The Azure Gate Bed and Breakfast

9351 E. Morrill Way , Tucson, AZ 85749 USA (Show map)


Open The Azure Gate to a place where you can dream ... a desert oasis of quiet beauty and birdsong. The Azure Gate is a romantic secluded estate on 5 acres of botanical garden ambiance located in NE Tucson at the gateway to magnificent Mt. Lemmon. Open its gate and enter a magical place of brightly designed Mexican tiles, saltillo tile floors, colorful walls, courtyards with splashing fountains, and exquisite gates made by artist, Simon Donovan. Relax by its pool. Explore meandering pathways and trails. Fall asleep in one of the beautiful bedrooms to a desert lullaby of hooting owls and yipping coyotes. Awaken to a sunrise song of cooing doves and the fragrant anticipation of a delicious breakfast.




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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9


4.6 on February 02, 2016

Our first visit to Azure Gate was surprisingly wonderful. Located in a lovely part of town, near restaurants but far enough away from crowds. Dennis & Christine are the most gracious hosts and immediately made us feel welcome, including giving us all sorts of references to local attractions that appealed to us. The house and property are terrific, but the real attraction is Dennis' cooking. Gourmet breakfasts every morning! Oh, and Dennis' nature photos are in themselves worth the trip. We will definitely be back!

Wonderful winter visit to Azure Gate

5 on January 26, 2016

We had the opportunity to return to Azure Gate at the beginning of this month. We've been coming here for the past number of years, usually in the spring. The winter brought amazing skies and wintering birds. Once again, we stayed in the Catalina Guest House. We consider this our home away from home. It is a beautiful and very comfortable 1 bedroom home. We had a wonderful visit with the owners, Dennis and Christine. Even though we've been coming here for at least 8-9 years, Dennis managed to make a number of new delicious breakfasts that we've never had before. It is always a treat to try his new creations. As always, this is a beautiful and relaxing place to stay. We will return in April. This is the best B & B we've ever stayed at.

Lovely spot in Tucson

4.8 on January 24, 2016

Our wonderful visit to Tucson was greatly enhanced by this amazing B &B owned and operated by two artists with a real flair for knowing what will please their visitors. I can't imagine how anything could have been more welcoming and beautiful. When breakfast was presented, guests run to get their phones to make pictures! Unbelievable! Thanks again to our hosts Dennis and Christine!!

Beautiful, peaceful, flexible

5 on January 08, 2016

This area of the Southwest is lovely - lots of wildlife, hiking, and scenic vistas. The Azure Gate B&B was comfortable, beautiful, and clean. And the proprietors were so flexible -- they let us switch days several times, and they accommodated my husband's dietary limitations. I would definitely go back.

Impeccable Sonoran Desert Refuge

5 on December 03, 2015

Top chef like attention to presentation and flavors for breakfast. Interesting and engaging owners who really care about the service they provide. Quaint rooms in beautifully maintained Sonoran Desert setting with hiking in nearby Rincon and Catalina Mountains. A really great experience.

Tucson NIght

3.6 on October 24, 2015

We only had a short time at The Azure Gate, but we found it a lovely oasis and a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of Tucson. We hope our travels bring us back there when we can spend more time. Highly recommended.

Wonderful property and wonderful hosts

4.4 on October 02, 2015

The owners have taken such care to make their property so lovely and their guest houses and home so beautifully decorated, clean, etc. And the delicious/gourmet breakfasts are a delight. I have some serious food allergies that they were completely willing to work with, and I was very touched. They are wonderful people and give much thought and care to their property and guests. Lynne and Richard

What more can I say. It was a great stay again.

5 on August 15, 2015

This was our fifth time at The Azure Gate and it was just as good as before. Christine and Dennis are the best hosts you can imagine. The Breakfast that Dennis produces is truly superb. We book the Catalina house and it is perfect. We stayed for an extra day so 8 nights this time. There is a lot to do in the area or you could just take the day quietly and I used the pool for hours each day. My wife and I are now planning a family holiday to Azure gate were we will book the entire place and take our kids and grandson to paradise. Thanks Christine and Dennis.

A gem in beautiful desert surroundings

5 on June 02, 2015

We loved the grounds and the quiet. Breakfast was incredible and not only was the presentation worth taking your camera to the table to snap a shot of the French toast platter, but every dish was delicious for the 3 mornings we stayed. One of the things that we enjoy at bed and breakfast places is the rooms, the breakfast table, and the privacy respectfully given. Azure Gate has it all.

Another wonderful visit to Azure Gate

5 on May 01, 2015

This is the best B & B on the planet! We have been visiting Azure Gate since 2007, at least once a year, on a few occasions it's been twice. Dennis and Christine are wonderful hosts. They are extremely knowledgable about the area and all the activities. Dennis breakfasts are fantastic. Fresh ingredients, fabulous combination of flavors and beautiful presentation. Dennis' breakfast are filling enough to keep us going until dinner. After a day of hiking, sometimes it is nice to just do something simple back at the casitas for dinner and not have to go out for dinner. We've stayed in both casitas and love having the kitchens, for that reason. Next year we will return for a week of winter birding and spring birding.

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Rooms & Rates

Saguaro Room

The Saguaro has a feel of the Old West with a Queen Bed hand crafted of saguaro ribs, original Western art, its own courtyard. There is an adjacent library with a Spanish desk, telephone and internet hookup, comfortable sofa and chair, antique game table for playing cards or a board game, shelves and shelves of books, CDs, and a large video selection.

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

Nightly Rate: $140 - $150

Sabino Room

The Sabino Room is reminiscent of old colonial Spain with an elegant queen size brass bed, hand-painted furniture, a stained glass window, shower with marble tile, and an artist designed pedestal sink with matching hand painted tile. The Sabino is adjacent to the library which has a Spanish desk, comfortable sofa and chair, antique game table for playing cards or a board game, shelves and shelves of books, CDs, and a large video selection.

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

Nightly Rate: $130 - $140

Santa Ana Guest House

The Santa Ana Guest House consists of living room, study nook with desk, telephone, and internet access, along with a fully appointed kitchen. The bedroom loft has a queen size bed and views of the Santa Catalinas and the Rincon Mountains. The Santa Ana has a gracious old brick patio with views of the Catalinas, a private entrance, and entrance to the courtyard oasis and pool. There is Cable TV, VCR, and CD player. Guest have access to the library which has shelves and shelves of books, CDs, and a large video selection.

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

Nightly Rate: $155 - $175

Catalina Guest House

The Catalina Guest House boasts 850 square feet of living space reflecting the delight of azure waters off the coast of Mexico. It is beautifully furnished with original art, fully appointed eat-in kitchen, a spacious Mexican tiled bathroom with walk-in shower. The living area contains a sofa and loveseat, a large fireplace, Cable TV, VCR, and CD player. There is also a desk with private telephone and WIFI internet. The large upstairs bedroom has an outdoor balcony for sunset viewing. The Catalina also has its own patio, courtyard, and misting ramada with peaceful views of the desert.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $175 - $195

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Location Type

national parks, Desert, Mountains, Ranch, Suburban


Tucson, AZ (TUS) 18 miles

Directions to property:

from Tucson: east on Grant, left on Tanque Verde, north on Catalina Highway, east on Morrill Way.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Baseball's spring training, birding areas, Botanical Gardens, hiking trails, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Ski area, Zoo

Inn Details

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Piano, Videos , Full kitchens in guest houses, Pool, Walking sticks, Trail system, Binoculars, Chess Room

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Billiards, Bird watching, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Mountain Bike trails, wildlife photography, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental, Video Arcade

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  • Check In:: 4:00-6:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: two day minimum, single night when available $20 extra
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night or one-third of the total whichever is greater.
  • Cancellations: A refund, less $50 service fee, will be given with 30 or more days notice. For less than 30 days, a refund (less $50), will be returned only if the accommodation is rebooked.



Dennis and Christine Widman

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

Dennis and Christine have lived and traveled throughout the US and Europe. Dennis is an avid wildlife photographer and does training and consulting in business communication. Christine is a children's book writer. Her sixth book, Cornfield Hide and Seek, will be in bookstores Spring of 2003. Both love hiking, birding, nature, good food, conversation, and the arts. They will gladly assist you in finding the spectacular trail, savory dinner, local festival, or artistic SW memento.

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  • Time Served: 9:00 am
  • Serving Location: outside patio, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , gluten free, lactose free

Signature Dish

southwest crab cakes
Made with fresh blue crab