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 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!
5 on May 21, 2014
I don't have enough adjectives to describe what a perfect, lovely inn Azure Gate is. Stay in the Catalina Guest house - immaculate, fabulous view, wonderful value. We have finally found our home away from home for our frequent visits to Tucson. East Tucson is so lovely, and Azure Gate is private and feels secluded, but is just a heartbeat from Saguaro National Monument and all the best of Tucson. For you musical folks, check out the Folk Shop on North Campbell - what a trip!
5 on May 21, 2014
We had a wonderful visit. This is a beautiful B&B located in a beautiful area of Tucson. Breakfast was terrific and can't wait to come back.
5 on May 10, 2014
If you plan to vacation in Tucson, a stay at the Azure Gate B&B will delight you. This year, we stayed at the Azure Gate from March 22nd to April 21st, and still marvel at how good this B&B is. Dennis and Christine are wonderful hosts that make people feel at home and delight in sharing their B&B and Tucson with guests. As well, it is all the little touches that help make this B&B special. The binders in each room and casita highlighting what is worth seeing in the Tucson and local restaurants that are worth visiting. As well, there are directions and how long each trip will take. The breakfasts are so wonderful, that guests regularly take pictures of what is being served before starting to eat. There is a pool surrounded by beautiful grounds with lots of areas to sit and relax. The Azure Gate is so special the guests keep coming back year after year, which gives you the feeling that you are visiting friends
5 on April 27, 2014
Our first visit to Azure Gate was in 2007. We've returned every year, sometimes twice. Our visits have become more like visiting family or long time friends. Dennis and Christine are fabulous hosts and take such good care of their guests. We have only stayed in the Catalina Guest House and the Santa Ana Guest House. We love them both. They are very comfortably appointed, and have kitchens, that have everything that we need. When we arrive everything is immaculate, a bottle of wine waiting in the kitchen. However, the real treat is the breakfasts that Dennis and Christine prepare. They are like no other breakfast you will enjoy anywhere else. On this trip, I was impressed that Dennis prepared at least 4 breakfasts that were new to us. He is always updating his menu choices. Our final breakfast for this trip was Easter Sunday. Dennis prepared an Easter buffet that covered their sideboard with scrumptious food. It was absolutely fantastic! I can't say enough about Dennis, Christine and Azure Gate. If you are in Tucson, you should definitely stay here. And if you do, you will return just like the rest of us.
5 on April 27, 2014
Dennis and Christine have created the perfect B&B experience. In fact, after staying at Azure Gate, it will be hard to stay at any other B&B ever again. The breakfasts are extraordinary. Dennis puts so much care, thought, and sheer culinary skill into making the meal truly spectacular and nearly every guest was compelled to photograph their breakfast! Christine is also a font of information about Tucson. The two of them have prepared incredibly helpful binders about everything you could possibly want to know about Tucson!! Dennis & Christine were also tremendously helpful in terms of recommending fantastic hikes and nature walks and helping us see (and ID) birds & other wildlife on their property. The atmosphere and conversations were truly great. The last day we had an early flight to catch, so they prepared a lavish "continental" breakfast for us! The continental breakfast was tastier and more plentiful than what you get at most b&b's! We couldn't believe it. We can't wait to return to Tucson and stay at AZURE B&B again!
4.4 on April 13, 2014
Lovely stay while escaping the frozen north (British Columbia). Some great food and great company.
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.
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, 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