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A Review from Southern Arizona Guide

May 21st, 2016 by Betty Ross

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Does Southern Arizona Guide recommend Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast? Indeed we do!

Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast Inn

11707 E Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ 85730

(520) 722-6879

We are happy to announce that we found just the right one. I know that if you stay at Desert Dove, you will thank us for this recommendation.

LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION

Desert Dove is located on four acres in the foothills of the Rincon Mountains on the far-east side of Tucson adjacent to our magnificent Saguaro National Park East. In fact, the Inn is so close to the Park, you can easily walk to it. On the other hand, the patio gardens are so beautiful, you might just want to hang out in the backyard and watch for the dozens of bird species that frequent this quiet, restful place: Cardinal, Oriole, Roadrunner, Gila Woodpecker, Pyrrhulaxia, Gambel Quail, Western Kingbird, Phainopepla, Cooper’s Hawk, a variety of Owls, several species of Hummingbirds, and so many more.

Nearby are biking and hiking trails, as well as horseback riding through our Sonoran Desert, the most bio-diverse desert in the world.

This adobe home was built as a B&B and decorated with the innkeepers’ extraordinary array of collectibles and antiques that are on display throughout. I easily could have spent a couple of hours just marveling at this wonderful collection of memorabilia. I am certain there is a story behind every one. I was particularly taken by the ornate 1927 wood burning stove in the kitchen and the 1910 upright piano.

The Inn consists of a parlor, kitchen, great room, utility room, two good-size guestrooms; a covered porch overlooking the extensive gardens, and a hot tub. The starry heavens observed from the warm waters of the spa alone would be worth the stay.

Both guest bedrooms have garden and mountain views; a comfortable queen size bed; private bathroom, desk, radio & CD player, a hair dryer, and soft bathrobes. Each bedroom has it own unique collection of antiques and collectibles. No TV in the guest bedrooms, but there is a flat-screen television in the living room if you need to watch that once-in-a-lifetime sporting event.

Just beyond the guestrooms is the multi-purpose room with microwave, refrigerator, KEURIG coffee maker, laundry and other things you might need at any time of the day or night. The innkeepers begin serving coffee and tea at 7:30 AM. Breakfast is at 8:00 or 8:30 AM. Special “treats” might be served in the late afternoon if you’re good.

The Innkeepers

So, who makes this delightful desert hideaway so special? Harvey and Betty built Desert Dove in 1997. Their son was the architect and they were the general contractor. Harvey’s hobby is restoring classic automobiles, such as his 1929 Model A Ford. He’s currently working on a 1929 Hupmobile. Betty’s hobby is restoring antique dolls and quilts. Many are on display throughout the Inn.

Harvey showed me around the gardens. He is particularly knowledgeable about things that grow in our Desert. And both he and Betty are well-versed in Tucson’s culinary scene and are ready if you need recommendations for lunch or dinner. They are also well-traveled, so if you need assistance deciding what to see and do while in Southern Arizona, they can be most helpful.

Can they arrange for a licensed massage therapist to come to the Inn and relax all your tense muscles and aching joints? Of course. Whatever stress you arrived with will vanish into the desert air.

The Ross’ are a lovely couple: well-educated, articulate, and friendly. As professional innkeepers, they don’t come any better. In addition to admiring the myriad collectibles and antiques that seem to pervade the entire Inn, I could not help notice just how amazingly clean their place is. While Betty told me that she has a system for keeping everything clean, I still imagine a team of merry maids sneaking into the Inn every night just to dust off all the objects on display.

The Breakfast

Betty’s breakfast is one of the finest in Tucson and, in keeping with the Inn’s antique theme, her gourmet morning meals are served on vintage tableware. On any given morning during your stay, you might be served Spinach Egg Nest, Southwest Eggs Fiesta, Baked Blueberry French Toast, Baked Oatmeal, Fresh Baked Scones, Yummy Muffins, Waffle Toast; all of which is accompanied by Homemade Salsa, Organic Jams; Fresh Fruit, Fresh Ground Coffee, Tea and Juice. Do you have special dietary needs, such as vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free: no problema.

When I dined at Desert Dove, I enjoyed a light and fluffy Potato Ranchero Quiche and fresh fruit with sourdough toast and delicious organic jam from one of their neighbors. And then there was this other thingy. It was about the size of a muffin, but was in the shape of a rose blossom. I had never seen anything like it … at least not that was edible. Betty told me that it is an apple rose tart made with puffy pastry and sliced apples. Extraordinary in both taste and presentation!

If you would like Desert Dove recipes, check out the “Recipes” section of their blog.To the extent we found fault with anything, it is that Desert Dove is a bit hard to find. I passed it three times before deciding that one particular driveway had to be it. This is not an oversight on the part of the innkeepers. For reasons that surpass logic, Pima County would not give them a sign permit. Go figure.

We suggest you pay close attention to the very specific directions on their website.

Nightly rates range for $130 to $145 depending on the season. Two-night minimum February and March. Check the website for availability and to make reservations.

Festival of Books

March 11th, 2016 by Betty Ross

A fun and enjoyable event in Tucson this weekend. Enjoy a stay at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast   to round out a great weekend!

booksThe annual Tucson Festival of Books will be held Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the campus of the University of Arizona. The festival features more than 350 authors and panelists, 250 exhibitors, and opportunities to meet famous authors, poets, writers and journalists. There will be book signings, panel discussions, live entertainment, food vendors, children’s activities, Science City, and dozens of free activities for all ages. Admission is free and both Sun Link and Sun Tran provide stops within a short walk of the festival. Sun Link will be kicking off the Festival of Books with an onboard reading by award winning children’s author, Conrad Storad, on Saturday, March 12 at 10 a.m. Storad will begin his reading at the Avenida del Convento stop (across from Mercado San Agustin) and will exit at the University of Arizona to participate in the Festival of Books at the Children’s Storyteller

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Arizona State Museum

March 5th, 2016 by Betty Ross

museumArizona State Museum | The University of Arizona
1013 E University Blvd | PO Box 210026
Tucson, AZ 85721-0026
(520) 626-8381 | 621-2976 FAX
AZ State Museum

Gallery

March 5th, 2016 by Betty Ross

Just one of the Art Gallery’s to visit during your stay at Desert Dove  in Tucson AZ

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DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun
6300 N Swan
Tucson, AZ 85718
Phone: (520) 299-9191
Toll Free: (800) 545-2185
(1909-1982)
The son of Italian immigrants, Ettore DeGrazia was born June 14, 1909, in the Morenci mining camp of Territorial Arizona. His early childhood experiences in the ethnically diverse community evolved into a lifelong appreciation of native cultures in the Sonoran Desert and a passion to create art depicting their lives and lore.
After the Phelps Dodge mine closed in 1920, DeGrazia was introduced to his parent’s hometown when they moved their seven children to the Calabria region of Italy. The family returned to Morenci when the mine reopened five years later. Enrolling again in the first grade to relearn English, DeGrazia–nicknamed Ted by a schoolteacher–graduated from Morenci High School when he was 23 years old. By then he was an accomplished trumpeter who performed with family and friends.
After working briefly in the mine, DeGrazia hitched a ride to Tucson with his trumpet and $15 in his pocket. He enrolled at the University of Arizona in 1933, where he supported himself planting trees on campus by day and leading his big band at night. During one performance he met Alexandra, the daughter of Fox Theater owner Nicholas Diamos. Ted and Alexandra wed in 1936 and moved to Bisbee so DeGrazia could manage the Lyric Theater there, also owned by the Diamos family. The couple had three children during this time but divorced in 1946.
DeGrazia and Diego Rivera
DeGrazia and Diego Rivera
DeGrazia continued creating his early paintings in Bisbee and by 1941, Raymond Carlson, editor of Arizona Highways, started publishing features about the artist. On a rare vacation to Mexico City in 1942, DeGrazia and Alexandra left an evening ballet performance and headed to the Palacio Municipal where muralist Diego Rivera was working. This encounter led to an internship with Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco. The two Mexican masters then sponsored a solo exhibition of DeGrazia’s paintings at the prestigious Palacio de Bellas Artes.
“Los Niños”
“Los Niños”
After returning to Tucson, DeGrazia found that no gallery was interested in exhibiting his artwork, so he bought an acre of land with $25 down at Prince Road and Campbell Avenue to build his first adobe studio in 1944, and also received a BA in Education from the University of Arizona. The following year he received a BFA, plus a Master of Arts titled “Art and Its Relation to Music in Art Education”.
New York sculptor Marion Sheret met the artist when visiting his Campbell Avenue studio. As she recalled, his first words to her were “Where have you been?” They married in the jungles of Mexico in 1947 and bought the 10-acre foothills site in the early 1950s to build what was to become DeGrazia’s Gallery in the Sun.
DeGrazia’s paintings, ceramics and other artwork steadily attracted media attention including the NBC newsreel “Watch the World” and a profile in the 1953 National Geographic article “From Tucson to Tombstone.” His fame flourished when UNICEF chose his 1957 oil painting “Los Niños” for a 1960 holiday card that sold millions worldwide.
Protest at the Superstition Mountains
Protest at the Superstition Mountains
From 1960 to the mid-1970s DeGrazia became wildly successful and the gallery flourished with hundreds of thousands of yearly visitors. To protest inheritance taxes on works of art, DeGrazia hauled about 100 of his paintings on horseback into the Superstition Mountains near Phoenix and set them ablaze in 1976. This infamous event was reported in such publications as The Wall Street Journal and People magazine, becoming part of DeGrazia’s legend before his death in 1982. By this time, the artist had established the DeGrazia Foundation to ensure the permanent preservation of his art and architecture for future generations.

Wild Flowers and Birds

March 1st, 2016 by Betty Ross

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So Many Birds, So Little Time

We have great birding here at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast.  Click on Desert Dove to see just a few of our birds. All the pictures were taken on our property.

If you wish a personal birding guide, Melody is the one to call. Take a look at her website. You can call Melody or send her an email to set up the day and time. She will pick you up here at Desert Dove and experience a wonderful birding adventure!

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Gems in the Desert

January 19th, 2016 by Betty Ross

diamonsTucson Gem & Mineral Show

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!

applerose                                                   A Baked Apple Rose, yum!


potatoquiche                                             Potato Quiche Ranchero a favorite!


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

zucchiniquiche                                                         Zucchini Quiche

cookies                                                   Always afternoon cookies!

Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast

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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