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Senior Travels

April 24th, 2012 by Betty Ross

We had the pleasure of having Bill & Jeannine Becker as guests for a one night stay at our bed & breakfast . As innkeepers, we feel every blessed to have such a wonderful opportunity to meet people from all over the world. It was great talking with them about their weekend adventures. Both Bill & Jeannine love to travel and see the local attractions. Desert Dove, being so close to a National Park, is a big plus for us and our guests. Thanks Bill & Jeannine for choosing to stay at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast. We hope you can return in the future. Read their full blog on the Senior Citizens Travel Journal

Bill & Jeannine Becker write for the Senior Citizens Travel Journal

Beckers’ Second and Third Days in So. Arizona
We left Kartchner Caverns and continued driving south to Tubac having heard from senior friends that it was an artist’s colony and worth a visit. We discovered that Tubac was established in 1752 as a Spanish Presidio…that’s a really fancy word for fort, which I didn’t know.  The village remembers this colorful history at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park with a museum that brings to life days of long ago. Here senior visitors could easily spend a day wandering amongst the wealth of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography, leather, crafts, antiques and jewelry shops…all hosted by the working artists whose studios fill the village. jeb found a cigar and I a bar of soap for my sister.  We’re big shoppers as you can see.

Leaving Tubac, we returned to the southwest side of Tucson, to the area bordering the Saguaro National Park where our room at the Desert Dove Bed and Breakfast was waiting for us.  What a wonderful choice my husband made with this B&B!  Harvey and Betty were ready for our arrival.  They showed us to our room, invited us to enjoy their outdoor garden, gave us a map of the park and told us how to get to our restaurant for dinner.  I was already looking forward to coffee in the morning and some time in the garden before breakfast.

We drove a couple of miles and found ourselves in the Saguaro National Park, surrounded by a lush, green desert…that sounds rather oxymoranish to me…however lush green desert is exactly what it was.  Although I doubt it stays this green or lush very long.  Several of the cacti were flowering and there were trees and more green than brown color in the desert.  Of  course, lots of saguaro cactus, but we learned not nearly the number there were years ago.  It’s a lovely drive through the park.

Birding

April 24th, 2012 by Betty Ross

 

The Bird Garden is a popular spot for Quail in the morning. We are watching for the baby Quail, coming soon!

 

 

 

 

 

It’s that time of the year again! The Hooded Oriole is back.

Only for a short time, just passing through.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Penstemon is on it’s second bloom. Our bunnies cut the stalks down and now we have new blossoms! Never happened here before, humming birds are loving it!

 

 

 

 

Southern Arizona Wine Country

April 16th, 2012 by Betty Ross

There are several wineries in Southern Arizona making local wines. You may wish to visit one or two during your stay in Tucson.

The guests at Desert Dove can enjoy a day trip to the wine country. An easy drive to Sonoita and Elgan. Taking in a wine tasting tour …. also, enjoying the drive threw some beautiful country.  Rolling, grass-covered hills and enjoy wonderful blue skies and wide-open spaces.

Southern Arizona Wine Country

Only 30 minutes from downtown Tucson, Charron Vineyards is one of southern Arizona’s oldest vineyards.   At 4200 feet the vines enjoy warm summer days and cool nights, the perfect growing conditions for our grapes.

Arizona’s Oldest winery

Cooking with Wine

One of many different fruit on-trays served at Desert Dove Bed and Breakfast

Pear Fans   Peel the pears and cut in half length-wise. Core, using a melon baller to scoop out seeds. Poach the pears for about 10 minutes in a syrup of 2 cups liquid, water or water and wine and 1/2 cup sugar.  (Red wine will turn the pears pink.) Cool the pears in the syrup. Remove the pears from the syrup and slice in very thin slices, leaving the stem end intact. Place the pear on a serving dish and press gently with your fingers to fan out the pear.  Underneath it all you can make a pool of raspberry jam with wine or vanilla cream sauce. Add a mint sprig or vanilla bean pod to garnish.  Also makes a great dessert .  So Yummy!

 

Happy Easter

April 6th, 2012 by Betty Ross

Happy Easter everyone. Wishing you a great day. Whether you attend a early sunrise service and go on a Easter egg hunt, wear your new Easter bonnet and enjoy this wonderful holiday!

Judy Garland – Easter Bonnet Song – 1940.  In your Easter bonnet with all the frills upon it, you’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade. I’ll be all in clover, and when they look you over.  I’ll be the proudest fellow in the Easter Parade!

The guests at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast will be enjoying a Easter breakfast of baked eggs in bread rolls. Fresh fruit and  scones with jam and clotted cream. Yummy!

Our guests are enjoying a early morning walk in the Saguaro National Park only a short distance from Desert Dove. There still are a few wild flowers along the way and lots of yellow Brittle Bush.

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