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.
5 on January 16, 2015
7 visits so far at this B&B. And our next annual visits will be there, too. Wonderful hosts, Dennis and Christine. Marvelous breakfasts that are indescribable cause they are so yummy and unusual and and .... The space is lovely and peaceful. Dennis' photos (at the right) are lovely and it looks like that!!!!!! Friendly. Great restaurant recommendations. Everything you could want. And I travel lots. And I stay in lots of places. And this is very very very very very special.
5 on December 31, 2014
We cannot stop talking about our stay at The Azure Gate and how relaxing and gorgeous a place it is. We had just one night booked for a quick getaway while with family in Tucson, but we were as warmly welcomed by our hosts as if we'd been visiting for years. The house, grounds, and our room were lovely and comfortable, and over an incredible breakfast the next morning we learned from other guests around the table that there are indeed many guests who have been coming back for years to The Azure Gate. We hope to join their ranks - this is a very special place.
5 on December 02, 2014
The Azure Gate Bed and Breakfast was superb! Our hosts, Dennis and Christine went out of their way with the delightful breakfast, providing directions and maps on various spots to visit and their friendliness was outstanding. The casita we stayed in was private and stocked with everything you can imagine. We had all the amenities including snacks, drinks and a well-stocked kitchen. The patio was so calming and the surroundings were beautiful. The weather was perfect and the bed was comfortable. I highly recommend this for a perfect get-away. Dennis and Christine fed us a 5 star breakfast that we will always remember. Can't wait to get back.
5 on November 26, 2014
This was my 2nd visit to the Azure Gate - my husband's first - and it fulfilled all I had promised him and more. This visit brought fresh experiences, including a moonlit meander through the cactus garden, mornings in our own sun-filled apartment (with the most amazing mural), and an extensive survey of their fascinating variety of desert plants. The attributes that most evoke the feelings of joy and serenity I associate with the Azure Gate are the special gifts of Dennis and Christine. The exquisite taste everywhere evident in the house and garden combine with their personal warmth and intelligence to heighten the pleasure that sunshine, great comfort, quiet, repose, and nature bring. Light, colour, unique artwork, birdsong, Christine's laughter, Dennis's imaginative breakfasts, the intelligent conversations with the other guests, all combine to explain why everyone who comes here wants to return. Christine is very detail-minded and seems to enjoy thinking of ways to make one's stay perfect - whether the particularly rich hue of a bouquet of roses, or the tube of sunscreen thoughtfully left in the bathroom for forgetful guests. Having now visited both as a solo traveller and as a couple, I can say that the Azure Gate is wonderfully well suited for either. If you stay in one of the 2 guest rooms in the house you can fully appreciate the beautifully appointed and spacious common areas, with music and books available. In a guesthouse, you have access to everything, plus perfect privacy and comfort. I first stayed in the beautiful Sabino Room, with its painted furniture, art, and wonderful stained glass window that catches the dawn light. This time we were in the lovely Santa Ana guesthouse, attached to the main house yet independent of it and provided with all amenities.
5 on October 27, 2014
Our 6 day stay far exceeded our expectations from the gourmet breakfast and Gambel quails outside our room to the evening sunsets.
5 on October 10, 2014
For two days and nights we enjoyed a desert retreat to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. What a delightful time we had relaxing by the pool and feasting on the tranquility and serenity of this desert oasis. Our hosts were extremely gracious and attentive to any need. The gourmet breakfasts were unique and surprising as well as delicious. The accommodations were classically Southwestern with whimsical and interesting artistic touches everywhere. We were very grateful for our lovely get-away and plan to return to the "Azure Gate" for another visit to this jewel in the user-friendly desert. The Bowkers
5 on August 27, 2014
We spent only 2 nights at azur gate in july but it was a great experience , the place was so beautiful . The garden is peaceful and all the birds around seemto meet there ! Our hosts were really welcoming and their breakfast fabulous . Nathalie and philippe from France
5 on June 01, 2014
Amazing place. Dennis and Christine have created a wonder in the desert and it should be your go-to place if you are staying in Tucson. Wonderfully appointed, quiet location, fantastic full breakfast concocted by Dennis every morning. I stayed in the Catalina House which has a lovely downstairs sitting room, desk, half-kitchen and full bath. The bed is upstairs in a loft - amazingly comfortable bed, great sleeping weather at night (of course, it was April and lovely). The only hit on this house, and for me it wasn't a huge issue, is that the bed is up a bit of a dicey set of spiral stairs. If you are unsteady or have huge suitcases to move, go with the other house or rooms. Not a knock for me, just FYI. Great, great place.
5 on May 30, 2014
We returned in May for our second visit to the Azure Gate. It is a lovely oasis. The location is far enough off the Catalina Highway to be private and quiet, yet convenient for driving to any part of town. We very much enjoyed seeing Christine and Dennis again. We stayed in the Santa Ana guest house. It has a private entrance with its own parking and patio. We felt like we were away from the world, yet the French doors on the other side of our guest house opened right out to the breakfast area and pool. The Santa Ana is enchanting with a perfect combination of privacy and convenience; we wouldn’t want to be late for breakfast! The breakfasts are wonderful! You owe it to yourself to stay here.
5 on May 22, 2014
All that one hopes for in a bed & breakfast...charming local decor, comfort, a bit of luxury, great breakfast, and common space in which to relax after a day of exploring. Christine and Dennis are passionate about this land and all of its plant and animal life. They were generous and knowledgeable with suggestions and binders of directions for exploring the Tucson area. Great library, Dennis' wildlife photos, and a huge collection of movies to borrow are also available. I think we now have seen more, and know more about the area than the family members we visited who moved here two months ago. My only hesitation is selfish... if we come back to visit, I don't want them to be full and unable to accommodate us, because you also read the well deserved rave reviews and have filled up the rooms!
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.
Nightly Rate: $140 - $150
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.
Nightly Rate: $130 - $140
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.
Nightly Rate: $155 - $175
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.
Nightly Rate: $175 - $195
national parks, Desert, Mountains, Ranch, Suburban
Tucson, AZ (TUS) 18 miles
from Tucson: east on Grant, left on Tanque Verde, north on Catalina Highway, east on Morrill Way.
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
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
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Wi-Fi
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
Dennis and Christine Widman
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.
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , gluten free, lactose free
southwest crab cakes
Made with fresh blue crab