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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


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.


100th anniversary of Arizona’s statehood

February 10th, 2012 by Betty Ross

Arizona Centennial Celebration in Downtown Tucson from February 10, 2012 — February 12, 2012! This celebration marking the 100th anniversary of Arizona’s statehood on February 14, 1912 and includes free concerts, fireworks displays, street musicians, food vendors, rides, and historical re-enactments in Downtown Tucson. See you there. 

Join us for Arizona’s 100th Birthday Celebrations – February 14!

The guests at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast  can take in this event as well as the remaining gem show exhibits.

And don’t forget the great weather and all the wonderful places to visit.

Check-out my other blogs on area attractions.





National Oatmeal Month

January 7th, 2012 by Betty Ross

I want to take a moment and share some great news with you. Your inn was featured in the BnBFinder.com blog on January 06, 2011.  Below to see the article that includes the mention of your inn:

Roll, Roll, Roll Your Oats!
There’s something about waking up to the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves wafting through the house on a cold winter morning that makes getting up so much easier. You know a hearty bowl of delicious oatmeal topped with apples, cranberries and walnuts is just waiting to warm you up. But, cooking the ground oats into a porridge-style treat isn’t the only way to enjoy it. In fact, the question really should be, “What can’t you do with oatmeal?” Now is the time to find out.

Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast, Tucson, AZ
Take out your steel-cut, crushed or rolled oats and head for the kitchen because January is National Oatmeal Month. If you always sit down with a tried-and-true (but oh-so-tasty) bowl of oatmeal in the morning, try something new. But, maybe you don’t know where to start. That’s okay – let the innkeepers lead the way!
Grease up your baking pan, pre-heat the oven and try The Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast’s recipe for Baked Oatmeal Delight. The Tucson, AZ, inn suggests a side of fresh fruit and a scoop of vanilla yogurt on the side for a healthy measure.

You will find this Baked Oatmeal recipe in my recipe blog.

Thanks BNBFinder

Old Fashioned Christmas

December 15th, 2011 by Betty Ross

Christmas at Desert Dove an Inn-spiration

An Old Fashioned Christmas

Father Time greets you as you enter the Inn.  Betty’s creation, hand made from old quilt pieces.
In the great room stands a 10 ft. Christmas tree adorned with more than 2000 lights decorated with red beaded apples, white poinsettias, white pearl grape clusters, white doves, red cardinals and silver balls of garland. It’s not hard to like Christmas trees. They’re pretty. They sparkle.

In the guest entry hall a Western Cowboy Santa along with his helpful Elves greets guests coming and going!

At our Desert Dove Bed and Breakfast, we like to use our collectibles along with Christmas decorations, giving the Inn a very homespun feel. The antique toys and dolls we have in our collection add to the magic and fun of the season.

The antique sideboard, a treasure from Betty’s grandmother, has seen many a Christmas.

The parlor has a circa 1910 upright piano for those who wish to play some Christmas music. “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas with every Christmas card I write ……..”
Although Tucson traditionally would not have a white Christmas, it has even snowed on a few.  If you wish for some snow you only have to drive 45 minutes to Mt. Lemmon. The Catalina Mountains tops are white with snow.

On the antique cookstove simmers the teapot ready for hot chocolate or spice tea. Home made treats are always available. Plan a romantic getaway this Holiday Season with a stay at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast.

Come fly away! Enjoy! Relax! and Reminisce!














Happy Halloween

October 26th, 2011 by Betty Ross

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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!
















Southwestern Frittata

September 6th, 2011 by Betty Ross

The fritata should to be prepared the day before and allowed to “cure” in the refrigerator overnight.

  • 1 (or more) cans of chopped mild green chiles
  • 1 lb. bulk sausage, cooked (ground turkey or chicken can be used in place of pork)
  • 7 large eggs
  • 1 large clove garlic (pressed)
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes (for slicing on top)
  • 6 corn tortillas, sliced into small stripes
  • 1 1/2 cups jack, cheddar or your favorite cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • chili powder to your taste
  • light sour cream
  • For vegetarian leave out meat

Brown sausage meat and drain any excess fat off, add pressed garlic to meat and cook for a few more minutes.

Grease a 9” x 13” baking dish and evenly line the bottom of the dish with half of the chopped chiles, half of the tortilla strips, half of the sausage and half of the cheese. Repeat the layering with the other half of the chiles, tortilla chips, sausage and cheese.

In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, salt, pepper, onion salt and cumin until they are well mixed. Pour the mixture over the top of the dish. Sprinkle with chili powder to taste.

Place thin slices of tomato over the top. Cover with plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator overnight to cure.

The next day, preheat the oven to 375° F, remove the plastic wrap from the dish and bake the fritata for 45- 50 minutes, or until the top is golden and the sides are a rich brown color.

Cut into equal pieces and serve with a dollop of sour cream and salsa. Serve with warm flour tortillas or your favorite toast!

Serves 6-8

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