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Dillinger Days

January 8th, 2013 by Betty Ross

January 19, 2013
Address: 311 E. Congress St., Tucson, AZ 85701
Times: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Phone: 800.722.8848 (Hotel Congress)

Hotel Congress and the Historic Train Depot look back at 1934 with re-enactments of the Dillinger gang’s exploits in Tucson, including guided tours of the historic Hotel Congress. Dillinger Days returns to downtown Tucson Saturday, January 19, 2013 in celebration of the capture of John Dillinger’s notorious gang. In January 1934, the Tucson Police Department, with help from the Tucson Fire Department, were able to do what countless law enforcement agencies around the country had been unable to do—capture the notorious Public Enemy #1 and his gang, and they did so without firing a shot!  Dillinger Days, one of Tucson’s most entertaining annual celebrations, provides a fun way to honor this unique bit of Tucson history, celebrate a nostalgic era, and honor the brave men and women who protect our city on a daily basis.

Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast will be participating in that event.  Harvey will be taking his 1929 Model A Ford car down town to be in the car show.

Romancing the Stones

January 8th, 2013 by Betty Ross

January 30 – February 17, 2013
For two weeks every winter, the world meets in Tucson as it becomes a bustling, international marketplace of buyers and sellers at the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase.
The Tucson Gem Show is much more than a single event at one location. Rather, there are thousands of participants and attendees at more than 40 sites around town. Dozens of shows take place at the same time – in giant white tents, at hotels and resorts and at exhibit halls.
There’s something for everyone at the many open-to-the-public shows – from gold and diamonds to granite bookends and glass beads, and from fine specimens of dinosaur fossils to opals dug from the Australian Outback.
While you’re downtown  you may wish to pay a visit to the Arizona Geological Survey Map & Bookstore at 416 W. Congress St. Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, the shop is a repository of all things related to the state’s geology. That includes more than 2,000 maps, along with trail guides, and a variety of books of local interest .

The Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast guests have returned many times to enjoy this wonderful event in Tucson, AZ. They also get to enjoy the great weather and many fine restaurants Tucson has to offer.

A favorite dining place is the El Charro


Welcome Fall

October 24th, 2012 by Betty Ross

Fall is here with cooler temperatures. Come and stay at Desert Dove Bed and Breakfast and enjoy a delightful gourmet breakfast. A few of our favorite dishes served at our Tucson, AZ  Inn include Fresh Spinach Egg Nest, Southwest Eggs Fiesta, Baked Blueberry French Toast, Baked Oatmeal, Fresh Baked Scones, Pumpkin Mousse, Yummy Muffins, Waffle Toast, Homemade Salsa, Organic Jams. Fresh Fruit, Fresh Ground Coffee, Tea and Juice. Breakfast is served at 8 o’clock or 8:30. We are flexible to your needs. We can take care of your special dietary needs.

Things to do in the area:

Colossal Cave Mountain Park. They are located a short drive up Old Spanish Trail from Desert Dove Bed and Breakfast.

Halloween Howl ! We are going to have a colossal good time! October 28-30

Halloween Carnival (5:00-9:00 p.m.) jumping castles, thrilling maze, kiddie horse rides, petting zoo, food, fun, & more!

Candlelight Tours of Colossal Cave October 28 – 30 / 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Haunted Hayrides 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. For Reservations Colossal Cave Candlelight Tours call: 520-637-7275

Colossal Cave Mountain Park has Riding Stables. To schedule reservation call: 520-647-3450

Pantano Riding Stables offers:  Spooks and Thrills Haunted Hay Rides located on Houghton Road in Tucson, AZ  Just a few miles from Desert Dove Bed and Breakfast.

For reservations at Pantano Stables call: 520-298-8980

Join us for a spooky good time!



Tucson 4th Ave. Street Fair

March 22nd, 2012 by Betty Ross

It’s going to be a gorgeous weekend, so why don’t you spend some time outside at the Fourth Avenue Street Fair   March 23-25.

The Fourth Avenue Street Fair brings together 400+ arts/crafts booths, 35+ food vendors, two entertainment stages, street performers, kids’ art area, and more. Stroll Tucson’s unique historic tree lined shopping district for the perfect Tucson experience.

There will be lots of great fair food. It’s possible to find just about any kind of food at the Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair, which is expected to draw 325,000 people this weekend.

Catch all the fun today (Friday) and into the weekend!

All metered street parking downtown is FREE on Saturday and Sunday.


St Patrick’s Day

March 14th, 2012 by Betty Ross

The 25th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival is this weekend! Downtown Tucson hosts a parade with Irish dancers and music, floats, bands, food and more, beginning at 11:00 a.m. How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day?

Our guests at Desert Dove will be enjoying some Irish food and music this St Patrick’s Day.

Irish soda bread might not be the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow or the four-leaf clover that brings good luck, but its slightly sweet flavor and complex texture makes it a standout favorite for St. Patrick’s Day.

The desert garden seems to be a lovely spot for our guests this spring time to enjoy a cup of tea with a fresh baked snack along with the wildflowers and hummingbirds!

Tucson for places to dine.


Lets Play Ball

March 10th, 2012 by Betty Ross

Major League Spring Training returns to Keno Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tucson.

Tucson Padres

Enjoy our great weather and catch some base ball fun! Nothing better than base ball, hot dogs & apple pie!

Sonoran hot dog recipe

Get a beef hot dog and wrap it like a mummy with bacon.  Mesquite bacon is good.
Fry it on a griddle until the bacon gets crisp.  Some people like to fry the bacon a little first and then wrap it around the hot dog and then fry them both in the bacon grease.
Take a hot dog bun or bolillo roll that has been slit to make a pocket in the middle.  If you want you can toast them a little or, in the case of the bolillo roll, steam it for a minute to make it soft.  Work with what you have on hand or what you feel like.
Put mayo, mustard and ketchup on the bun and insert the bacon-wrapped dog.  If you want to squirt the mayo on top, like they do at the stands, mix it with a little lemon juice or water to thin it out.  Put it into a squeeze bottle or sandwich bag with a corner cut off and squeeze it on top when you are done, along with the mustard and ketchup.
Add warm pinto beans, cheese (shredded Mexican cotijo cheese, cheddar, whatever), chopped tomatoes, chopped onions, sliced or blended jalapenos or some type of jalapeno/green chili salsa.
“Just stick whatever you want on there, and whatever amount, to make it taste good.”  (You hear this talking to many Mexican cooks)


February 27th, 2012 by Betty Ross

TUCSON – The sixth annual Fiesta de Saguaro is set for Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will be held at the park’s Rincon Mountain Visitor Center, located at 3693 South Old Spanish Trail. The Fiesta celebrates the rich Hispanic history and culture of the park and local area, with a variety of activities, lectures, demonstrations and performances.

This family-oriented event is free to the public, and includes free entrance to Saguaro National Park’s Rincon Mountain District (Saguaro East).

Throughout the day there will be ongoing activities, including children’s arts and crafts, special videos and craft demonstrators. Taquería Pico de Gallo and Los Eloteros will be on site offering traditional Mexican food for purchase.

Due to limited parking at the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center, the park will operate a free, continuous shuttle service from Sahuaro Baptist Church, located at 10361 East Old Spanish Trail (at Houghton Road). The shuttle service will run from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

The guests at Desert Dove are enjoying the activities the park has to offer.

Saguaro National Park East

February 27th, 2012 by Betty Ross

Saguaro National Park East  Walking distance from Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast.

Whether you spend an hour or a day in the Saguaro National Park you cannot see it all. There are many trails, some you can enter outside of the main entrance on Old Spanish trail.  There are trail-heads along Freeman at Broadway and Speedway.

Some wild flowers are in bloom already with the hope of many more in the next few weeks.

Where our past lies underfoot

Saguaro National Park east of Tucson might look like a pristine preserve today – but it was once the turf of cowboys and kiln workers.
Relics of that workaday past remain in clear view along a new network of trails in the park. The trails take hikers and horseback riders past a lime kiln made of stone, a line camp site and windmill once used by cowboys, and other reminders of bygone days.

Read more about the past history on the area.

Doug Kreutz Arizona Daily Star

Tucson Botanical Gardens

February 22nd, 2012 by Betty Ross

Tucson Botanical Gardens presents Barbara Smith: Landforms and Lepidoptera – March 1 to April 8

Tucson painter Barbara Smith knows what she loves – and what she loves is what she paints… color, is evident – through richly imbued oils and watercolors – blues and oranges that will forever change your impression of the high chaparral of the Sonoran Desert and the creatures that reside within its range.

Join the Gardens for a public reception on Friday, March 9 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Garden admission | 8:30 – 4:30 daily | Adults $8 | Children 4-12, $4 | Children 3 and younger and Gardens’ members free |

So many wonderful things to see and do in Tucson, while staying at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast!

Don’t you just love this great weather!

PGA Tournament

February 21st, 2012 by Betty Ross

The guests at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast are enjoying the great weather and taking is some of the PGA events.

February 20 – 26, 2012

The Tucson Open is a venerable event that started in 1945 and is the ninth oldest tournament on the PGA tour.

MARANA, Ariz. – Tournament officials today announced a variety of initiatives to honor the U.S. Armed Forces during the 2012 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, held February 20-26 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz. This year’s activities will once again be part of Birdies for the Brave, a military outreach initiative proudly supported by the PGA TOUR. Outreach includes a Military Appreciation Day; free admission to the tournament for all active, retired and Reserve military personnel and their dependents; discounted tickets for veterans; and a Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost proudly supported by Tucson Appliance Company, O’Rielly Chevrolet and Pepsi.
As is the policy at many PGA TOUR events, the Accenture Match Play Championship is proud to continue the tradition of offering complimentary admission for active duty, retired and Reserve military personnel and their dependents with valid IDs (Monday-Sunday). Free tickets can be downloaded by visiting www.birdiesfothebrave.org and following the link for “Ticketing.” A valid CAC or Military ID must be presented with the ticket at the gate in order to gain entry to Accenture Match Play Championship.

New this year, veterans may purchase discounted tickets through the Veterans Advantage program for just $20. Information can also be found at www.birdiesforthebrave.org and clicking on Ticketing or www.worldgolfchampionships.com and click on Tickets.

In addition, the Accenture Match Play Championship is hosting Military Appreciation Day on Friday, February 24. The day will include a ceremony at 10:15 a.m. between the clubhouse and practice facility featuring a color guard, the National Anthem and a flyover by US Navy VFA-86 based out of NAS Lemoore.

Throughout the week, military will be welcomed into the Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost proudly supported by Tucson Appliance Company, O’Rielly Chevrolet and Pepsi. The structure, which is open Wednesday through Sunday to all military and their families, is located between the 14th tee box and 17th green and will offer military members free refreshments and a place to relax during the tournament. Food is provided by Chick-fil-A, Hooters, Boston’s, Nature Valley, Jelly Belly and Blue Bell Ice Cream; and beverages are provided by Pepsi.

The Accenture Match Play Championship, which is the first in a series of four World Golf Championships events in 2012, has been played in the Tucson area since 2007 and at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain since 2009.

New to the Accenture Match Play Championship this year is “Follow the Leaders,” a program that gives fans an opportunity to fall in behind the Championship Match and follow the players down each fairway until the 2012 champion is decided. “Follow the Leaders” will give fans the unique chance to experience the crowd, walk the fairways and view the greens from a player’s perspective. All Sunday ticket holders will be invited to “Follow the Leaders” at the Accenture Match Play Championship, the only official match-play event on the PGA TOUR schedule. Non-military fans interested in purchasing tickets can visit www.worldgolfchampionships.com or call the Tucson Conquistadores office at 520-571-0400.

About Accenture
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 244,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$25.5 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2011. Its home page is www.accenture.com.

About the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship
The Accenture Match Play Championship is the first of four World Golf Championships events in 2012 sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours. The other World Golf Championships include the Cadillac Championship (Doral, Fla.), the Bridgestone Invitational (Akron, Ohio) and the HSBC Champions (Shanghai, China). The Accenture Match Play Championship is broadcast to approximately 580 million households in 224 countries and territories in 29 languages. Proceeds from the Accenture Match Play Championship primarily benefit The Tucson Conquistadores youth charities, including The First Tee of Tucson, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA and Pima County Special Olympics. Since the Accenture Match Play Championship moved to Tucson in 2007, more than $7.5 million has been raised for area charities as a result of the tournament, including $1.348 million from the 2011 event.

About Birdies for the Brave
A PGA TOUR Charities, Inc. program, Birdies for the Brave is the PGA TOUR’s primary vehicle for supporting the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Since 2005, the TOUR has joined with PGA TOUR players and corporate partners to raise millions of dollars for military homefront groups that directly serve military men and women lost or seriously injured in performance of their duty as well as active duty military, through fundraising events at TPC clubs nationwide. Birdies for the Brave was originally created by TOUR player Phil Mickelson and his wife, Amy, to support troops injured during combat. For each birdie or eagle made by Phil throughout the season, a contribution of $100 for a birdie or $500 for an eagle is made to Homes For Our Troops and Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

The information gathered for this blog came from Tucson Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau