Tucson Attractions Passport

August 15th, 2011 by tucsonbb

Tucson Attractions Savings Passport

Tucson, Arizona and the surrounding area are home to some of the most diverse attractions in the United States. The Tucson Attractions Savings Passport is a booklet offering 2 for 1 entrance fees to some of the most popular attractions in Southern Arizona, all within easy driving distance of Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast. We have one booklet left and it is free (a $15 value) to the first guest who reserves a room for two or more nights during August 2011 if they mention reading this blog when they call to reserve a room.

Updated Patio Suite

August 10th, 2011 by tucsonbb

Updated Patio SuiteWant to know one of the things B & B’s do in the summer season in Tucson? We do maintenance and improve the property for our new up-coming travel season. At the Hacienda, we have just finished updating one of our guest suites, the Patio Suite. It has a beautiful new slip cover on the sofa, new chair covers, and a new rug. Stop by for a visit. The room pops!!

A Culinary Taste Treat

September 8th, 2010 by tucsonbb

Bananas FosterSome visitors to Tucson are “foodies” at heart and are looking for new taste experiences.  In addition, for some, wine is a necessary complement to that food experience.  If you are planning a trip to Tucson or if you are lucky enough to already live here, the Tucson Culinary Festival will be taking place at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort October 28-31.

It is hosted by Tucson Originals, Tucson’s independent restaurant group featuring top local and national chefs cooking and teaching.  There is a World Margarita Championship, a Reserve Tasting, a Grand Tasting, and a Copper Chef Challenge & BBQ, all but the last taking place in the evening.

Fearsome Looking Gila Monsters

August 16th, 2010 by tucsonbb

Best Buddies

These Gila Monsters may look ferocious, but they are really shy, slow moving  fellows who would rather avoid human contact.  Since they move rather sluggishly so aren’t much of a threat to humans.  Although the only poisonous lizard in the United States, an individual would have to really bother them or handle them to receive a bite.  The main problem with being bit is that their jaw locks down and can’t be separated so the poison is slowly released.

However, it has earned a fearsome reputation and is sometimes killed by hikers and homeowners despite
being protected by Arizona state law.  Cars can also kill them as we found out recently when we found a young dead one at the side of our entrance driveway at our Bed & Breakfast in the foothills of the Rincon Mountains near Saguaro National Park East.

Years ago, our  miniature poodle had a tendency to tease a rather large one that burrowed under a palo verde tree on our property.  The Gila Monster must have grazed our pet’s lower lip because she began to foam at the mouth.  Since we knew she had a tendency to tease the lizard, we rinsed out her mouth with a water hose, and she survived to live through an additional attack at a later date by coyotes.  One tough dog!

Song of the Colorado River Toad

August 1st, 2010 by tucsonbb

Colorado river toadThe last several nights, since the onslaught of the summer rain storms, we’ve heard the deep croak of the Colorado River Toad at our Tucson Bed & Breakfast.  We have several animal ponds on site to which these toads are attracted, undoubtedly looking for a mate. They can weight close to  two pounds and most look like they’d be comfortable sitting on a salad plate rather than a small lilly pad.  They burrow into the ground as much as two feet deep and wait until the summer rains come when they come out, mate, and lay eggs.

Their only real defense is a chemical substance coating their body which can paralyze and kill small animals.  In fact we had a miniature poodle years ago who bothered one.  Luckily we were able to hose out our pet’s mouth so that she lived.  Other animals aren’t so lucky.  They might also pose a danger to a child who handled one.

These intriguing animals remind us of the changing summer environment.  They are part of our beautiful desert landscape.

Night Blooming Cactus in Tucson

July 26th, 2010 by tucsonbb

If you want to see a gorgeous cactus flower then you must visit our Tucson, Arizona Bed and Breakfast during the monsoon season since it’s the only time that the exquisite night-blooming cactus blooms.
Cereus PeruvianusCereus Peruvianus

The night-blooming cactus, also known as Cereus Peruvianus, only blooms at night and only in the Tucson monsoon season.  The night-blooming cereus is a tall husky cactus that grows upright with six vertical ribs and sparse quarter-inch spines. They produce the most gorgeous trumpet shaped blooms which have many soft delicate petals that come in several shades of creams and light pink colors.
Inside each of the wonderful elegant blossoms are many long yellow threads of golden stamens topped with anthers.
The scent of the flowers is similar to that of a very light perfume and ripe melon.  These beautiful blooms are sometimes as large as a dinner plate!

Young night bloomer

Under the warm starlit skies of a Tucson, Arizona B&B night, a magical mystical show is about to take place at our Tucson,Arizona Bed and Breakfast with the exquisitely beautiful night blooming cactus setting the stage.

Cereus Peruvianus at sunriseCereus Peruvianus at sunrise

In the early morning when the sun rises over our Tucson Bed and Breakfast Inn, the birds and the bees and other insects enjoy partaking from the now closing cactus flowers.  Each cactus flower will close up, dry up and fall off the plants.

Where the flower once was, a soft ripe reddish pink round fruit will develop with many small black seeds inside.
The fruit is called a Peruvian apple or also known as tuna by the Mexican people.  Inside the fruit it looks very much like a soft over ripened kiwi fruit but it tastes rather plain.  The gila woodpeckers and many other Tucson birds and desert wildlife of the Arizona Sonora Desert love to eat these cactus fruits.

So, The chain of life goes on at the Tucson, Arizona Bed and Breakfast Inn
located in the Tucson desert nestled near the Saguaro National Park East.What a beautiful sight!

Summer Storms

July 10th, 2010 by tucsonbb

We had our first roll of summer thunder this afternoon marking the beginning of the summer storm season.  Morning is usually quiet with the pneumaafternoon bringing storm clouds, high winds, and then about 1/2 hour of rain– if we’re lucky.  Sometimes the storm stops with only the wind and lightning.

The clouds break open and sometimes we get the most striking sunsets imaginable.  This is what I saw as I took my evening walk last evening around 7:30 at Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast in the lovely Sonoran desert.

Southern Arizona Wildflowers

April 27th, 2010 by tucsonbb

Did you know you can get daily reports on where wildflowers are showing in the Tucson and Southern Arizona region?  Just go to www.desertusa.com/wildflo/tucson.html.  That website has many beautiful pictures of wildflowers currently in bloom.  One of the many draws for visitors to the Tucson area and Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast are the many varieties of spring blooms.

Perennial Penstemon
Creative Commons License photo credit: SearchNetMedia

Healing Touch Massage – Tucson, AZ

March 28th, 2010 by tucsonbb

You don’t have to stay at a bed and breakfast to get a great massage, but it sure helps the vacationer relax from the stresses of travel and work.  At least that has been the opinion of guests at Hacienda del Desierto who have been

Tucson Massage therapist for Hacienda del Desierto B & B

Tucson Massage therapist for Hacienda del Desierto B & B

soothed by Pamela Joosten, a Tucson massage therapist.  She offers therapeutic, neuro-muscular, lymphatic, hot stone, aromatherapy, and raindrop therapy.  Guests can have that massage right in the privacy and comfort of their own guest room.  Last week she also gave a massage to a woman on vacation who was six months pregnant.

Luckily, Tucsonans don’t have to stay with us to have that special massage but can get one either in their own home or at her home.

Those interested can obtain contact information through Hacienda del Desierto.

Popular Tucson Middle Eastern Restaurant

March 21st, 2010 by tucsonbb

Shishkebab House of Tucson is a restaurant to which we at Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast refer our guests if they are looking for good Middle

Shishkebab House of Tucson

Shishkebab House of Tucson

Eastern, Greek, or Mediterranean food. We have a problem trying new dishes at the restaurant because we so love the Shawarma (made with beef, lamb, or chicken)  salad,  motabal, and fresh pita bread. David was taken there one weekend evening for his birthday celebration when there was a belly dancer performing. That was great fun!  Shishkebab House of Tucson is a small, informal restaurant at the end of a strip mall across the street from Park Place Mall.  5855 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ.