Spirit Tree Inn B&B

3 Harshaw Creek Road , Patagonia, AZ 85624 USA (Show map)


Spirit Tree Inn B & B began its life over 80 yrs ago as the headquarters of the Rocking Chair Ranch. It sits in a beautiful secluded area close to Patagonia Arizona and within easy reach of some of the nation's top birding destinations in southern Arizona. Also within reach are Historic Tombstone and Bisbee as well as Kartchner Caverns, a living cave. You can choose from a long list of arts, historic, cultural, nature, sports and shopping attractions. There are even a growing group of wineries with some quality products. This a truly a destination for anyone who wants peace and quiet and the ability to see nature in its many forms. It is an ideal base of operations for a leisurely visit to Southern Arizona.



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  • Guest room3.8
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.0
  • Cleanliness3.9
  • Onsite Dining4.3

Awesome little B&B off the beaten path

5 on September 22, 2015

This place was adorable!!! :) My boyfriend, myself and our dog went for a long weekend of hiking, off-roading and wine tasting. I couldn't imagine a more perfect place to stay. It's out of town a bit, which means it was quiet... yay!!! Their dog and my dog went for walks together every morning. Star gazing was incredible. Mary Jane and Tom are very knowledgeable about the area and offered us maps, directions, tips and tricks - you name it! And Tom's breakfasts were AMAZIIIIIING! Not your average B&B type of thing - definitely more gourmet. Can't wait to go back.

Tranquil Stay

4.2 on September 22, 2015

I spent a very relaxing and enjoyable 3 nights at Spirit Tree. Having coffee when I wanted and breakfast too was absolutely perfect.

Cozy and Safe Retreat in a beautiful area

3.6 on April 21, 2015

I stayed in the cute and comfortable casita for a few days while traveling alone in the area. I felt extremely relaxed and safe, and so enjoyed visiting with the dogs, horses and donkey. Mary Jane and Tom were great hosts, and I liked knowing that someone knew me and would miss me if I disappeared into the fantastic surrounding wilderness! They both know the area really well and were able to advise me on nearby hiking trails and places of interest. The setting is beautiful and peaceful and I loved the little town of Patagonia a few minutes away. I would definitely stay again if in the area, and I wish I could stay a couple of months next winter!

Relaxing, rustic and full of great hospitality.

4.6 on April 15, 2015

From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, we experienced warm hospitality from Mary Jane and Tom. The property is rustic and comfortable. We stayed in the smaller casita, which is comfortable for two. Tom will cook breakfast when you're ready and you'll get light and healthy plate served hot at the dining room table. The property is 1920's vintage, so don't expect modern decor, it's rustic. Not everything is perfect like a Holiday Inn, but it's clean and well maintained. We recommend this if you're looking for an out-of-the-way and relaxing location to unwind for the weekend.

Lot of Potential

2.6 on April 05, 2015

Very nice hosts. The place could use some TLC. If you are going to rent out a room, everything should be in working order. Room was nice but the tub was not functional, and it appeared that they were trying to decide on a new room color because of the various paint spots on the wall. The courtyard would be a very nice gathering place, but needs some sprucing up. Would I recommend it; that's debatable. A place this size would be overwhelming for two people to tackle. It needs an overhaul and could be very inviting.

Wine tasting get-a-way

3.8 on March 26, 2015

Amazing homestead feel surrounded by mountains and tucked in a rare find of wine country in southern AZ! Great hosts who accommodated for my food sensitivities with 2 day notice!

Birder's Delight

5 on March 22, 2015

The purpose of our stay was to do some bird watching in the area. This B&B is the perfect setting for the visiting birder as the owners are very knowledgeable about birds and have an extensive feeder setup on the patio. This is in a secluded area, but the town of Patagonia is a short distance away. We will likely be back.

Pleasant stay at the Spirit Tree Inn

4.0 on March 07, 2015

This February my wife and I enjoyed a very pleasant three-day stay at the wonderful Spirit Tree Inn in Patagonia, Arizona. We especially enjoyed owners Mary Jane and Tom's warm hospitality, as well as Tom's scrumptious breakfasts. Being birders, we eagerly observed in the avian multitudes that gathered around the feeders in the lovely patio each morning, before we headed out to such famous nearby locations as Patagonia Lake, Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve, Paton's Hummingbird Sanctuary or any of the canyons of the surrounding sky islands. We would highly recommend a stay at the Spirit Tree Inn at any time of the year - perhaps spring time would be your best bet to improve on the 41 species long garden bird list we compiled during our stay.

Much to enjoy, rural Arizona setting, caring hosts

4.2 on February 28, 2015

Wonderful setting and interesting, caring and down to earth hosts. Creative food and environmentally aware services.The town of Patagonia is interesting,earthy and artsy with organic food and arts coops and shops contrasting nicely with the Wagon Wheels more down home grill and bar and then we still have the coffee house. We didn't make it to the pizza shop but heard great reviews. In general The Spirit Tree experience can be described as filled with life: Whether we are talking about horses, donkeys, cats, and dogs residing on an active picturesque ranch. Or we are talking about the many projects and repairs in the making reflecting broader interests and dreams to pursue, or we are referring to the beautiful outdoors with birds, plants and other wild of every kind. Oh almost forgot- there is also the kind of life that comes from opportunity for both quite solitude and fun filled friendly conversation. Aside from a little extra dust in a few corners and some repairs needed here and there, this is an absolutely wonderful place to visit.

Delightful Host and Hostess, Charming B&B, Quaint Town

3.8 on February 23, 2015

My husband and I have stayed at the Spirit Tree twice within the past year, both times we have found the host and hostess extremely hospitable, make every effort to personalize our stay and are very knowledgeable about the area and it's history. Exquisite meals are beautifully presented, yet we feel very much "at home" and welcome. Patagonia is a quiet little town so be prepared to enjoy some solitude.

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Rooms & Rates

Sonoran Bunkhouse

The Sonoran Bunkhouse is the larger of our two casitas ans is a short walk away from the Ranch House. It contains a fully functional kitchenette and its own supply of coffee. If you wish, a service to pre-stock the refrigerator is available. It accommodates up to five, but there is an additional charge after three people. This casita is also pet friendly.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5

Homestead House

The Homestead House is the smaller of our two casitas. It is a short walk from the Ranch House across a bridge over s small ravine.. It has a kitchenette and its own supply of coffee. If you wish, a service to pre-stock the refrigerator is available. This casita accommodates one or two people comfortably. Well behaved pets are allowed in this casita.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Lavender Room

This room has a north-facing window that overlooks the front patio and the" Spirit Tree". It has a king sized bed and is furnished with pieces of fine antique furniture.The bathroom has a shower. It has a door leading out to the Veranda.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

The Library

You step down into a charming room with two bay widows, one with a window seat, facing north and west. A great family room with a loft containing a queen mattress for older children and a queen bed for mom & dad. This room contains numerous books and American Indian accent pieces. It is located near the front door of the ranch house away from the other bedrooms giving it a little more privacy.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Oriental Room

This room has a north-facing window overlooking the patio and the "Spirit Tree". You can see any number of birds while sitting in this room and looking out on the feeders in the patio. It can be arranged as either two twin beds or a single king bed. The Oriental touches give it its name. A wonderful antique armoire, found in Ohio, serves as a closet.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Twin

Equine Room

This room is bright and airy with a south-facing window. It is decorated in an equine motiff. The queen sized headboard, decorated with running horses, was purchased in Pennsylvania and returned to Arizona where it had originally been carved. The small bathroom was the original bathroom of a working ranch. The room has a door leading out to the cool, calm Veranda.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

Countryside, Ranch


Tucson, AZ (TUS) 57 miles

Directions to property:

Take I-10 east to SR 83. Head south on SR 83 for 25 miles to SR 82. Turn right and go 12 miles on 82 to Patagonia. Turn left on the first street past mile marker 20. It is Taylor and it dead ends on Harshaw. Turn left and go about 3.5 miles. Look for a fork in the road just past a sign on the right that says Coronado National Forest. Take the dirt road at the fork for .3 mile and look for the entrance to Spirit Tree Inn B&B on the right.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, National/State parks, Nature area, Kartchner Caverns, Ghost towns, Tubac, Bisbee, Tombstone, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Rodeo, Ruins, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, BBQ grill, Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Internet Service, Library, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi, Wired internet , Mountain bikes for rent

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Turndown Service

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Hunting, Mountain Bike trails, Wineries, Ghost towns, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming pool

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  • Check In:: 2:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only There is a smoke alarm system in every room.
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes B&B is isolated & children might wander off.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Pets allowed only in the detached casitas.
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Need current credit card as deposit
  • Cancellations: 72 hrs cancellation required or a $50 charge



Mary Jane Pottebaum & Tom Bartholomeaux

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs , 3 horses & 1 goat

About the innkeepers

Fishing, hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, birding, star gazing

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Full Gourmet

  • Time Served: Variable
  • Serving Location: Patio, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Vegan, Special Dietary need