There are a limited number of places to stay in the Chiricahua's and by the time we decided to go the choices were limited. So on the recommendation of another property owner we stayed at Quailway.
First, the cottage is very nice. The rooms and beds were fine. The kitchen allowed us to save money on a couple of meals and we were able to wash some clothes in the laundry. There was detergent, but no dryer sheets (If you need those.) There is a water feature behind the cottage and bird feed for the feeders. We got the expected desert birds and a couple of migrating warblers. Nice. The cottage is only five miles from the Portal Store so even though were were out in the desert we were also only a few minutes from Cave Creek, etc. And the stars in the desert sky are wonderful.
Second, the place looks abandoned. I'm not sure if the old owners are looking to sell or if the new owners haven't quite moved in yet. We heard rumors both ways. But the main house, the feeder station out near the highway, the gardens, and the tools in the yard all look like someone just walked away. None of that detracted from our experience though. In fact it was kind of nice having the place to ourselves.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Quailway Cottage is nestled midway between the Peloncillo Mountains in southwestern New Mexico and the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona. It's a desert haven for a variety of birds and wildlife & offers amazing star-gazing. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Quailway Cottage Portal, Arizona