Seattle Residential: I Do That: Best Inn in Tucson, Arizona: Azure Gate

Best Inn in Tucson, Arizona: Azure Gate

Best Inn in Tucson, Arizona: Azure Gate

I've been enjoying travels with my wife for 25 years. She researches lodging, meals, and adventures well in advance and because of her diligence, we never fail at having top of the line vacations on our middle of the road budget. We started a ten day hiking tour of southeast Arizona in Tucson at the Azure Gate Bed and Breakfast recently, and I have to say that our hosts, Dennis and Christine Widman, provided us with an experience that tops all others over the past 25 years.

Azure Gate B&BAzure Gate is located in The Foothills, northeast of the city, on 5 acres of beautifully tended dessert they have been renewing with native plants and gradually eliminating species not indigenous to the area. Under their care the native wildlife is thriving and currently a bobcat with cubs, coyote, javelina and many species of birds may be encountered on the property. There are two casitas with kitchens and also two large bedrooms in a wing of the main house that provide a library, living and dining rooms and friendly relaxation spaces for all guests. Dennis is an expert wildlife photographer and you'll enjoy the Azure Gate website almost as much as time spent on location. He has published a book, Hummingbirds of Arizona, and greeting cards showcasing his photography are available.

The breakfasts were fabulous. Dennis accommodated my special needs perfectly with some combinations that only someone who loves to cook could invent. Three days of meals at Azure Gate were simply not enough. Dinner recommendations were spot on, as were driving directions to anywhere you might want to go. When we mentioned that we'd be hiking at Muleshoe Ranch, Dennis doctored up a map to show us where we might find the elusive coati in the wild. And we weren't disappointed. Christine, a children's book author, chatted with us about our interests and hers. We already had the Dessert Museum on our to do list and she suggested that the Tohono Chul Park should not be missed. We heartily agree. The Widmans know how to make you feel not like guests, but rather like old friends. Our next visit to southeast Arizona will surely include another visit with the Widmans at Azure Gate Bed and Breakfast.





Glenn Roberts



Comment balloon 11 commentsGlenn Roberts • December 12 2010 12:17PM


Glenn, I may have to look into this----we may be headed down that way soon.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 10 years ago

Glenn ~  This is an awesome post -- CA, my Mom and myself have a special fondness for Hummingbirds, so that makes for a great gift book -- something with a connection; thank you.

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) about 10 years ago

Charlie - With all this rain, we may head back.

Tish - That book is a great gift. Enjoy.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) about 10 years ago

Appreciated your review, and have put this one in my "things to do/places to visit" file.   

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) about 10 years ago

Li - I think you'd like it there.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) about 10 years ago

Glenn - Looks like you had a great time. Thanks for the tip!

Posted by Mark Hall, Homes for Sale Vancouver Washington (Realty One Group Cascadia) about 10 years ago

Mark - I think you and Janice would enjoy sometime out of the rain here in the northwest.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) about 10 years ago


I love it when we don't do the typical major hotel scene. These little B&B's are so much more interesting. Great post and description.


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 10 years ago

Rich - Major hotels and chain motels have their place in traveling, but for maximum enjoyment and unique experiences we prefer these smaller places.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) about 10 years ago

Glenn, What a wonderful review.  I've got the Azure Gate noted if I even get to travel your way. 

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) about 10 years ago

Glenn, Thanks for sharing your trip with us. I'm so glad it was a great experience. I have been west a few times but not nearly as many as I'd like. I may just follow in your foot steps. My wife is a researcher too.

Posted by Charles Edwards Bentonville, AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker (Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 ) about 10 years ago