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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.

Tucson Downtown New Restaurant

April 14th, 2016 by Betty Ross

You may wish to dine at Tucson newest restaurant. Elvira’s downtown!

elviraDowntown Tucson is excited for its new neighbor. Elvira’s Restaurant, a beloved Tubac classic, is opening a second location in downtown Tucson at 256 E. Congress St. on Saturday, April 16.

The upscale Mexican restaurant will open its second location in the former Saint House Island Bistro and Rum Bar at 256 E. Congress St. After about a year of renovations, the restaurant is slated to hold a soft opening April 15.

Elvira’s owner, Rubén Monroy Jr., is moving up to Tucson so he can work the kitchen and front of the house. He plans to keep all of the classic Elvira’s dishes, but will revamp about 30 percent of the menu. Right now, he’s tinkering around with new mole flavors like pine nut, almond and dried fruit.

“We’re gonna play a little bit,” he said. But “you end up giving people what they want.”

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Enjoy a stay at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast. We will serve you a delectable breakfast! We have a wonderful desert garden, you may wish to enjoy the spa under the stars with a glass of wine.

What could be better!

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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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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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Tucson Rodeo and Parade

February 18th, 2015 by Betty Ross

 Tucson Rodeo

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2015 Schedule of Events
90th ANNUAL LA FIESTA DE LOS VAQUEROS

All events are at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. 6th Ave., unless otherwise noted.

(520) 741-2233 (800) 964-5662

See ticket choices and prices»
SATURDAY, FEB. 21

TUCSON RODEO OPENING DAY

Orange Day – Hunger Awareness Event by Whataburger at the Tucson Rodeo
See details below

Canon Photo Workshop – reservations required – $85 per person
11 a.m. – gates open
12:30 p.m. RAM Mutton Bustin’ and Justin Junior Rodeo
2 – 4:30 p.m. ProRodeo Competition
4:30 – 8 p.m. Coors Barn Dance

For more information on rodeo events, see Events.
SUNDAY, FEB. 22

TUCSON RODEO – SECOND PERFORMANCE

Pink Day – Cowboys & fans wear pink to support breast cancer intiatives. Chicks n Chaps breast cancer research fundraising event returns. Sponsored by Arizona Oncology. Visit our Chicks n

Chaps page now» 8 a.m. Chicks n Chaps Women’s Rodeo Clinichorse2
11 a.m. – gates open
12:30 p.m. RAM Mutton Bustin’ and Justin Junior Rodeo
2 – 4:30 p.m. ProRodeo Competition
4:30 – 8 p.m. Coors Barn Dance

Note: Full rodeo performances resume on Thursday, Feb. 26.
MONDAY AND TUESDAY, FEB. 23 AND 24

TIMED EVENTS COMPETITION (SLACK), 8 A.M.

Barrel Racing, Steer Wrestling, Tie-Down and Team Roping only. Admission: $5 general admission, children 12 and under free. Available at the gate only. Free parking.

 

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25
Barrel Racing slack, 8 – 9 a.m.; Gold Card Roping at 10 a.m.

PARADE FLOAT DECORATING, 4 P.M.

Northwest area of Tucson Rodeo Grounds parking lot
THURSDAY, FEB. 26

TUCSON RODEO PARADE 9 A.M.
Over 200 non-motorized floats are on display along the one and one-half mile parade route beginning at Park Ave. and Ajo Way, proceeding south on Park to Irvington Rd. Tickets for Grandstand seating at Irvington and South 6th Ave, $10 adults, $5 kids under 13. Call (520) 294-1280 for grandstand tickets.

TUCSON RODEO, THIRD PERFORMANCE
11 a.m. – gates open
12:30 p.m. RAM Mutton Bustin’ and Justin Junior Rodeo
2 – 4:30 p.m. ProRodeo Competition
4:30 – 8 p.m. Coors Barn Dance ($5 online or at the door)rodeo1

FRIDAY, FEB. 27

TUCSON RODEO, FOURTH PERFORMANCE
11 a.m. – gates open
12:30 p.m. RAM Mutton Bustin’ and Justin Junior Rodeo
2 – 4:30 p.m. ProRodeo Competition
4:30 – 8 p.m. Coors Barn Dance ($5 online or at the door)

SATURDAY, FEB. 28

TUCSON RODEO, FIFTH PERFORMANCE
11 a.m. – gates open
12:30 p.m. RAM Mutton Bustin’ and Justin Junior Rodeo
2 – 4:30 p.m. ProRodeo Competition
4:30 – 8 p.m. Coors Barn Dance ($5 online or at the door)

SUNDAY, MARCH 1

TUCSON RODEO FINALS
11 a.m. – gates open
12:30 p.m. RAM Mutton Bustin’ and Justin Junior Rodeo
2 – 4:30 p.m. ProRodeo Competition
4:30 – 8 p.m. Coors Barn Dance ($5 online or at the door)

64396_474049272643758_627620844_nA colorful parade presented annually as part of the Tucson Rodeo and Parade (La Fiesta de los Vaqueros) since 1925. Now known as the “largest non-motorized parade in the country,” it was selected as a Top 100 Event in North America for 2015 by the American Bus Association. Longtime Tucsonan and former University of Arizona baseball coach Jerry Kindall has been chosen Grand Marshal of the 2015 Tucson Rodeo Parade.

February 26, 2015

 

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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A step back in time

April 5th, 2014 by Betty Ross

modela Take a step back in time to the Old West with a relaxing stay at the Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast with the innkeepers Harvey and Betty Ross. We dedicate ourselves in the ultimate comfort of our guests. We built our authentic territorial adobe home and our son was the architect. Our inviting bed and breakfast offers a glimpse of the Southwest’s pioneer days while keeping you firmly in the lap of luxury with modern amenities and comforts, such as wireless Internet, a hydrotherapy spa and delicious gourmet breakfasts and treats. The Desert Dove has two spacious guest rooms, each with its own entrance and bathroom. We are avid collectors and have lovingly furnished the inn with antique and period furnishings, along with a wonderful collections of dolls, vintage toys and quilts. Breakfasts savory scents lure guests to the kitchen. Where I,Betty treat our guests a scrumptious breakfast. A 1927 wood-burning cook stove dominates a corner of the inviting country kitchen. I love making homemade muffins or sensational Southwest-style frittatas with fresh salsa. Yum!
Desert Dove is just a short walk from Saguaro National Park East and convenient to numerous Arizona attractions, including Desert Museum and Colossal Cave. Experience serene comfort in the desert with a stay at our Bed and Breakfast.

Tucson Downtown Restaruants

March 14th, 2014 by Betty Ross

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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