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.
4.8 on December 03, 2013
Beautiful desert scenery, wonderful welcome, outstanding breakfasts, lovely southwest accommodation and great recommendations for Tucson sightseeing: the Azure Gate was everything we could ask for. Christine and Dennis are so welcoming and the breakfasts were, by far, one of the best we've experienced in a B&B. Azure Gate is conveniently close to many of Tucson's wonderful attractions and experiences. Everyday was a glorious adventure. Our room had a sweet little patio that enjoyed the morning sun. The library and living room allowed us to relax in a southwest styled home that made us feel that we were experiencing an authentic desert abode. We will be back because there is still so much to see and a lovely home to enjoy. Room Tip: If you are thinking of being amorous while staying at the Azure Gate, ask for the one of the guest houses.
5 on November 03, 2013
We stayed at The Azure Gate for three days and nights and had a relaxing, wonderful stay. I read great reviews online about The Azure Gate and I looked at the photos, but you never know until you arrive what it’s really like. I was more than pleased! Our room was beautifully decorated in southwestern décor with lovely little touches everywhere. Our room’s French doors opened up on a lovely private patio with a view of the night stars. During the day the sunlight and breezes streamed through the gauzy curtains and cast a lovely glow. We woke each morning to wonderful smells from the kitchen where Dennis whipped up an outstanding gourmet breakfast. Christine’s china, goblets, and serving dishes make the experience even more delightful. Dennis describes each of his delicious creations. What a lovely way to start the day. One morning breakfast was served by the lovely outdoor swimming pool. The Azure Gate is surrounded by beautiful grounds with cactus, native plants, birds, and other wildlife. It is peaceful and lovely. Both Christine and Dennis are warm and hospitable. They went out of their way to ensure we had everything we needed. We had to leave the morning of our last day without Dennis’ culinary creation. However, Christine served us fresh fruit, goblets of fresh juice (served daily), a variety of cereals and granola, yogurt, on a lovely set of blue and white china, and even lit candles! Oh, the coffee is delicious, too. Christine and Dennis are originally from Seattle! I think our stay at Dennis and Christine’s B&B was the best part of our trip. I highly recommend The Azure Gate and look forward to a return visit!
5 on October 06, 2013
Azure Gate was a delightful discovery! The owners are extraordinarily friendly and courteous. The cactus gardens that surround the facilities are a pleasure to explore with birds and small animals of many varieties. We enjoyed the ambiance of the guest house and savored the gourmet breakfasts. We would highly recommend the Azure Gate as a unique and restful bed and breakfast.
5 on July 05, 2013
I spent one lucky night in June 2013 on a Monday at The Azure Gate. The whole experience was fantastic!!! The Santa Ana guest house is so beautiful and has a wonderful loft bedroom with mountain views out of the high ceilings windows. I truly hope to go back there again one day.
5 on May 30, 2013
This year I visited Azure Gate for the fifth time. I love this place and can't seem to stay away. Christine and Dennis make you feel at home in their beautiful house. Each bedroom has it's own style. I stayed in the "Sabino Room" furnished Spanish style even the bathroom. It is a very quiet room, where you can get a good night's rest, after being on the go all day. There are a lot to do in Tucson and surroundings. I liked to hike at the Sabino Canyon and Mount Lemon and and then come back and cool off in the beautiful pool located in their Idyllic garden. There were a lot of other places I visited. Christine and Dennis are very helpful in giving directions and even help planing the day. Before leaving in the morning, breakfast was served, which was out of this world. First a fruit and berry dish and then the main dish. All the dishes were elegantly presented. Before we started eating Christine and Dennis explained how they prepared them and the ingredients. Everything was delicious. I hope to be able to go there again.
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