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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 […]Continue reading
The Hacienda del Sol offers old Tucson resort comfort. The best in Fine Dining and Lodging in Central TucsonContinue reading
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
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
I’m going to say it right off. Lodging & dining at the Arizona Inn is expensive compared with most hotels & inns in Southern Arizona. The far more important question is: “Is it worth the price?” … Continue reading
On the 4th Saturday of each month, Tombstone merchants on Allen Street have stayed open after sundown for an event they call Tombstone At Twilight. I photographed the goings on in January and had such a good time that I returned at the end of April 2014 with Ms. Karen … Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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
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
Blue Agave B&B is Tucson’s newest bed and breakfast inn. While only minutes from Downtown, it is nonetheless secluded, private, & quiet with views to die for.Continue reading
I’ve stayed overnight in Tombstone and Bisbee several times. I have not discovered any accommodations as fine as Joy’s Calumet & Arizona Guest House.Continue reading
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
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
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
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.
For more information on the Apaches and the history surrounding the Apache Wars, see our page on the Local History of the Apaches.
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
One of the best kept secrets is the fact that the USDA Forest Service has cabin rentals, two of which are located in the Cochise Stronghold, Shaw Cabin and Half Moon Ranch.Continue reading
Tom and Alicia Davidson own and operate the Double D Guest Lodge situated in this beautiful and rugged part of Arizona. They clearly enjoy sharing with their guests the natural desert & mountain beauty, fresh air, gentle animals, and the amazing history of this place.Continue reading
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
Good food and lodging are few and far between in Cochise County Apache Country. Here are a couple of suggestions.Continue reading
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
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.
This is a very fine historic hotel. It features a private courtyard with patio seating & BBQ in back and panoramic views of the city from its long balconies in front.Continue reading
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
Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch is one of our favorite Tucson places for lodging, dining, and special events, such as their annual wine tasting festivals accompanied by Blues music and the best BBQ anywhere.Continue reading
A video overview of one of the most unique resorts in all of Tucson. Dating back to when it was an elite all girl’s school in the early 20th century this resort has been lovingly restored by it’s owners.Continue reading
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
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
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”.Continue reading
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
Kent Springs cabin in Madera Canyon could just be a a great find for Birders! Offered for rent by the Coronado National Forest, it sleeps 8, with a full kitchen. There are few rental cabins in Madera Canyon, so if you can secure this one for $150 a night, what … Continue reading
More than a hundred years ago, Kentucky Camp was the headquarters for the Santa Rita Water & Mining Company, which was formed to extract placer deposits from the Greaterville Mining District in the foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains 9 miles NW of Sonoita.Continue reading
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
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.Continue reading
“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
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
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
Muleshoe Ranch, a preserve of the Nature Conservancy, is one of the five best conservation areas for bird watching in Southern Arizona. Over 200 species of birds either live here year-round or pause here along the streams on their seasonal migration.Continue reading
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
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
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
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
Days One/Recap This is a continuation of my post about our April 2012 three-day tour of Southeast Arizona. On day-one, we visited the ghost towns of Pearce, Courtland, and Gleason east of Tombstone with a short side trip to Rattlesnake Crafts & Rocks. Then we continued south to the Slaughter Ranch east of Douglas, then […]Continue reading
Duncan, Arizona is small-town Americana. Not much happens here and, from what we could determine, that’s the way most locals want to keep it. Our main reason for coming to Duncan is that it’s close to Clifton, Morenci’, the Black Hills Byway, and the Gila Box.Continue reading
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
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
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
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.
(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
The Residence Inn on East Speedway is a 1980’s version of this popular hotel brand. With this bit of knowledge, you might be inclined to dismiss it as “too old”. I recommend you reconsider. Whether you’re an out-of-town visitor or a local with friends & family coming to visit and … Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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