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A B&B or guest ranch worth giving up lower cost & points?

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Indiana
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A B&B or guest ranch worth giving up lower cost & points?

Looking for recommendations for a smaller hotel, B&B or guest ranch that would provide a more local experience. The location can be anywhere in Tucson area or south. In October, we are flying into Tucson and have four nights before staying with family in the Sierra Vista area. Our default is to stay in a Tucson Marriott and add reward points/nights stayed. We are NOT SPA people and will budget up to $250 per night.

We enjoy hiking and biking (would need to rent), plus learning about history and nature. Any recommendations on "not to miss" things to do is also appreciated.

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1. Re: A B&B or guest ranch worth giving up lower cost & points?

Are you traveling with kids? That makes a difference, because some lodging is kid-friendly, some is not.

My first thought is the White Stallion Ranch, which should be in your price range for October. It's on the edge of the desert and mountains, and has a number of outdoor and more "ranch" activities.

There are a number of B&Bs that would provide a more intimate experience though. The Jeremiah Inn is the first that comes to mind, which is also on the edge of town in the desert. But you have more historic places in town, like the Queen Anne, El Presidio, and La Posada del Valle. Even the Arizona Inn. But these are all in the city, which would fit your biking requirement well (Tucson's a very bike-friendly city), but not the hiking or nature. But hiking is always close.

The Desert Museum is one, big must-see in Tucson. A combination museum, zoo, botanical garden and aviary. It's the best place to start to learn about the desert and its ecology. The rest depends on what you like to do, as there are a number of museums that cater to a variety of interests. There's the Center for Creative Photography, which gets some world-renowned touring collections, the Pima Air & Space Museum, famous for its "boneyard" tour of retired aircraft, the San Xavier Mission, a beautiful 17th century Spanish colonial mission that's always worth visiting, De Grazia Gallery in the Sun, which is full of history, the Tucson Botanical Gardens, the Arizona State Museum, etc. You will probably also want to do some light hiking while in town, and there are plenty of places to do that as well, like Sabino Canyon, Saguaro National Park and many other trails in the national forest.

That's a lot of information and really just the tip. I would suggest you look at the "Things to Do" link for suggestions on activities so you can filter through them. There's also the Chamber of Commerce web site: http://www.visittucson.org/things-to-do/

For lodging, I think looking at the list of B&Bs here on TripAdvisor would be best, because there are just so many of them in town, and almost all will be in your price range.

Hope that helps.

Indiana
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2. Re: A B&B or guest ranch worth giving up lower cost & points?

We are empty-nesters, so we are traveling without kids. Thanks for all the information. I'll definitely check out your suggestions. I love the Tripadvisor lists and forum. The lists are great starting points and I often get tips on really interesting, but less frequented places from the forum.

Again thanks for your reply.

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3. Re: A B&B or guest ranch worth giving up lower cost & points?

colin has a lot of good suggestions. You might also check out Hacienda del Sol, a small guest ranch in the foothills north of Tucson.

The one must-see is definitely the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. The weather will be great for hiking and biking in October and the Hacienda del Sol would put you in close proximity to some of the best hiking.

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