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Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2015

January 19th, 2015 by Betty Ross

Gem Show    









The Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase is one of the premier gem and mineral shows in the world. The event takes place annually in late January and February at approximately 40 to 49 different locations across the city of Tucson, Arizona. Most of the shows are open to the public, except for certain trade shows which require registration with a business license. There is not one single location for gems, minerals and fossils, but rather dealers occupy dozens of locations across the city: many big hotels and most motels are occupied for this occasion, with professionals displaying their specimens in such locations as hotel bedrooms, lobbies, tents, and lawns. The premier event of the Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase is the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show produced by the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society. This show has been held annually since 1955 and now occupies 181,000 square feet (16,800 m2) of the Tucson Convention Center. All of the shows have attendees from all across the world which includes the general public, experts, beginning collectors, museum employees, dealers, retailers, and researchers.

Fun times in Tucson!  Enjoy great weather with sunny days, and great food!

A stay at the Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast would be a good choice after a full day of shopping. Relaxing in the spa under the stars, what could be better!


Strawberry Muffins

April 5th, 2014 by Betty Ross

Our guests LOVE these muffins!strawberrymuffins

For Cream Cheese Filling
4 ounces – Cream cheese
1/3 cup – Sugar
1/2 – Egg (about 2 Tbsp. beaten)
1/4 Tsp – Vanilla extract
For Streusel Topping
1/4 cup – All purpose flour
1/4 cup – Sugar
1/2 Tsp – Ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp – Firm unsalted butter

For Muffins
1 Cup – Whole milk
1/4 Cup – Oil
1 – Egg
2 cup – All purpose flour
1/2 cup – Sugar
2 Tsp – Baking powder
1/2 Tsp – Salt

2 cups – Strawberries, cut into small pieces


Cream cheese filling
Beat the Cream cheese, sugar, egg and Vanilla in a small bowl and mix until smooth, set aside.
Streusel topping
Combine the flour, sugar and Cinnamon in a small bowl and cut in the butter until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs; set aside
Preheat the oven to 400 F
Whisk together the milk, oil, egg and sugar.
Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt and stir into the milk mixture. Be careful not to over mix (the batter will be slightly lumpy)
Spoon a tablespoon of the muffin batter into each cup
Add a sprinkle of the Strawberry pieces
Add a tablespoon of the Cream cheese filling,
Add another tablespoon of the muffin batter followed by another sprinkle of the Strawberry pieces and on top a final sprinkle of the Streusel topping.
Bake for 23-25 minutes (at 400F), let cool in pan for about 10 minutes and serve slightly warm.

Notes and Tips
Serving them slightly warm is the best

If not all used muffin need refrigeration

Yields 12 muffins

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!

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.

Spring in the Desert

March 24th, 2014 by Betty Ross


Spring in the desert is a wonderful time. What a pleasure taking in all the sights and sounds the desert has desertflowersto offer!

The Ocotillo Cactus are blooming in the Sonoran Desert. Here at Desert Dove, we have several Ocotillo blooming.  Take a drive through the Saguaro National Park to see the desert in bloom. It’s only one fourth mile from Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast



We have Penstimon blooming in our desert garden.

The bunny rabbits like to nip it down, so it will not last long.

The humming birds love the nectar!

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

Cowboy Festival

April 18th, 2013 by Betty Ross

Old Tucson Cowboy Music Festival & Western Art Show


Old Tucson
201 S. Kinney Rd.   Tucson, AZ  85735
Phone (520) 883-0100

Old Tucson and the Western Music Association Arizona Chapter present the 3rd Cowboy Music Festival & Western Art Show, featuring some of the greats of western music and western art. The music festival will pay homage to the musical heritage of the American West from traditional trail songs, through the era of the silver screen cowboy to contemporary western songwriting. The art show will feature one-of-a-kind handmade works of many local artists. Extraordinary western paintings, photography, sculpture, wood carving, jewelry and more will be available for guests to browse and purchase at the festival.


Saguaro National Parks

April 16th, 2013 by Betty Ross

imagesSaguaro National Park

A Celebration of National Park Week and Junior Ranger Day

Ever wonder what magical and mysterious happenings occur in the desert at night? Come explore the park after dark with your family, guided by Park Rangers, and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the desert night by moonlight.

Starting before sunset, meet at our Education Center in Saguaro National Park’s Tucson Mountain (West) District for a welcome and introduction. Here you’ll learn the fun that lies ahead and how to enjoy the exploration safely. Safety concerns will be addressed, water bottles will be filled, and off you go. The leisurely exploration will cover no more than a mile, round trip, and will be paced for everyone’s comfort. You’ll explore a sandy wash with unique red-rock outcroppings, find a cool place for sunset, listen for the magical call of the Elf owl, and walk in the paw prints of bobcats and coyotes. As darkness falls around you, rangers will share stories about nocturnal park life and answer all those curious questions about the park after dark. Walking back out, we’ll be guided by the light of the waxing half-moon. Headlamps are available for comfort and safety if needed.

·Saturday, April 20th from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Sunset is about 6:56 p.m. and full dark is about 7:45 p.m. There will be an almost ¾ waxing moon high in the sky after dark.

·The program is for families with children who are 7 to 18 years old. The terrain and conditions are not appropriate for younger children.

·The program is free, space is limited, and advanced reservations are required

·For detailed information, questions, or to sign up, please email chip_littlefield@nps.gov or, call at 520.733.5157

Night Walk at Saguaro National Park east

This easy, 2-hour walk provides opportunities for experiencing the desert at night. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water and a flashlight. Space is limited, so call the visitor center at (520) 733-5153 to reserve your spot.

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