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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 on March 05, 2014
We spent 10 blissful days at Azure Gate in February and have nothing but great things to say. The location is idyllic - in the Sonoran Desert surrounded by fabulous mountains, desert vegetation and local wildlife. The property is charming and authentic and includes several acres of lovely plantings. We were lucky to book our time in the Santa Ana casita and felt like we were in our own private oasis. But it's the proprietors, Dennis and Christine, who make this experience so special. In addition to being a talented wildlife photographer, Dennis is a top-notch chef so breakfasts are pure perfection. He cooks up dishes that could be served any time of day but with a breakfast twist (one morning we had Chateau Briand - with eggs, of course!) We ate so well at at breakfast we never needed lunch. Christine is an expert on area and was more than happy to share her deep knowledge to make our daily excursions really special. And I suspect it was she who stocked our unit with trail mix and chocolates! We feel like we not only had the best of service but we made new friends. I can't imagine booking anywhere else in Tucson now that we've been spoiled by Dennis and Christine.
4.8 on February 03, 2014
Had a great experience with 6 friends at a girls weekend - food was amazing; gardens were really special. We loved the location as it was secluded and felt like a hidden gem. Would be a special get-away for anyone!
4.6 on February 02, 2014
Beautiful property! Gracious hosts. Window treatments afforded minimal privacy in the Santa Ana casita. This is an opportunity for improvement. They had books for area restauants and ideas for exploration. We saw alot of wildlife on the property. Excellent breakfasts and beautiful tablescapes. We would return to this property.
5 on February 01, 2014
We travel for business and pleasure a lot and this was the best B&B we have ever stayed at. The breakfast was fantastic and the whole experience was very fun. The setting was like a post card.
5 on January 31, 2014
We returned for our fourth visit in January 2014, and had a superb four days with Dennis and Christine. This just has to be one of the very best B & B's anywhere. From the decor, attention to detail, truly amazing breakfasts, wonderful grounds, and outstanding and helpful hospitality, this place is just first rate in every regard. I especially love strolling the grounds in the morning. You feel as if you are miles from anywhere in the beautiful Sonoran desert (slightly groomed for safer strolling), when in fact you are minutes away from groceries, drug stores, restaurants, etc. We love Tucson, and this wonderful place is a big part of that love.
national parks, Desert, Mountains, Ranch, Suburban
Tucson, AZ (TUS) 18 miles
from airport: east on Valencia, north on Kolb, east 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, hiking trails, Botanical Gardens, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Ski area, Zoo, 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
BBQ grill, Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Piano, Videos
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
Walking sticks, Pool, Full kitchens in guest houses, Trail system, Binoculars, Chess Room
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