3,2 su marzo 31, 2014
Lovely people, wonderful breakfast, clean and tidy room, comfortable bed all made for a restful stay at Desert Dove. The step down in the shower is quite unnerving to say the least. There really needs to be a permanent grab bar installed. I do not trust those suction type grab bars.
Risposta del proprietario
Thank you for your comments. We appreciate your input. I always mention the step down shower when checking in guests. We will consider the grab bars, however we are not a full HC bed and breakfast.
5 su marzo 24, 2014
Betty and Harvey Ross are interesting, friendly, attentive, and helpful. They served delicious breakfasts and shared this time with us each morning. The room was comfortable, light, airy with a lovely view of their gorgeous desert garden and patio. There was plenty of space to hang and store our clothing and personal items. The decor throughout the home was lovely. The common room provided guests with a full sized fridge for personal items and was stocked with drinks and treats provided by our hosts. There was a coffee and drink machine and a microwave, dishes, silverware and a table. They even had a washer and drier for guests on extended stays. The Desert Dove is very well located for touring Saguaro National Park east and the entire eastern side of Tucson and not far from the historic downtown as well.
Risposta del proprietario
Nice comments! Thanks so much for staying!
5 su marzo 24, 2014
Quiet location close to Saguaro National Park, beautiful home with spacious comfortable rooms, delicious & unique breakfast plus snacks, backyard garden and bird watching both entertaining and peaceful with gorgeous views of the mountains, and above all very kind and sweet hosts
Risposta del proprietario
Thanks for your comments.
5 su marzo 20, 2014
Betty and Harvey have designed and built a wonderfully inviting Bed and Breakfast! They are the most welcoming hosts, and their home is beautifully decorated and equipped for their guests. Betty cooks a gourmet breakfast in the mornings, and their yard is a treat as well. The Desert Dove lies just right outside the main entrance and visitor center of Saguaro National Park East, so there are miles of trails to explore almost from their doorstep. I would highly recommend a stay in this beautiful home!
5 su marzo 01, 2014
Trying to escape Marylands snow, we booked a stay with Betty and Harvey for Valentines weekend. We were greeted with such warmth and incredible hospitality. The room was immaculate, the bed just right, and the thick adobe walls made for the utmost silence perfect for an easy nights rest. Breakfasts were healthy, delicious, and varied daily. Betty readily accomodated my wife with special dietary needs. Don't be afraid to ask for gluten-free, vegetarian, or other preferences. Once done with breakfast, both Betty and Harvey were filled with information on what to do and see in the Tucson area and beyond. We decided not to plan any activities for this trip, and just wing it as we went along. The info provided by the Ross' more than made up for our lack of planning. As busy as we were, Desert Dove also proved to be the perfect place to take a break, and just lay out in the sun reading a book with little more than the buzz of passing hummingbirds for a soundtrack. If we find ourselves in Tucson again, we would not hesitate in the slightest to stay at Desert Dove again. It's the perfect blend of Arizona sun and Minnesota Nice. Thank you Harvey and Betty for a perfect few days.
Risposta del proprietario
Happy to accommodate you both, a pleasure having you as guests.
4,8 su febbraio 13, 2014
The B&B is in a quiet location, close to the Sonora Desert Park. Each of the two rooms are decorated beautifully and are large and comfortable. The queen bed was extremely comfortable. The hosts are charming and very helpful. There is a kitchen area available to their guests. Most of all, Betty and Harvey take you in as special guests and set a beautiful home cooked breakfast table. Breakfast was a delight. We hope to return in the next year.
5 su gennaio 24, 2014
We were so impressed by this beautiful home and gardens with lots of hummingbirds, beautifully decorated house, and delicious breakfast. The owners are the most delightful couple too!
5 su agosto 14, 2013
Very beautiful room! Breakfast was so wonderful and delicious! Really enjoyed drinking coffee and sitting outside in the mornings watching all the different birds! Our first experience and it was amazing! We highly recommend!
5 su maggio 14, 2013
enjoyable every second
4,6 su maggio 02, 2013
We had a delightful stay at the Desert Dove B&B. The setting is peaceful, the accomodations were fresh and clean, and, oh, the great breakfasts. The reason for rating the service less than outstanding is that for early risers, (6-6;30) we had to wait until 7:30 for our 1st cup of coffee. I'm sure Betty and Harvy can easily remedy this by setting a timer on a coffee pot in the rec. room. We will definitely return to this lovely B and B and are recommending it to our friends
Risposta del proprietario
Thanks for your comments. For those who wish coffee before 7:30, we have a coffee center in the multi-purpose room, available for guests 24 hrs.
5 su aprile 29, 2013
Excellent food, very comfortable rooms and a wonderful stay.
4,4 su aprile 22, 2013
We enjoyed a one night stay at this delightful B 'n' B. The two rooms are private and quiet, away from the bustle of the city. The rooms are a little too frou frou and cluttered for our taste, but the bed was comfortable. We loved the outdoor hot tub where we could enjoy an evening of star gazing in comfort. There is also a common room that included a refrigerator, microwave, computer, washer and dryer for guest use. Breakfast was delicious.The hosts directed us to a restaurant for dinner that suited our preferences. Everything was clean and inviting. We definitely recommend this lovely little place.
4,2 su aprile 08, 2013
Beautiful grounds and room. Great jacuzzi. Very friendly.
4,4 su marzo 07, 2013
We went to Tucson for the gem and minieral show and realized instantly that Desert Dove and hosts Harvey and Betty were the true gems. The B&B is a refuge for the soul in every way. Beauty and peace surround you as the hospitality and kindness of the hosts, and of course the scrumtuous morsels fill you with a sense of warmth and satisfaction.
5 su marzo 04, 2013
We enjoyed our two night stay. Enjoyed our time visiting with Betty & Harvey and learning about their collections through out the b&b. The food and decorating were very well done.
5 su gennaio 29, 2013
The location is private and close to the Saguro National Park. The breakfast they serve is fabulous- Betty even adapted to a gluten/dairy free diet and made delicious food. Very hospitable. The Antique Garden room looked out to their backyard/garden/sitting area. Wonderful back yard with a hot tub. Nice to have a multi purpose room outside of the dining area and our bedroom.
5 su ottobre 05, 2012
betty and harvey were wonderful hosts. the b and b was right up my wife's alley,
4,8 su giugno 18, 2012
Harvey & Betty bend over backwards to make their guests feel at home. They have a beautiful garden with plenty of birds, and they are just minutes away from the National Park. The breakfasts are very tasty, and there is always plenty of food! We stayed for two nights, and really hated to leave!
5 su maggio 02, 2012
Had a wonderful time & the hosts were more than hospitable. Breakfast was excellent. Will stay there again if down in Tucson.
5 su aprile 19, 2012
What a relaxing and enjoyable stay we had to start our vacation to southern Az! Betty and Harvey are very friendly and helped us find information about the area and places to eat. Their breakfasts were extraordinary! Would highly recommend to any friends.
4,4 su aprile 18, 2012
Beautiful gardens and views, gracious and knowledgeable hosts, very convenient access to nearby Saguaro National Park East. We enjoyed every part of our stay.
4,6 su aprile 03, 2012
Fantastic in every way. The hosts are just great people. Responsive to your every request and need.Outstanding Breakfast and overall ambiance
5 su aprile 02, 2012
Recently returned from a wonderful 3 night stay at Desert Dove B&B. Harvey and Betty are perfect hosts - many suggestions (and directions) for places of interest, restaurants, etc. The breakfasts were delicious and the early morning coffee perfect while sitting on the back veranda watching birds (hummingbirds, woodpeckers, quail, thrashers, doves). Their location within walking distance of Saguaro National Park East is a plus. We hope to return next March.
4,6 su marzo 22, 2012
Harvey and Betty are wonderful hosts. They made our stay enjoyable and were helpful in helping us make the weekend enjoyable - suggesting what to see and where to eat. They also helped navigate Tucson and had some good resources to help us find our way around. Desert Dove is more like staying at a friends home versus a hotel/B&B.
4,0 su marzo 08, 2012
Very comfortable, great hosts, fine breakfast, wonderful views, great place to sit and see the garden and sunset. Highly recommended
4,0 su marzo 04, 2012
Desert Dove is located in a great location, close to the East Unit of Saguaro National Park - a great place for early morning walks. The rooms, hospitality and breakfasts were great. We would recommend this B&B.
5 su febbraio 12, 2012
The accommodations were exceptional; the service was amazing. Harvey and Betty made us feel welcome and comfortable. The breakfasts were five star as well. I highly recommend staying at this bed and breakfast!
5 su gennaio 29, 2012
Harvey & Betty were most gracious and helpful in recommending activities and restaurants. The home is beautiful both inside and out, with the hot tub a special feature. Our stay was wonderful.
3,6 su gennaio 28, 2012
Pro's: about a mile from the Saguaro Nat. Park in the desert on far east side of Tuscon; very friendly and helpful hosts; a quiet refuge for rest and tranquility; hot tub; lots of birds hang out at their feeder in the morning; pretty garden; pretty good food; extremely clean; made you feel really welcome; WIFI enabled; fairly priced. Con's: no TV in room or common area (though they'd supply a 13" TV with rabbit ears in your room if requested). I should qualify by saying host Harvey let me watch the NFL championship between Giants and 49ers on his bigger living room TV since he was watching it too. That shows they're accommodating and flexible.
4,0 su gennaio 06, 2012
We really enjoyed our stay at the Desert Dove. It's a wonderful place to get away for a romantic weekend, or just a great spot to relax and recharge your batteries.
4,6 su dicembre 29, 2011
Our stay was wonderful. The innkeepers were the perfect balance of friendly and considerate. We felt right at home. The backyard is beautiful and the park nearby is worth the trip. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a relaxing stay in Tucson.
5 su novembre 29, 2011
The house and setting in the desert were amazing! Betty and Harvey went out of their way to make sure our stay was perfect in every way. We will always remember our wonderful mini-vacation at the Desert Dove.
5 su settembre 28, 2011
The Inn and the owners were terrific - I can't think of anything that could have been better. Great setting, personalities, environment, atmosphere, food... We've stayed at many B&B's, and this rates #1!
4,8 su settembre 27, 2011
Clean, eclectic home, comfy beds, great views and wonderful resident owners! The owners of this B&B are warm and wonderful, and also concerned about the guest's privacy. The property is new but feels like you've stepped back in time. There is something wonderful to see no matter where your eye wanders. The owners have done a wonderful job in placing antiques and decorating accents in a way that is still organized and neat.
5 su luglio 17, 2011
Desert Dove is simply outstanding: a well-planned building conceived as a B&B from the beginning, a real adobe construction, immersed in the natural beauty of the area, very close to Saguaro National Park East. The hospitality was absolutely charming and the breakfast delicious. Top rating.
4,8 su aprile 20, 2011
our stay at the Desert Dove was the hi-light of our entire trip to Arizona. Harvey and Betty were warm, friendly hosts, our room was comfortable and very nicely furnished, and the dining was outstanding. Our stay was perfect.
4,0 su aprile 18, 2011
We stayed at Desert Dove for four nights in April. Our clean, attractive room looked out on the bird feeders and we watched quail, thrashers, hummingbirds, and orioles coming to Harvey's feeders. The entrance to Saguaro National Park is only a half mile down the road. Betty's healthy and delicious breakfasts were a highlight. Spent most of an afternoon just sitting out on the shaded back veranda watching the birds. Desert Dove makes a wonderful base for staying in the Tucson area.
5 su aprile 01, 2011
This wonderfully managed B & B is on the eastern edge of Tucson, within a quarter mile of the Saguaro National Forest. There are only two rooms...both lovely. Ours overlooked the garden that has been lovingly nurtured by Betty and Harvey, the innkeepers. It is home to a wide array of birds and mammals. Sitting on the shaded patio with the morning coffee is alone worth the price. But, in addition, you get Betty's wonderful and varied breakfasts which manage to be healthful, fulfilling, and great tasting. Betty and Harvey are attentive to every detail. The result is a place that is much more than a place to sleep and have breakfast, it was definitely an important part of our vacation for which we are very grateful. I cannot single out one "best" aspect because the Desert Dove was excellent in so many ways. As for the least good aspect, I would say its location on the eastern fringe of Tucson was less convenient to the attractions on the Western edge and Tucson is a large and sprawling city that requires a LOT of driving around. We drove, but we also took advantage of the proximity to the Eastern section of the Saguaro National Forest and we took our time in the morning and late in the day to watch the birds, enjoy the Spa, and truly relax.
5 su marzo 28, 2011
Within walking distance of the Saguaro National Park, Desert Dove is located in a quiet residential area. The several acre property is open to guest to explore or to sit back and watch the many varieties of birds who visit the B&B's feeders. Betty and Harvey are great hosts with good advice on what to see and do in the Tucson area. Their breakfasts are ample and delicious. The rooms are well appointed and comfortable and guarantee a good night's sleep.
5 su marzo 21, 2011
This was a lovely home and the hosts Harvey & Betty were such welcoming people that we felt we were staying with friends. The grounds were wonderful and watching the birds in the morning was such fun. The breakfasts were plentiful and healthy. John & Sheila
4,8 su marzo 04, 2011
Fantastic location on the edge of a National Desert Forest. Beautiful views from the room. Perfect location for R&R and as a point for touring. Very quiet! No TV, which is wonderful when you want to really get away. Betty and Harvey are the perfect hosts. Warm, caring, gentle and Betty is a wonderful cook. Breakfasts were outstanding. We will most certainly refer our friends to Desert Dove
4,6 su marzo 01, 2011
3 night stay. Hosts were very helpful with local info. Breakfasts were creative and delicious. Enjoyed watching their feeder birds. Will definitely stay here again on our next visit to Tucson.
5 su febbraio 24, 2011
This is a truly wonderful place to stay in the desert if you love wildlife and desert plants and cacti. It is on the edge of the Saguaro National Park. I saw many different birds from my bedroom window! I even saw a pair of javelinas viewed from the very large back yard. The hospitality is wonderful, food is great, bed is comfortable - what more could you want? I will not stay anywhere else in Tucson on my future visits. Hilary
4,6 su febbraio 22, 2011
I have stayed in many B&B over the years, and the Desert Dove is one of the best. You could not ask for better inn keepers then Harvey and Betty. I stayed for 8 nights, and every breakfast was unique and very good. From morning bird watching, to the evening seating with Harvey and Betty in the common room, you could not ask for better place.. Mark Miller
4,4 su febbraio 17, 2011
Desert Dove was comfortable and quiet. Rooms have privacy. Every need we had was met. Loved that you can walk to Saguaro Nat'l Park. Betty and Harvey are warm and thoughtful hosts. We'd stay there again.
5 su febbraio 15, 2011
The Desert Dove was one of our favorite B & B in a list that covers many countries and states. Betty and Harvey provide incredible hospitality with 2 beautiful private rooms filled lovingly with antiques as well as delicious healthful breakfasts. The setting is serene, within walking distance to Saguaro National Park but also close enough to restaurants as desired. We are already planning our return!!!
4,4 su febbraio 15, 2011
We first visited the Desert Dove almost 14 years ago. It's location on the edge of Tucson, within walking distance to the Saguaro National Park, is the best part of the experience. It is nestled in a quiet little hillside. We love to walk to the park early in the morning, and sit out under the stars at night. Harvey and Betty always anticipate every need we might have and have arranged to meet it before we finish the sentence. Each time we return, we feel like we are visiting family and "catch up" on the news. The food is delicious and always customized to our dietary restrictions. The bedrooms are comfortable and clean. The hot tub is one of our favorite hangouts, as well as the garden. We don't have much to compare it to, because we don't go anywhere else when we have a chance to return to the Desert Dove!
4,4 su febbraio 05, 2011
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Desert Dove...a wonderful respite! A few of my favorite things: beautiful desert garden w/ choice of places to sit (sun/ shade) and enjoy the desert view/ birds; delicious breakfasts-filling, tasty and healthy; delicious homemade evening snacks each night; solitude; knowledgeable, caring hosts; rooms tastefully decorated and thoughtfully provided (eye masks, flashlight, extra pillows/ blankets, comfortable seating for two). Wish we could have stayed longer :)
5 su gennaio 02, 2011
We had a wonderful time during our 4-night stay at Desert Dove. Harvey and Betty devoted lots of attention to ensuring every detail of our stay was enjoyable. Betty's breakfasts were delicious and healthy. The location was great, tucked away with a great mountain view but an easy drive to restaurants and local attractions. Highly recommended for a desert getaway.
5 su dicembre 22, 2010
We had a wonderful stay. The Desert Dove is everything as advertised and more. Harvey and Betty are wonderful hosts and it was a pleasure to get to know them.
4,0 su dicembre 15, 2010
Desert Dove innkeepers Betty and Harvey are friendly, open, and run a great b&b. The adobe home is comfy, the room was airy and light, and the breakfasts were delicious. It was fun to don a furnished robe, step into the hall to get early coffee, and take it outside to watch the birds that Harvey feeds every morning. How great to be just outside Tucson--accessible to everything, but in a non-urban setting. Popping into the hot tub, then crawling under the smoothest possible sheets, was pure heaven. If you're an antiques nut, you'll love all of the owners' collectibles. When we found that the owners were originally from Minnesota, we smiled. They bring "Midwestern nice" to their business, and it's a treat to stay there.
4,8 su ottobre 12, 2010
The Desert Dove is truly an outstanding B & B experience. Sitting on the back porch with an amazing mountain view, watching the many birds, having a cup of tea and enjoying the desert landscape, is so relaxing that you will not want to leave!
5 su giugno 20, 2010
They provide lots of little touches to make you feel at home, like snacks, and guidebooks. The two rooms are very private and comfortable, and the back yard is a birdwatching paradise. It's great that the Saguaro National Park is right next door.
5 su marzo 23, 2010
The inn was immaculate, the food was delicious and the service provided by out hosts was outstanding. They went out of their way to ensure we had everything we could need. Their inn is delightful and wonderfully situated near the Saguero National Park. We loved everything about our stay, including watching the stars at night from the spa.
5 su marzo 12, 2010
Charming, comfortable inn. Delicious breakfasts. Microfiber sheets and plenty of hot water. Friendly directions. Good birding. Delightful hosts!
5 su febbraio 02, 2010
We cane across the Desert Dove quite by accident and as it turns could not have chosen better..... The location is unsurpassed if you are looking for quiet scenic beauty. The accommodation itself is exceptional and is complimented by Harvey and Betty who are the most welcoming hosts you could wish to find. Betty and Harvey made our stay very special and we will without a doubt be back. If you are going to Tucson dont miss this one!!!!!!! Worthwhile Tip - If you are going to Tombstone dont forget to take your passport.....
5 su novembre 05, 2009
Thank you for you hospitality, we had a wonderful time, the Hernandez.
4,8 su aprile 16, 2009
Excellent, will go back!
4,8 su aprile 07, 2009
If you're looking for a wonderful place to stay, look no further! The accommodations are beautiful and the conversation lively!
4,4 su aprile 01, 2009
Betty and Harvey are very gracious hosts, helpful and friendly, and extremely knowledgeable about the desert plants & animals. Breakfast is great, different every day and always tasty & healthy. Great view over mountains & desert, great garden, and great location very close to Saguaro Nat'l Park. You can see lots of different birds, also squirrels and rabbits and sometimes javelinas, right from their back porch. Great place for hikers & birdwatchers.
4,4 su marzo 03, 2009
The owners made our stay a real delight! We loved their home filled with antique toys and their beautiful desert garden, a stone's throw away from Saguaro Nat. Pk. East.
4,8 su febbraio 04, 2009
With views of the mountains out our window and gourmet breakfasts, and delightful hosts taking care of your every need, you will totally relax and enjoy this B&B!
5 su dicembre 18, 2008
5 su dicembre 11, 2008
My husband, myself, and our friends had a two night stay with Betty and Harvey- what wonderful and gracious hosts the two of them are! We will return for another getaway! Soon!!
5 su novembre 21, 2008
A truly special B&B. Very relaxing. Breakfast exceptional, but more importantly, Betty and Harvey, the owners, are two very special people!
5 su novembre 21, 2008
It was more than I expected. At the end of the day, there was a special treat to greet us. The breakfast food was amazing and we dined in her kitchen on freshly pressed vintage table clothes and vintage dishes.
4,2 su novembre 17, 2008
clean, comfortable, beautiful setting. Delicious breakfast.
4,8 su novembre 14, 2008
this was an outstanding place to stay, peaceful an outside the city. very nice garden.
4,6 su novembre 10, 2008
Betty and Harvey are the perfect hosts at a charming B&B in a beautiful setting. So many thoughtful, extra touches add to the hospitality. Exceptionally clean and well maintained. Overall, an outstanding experience.
4,8 su novembre 04, 2008
A lovely place on the edge of Saguaro National Park, surrounded by desert and all it's wonders.
5 su ottobre 30, 2008
Proximity to Saguard National Park was an added bonus when we arrived at Desert Dove. The attention to detail in decorating was a bonus to the friendly atmosphere. The hosts joined us for a delicious French toast breakfast and shared their history with us.
5 su ottobre 02, 2008
It doesn't get much better than this. Our host & hostess, food and accommodations were outstanding. Great atmosphere! These folks know how to really make guests comfortable and provide a great getaway.
5 su settembre 03, 2008
What a beautiful B&B, peaceful, serene, wonderful. Betty and Harney are wonderful hosts. Breakfast was fabulous.
4,0 su agosto 25, 2008
Gracious hosts. Wonderful room. Exceptionally clean. The property is beautiful and breakfast was delicious, served with flawless presentation. It felt more like spending the night at a friend’s home. I would not hesitate to recommend Harvey and Betty’s hospitality to anyone.
4,2 su luglio 15, 2008
Quiet, beautiful, impeccable, with privacy as well as great interaction with hosts. Great views of Mountains and desert. Breakfast was delicious and the presentation was lovely. A wonderful getaway that is convenient.
4,6 su giugno 23, 2008
we had a lovely stay at the desert dove. and felt pampered and refreshed. after 2 peaceful nights.the food and accommodations were great!
4,6 su giugno 09, 2008
Desert Dove is a solace in the desert. This adobe inn is beautiful, environmentally built and clean as a whistle. The view of the Catalina mountains is awesome. The Innkeepers are garacious and helpful. The breakfast of eggs nest with fresh spinach and home made scones are fantastic!
5 su maggio 29, 2008
We spent 4 days at the Desert Dove over Memorial Day weekend. The innkeepers were quite gracious, and the service was excellent. The grounds are spacious, and attract many wild birds. The only shortcoming was that the window covering in our room was thin, letting in a lot of light when the sun rises just after 5 am. Other than that, we could not have had a better experience.
4,2 su gennaio 06, 2008
This was our first visit to a b&b, it was our Christmas gift from our daughter. We had a great time,Harvey & Betty were very gracious hosts. It was so beautiful and peaceful. We would like to return sometime, it was a great get away.
5 su novembre 29, 2007
Outstanding bed and breakfast. Gracious host and hostess. Wonderful hospitality - felt at home.
4,8 su novembre 20, 2007
It was a great experience. Our room looked out on the beautifully enhanced desert. You could sit among the bird feeders and landscaping. Owners were friendly and thoughtful. We will go back.
4,8 su novembre 20, 2007
High in the hills of Arizona sits the Desert Dove. Owners Betty and Harvey provide comfort and hospitality in a beautiful setting in Arizona.
4,6 su ottobre 22, 2007
We enjoyed our stay immensely-- felt like home with excellent hosts. Beautiful area on the outskirts of a busy town.
5 su maggio 10, 2007
A warmly welcoming atmosphere greets you at this lovely territorial style B&B set in beautiful scenery with the city of Tucson only a short drive away. The extensive grounds capture the natural desert landscape where you can relax in the Jacuzzi enjoying the views while experiencing a glorious Southwest sunset. Cleverly thought out, the bedrooms have a stylish country feel, light and spacious with modern en-suite facilities, silent air conditioning and a gem – a room to hang cloths and store luggage. The rooms are separated from the main house by a corridor with guest entrance. This gives a sense of privacy and links you to the main house and breakfast area where charming hosts Betty and Harvey do a great job to make your stay a pleasurable one. The breakfasts created by Betty are the best we have experienced in our extensive use of B&Bs both in the UK and USA. This is home made cooking at it’s best. The variety and flavours of these beautifully presented meals make breakfast time a really pleasurable experience. Excellent breakfasts, a beautiful home, comfortable bedrooms, charming, friendly and professional hosts make a memorable and relaxing stay. So much so we have returned five times and look forward to many more visits in the future.
5 su aprile 26, 2007
This B&B is away from the hustle and bustle of city life, but still close enough for any activity you want. Betty and Harvey Ross will do their best to ensure that you have a relaxing and rejunevating getaway experience. The mountain views are outstanding, breakfasts delicious and filling, rooms extremely clean and comfortable, and the jacuzzi under the stars is delightful.
4,6 su aprile 21, 2007
When we go on vacation, we look for quiet, relaxing venues. If that’s what you’re after in a B&B, you can’t do much better than the Desert Dove in Tucson. Located in a lightly populated area, a quarter mile from Saguaro National Park East, it is a fair distance from downtown, the Interstate, and other tourist attractions, but that’s definitely part of its charm. The landscaping of their expansive property (a few acres) captures you with the beauty of its native flora; carefully tended yet appropriately in sync with the surroundings. The home’s (and B&B) architecture blends nicely into this environment, as do the charmingly decorated rooms. For the caffeine addict, nothing sounds better in the morning than Harvey’s call of “Coffee’s ready!” a half hour before partaking of Betty’s scrumptious, healthful breakfast. (In seven tries, we haven’t tasted anything we didn’t love.) Take the time to talk with Betty about her recipes, healthy diets and cooking, and their antique collections. She is knowledgeable, candid, and at times, fervent. Two suggestions: Try a soak in the spa at sunset and ask Harvey about his classic Huppmobile restoration.