is one of the finest examples of early 20th century American cities anywhere. Just walking … Continue reading

Inn At Castle Rock, Bisbee: A Lodging & Dining Review.

Inn at Castle Rock; Bisbee, AZ

I was given a tour of the Inn At Castle Rock recently. What a delightful old hotel. Built for local miners in 1895 by the first mayor of Bisbee, the Inn has 14 comfortably furnished rooms, all with their own theme: Asian, Geronimo, Sultan’s Harem … you get the idea. “Eclectic” would be a gross understatement. Somewhere between quaint and quirky. But none so outlandish that I would describe it as “kinky”.

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Is The Royal Elizabeth The Best Bed and Breakfast In Tucson?

Main Room Royal Elizabeth

As I stood on the front porch of the Royal Elizabeth Bed and Breakfast, I looked around at the surrounding Downtown Tucson community. I tried to image what it was like when this magnificent Victorian home was built in 1878. In my imagination, the modern skyline disappeared immediately. Back then, … Continue reading

Larian Motel in Tombstone, AZ: A Review

Larian Logo

05/23/2014 –  If you can believe almost 500 TripAdvisor reviews, the Larian Motel is the best lodging in Tombstone. A recent visit to the Larian helped me understand why it’s so highly touted. Here are 6 reasons to stay at the Larian Motel when you visit Tombstone. The Larian is … Continue reading

List of the Best Southern Arizona Resorts

Ritz-Carlton at Dove Mountain

Conde’ Nast Traveler recently published their list of the Top 25 Resorts in the Southwest. Four Southern Arizona Resorts were included. We too make dining & lodging recommendations. But we focus tightly on the Best Southern Arizona Resorts, not the vast Southwest. And our criteria are somewhat different, but not necessarily better.

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Lodge On The Desert: A Fine Boutique Hotel In Mid-Town Tucson!

Lodge on the Desert Patio

“Lodge on the Desert is a charming 103-room boutique hotel in mid-town Tucson.” You might think that this one sentence provides visitors all they need to know about this Tucson landmark. However, there’s more … a lot more. True, its mid-town location is convenient to just about everything Tucson has … Continue reading

Madera Kubo Cabins – Madera Canyon

Madera Kubo B&B

I’ve not stayed there (yet), but Madera Kubo B&B looks like a really nice property. I did check out one of the cabins. Rustic A-Frame with kitchen. Clean. Right by the stream.   Definitely Alpine. If you are going Birdwatching in Madera Canyon, check this place out. Madera Kubo Cabins … Continue reading

Mt. Lemmon Cabin for Rent

Palisades Cabin

As the weather warms, Tucsonans will be searching for a way to get out of the heat! You can go camping on Mt. Lemmon or you can take a slightly more comfortable route and stay at the Palisades Ranger Residence Cabin, renting for $125 a night. The cabin sleeps 4 … Continue reading

Portal Cabin Rentals

Portal Bunkhouse

Birders will be pleased to hear that the Coronado National Forest is adding two cabins to the Portal area; The CCC Portal Bunkhouse and the CCC Portal House. Both house feature a fully stocked kitchen, sleep 4 or 5 and run $100-150 a night. For more information visit the Coronado … Continue reading

Poston House Inn Bed & Breakfast: A Tubac Lodging Review.

Poston House Inn Dining Area

If you’re looking for Tubac Lodging, we recommend Poston House Inn. It is a wonderful Bed & Breakfast for many reasons. First, and most important, innkeepers Mary & Don, are terrific … personable, professional, knowledgeable, & helpful. Secondly, they have created a pleasant & comfortable place for travelers to stay. … Continue reading

Rancho Merlita: Is It The Best B&B In Tucson?

The Inns at El Rancho Merlita: the Ranch House Inn & the Arroyo House Inn.

Once the secluded Sonoran Desert estate of cosmetic mogul, Merle Norman, the Inns at El Rancho Merlita are now shared with discriminating travelers from all over the world. Built in the 1950’s, this luxury ranch property was Ms. Norman’s getaway from her busy schedule. It was also a place where … Continue reading

Red Lion Inn & Suites On North Oracle: A Review

Red Lion Inn and Suites

Whether you’re a snowbird in need of long-term lodging, or a business person in need of rooms for a small conference, or a local with a lot of guests in need of a convenient, inexpensive place to stay, here’s a Southern Arizona Guide recommendation. The Red Lion Inn & Suites … Continue reading

Solterra Luxury Rentals: Upscale Condos To Million Dollar Homes

Historical Joesler Home in the Catalina Foothills.

Tucson has a wonderful selection of fine Hotels, Resorts, & Bed & Breakfast Inns. However, visitors have another option that has become increasingly popular in recent years: Private Vacation Homes. Solterra Luxury Rentals professionally manages over 60 private homes, casitas, & condos in the Tucson area. They range from $80/night … Continue reading

Super 8 Motel Tucson Convention Center: A Review

Super 8 Motel Tucson Convention Center

June 3, 2014 – First impressions are important and from the street this Super 8 looks fine. Pulling into the drive and under the porte cochere was tight. I felt I needed to park or others couldn’t get in or leave. This also didn’t seem good if I was driving a … Continue reading

The Five Best Tucson Bed & Breakfast Inns!

Blue Agave Bed & Breakfast on a saguaro-covered hill in the Tucson Mountains.

Over the past 8 months, we have checked out some of the most highly rated Tucson Bed & Breakfast Inns. They are (in order of review): El Presidio Bed & Breakfast Inn Adobe Rose Inn Bed & Breakfast The Inns At El Ranch Merlita: Arroyo House Inn & Ranch House … Continue reading

Tombstone Bordello Bed & Breakfast

Tombstone Bordello Pool

I must say, it was a pleasant experience. Not because the Bordello is fancy. It’s not. But the bed was comfortable, the garden and pool area most pleasant. And the hostess, Ms. Lynda, a delight.
The Tombstone Bordello has another advantage. It’s only a five minute walk to THE MAIN EVENT – the OK Corral, Big Nose Kate’s, Crystal Palace, Bird Cage Theater, and the Old Courthouse Museum.

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Tubac Golf Resort: A Review!

Hacienda Suite at Tubac Golf Resort.

(August 2013) Recently I was given a tour of the historic Tubac Golf Resort. Years ago, Ms. Karen & I had played golf here on the original 18 holes. Now they have 27 holes & one of the best practice ranges in Southern Arizona. Kevin Costner filmed  a portion of … Continue reading

White Stallion Ranch: Best Southern Arizona Guest Ranches

White Stallion Guest Rooms

We were cruising Twin Peaks Road through the pass that separates the city from the desert when we happened across a sign that read: “White Stallion Guest Ranch”. I had read that this is one of Southern Arizona’s best guest ranches. We did a quick U-turn and followed the signs down the unpaved road for about a mile.

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You Are Invited: Bisbee Overnight Tour

Color postcard of Bisbee ca. 1915

Hi, I’m Jim Gressinger. Please join me on Southern Arizona Guide’s exclusive Bisbee Overnight Tour. This will be a boutique tour. Many of the places we will visit will be open only to our small group. Here’s a sample of what we are planning for your enjoyment. • Three fine … Continue reading