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Dillinger Days

January 20th, 2016 by Betty Ross

A fun weekend in Tucson January 23, 2016

Harvey will have his 1929 Model A Ford at the show.

inn5Hotel Congress would have continued its charming existence as just another place of lodging for road weary guests, were it not for the events of January 22, 1934. That fateful day changed forever the building and its unique place in Tucson history. Early in the morning, a fire started in the basement of the hotel and spread up the elevator to the third floor. This fire, and the subsequent chain of events, led to the capture of one of the country’s most notorious criminals – John Dillinger.

After a series of bank robberies, Dillinger and his gang came to Tucson to “lay low”, residing on the third floor under aliases. Using the switchboard, the front desk clerk notified hotel guests of the fire and guests were evacuated using aerial ladders. On the urgent request of the gang, and encouraged by a generous tip, two firemen retrieved the heavy luggage they left behind. It was later discovered that the bags contained a small arsenal and $23,816 in cash.

Later, these astute firemen recognized the gang in True Detective Magazine. A stakeout resulted in the capture of Dillinger at a house on North Second Avenue. In a space of five hours, without firing a single shot, the police of small town Tucson had done what the combined forces of several states and the FBI had failed to accomplish. When captured, Dillinger simply muttered, “Well, I’ll be damned”.

We still celebrate his capture each third weekend in January with Dillinger Days, which is a fun event featuring reenactments, food and music, tours and lectures.

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Gems in the Desert

January 19th, 2016 by Betty Ross

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The Tucson gem shows are a collection of over 30 different owned and operated public and wholesale gem, mineral and jewelry events with over 3,000 exhibitors throughout Tucson.

The Official 62nd Annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® is held at the downtown Tucson Convention Center (TCC). This event has over 250 general retail dealers and special and guest exhibits for the general public and has been held annually since 1955.  Tucson Gem Show

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Desert Gardening

August 21st, 2015 by Betty Ross

One of the most rewarding experiences of gardening and landscaping is viewing the wildlife that your garden attracts. Butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, insects, rabbits, squirrels and other wildlife find refuge in backyard gardens. Some seek shade, others hunt for food, and some species make our gardens their homes. While rabbits and squirrels may not be the gardener’s favorite wildlife, the vibrant colors of fluttering butterflies and the graceful dance of hummingbirds feeding on nectar producing flowers add greatly to the beauty of a garden in bloom.
Gardens and landscaping can be purposely designed to attract butterflies and hummingbirds, literally bringing your garden to life. By planting a combination of flowering plants, native grasses and leafy shrubs you can create a beautiful garden with color and balance that is pleasing to the human eye, and also attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.
Many of the same colorful, fragrant, nectar-producing blooms attract butterflies as well as hummingbirds. It’s important to create a host environment for larvae and caterpillars as well, which later transform into those butterflies. Good host plants are leafy and can provide shelter and food for larvae and caterpillars.butterflybush hummingbird_4796016_sm

Breakfast is Served

May 25th, 2015 by Betty Ross

 

breakfast1Enjoy a delightful gourmet breakfast served on vintage tableware. Signature dishes of our Tucson inn include Spinach Egg Nest, Southwest Eggs Fiesta, Baked Blueberry French Toast, Baked Oatmeal, Fresh Baked Scones, Yummy Muffins, Homemade Salsa, Organic Jams. Fresh Fruit, Fresh Ground Coffee, Tea and Juice.

    Some new recipes added to our menu!

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potatoquiche                                             Potato Quiche Ranchero a favorite!


Steamed pear                                   Poached Pears with Prickly Pear Cactus Syrup, Yum!

zucchiniquiche                                                         Zucchini Quiche

cookies                                                   Always afternoon cookies!

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Recipe Book

May 2nd, 2015 by Betty Ross

When you stay at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast you can purchase our cookbook at a low price. All Betty’s favorite recipes!  Enjoy our tasty breakfast while you are our guest, and try  them for yourself when you get home.

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Cinco de Mayo

May 1st, 2015 by Betty Ross

 

 

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Ingredients
Salsa:
1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes with chiles, drained
2 scallions, light green and white parts only, finely chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded, deveined, and finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro leaves
1 lime, juiced
Pinch salt
Enchiladas:
1 rotisserie chicken, meat removed and shredded (skin and bones discarded)
2 cups grated Cheddar
1 cup sour cream
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 (8-inch) flour tortillas
Directions
To prepare the salsa: Combine the tomatoes, scallions, jalapeno, cilantro, and lime juice in a mixing bowl. Add a healthy pinch of salt and set aside at room temperature until ready to cook the enchiladas.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 by 13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

To prepare the enchiladas: Place the shredded chicken in a large bowl. Add half of the grated cheese, sour cream, and onion; season with salt and pepper. Mix well to combine.

Place the tortillas on your work surface. Spoon about 1 cup of the chicken mixture across the center of each tortilla. Roll them up to close and place, seam side down, in the prepared baking dish. Pour the salsa over the tortillas. Cover with aluminum foil and bake until heated through, about 40 minutes.

Remove the foil and sprinkle the enchiladas with the remaining 1 cup of grated cheese. Return the baking dish to the oven until the cheese is melted and edges of the tortillas are just beginning to get crisp, 5 to 8 minutes. Serve hot.

 

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Gathering places at Desert Dove

April 22nd, 2015 by Betty Ross

 Enjoy the sights and sounds of the desert at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast.

Singing birds all day long!                

Desert flowers and cacti all around the 4 acres!  Lovely mountain views

Plenty of good seating for relaxation, birding, reading or conversation with other guests.

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Happy Valentines Day

February 13th, 2015 by Betty Ross

                                  Happy Valentines Day from Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast.

           Serving fresh Strawberries, Zucchini Quiche, Cranberry Scones with Devonshire Cream

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Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2015

January 19th, 2015 by Betty Ross

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The Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase is one of the premier gem and mineral shows in the world. The event takes place annually in late January and February at approximately 40 to 49 different locations across the city of Tucson, Arizona. Most of the shows are open to the public, except for certain trade shows which require registration with a business license. There is not one single location for gems, minerals and fossils, but rather dealers occupy dozens of locations across the city: many big hotels and most motels are occupied for this occasion, with professionals displaying their specimens in such locations as hotel bedrooms, lobbies, tents, and lawns. The premier event of the Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase is the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show produced by the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society. This show has been held annually since 1955 and now occupies 181,000 square feet (16,800 m2) of the Tucson Convention Center. All of the shows have attendees from all across the world which includes the general public, experts, beginning collectors, museum employees, dealers, retailers, and researchers.

Fun times in Tucson!  Enjoy great weather with sunny days, and great food!

A stay at the Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast would be a good choice after a full day of shopping. Relaxing in the spa under the stars, what could be better!

 

Christmas in the Desert

December 10th, 2014 by Betty Ross

 

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Enjoy the southwest and all the wonders of    the  desert. Great places to visit, shop, dine out and meet new friends!

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Old Town Old Town Artisans has the perfect holiday place for your guests to experience old Tucson.

The Pink Door Gallery and Art House Centro are having artist receptions this Saturday, Dec 13th.

All the galleries are decked out for the holidays and offer an array of gifts for everyone on your list.

Holiday cheer and great food can be had in our Pub, Cantina and restaurant under the twinkling holiday lights.

Please join us in celebrating this Holiday Season.

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Tucson History

 

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Old Town Artisans is located on the site of El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson, the fort built by the Spanish in 1775 to stake claim to the northern frontier of New Spain. Our block was the stables area, and our north wall is the location of the fort’s north wall from which Apache attacks were repelled. Construction of the adobe buildings was begun in the 1850’s.

The 1882 Tucson Directory lists a variety of early residents, including assayers, clerks, a ladies’ nurse and a grocery store. In 1888 Julius Goldbaum, a liquor merchant, bought the property for use as a distillery and his family’s residence. Stroll through the shops and you will see original ceilings made of saguaro cactus ribs, packing crates, and whiskey barrel staves with remnants of imported wallpaper and gold-leaf mouldings.

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