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Old Tucson Studios

April 5th, 2014 by Betty Ross

~ Sat. & Sun., Apr. 12th + 13th ~
Cowboy Music Festival & Western Art Show
Old Tucson Studios – Tucson, AZ
“Presented in conjunction with
the AZ Chapter of the Western Music Assn.”
Also featuring:
The Bar-J Wranglers, Barry Ward,
Devon Dawson & The Outlaw,
Call of the West, Jon Messenger
Info at (520) 883-0100

Our guests at Desert Dove can enjoy the old west at Old Tucson Studios ~~~~~~~~~  A fun place!

Tucson Downtown Restaruants

March 14th, 2014 by Betty Ross


Fun place’s to check out for a nice lunch or dinner while downtown Tucson. The guests at Desert Dove love to explore Tucson and the dinning experience it has to offer.

Ever wonder if you’re missing out on a trendy new restaurant or just aren’t aware of a cool, hidden spot? Below is a list of the various restaurants located around the downtown Tucson area from authentic Mexican cuisine to local cafés and coffee shops. Each restaurant offers a unique atmosphere with diverse menus and experiences. Whether you just want to pop into a neighborhood café for a hot drink or enjoy a sit-down dinner with your significant other, Tucson Foodie has you covered.



When our guests wish not to travel far from Desert Dove, we also have some good recommendations.

Saguaro Corners Restaurant is 1/4 mile form Desert Dove. A fun  place!  Close to the Saguaro National Park.












“L a F i e s t a de los V a q u e r o s”

February 13th, 2014 by Betty Ross

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The Parade begins at 9 am. Parade route begins on Ajo Highway 1/2 mile east of Park Ave. going east  to Park Avenue, then south on Park to Irvington Rd., west on Irvington to Sixth Avenue and north on Sixth to the North end of the Tucson Rodeo Grounds. The Judges and Reviewing stands are located on the North side of Irvington close to Sixth Ave. Grandstand seating is on Irvington Road. Seating in this area requires ticketing which can be purchased at Ticket Booths near the Grandstands or in advance at The Rodeo Parade Office.

Each year, more than 200,000 people enjoy the western-themed floats and buggies, historic horse-drawn coaches, festive Mexican folk dancers, marching bands and outfitted riders. The route begins at Park Avenue and Ajo Way, continues south to Irvington Road, then heads west on Irvington Road to South 6th Avenue.

Grandstands for viewing are located on Irvington at South 6th Avenue. See tickets for information for Grandstand tickets.  Viewing along both sides of the route, which stretches just over a mile, is available at no charge.

Visitors to Tucson can explore the Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum. Located on the northeast corner of S. Sixth Ave. and Irvington Road, the large building was originally the first city airport hanger, established in 1918. It was dedicated November 20, 1919 and was referred to as the Mayse Airport.

There are over one hundred buggies and wagons on display as well as a continually growing collection of Old West artifacts. There is a typical western street with various shops, and historical memorabilia of Tucson.

For more information on the Tucson Rodeo Parade and Museum, contact the Tucson Rodeo Parade
at (520) 294-1280 Plan to arrive early as Grandstand entertainment begins at 8:00 A.M. on Parade day.

Enjoy a stay at Desert Dove Bed &Breakfast!  Lots of fun in Tucson, AZ

Cinco De Mayo

May 3rd, 2013 by Betty Ross


Cinco De Mayo, or the 5th of May, is a day many celebrate Mexican heritage with traditional food, drinks, music, and customs.

But what’s the true meaning behind the holiday?

Many people confuse it with Mexico’s Independence day on September 16th.

However, Cinco De Mayo festivities celebrate Mexico’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

History says that’s when Napoleon’s French army of around 8,000 soldiers was defeated by a much smaller and poorly armed Mexican militia of around 4,500.

The holiday is typically celebrated in the city of Puebla and across the United States, especially in areas with a high population of people with Mexican heritage.

Here’s a list of some of the celebrations happening in Tucson Thursday.


Cinco de Mayo Mariachi Breakfast, 8 a.m., The Fountains at La Cholla
Desertview Performing Arts Theater, 7:30 p.m., featuring Genaro Moreno with traditional mariachi
2nd Annual Cinco on Congress Festival, 4 p.m.
The Hut, 8 p.m., featuring the B-Foundation
Sharks Bar, 9 p.m.


Why not try making some Mexican food for your weekend. We will be serving a Mexican breakfast here at Desert Dove. Book a room for the weekend or even one night. You will love it!

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
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
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.


Historic Open House

April 30th, 2013 by Betty Ross

-Miracle Mile 2013Neon Mile  & Tour

Friday, May 10, 2013,  at 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Starting point:  Monterey Court, 505 W. Miracle Mile

The 6th Annual Historic Miracle Mile Open House & Tour will take place on Friday, May 10, 2013, starting at 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. This year the FREE event will feature historic and revitalized resources on Miracle Mile between the Oracle Road intersection and Fairview Avenue.    This special evening will include history lectures;, tours of the Ghost Ranch Lodge historic cactus garden; tours of historic properties, and a celebratory a celebration of the lighting of the iconic Wayward Winds Lodge neon sign, salvaged, restored, and re-installed on Miracle Mile; and a.  After the sign lighting, join us to explore the a guided, flashlight tour of the Evergreen Cemetery after dark to learn about some of Tucson’s notable  people laid to rest there.   there, and how the cemetery evolved in the face of Tucson’s growth.  Monterey Courts, the host for this year’s event,  will be hosting the event as well as will be celebrating their its 1st anniversary as an adapted historic resource with music, cake, and much more!   Join us to All are invited to celebrate both the history and ongoing revitalization of the Historic Miracle Mile area and its ongoing revitalization.

5:30PM  Lecture: Historic US 80 and Miracle Mile, by Demion Clinco, President, Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation. GHOST RANCH LODGE
6:15PM  Lecture: Sign-O-Rama, by Carlos Lozano, founder of Vanishing Tucson. GHOST RANCH LODGE
5:30PM & 6:15PM Guided Tour of the Ghost Ranch Lodge historic cactus garden. GHOST RANCH LODGE
7:00PM – 7:30PM The historic Wayward Winds neon sign lighting, WAYWARD WINDS LODGE
8:00PM.  Evergreen Cemetery tour after-dark tour, starting from the Monterey Court. MONTEREY COURT
7:30PM – LATE live music and entertainment. MONTEREY COURT

Event information will be available at Monterey Court, as well as a chance to visit the artists’ studios.   and café.  storic motor courts will include the Monterey Court, adapted as artists’ studios with cafe; the always popular renovated Ghost Ranch with its fabulous garden; and the Wayward Winds serving as the Gospel Rescue Mission for women and children.

This free Open House and Tour is a collaborative effort of the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, Ward III, City of Tucson, and businesses and organizations in the Oracle/Miracle Mile area.

For more information about the event, visit www.preservetucson.org
and click on News & Events, or contact Linda Mehall, Ward III, at (520) 791-4711, or Linda.Mehall@tucsonaz.gov.

Neon Mile Historic Open House & Tour

Tucson things to do!

April 29th, 2013 by Betty Ross

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With a stay at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast we can point you to many attractions the Old Pueblo has to offer.

As a continuously inhabited settlement for many years, Tucson’s history and culture run deep. Spanish, Mexican, Native and Old West influences are evident in the architecture, lifestyle, traditions and cuisine. Once hailed as a “mini Mecca for the arts” by the Wall Street Journal, Tucson’s art community rivals that of any big city, featuring its own ballet and opera company, professional theater, symphony, more than 200 art groups and a variety of galleries scattered throughout the city’s 11 districts.

Tolteca Tlacuilo and La Cocina Restaurant

April 11th, 2013 by Betty Ross

lightninghorseAlways something fun to do in Tucson! Check out this event on Sunday.

Event Name: Tygel Pinto playing the Navajo  flute

Date: Sunday April 14th, 2013

Performance Times:  Sunday 12:00PM and 2:00PM

Location: Old Town Artisans complex  La Cocina Restaurant stage. 201 N. Court Ave.

Cost: Admission Free

Event Description: Tygel Pinto  from Crystal, New Mexico  started playing the flute to keep a part of himself alive. The part that he was trying to keep alive was his heritage. Once he became more comfortable with the noises that he made he started playing to better understand himself. The inspiration that drives him forward is to bring his music to another level than the norm. He feels that music has taken a turn and is not content with it’s nature. He wants this gift of his to touch the hearts of people and bring them together even if only for a night.

For more information call: Eddie Gallego
( 520 ) 623-5787

Colossal Cave Mountain Park

March 20th, 2013 by Betty Ross


Colossal Cave is about a 10 mile drive from Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast. A scenic drive with great views. More then just the cave. The La Posta Quemada Ranch Museum 

The Ranch Headquarters House on La Posta Quemada Ranch was built by John S. Sullivan in 1967 (the original adobe Ranch house burned to the ground in 1965). Today it houses a museum with two focuses: the human history and the natural history—specifically that of caves—of Colossal Cave Mountain Park and the Cienega Corridor region.

CCC Camp  (WW II era) Civilian Conservation Corps.  The CCC was created in 1933 “for the relief of unemployment through the performance of useful public work, and for other purposes.”One of the most successful New Deal programs of the Great Depression, it existed less than ten years, but left a legacy of strong, handsome roads, bridges, and buildings throughout the United States.

You can enjoy some hiking, picnicking, horseback riding!

Colossal Cave Mt Park

Indian Art Fair

February 15th, 2013 by Betty Ross


Enjoy Tucson and the nice weather. We are having cool nights and warm sunny days.

Lots of attractions here in Tucson, giving our guests at Desert Dove many choices for things to do.

The Southwest Indian Art Fair brings together a cross-section of cultural traditions in performances, music, dance, and demonstrations in many media. Living cultural practices, coupled with meaningful conversations with the artists, provide context for understanding the artwork.

Another fine place to have a great dinner ~~~~~ The Dish just off the SE corner of Speedway & Country Club 520-326-1714


Tubac Festival

February 7th, 2013 by Betty Ross

The Tubac Festival is happening all week through SundayMiro-for-web-224x300
so there might be a little longer wait than usual but the weather is absolutely glorious today so come and enjoy the fun.

Look for the big chicken and you will be at Wisdom’s Restaurant on the road to Tumacacori

Die Hard Wisdom’s fans, it’s your special day today with deals just for you. Give your server the code word SMOOTH today only to receive half off one fruit burro split OR a 2-for-1 Margarita* OR a 2-for-1 glass of wine
OR a 2-for-1 bottle of beer.

You may also wish to visit the National Historical Park in Tumacacori, just minutes from Tubac.