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. The list of amenities is impressive:
- Beautifully furnished & appointed rooms, some with patios. All with private entries & baths.
- Mexican tile bathrooms with all modern plumbing (i.e., the place is historic but everything works as it should). Plush towels.
- Spacious, enjoyable common areas, including pools, both soaking & swimming. And if you want a workout, they have two endless swimming pool machines for those who want a good cardio workout.
- The large courtyard even includes an outdoor kitchen. For more privacy, there is a separate garden lounge.
- Queen beds with fine linens. WiFi; & HDTV, of course.
- Paths that wonder through well-maintained, tree-lined grounds.
- Breakfast is served buffet-style with a variety of fresh fruits, croissants, juice, yogurt, hot and cold cereals, sweet breads and pastries. And if you want a little more, say a quesadilla or maybe an omelet, Mary will be happy to make it for you.
All of the above the discriminating traveler might expect. Perhaps unexpected is the Poston House Inn’s close proximity to so many interesting things to see & do.
Poston House Inn is located in the oldest section of the historic Village of Tubac; over 100 unique, galleries, shops, & restaurants; AND Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, Arizona’s oldest state park.
Some of the best art galleries and restaurants in Southern Arizona are within easy walking distance. Note: 3 Tubac restaurants have earned our 4-Saguaro rating or better. See our Tubac Dining Section.
Speaking of walking, just down the old road is the trail that follows the Santa Cruz River 3 miles south to Mission Tumacácori National Park. The whole way is lined with huge cottonwoods and mesquites, and is one of the best places in Southern Arizona for bird watching or just walking your dog.
You cannot go walking along the Santa Cruz without walking on extraordinary history. For our historical timeline, see our feature “A Day Trip Through History”.
Up the road about a mile are the challenging 27 holes of the excellent Tubac Golf Resort.
For our recommended Things To See & Do in this area, see our Day Trip: Mission Tumacácori to Mission San Xavier.
So, by now you’re asking yourself, why did Mary & Don name this fine establishment “Poston House Inn”? As it turns out, Charles Poston lived here in the 1880’s. His house is now the first two building of their B&B, which accounts for why the adobe walls are 2 feet thick.
And who, pray tell, is this Poston fellow? No less than the “Father of Arizona”. In 1856, Charles Poston founded the Sonora Exploring & Mining Company with $2 million in capital from eastern backers. Poston established the company’s headquarters in Tubac and they began mining operations in the nearby Santa Rita Mountains.
Poston served as alcalde (mayor) of Tubac, a village of about 800 souls. They called him “Colonel” Poston. Using the authority granted to him by the government of New Mexico Territory, he printed his own money and officiated over marriages, divorces, and baptisms.
His mining operations produced about $3000 per day in silver until 1861 when Union troops withdrew to fight in the Civil War. Without the soldiers, Tubac was nearly helpless against the Apaches, and the village had to be abandoned.
Poston used this down time to lobby both President Lincoln and Congress for the creation of an Arizona Territory, advertising the benefits of the area’s mineral wealth to the Union cause. In 1863, Lincoln signed the Arizona Organic Act, creating the newest U.S. Territory out of the western half of New Mexico Territory.
Lincoln had Poston appointed Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the new territory. A year later he was elected to be a Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from the Territory of Arizona. He campaigned ardently for statehood.
No one was more responsible for the creation of State of Arizona than Charles Poston. In 1912, Arizona was the last of the contiguous states to be admitted to the Union. But Poston didn’t live to see his quest succeed. He died in 1902 and is buried on Poston’s Butte above the historic town of Florence, Arizona.