4 spots for canoodling getaways
The cold, hard truth about hot weather is this: It's difficult to enjoy high-quality cuddling in triple-digit temperatures. In the Valley, that means from around Cinco de Mayo until Columbus Day.
Bed-and-breakfasts, cabins and guest cottages are ideal places to for you and your special someone to enjoy some serious snuggling time.
There are dozens of fine B&Bs around the state; here's a sampling to spark some ideas.
The Hummingbird Hill House practically oozes rustic charm. The 100-year-old home, which once belonged to a miner, is tucked in the hills overlooking Bisbee. It combines privacy with sweeping vistas and is within easy walking distance of many of Bisbee's art galleries and cafes. It's also dog-friendly.
Where: 80 Shearer St.
Rates: $125 per night. Two-night minimum. $15 for each person beyond two.
Details: 800-596-8040, hummingbird-hill-house.com.
The Verde River Rock House bills itself as "a little piece of heaven in the middle of the forest." Visit and you'll see why. Perched on the banks of the East Verde River and with no neighbors in sight, the luxurious Rock House provides a genuine sense of solitude. You'll need several days to sample all the delights offered on the Chef's Menu.
Where: 602 W. Eleanor Drive.
Details: 928-472-4304, verderiverrockhouse.com.
Enjoy old-fashioned English hospitality at the Prescott Pines Inn, just minutes from historic downtown. The inn's sitting room and dining room, as well as each of the guest houses, are furnished in the style of an elegant Victorian-era English country home. And the well-shaded garden is a delight.
Where: 901 White Spar Road.
Rates: $100-$145 ($10 less without breakfast). Two-night minimum on some holiday weekends.
Details: 928-445-7270, prescottpinesinn.com.
The name -- Canyon Wren Cabins for Two -- neatly sums up what this hideaway is all about. The adults-only cabins, with fully equipped kitchens and all the amenities, are nestled within lovely Oak Creek Canyon. There are no TVs and no telephones to distract you from the peace and quiet. Three of the four cabins have lofts.
Where: 6425 N. Arizona 89A (between mile markers 380 and 381).
Rates: $155-$175. Two-night minimum on weekends.
Details: 928-282-6900, canyonwrencabins.com.
4 MORE B&Bs
Garland's Oak Creek Lodge, Sedona
This classic getaway (pictured), operating since the 1930s, is known as much for its organic and local foods as for its relaxing cabin accommodations and creek views. Dinner is included in the rate. From $235 per night. 928-282-3343, garlandslodge.com.
The Surgeon's House, Jerome
This inn occupies a mansion built in 1916 by the United Verde Copper Co. for the head surgeon of its hospital. The living room, solarium, dining room, kitchen and library include paintings by artists who have stayed there. From $120 per night. 800-639-1452, surgeonshouse.com.
Adobe Rose, Tucson
This home in the Sam Hughes historical neighborhood, a five-minute walk from the University of Arizona, was built in the 1930s. It has been renovated but retains its old-fashioned charm with hardwood floors, stained-glass windows and beehive fireplaces. From $90 per night. 520-318-4644, aroseinn.com.
Annabel Inn, Cottonwood
Owner Annabel Sclippa has created a warm, cozy, eco-friendly environment just a few steps from the restaurants and art galleries of Old Town Cottonwood. With only three rooms to look after, Annabel caters to her guests' needs and preferences when preparing breakfast. Her specialties include baked eggs and French toast stuffed with fruit. From $79 per night. 928-649-3038, theannabelinn.com.
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Where: 80 Shearer St. Rates: $125 per night. Two-night minimum. $15 for each person beyond two. Details: 800-596-8040, hummingbird-hill-house.com. Visit and you'll see why. Where: 602 W. Eleanor Drive. Rates: $185-$225. Details: 928-472-4304, verderiverrockhouse.com. The inn's sitting room and dining room, as well as each of the guest houses, are furnished in the style of an elegant Victorian-era English country home. [...] the well-shaded garden is a delight. Details: 928-445-7270, prescottpinesinn.com. Rates: $155-$175. Annabel Inn, Cottonwood Owner Annabel Sclippa has created a warm, cozy, eco-friendly environment just a few steps from the restaurants and art galleries of Old Town Cottonwood.
Off-the-beaten-path B&Bs are worth the trek
Special for The Republic
Sept. 8, 2008 06:45 PM
Here's a scenario: Someone vacations in a travel hot spot and loves it. He decides to open a bed-and-breakfast. Makes sense in a joyous, chase-your-dreams kind of way.
Yet what about those fearless dreamers who don't choose a thriving tourist locale, but open a B&B slightly off the beaten path? What kind of mad passion compels them to hang out a "Mi Casa Es Su Casa" sign in Globe, Strawberry, Nogales, Chino Valley or St. David?
Arizona is blessed with many distinctive B&Bs, and some of the most delightful are in unexpected places. Staying in one of these hidden gems allows travelers to savor natural beauty and man-made comfort while dodging tourist hordes. Plus, you get inside tips on what to see, do and, especially, where to eat. Nobody knows a community like an innkeeper.
Teapot Inn, Chino Valley
When Jim and Vera French wanted to escape the sizzle of Yuma summers, they journeyed to the high plains of Chino Valley - only they couldn't find anywhere to stay. Just like that, Vera, who had 30-plus years in the hotel business, saw how and where she wanted to spend her retirement.
The couple purchased an elegant farmhouse and restored it. Jim, with a background in carpentry, was able to update it with architectural flourishes while sacrificing none of the integrity of the structure. The Teapot Inn has five guest rooms, decorated in a style reflecting the 1920s, when the house was built.
Pillow-top beds, along with the natural quiet of Chino Valley, make for restful nights. But don't worry about oversleeping: The aroma of freshlybrewed coffee and bacon frying should bring you around. A traditional country breakfast is served, the kind you remember from carefree days before you learned the definition of "cholesterol." If you're lucky, sourdough pancakes, made from Vera's Grandma Kelly's recipe, will be on the menu.
Details: $79-$129. 989 W. Center St.; 877-636-7727 or www.teapotinn.com.
Down by the River Bed and Breakfast, St. David
Anyone who spends time in southeastern Arizona knows there's plenty to do. Anyone who stays at Down by the River finds out how busy you can be even when you're not doing anything.
With mountains on all sides, the state's last free-flowing river streaming past, wildlife prowling the 15-acre property, flocks of birds traveling the San Pedro River migratory corridor and a sky that erupts each night in a glittery brew of heavenly bodies, you can experience an action-packed trip even if you never leave the comfortable porch.
Mike and Barb Hug's Santa Fe-style inn features four themed rooms - the Mission Room, the Prospector Room, the Cowboy Room and the Bird Room - decorated with exquisite detail. Guests are free to curl up with a book by the fireplace in the great room or shoot a game of pool on the oversize table. Budding astronomers will appreciate the two telescopes available for stargazing.
Details: $85-$139. 2255 Efken Place; 520-720-9441 or www.downbytheriverbandb.com.
Noftsger Hill Inn, Globe
Pity the poor kids of Globe a few decades ago. The most imposing building in town, the one that loomed over everything, was the schoolhouse. Imagine playing hooky or blowing off homework with that soaring monolith peering down from on high. Fortunately, all the elements that once intimidated pint-size pupils now create a welcoming inn.
In 2001, Rosalie and Dom Ayala opened the Noftsger Hill Inn, with classrooms converted into spacious, artfully decorated suites. Anyone who likes to spread out will give high marks to these 900-square-foot rooms with dramatic views of the rugged Pinal Mountains. Business travelers will appreciate an airy, well-lit work environment, minus the tiny desks, thank goodness.
Over one of Rosalie's scrumptious breakfasts, be sure to tap into her boundless knowledge and enthusiasm for local attractions. Before you know it, you'll be antique-shopping, gallery-hopping and museum-exploring all over Globe.
Details: $90-$125. 425 North St.; 877-780-2479 or www.noftsgerhillinn.com.
Up the Creek Bed and Breakfast, Strawberry
Thanks to our tech-savvy lifestyle, a getaway sometimes doesn't feel like a getaway- unless you're staying at Up the Creek. Rooms at this romantic inn have no televisions, telephones, fax machines or computer hookups. Chances are your cellphone won't work, either.
According to co-owner Karen Muench, "Women love it because it forces their husbands to talk. Sometimes they're surprised that they still remember how."
What you will find is a serene, peaceful retreat. Up the Creek sits on 5 acres bordering the Tonto National Forest, near the Fossil Creek Trailhead. That wild Mogollon Rim country stretches in all directions, making the inn a perfect spot to engage in old-fashioned, non-virtual activities. Walk, talk, soak in a spa, lounge by a sunny window or share a glass of wine by the fireplace. And if so much reality feels disconcerting, pretend the window is an enormous monitor and the scenery is your screen saver. Feel better now?
Details: From $125. 10491 Fossil Creek Road; 928-476-6571 or www.upthecreekbedandbreakfast.com.
Hacienda Corona de Guevavi, Nogales
You know you're off the beaten path when the directions involve crossing a riverbed, driving past fields and looking for a big yellow barn. But, oh, is it worth the trip.
Hacienda Corona is an elegant restoration of a storied property. Father Eusebio Francisco Kino established his first mission in the continental United States here. It's thought to be the first cattle ranch in Arizona and later became a hangout for John Wayne when he befriended the ranch's owner. Salvador Corona, the famous Mexican muralist and bullfighter, painted the courtyard walls with vibrant market scenes, one of only three such murals still in existence.
Phil and Wendy Stover paid tribute to that heritage with their detail-oriented reinvention. Each themed room (five in all, with three casitas for families) contains exquisite folk art and one-of-a-kind treasures. Lush gardens engulf the private patios and fill the courtyard.
Breakfast is hearty, befitting a former ranch house, featuring such items as blue-corn piñon pancakes and the Duke's favorite, a casserole of chile peppers, cheese and eggs. Mighty tasty, pilgrim.
Details: $189-$249. 348 S. River Road; 888-287-6502 or www.haciendacorona.com.
Annabel Inn, Cottonwood
Staying here is like staying at a friend's house, assuming your friend is charming and enthralling and a fantastic cook and host who anticipates your every need. But until your social circle includes such a superhero, make reservations at this traditional European cottage B&B.
Owner Annabel Sclippa has created a warm, cozy, eco-friendly environment just a few steps from the restaurants and art galleries of Old Town Cottonwood. With only three rooms to look after, Annabel caters to her guests' needs and preferences when preparing breakfast. Her specialties include French toast stuffed with fruit and baked eggs.
"I wrap the eggs with meats and stuff with cheeses and herbs, and bake. Then I place it on slices of fresh-baked bread, cover in hollandaise sauce and sprinkle with more herbs," Annabel says. "I'm also very focused on creating the ingredients themselves, making lavender honey-and-herb butter and baking the bread. I like that side of things."
Anyone needing even more indulgence can order the caviar and smoked-salmon breakfast for an additional $20 per couple.
Details: $79-$109. 611 N. Seventh St.; 928-649-3038 or www.theannabelinn.com.
Cochise Stronghold Bed and Breakfast, Pearce
Nobody looks at the hardscrabble Dragoon Mountains and thinks "comfort." And that makes what John and Nancy Yates have done in this fierce landscape, once the domain of the great Apache chief, seem all the more miraculous. Somehow in this vertical land of big-shouldered granite, amid these rocky ramparts and looming pinnacles, the couple created a place of ease, rejuvenation and renewal.
Using sustainable technologies, they built a straw-bale lodge divided into large suites. The Manzanita features a private bedroom and full kitchen, and the Agave is a spacious bed/sitting room with kitchenette. Patio views are breath-snatching. There's also a tepee with a double and two single beds, tucked away in a juniper grove.
Choose breakfast from an extensive menu. Because the nearest restaurant is 20 minutes away, you might want to bring some supplies. Or the proprietors can rummage up provisions, if you call ahead. Which is a good idea because once you arrive, you'll never want to leave.
Details: $99-$209. Cochise Stronghold Canyon; 877-426-4141 or www.cochisestrongholdbb.com.