The Azure Gate Bed and Breakfast

9351 E. Morrill Way , Tucson, AZ 85749 USA (Show map)


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.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

A Beautiful serene Oasis in Tucson

4.8 on October 22, 2016

A great environment with grounds and buildings that make you feel at home as soon as you enter through the gate. Denise and Christine are passionate about their home and it shows every detail.

A peaceful retreat

5 on October 08, 2016

Our room was quiet. There was a library and living room for reading, all sorts of snacks available in the kitchen. Breakfasts were a work of art and delicious to the last bite. Dennis and Christine were gracious hosts.

First Time Stay and a Discovered Gem

5 on October 03, 2016

This B & B is in a quiet location in Tucson that has a lot of space in order to attract birds and wildlife. The innkeepers were wonderful in making us feel at home. We had access to tea and snacks and our room was decorated with a southwestern feel. Dennis' breakfast was phenomenal. We'll certainly be back.

Beautiful property and great hospitality

5 on October 03, 2016

Had a great stay with Dennis and Christie. Very welcoming, beautiful home, great information, great location, outstanding breakfast, outstanding accommodations, and oh so much more. You will not go wrong staying at this great place. The home-made trial mix is great as well. 5-star treatment!!!

Superb B&B

4.6 on October 02, 2016

A fantastic property in a wonderful location. There is an amazing desert garden, and a lovely swimming pool. Great room too. The hosts are fantastic and provide a real gourmet breakfast. We would definitely stay here again should we return to Tucson.

A big thank you!

4.6 on September 03, 2016

What a gem this place is! My husband and I stayed for 3 nights as part of a trip from Australia. Christine was super helpful (you couldn't meet a more delightful lady if you tried) and gave us directions and suggestions based on our interests. Dennis is a wizard in the kitchen and made the best breakfasts we have had during our trip. The property itself is also lovely and has a great ambience about it. Thank you for making our stay a real highlight - Sarah and Joey

Great stay in Tucson

5 on August 03, 2016

We stayed four nights in the Catalina House in July. The accommodations were excellent but the breakfast was beyond excellent. Dennis is a chef who cares about presentation, quality and texture when preparing his meals. This was evident each morning. Christine was a warm and gracious hostess. I look forward to visiting again.

Wonderful desert experience in Tucson

4.8 on July 12, 2016

About the best setting in Tucson. Neat property. Attentive hosts and wonderful food. I have stayed there during two visits in the last few years and enjoyed it very much. Looking forward to the next visit.

The Best!

4.8 on May 23, 2016

Our second visit to The Azure Gate was every bit as enjoyable as our first. The highlight is Dennis's cooking (no better anywhere!) but what attracts us more than anything is the hospitality of hosts Dennis & Christine. On a stroll around the large property we saw all kinds of wildlife including a bobcat! We have found a new Favorite Place in Tucson and will for sure be back many times.

Oasis in the Desert

5 on May 18, 2016

This was our tenth visit to the Azure Gate B&B. For us it is visiting friends. We stayed for a month from March 27th to April 26th. There are many reasons to recommend the Azure Gate, but the key is Dennis and Christine. They want you to have a good time at their B&B and in Tucson, and do everything they can to make that happen. There are two rooms in the house and two casitas on the property, and all are wonderful. The breakfasts are out of this world. Guests rush back to their rooms for their cameras to take pictures of the breakfast offerings. Christine refers to the outside area and patio as the "Oasis", as do the guests. The area is quite beautiful and peaceful with a variety of sitting (sun and shade) to enjoy the surroundings. As well, the five acres surrounding the Azure Gate allows enjoyment of the local vegetation. If you plan on visiting Tucson, the Azure Gate is the place to stay.

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Rooms & Rates

Saguaro Room

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $140 - $150

Sabino Room

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $130 - $140

Santa Ana Guest House

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $155 - $175

Catalina Guest House

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $175 - $195

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Location Type

national parks, Desert, Mountains, Ranch, Suburban


Tucson, AZ (TUS) 18 miles

Directions to property:

from Tucson: east on Grant, left on Tanque Verde, north on Catalina Highway, east on Morrill Way.

Area Attractions

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

Inn Details

On-site amenities

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

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

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

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  • Check In:: 4:00-6:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: two day minimum, single night when available $20 extra
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night or one-third of the total whichever is greater.
  • Cancellations: A refund, less $50 service fee, will be given with 30 or more days notice. For less than 30 days, a refund (less $50), will be returned only if the accommodation is rebooked.



Dennis and Christine Widman

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

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.

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  • Time Served: 9:00 am
  • Serving Location: outside patio, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian gluten free, lactose free

Signature Dish

southwest crab cakes
Made with fresh blue crab