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Saguaro National Park East

November 22nd, 2011 by Betty Ross

Visiting Saguaro National ParkSagauro Desert

We are within walking distance of Saguaro National Park East! A walking path from Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast will take you directly to the Park. You may wish an early morning walk to the park before you enjoy a scrumptious homemade breakfast.

There is a 1/4-mile paved Desert Ecology Trail, located along Cactus Forest Drive. Short hikes will introduce you to the plant and animal life of the Sonoran Desert.

Many other trails along the scenic 8 mile drive are suitable for short hikes into the pristine desert environment. There are some 128 miles of trails wind through the desert and mountain country of Saguaro East. Saguaro East, also called Rincon Mountain District, encompasses an aging saguaro forest at the foot of the majestic Rincon Mountains, as well as an exceptional variety of other desert plants. The Park has a picnic area for your usage. We have trail maps available and you may, also, stop by the visitor center for all the information about the Park. The park is open daily.

Daily Programs
A Home in the Desert – 15-minute orientation program shown daily on the hour and half-hour in the auditorium. Learn about the resources that Saguaro National Park protects.

Sentinel of the Desert – a 53 minute video shown daily at 1:00 p.m. in the auditorium.

Saguaro East Programs Rincon Mountain District Visitor Center (Saguaro East). Schedules are subject to change. Check at the Visitor’s Center for current schedules, or call (520) 733-5153. 3693 South Old Spanish Trail, Tucson.

Farmers & Artisans Market

November 22nd, 2011 by Betty Ross

Rincon Valley Farmers & Artisans Market
12500 E. Old Spanish Trail Open 9am to 2pm EVERY Saturday

A short drive from Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast on Old Spanish Trail will take you to a wonderful farmers market open every Saturday.

2nd Annual Tamale Festival Saturday December 10th, 2011 from 9am to 2pm
SANTA & PONY RIDES  & LIVE MUSIC by John Hall 10 -1 Farmers & Artisans!

Nov. 19th-Thanksgiving Celebration Pet Day & Community SALE behind the Barn Pet Shots 9am to 12

Nov. 26th- Community SALE behind Barn

Dec. 3rd- Semi Annual Book SALE in the Book Nook stall #3

Dec. 10th- 2nd Annual Tamale Festival

Live Music by John Hall 10-1

Dec. 17th- Pet Day & Community SALE behind the Barn

CLOSED Dec. 24th & 31st- Happy Holiday

The Rincon Valley Farmers & Artisans Market first opened in October 2001 and has been growing ever since. We are open every Saturday

8:00am until 1:00 pm during the summer starting May 1st and 9am to 2pm during the winter starting October 1st. The market features farm fresh local produce, arts, crafts, furniture, and many other activities for the entire family.

Enjoy a weekend stay at the Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast and stroll the farmers market ….. shopping fun!
Rain or Shine!  Support Your Local

How Bed & Breakfast Owners Use Collecting to Decorate

November 21st, 2011 by Betty Ross

 The Inns & Outs of Collecting
How Bed & Breakfast Owners Use Collections to Decorate
by Sherry White

Located in Tucson, Arizona on four acres, the Desert Dove is nestled in the foothills of the Rincon Mountains near Saguaro National Park East. You will feel right at home in this natural sun-baked adobe bed and breakfast. Its great porches, polished colored concrete floors and open trusses in the great room along with the antiques and collectibles, gives this bed and breakfast its unique ambiance. A wood-burning antique cookstove in the delightful country kitchen invites guests to a scrumptious homemade breakfast. Awake to the sounds of the desert birds and wildlife.  The Desert Dove offers beautiful scenic mountain views, hiking, biking trails, horseback riding and bird watching all nearby.
Desert Dove has two spacious guest-rooms with a private entrance and private bathrooms. Both rooms are beautifully decorated with antiques and collectibles. The Ross’s have been collecting for thirty plus years. Their collection consists of antique toys, doll, hats, quilts, granite ware, and pottery. They love their collections and wanted to share them with others. It has been a dream of Harvey and Betty to open a bed and breakfast. When they found acreage near the Saguaro National Park East, they decided it was the place to build. Their son is an architect and designed the bed and breakfast for the couple, and they did the general contracting themselves. It was quite a learning experience for the Ross’s, but their dream has come true.
The Watt Pottery they use in the decorating was owned and operated by the Watt family. In July 1922, the Watt Pottery was incorporated in Crooksville, Ohio. Through the 1902’s and early 1930’a the Watt Pottery manufactured stoneware crocks, butter churns, preserve jars and jugs. The Watt Pottery dropped its stoneware line in 1935. They chose instead to produce a more modern ovenware made of lightweight clay. This gave the kitchenware the necessary resilience to go from the icebox to the oven. In 1949 the Watt Pottery began hand decorating its wares with simple patterns found in nature using as few brush strokes as possible to allow low production costs. The hand-decorated patterns most sought after by today’s collectors are Starflower, Apple, Cherry, Silhouette ,Rooster, Dutch Tulip, American Red Bud, (Tear Drop),
Morning Glory, Autumn Foliage, Double Apple and Tulip. The company remained in business until a fire halted production in 1965.
Photo’s of just a few examples of displaying their Wall Pottery

A Perfect Winter Getaway

November 4th, 2011 by Betty Ross

Sunset Desert Dove Bed and BreakfastBed and Breakfast Visits:  A Perfect Winter Getaway
The holidays are usually a time when we like to be in the comfort of our homes or another family member’s home, however this isn’t always the case. Some years, a family or couple simply prefers to spend one of their holidays relaxing and taking in something different, instead of some of the usual traditions that are staples of the season. For local residents, staying in a bed and breakfast to relax could be perfect getaway.
With the temperatures cooling down and the celebration of Thanksgiving coming up this November, a stay at a bed and breakfast would be perfect. Instead of worrying about food preparation in your Tucson home, the short trip to a local bed and breakfast will allow the serving of some delicious and fresh breakfast dishes during the holidays. The prepared food will range from an assortment of fall-inspired breakfast items, including pumpkin mousse and a variety of muffins and toast, among other dishes.
A short trip in the Tucson area, the Desert Dove Bed and Breakfast will be a great haven to families trying to get away from some of the hectic times of the holidays. One of the great features of the Desert Dove is the fact that there are some great attractions and activities within distance of the property. The Colossal Cave Mountain Park will be home to some great events this November and December for visitors interested in taking part in some activities and relaxation at the Desert Dove.
On Sunday November 6, TheColossal Cave Mountain Park will play host to a “Landscaping for Wildlife and Sustainability” event. This program will include a presentation from a key member of the Tucson Audubon Society. The event will be highlighted by step by step information on how to work on, create and maintain a vivid desert.
The park will also be home to an event entitled “Traditional Tales from a Master Storyteller” on Sunday, November 6. Marc Severson, an archaeology expert, will present some great holiday and Native American tales at both 2pm and 3:15pm. Besides these great events this winter, the Colossal Cave Mountain Park will also host their usual ladder tours, wild cave tours and stagecoach rides. With a mixture of interesting wildlife and events, the park makes the perfect relaxing attraction for the holiday season.
With a great combination of both relaxation and local activities, the Desert Dove Bed and Breakfast could be perfect for a stress free holiday weekend or visit. Instead of staying at home and experiencing some of the stressors that can sometimes hinder the holiday season, taking a departure from the common holiday activities and visiting a bed and breakfast could be the perfect winter getaway.

Written by Meghan Preston

 

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