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FIESTA DE SAGUARO

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.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saguaro National Park East

November 22nd, 2011 by Betty Ross

Visiting Saguaro National ParkSagauro Desert

We are within walking distance of Saguaro National Park East! A walking path from Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast will take you directly to the Park. You may wish an early morning walk to the park before you enjoy a scrumptious homemade breakfast.

There is a 1/4-mile paved Desert Ecology Trail, located along Cactus Forest Drive. Short hikes will introduce you to the plant and animal life of the Sonoran Desert.

Many other trails along the scenic 8 mile drive are suitable for short hikes into the pristine desert environment. There are some 128 miles of trails wind through the desert and mountain country of Saguaro East. Saguaro East, also called Rincon Mountain District, encompasses an aging saguaro forest at the foot of the majestic Rincon Mountains, as well as an exceptional variety of other desert plants. The Park has a picnic area for your usage. We have trail maps available and you may, also, stop by the visitor center for all the information about the Park. The park is open daily.

Daily Programs
A Home in the Desert – 15-minute orientation program shown daily on the hour and half-hour in the auditorium. Learn about the resources that Saguaro National Park protects.

Sentinel of the Desert – a 53 minute video shown daily at 1:00 p.m. in the auditorium.

Saguaro East Programs Rincon Mountain District Visitor Center (Saguaro East). Schedules are subject to change. Check at the Visitor’s Center for current schedules, or call (520) 733-5153. 3693 South Old Spanish Trail, Tucson.

How Bed & Breakfast Owners Use Collecting to Decorate

November 21st, 2011 by Betty Ross

 The Inns & Outs of Collecting
How Bed & Breakfast Owners Use Collections to Decorate
by Sherry White

Located in Tucson, Arizona on four acres, the Desert Dove is nestled in the foothills of the Rincon Mountains near Saguaro National Park East. You will feel right at home in this natural sun-baked adobe bed and breakfast. Its great porches, polished colored concrete floors and open trusses in the great room along with the antiques and collectibles, gives this bed and breakfast its unique ambiance. A wood-burning antique cookstove in the delightful country kitchen invites guests to a scrumptious homemade breakfast. Awake to the sounds of the desert birds and wildlife.  The Desert Dove offers beautiful scenic mountain views, hiking, biking trails, horseback riding and bird watching all nearby.
Desert Dove has two spacious guest-rooms with a private entrance and private bathrooms. Both rooms are beautifully decorated with antiques and collectibles. The Ross’s have been collecting for thirty plus years. Their collection consists of antique toys, doll, hats, quilts, granite ware, and pottery. They love their collections and wanted to share them with others. It has been a dream of Harvey and Betty to open a bed and breakfast. When they found acreage near the Saguaro National Park East, they decided it was the place to build. Their son is an architect and designed the bed and breakfast for the couple, and they did the general contracting themselves. It was quite a learning experience for the Ross’s, but their dream has come true.
The Watt Pottery they use in the decorating was owned and operated by the Watt family. In July 1922, the Watt Pottery was incorporated in Crooksville, Ohio. Through the 1902’s and early 1930’a the Watt Pottery manufactured stoneware crocks, butter churns, preserve jars and jugs. The Watt Pottery dropped its stoneware line in 1935. They chose instead to produce a more modern ovenware made of lightweight clay. This gave the kitchenware the necessary resilience to go from the icebox to the oven. In 1949 the Watt Pottery began hand decorating its wares with simple patterns found in nature using as few brush strokes as possible to allow low production costs. The hand-decorated patterns most sought after by today’s collectors are Starflower, Apple, Cherry, Silhouette ,Rooster, Dutch Tulip, American Red Bud, (Tear Drop),
Morning Glory, Autumn Foliage, Double Apple and Tulip. The company remained in business until a fire halted production in 1965.
Photo’s of just a few examples of displaying their Wall Pottery

Tucson Birds

October 4th, 2011 by Betty Ross

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Although Tucson is bordered by outstanding natural areas such as Saguaro National Park and the Coronado National Forest, you need not leave the city to see a variety of typical desert birds. 
  Here at Desert Dove Bed and Breakfast you will see these beautiful cardinals. They are at the feeder every morning and throughout the day. The blaze of red color is a wonderful contrast to the sage green of the desert. Check out our birds photo gallery page to see many more desert bird. The photos were taken by John & Maggie Turner while staying at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast.

Below is a list of birds seen by our guests while at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast:

Gambel Quail, White-winged Dove, Morning Dove, Inca Dove, Roadrunner, Say’s Phoebe, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Anna’s Hummingbird, Flicker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Gila Woodpecker, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Cactus Wren, Curved Bill Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, Phainopepla , Lucy’s Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak, Pyrrhuloxia, Northern Cardinal, Chipping Sparrow, White Crowned Sparrow, House Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Hooded Oriole, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Goldfinch, House Finch, Cooper’s Hawk, Elf Owl, Great Horned Owl and the Brown Bat, to name a few.

We have 4 acres to roam about and two garden areas for bird watching. Or you may wish to enjoy your morning coffee under the covered porch close to the hummingbird feeders.

 

 

Visiting Saguaro National Park

August 31st, 2011 by Betty Ross

Sagauro Desert

We are within walking distance of Saguaro National Park East! A walking path from Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast will take you directly to the Park. You may wish an early morning walk to the park before you enjoy a scrumptious homemade breakfast. There is a 1/4-mile paved Desert Ecology Trail, located along Cactus Forest Drive. Short hikes will introduce you to the plant and animal life of the Sonoran Desert. Many other trails along the scenic 8 mile drive are suitable for short hikes into the pristine desert environment. There are some 128 miles of trails wind through the desert and mountain country of Saguaro East. Saguaro East, also called Rincon Mountain District, encompasses an aging saguaro forest at the foot of the majestic Rincon Mountains, as well as an exceptional variety of other desert plants. The Park has a picnic area for your usage. We have trail maps available and you may, also, stop by the visitor center for all the information about the Park. The park is open daily. Daily Programs A Home in the Desert – 15-minute orientation program shown daily on the hour and half-hour in the auditorium. Learn about the resources that Saguaro National Park protects. Sentinel of the Desert – a 53 minute video shown daily at 1:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Saguaro East Programs – Rincon Mountain District Visitor Center (Saguaro East). Schedules are subject to change. Check at the Visitor’s Center for current schedules, or call (520) 733-5153. 3693 South Old Spanish Trail, Tucson.

 

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