We write a lot more dining reviews each year than lodging reviews. So we have to be hyper-selective in order to offer our recommendations for the best places to stay if you are visiting Tucson or somewhere else in Southern Arizona.
One day not long ago, I received an email from Bill & Gretchen Shirley who are two of our weekly newsletter subscribers. They said they had been following our adventures for quite some time and wondered if we would like to review their casitas.
My first thought was “I hope they know what they are asking for.” I’ve had it happen before when asked to review a place of lodging and did not find the establishment to be something I could wholeheartedly recommend to our friends and family. I don’t like to disappoint people, particularly our subscribers.
So, I went to Rincon Creek Ranch website. One of the best websites I have seen. I looked over the many images. These were clearly professional photographs. Gorgeous! I have been fooled before when trusting images, only to find the reality far different.
I found their location on Google Maps. Hummm. These casitas are on the far eastern edge of the Tucson Metro Area. That could be a problem. Or it could be a blessing. I was somewhat hopeful when I noticed that Rincon Creek Ranch abuts Saguaro National Park East and is very near Colossal Cave Mountain Park.
I also took note that Rincon Creek Ranch is NOT a Bed & Breakfast Inn. Moreover, their remoteness meant that any decent restaurant is going to be a hike.
With these concerns in mind, I got off the I-10 at Wentworth (exit 279) and headed north toward Vail. Following my trusty GPS I soon found myself on narrow back roads, then a mile or so on a skinny unpaved trail through a dense mesquite bog. I had to drive through Rincon Creek that bisects the Ranch. It was running and was perhaps a foot deep at one point, but it proved to be no problem for my Ford Escape, (think small).
(Note: They recently built a private, single lane vehicle bridge ensuring all-weather access at all times.)Read More