6 Tucson Bed and Breakfast Inns & Checklist for a Perfect Visit


Adobe Rose Inn

Six Tucson bed and breakfast inns offer the best way to take in the true flavor of Tucson and to make your experience richer. As always, I suggest staying 4 days in two different inns to give you a deeper knowledge of Tucson. Our favorite librarian has suggested these Tucson-based novels before or during your visit – The Bean Trees, The Glassblower Mysteries or Deep Cover.


Where to Stay

1.   Adobe Rose B&B, Tucson

  • The inn follows many ecofriendly practices including lighting the living room with solar tubes during the day and collecting rain water.
  • Adobe Rose Inn Buttermilk Scone Mix is available for online purchase.
  • The Atanacia Room highlight is an eight-foot tall green, gold, and blue stained glass window.

2.  Casa Tierra Adobe B&B Inn, Tucson

  • Casa Tierra translates to Earth House
  • More than 50 arches are featured in the architecture of the all-adobe inn.
  • The complimentary gourmet breakfast is vegetarian.

3.   Inn at Civano, Tucson

  • The inn is located within a resort-style, ecofriendly community that includes two swimming pools, walking paths, and a community center with activities for residents and guests.
  • The kitchen has everything guests need to cook for a party of 12.
  • The community is named for the Civano Phase of the Hohokam Indian civilization that once inhabited the area.

4.   The Inns at El Rancho Merlita, Tucson

  • The ranch once belonged to cosmetic queen Merle Norman and she hosted many employee getaways on the property.
  • A riddle is engraved on a bench on the stargazing patio.
  • The inn has an extensive collection of Western movies.

5.   Mon Ami Bed & Breakfast, Tucson

  • The location is perfect – close enough to everything in town.
  • Perfect destination for a relaxing get-away or for taking in the many sites and activities in town.
  • Sumptuous breakfasts and tranquil gardens.

6.    White Stallion Ranch, Tucson

  • Stroll amid extensive cactus gardens, swim in the heated in-ground pool and soak in the redwood hot tub.
  • Hiking and biking trails are onsite and the fitness center boasts a gym, sauna and massage.
  • Pendleton bed covers accent the air-conditioned guest rooms and suites that boast a southwest décor.


Outdoor Sites and Natural Attractions

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

  • There are 1,200 native plant species on the grounds.
  • The Earth Sciences Center has a moon rock on loan from NASA.
  • The museum features two live animal shows: a showcase of misunderstood venomous reptiles and a seasonal avian demonstration.

Saguaro National Park

  • The park encompasses 91,327 acres and boasts 128 miles of trails.
  • The most popular month for visitors is March.
  • The park is home to the nation’s largest cacti. The Saguaro Cactus lives an average of 150 years.

Tohono Chul Park

  • Home of the largest collection of Night Blooming Cereus. The flowers bloom en masse on one evening between late-May and mid-July.
  • Travel and Leisure Magazine named it “One of the World’s Ten Best Botanical Gardens.”
  • The galleries showcase art influenced by Native American, Spanish, and Mexican culture alongside stories of the American Cowboy.


Museums and Attractions

Arizona State Museum

  • The oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest.
  • Houses 25,000 pieces of American Indian Basketry including baskets, sandals, and mats.
  • Native Goods, the museums nationally acclaimed store, offers authentic, unique, and educational arts and crafts.

Gaslight Theatre

  • The theatre presents five comedy melodramas each year. Shows are performed six nights a week.
  • Guests can enjoy mountains of free popcorn.
  • Past shows include The Two Amigos, The Long Stranger, and Back to the Past.

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

  • The 15,560 square foot museum displays more than 275 miniature houses, room boxes, and collectibles.
  • The founders were members of the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts and the International Guild of Miniature Artisans.
  • The permanent collection is organized into three galleries: Enchanted Realm, History and Antiques, and Exploring the World.

Mission San Xavier del Bac

  • Completed in 1797, the church is the oldest intact European structure in the state.
  • 200,000 people visit each year to see the Spanish Colonial architecture.
  • The mission is open to the public every day and all are welcome to attend mass.

Pima Air & Space Museum

  • Visitors can see more than 300 airplanes and 125,000 artifacts.
  • Home of the Starr Bumble Bee, the world’s smallest bi-plane.
  • There is an exhibit devoted to giant paper airplanes.


3 Best Books Set in Tucson to Read Before Your Visit


1. The Bean Trees: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver – This debut novel by Kingsolver (The Poisonwood Bible) is a story of a woman who unexpectedly becomes a mother to an abandoned infant while navigating her new life in Tucson.

2. Deep Cover by Brian Garfield – Published in the 1970s, this title is good for those that like espionage stories related to Soviet and American relations.

3. The Glassblowing Mystery series by Sarah Atwell – Emmeline Dowell’s glassblowing studio sets the scene as Em solves Tucson murders.