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“Relaxing Thankgiving Refuge” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bed and Bagels of Tucson

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Bed and Bagels of Tucson
Ranked #21 of 48 Tucson B&B and Inns
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3 reviews
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“Relaxing Thankgiving Refuge”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2013

We traveled from California to Tucson to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with friends. We chose Bed and Bagels on a whim for our lodging for the long weekend, intrigued by the name of the place. The experience was relaxing and homey, it almost felt like we were staying with my aunt. Sharon welcomed us into her beautiful home and we were immediately greeted by Levi the most lovable pup. We spent time in the spacious living room chatting with the other guests and hanging out with the house cats. Sharen showed us to our large room (the King room) and started up the hot tub for us in the breathtaking secluded patio which we could access directly from the room. After a long drive, it was a mechaya (rejuvenating!).

Breakfasts were were unique multi-course affairs, and were both delicious and filling -- nobody leaves Sharon's table hungry. It was charming that our hostess sat down with us after everyone was served and shared her extensive local knowledge during the meals. It being Thanksgiving, we typically weren't want for food, but there was a large cache of delicious snacks, teas, etc. available for us to choose from. Since it was Hanukkah during our stay, we also had the pleasure to share the celebration with Sharon. All together - a relaxing, familiar experience.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ron P
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Takoma Park, Maryland
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

Bed & Bagels was a great place for a father-son trip to Tucson. It really felt much more like we were staying with an old friend of the family than in a hotel. The room was comfy, the pool and hot tub a delight, and the breakfasts delicious. Sharon is a great host, and her dog and cat were good fun to have around. My only regret is that I did not bring my dog because of the airplane travel - she would have loved it at Bed & Bagels!.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Phoenix, Arizona
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013

I found Sharon's place following a search for bed and breakfasts where we could bring our 2 80 lb dogs for one night. What great luck! I told Sharon we were looking for somewhere to go for a birthday evening, and she made sure there was a cake ready when we got there. Sharon also joined us with conversation and planning the day at our lovely breakfast in the morning. :) What were the chances there would be a government shut-down with closure of hiking destinations at the time?! I love hiking, lived in Tucson for 9 years, and had never been to a neat location Sharon recommended. She led us to the trail and even went with us on the little hike with her dog! We also had time to ourselves, of course, and Sharon had prepared lists of activities to take part in and restaurants to try. There was plenty of space for the dogs, and we were not worried about going to dinner and leaving them at the house. We also enjoyed the refreshments available, and relaxation in the hot tub at night was wonderful. It was a fun trip, and we'll be back!

Room Tip: Location is not close to airport or other transportation. Would definitely need your own vehicle.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MDnOB
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Brooklyn, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2013

My son and I were welcome guests in Sharon's home, where the accommodations were top-notch, the breakfasts were superb and Sharon seemed to know about every exhibit or park or event in southern Arizona. Tucson is a great place to visit no matter where you stay, but Sharon's knowledge of the area made our visit much better than it would have been without her input.

Sharon's hot tub and large swimming pool were just the thing after a day's sightseeing. Not to mention Levi, her very affectionate terrier, and Taco, her sweet cat who has no fear of strangers.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Lover-of-the-Desert
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vancouver, bc
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92 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2013

Staying at Bed & Bagels was a great choice. Sharon went out of her way each of the 4 days we stayed by offering us suggestions on what to do and where to go. The hot tub and desserts at the end of each day was a welcome bonus. I would certainly choose to stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lotusland_traveler
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Lexington, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2013

Sharon's Bed and Bagels of Tucson was wonderful! Sharon is such a wonderful hostess. It was more than just breakfast! There were cookies waiting on our room, cake on the table in the den and ice cream at night! Sharon was very welcoming. We enjoyed the hot tub at night, looking up at the stars. If we ever make it back out that way again, we will want to stay again. Thank you, Sharon!!!!!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank scdiz
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Somerset, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2013

What a wonderful find! We are birders and so is Sharon. She helped us find a birding area where we were able to add Life Birds to our list. She communicated with us all along the way before we even left for our trip and before we got to her home making sure we would be well taken care of. She offered the use of the hot tub, helped us find a restaurant for supper, called ahead to be sure they'd treat us well, and had dessert waiting for us when we got back. Her personality is wonderful and she has had such an interesting life that it was a joy to sit and chat with her. I was getting homesick for my dogs back home but her little dog, Levi, was such as sweet loving dog, he helped with that. Sharon is very attentive to detail. She keeps her animals sequestered in case people would have allergies or just don't want animals around. Her home and surroundings are beautiful and the traffic isn't heavy so it's easy to get around. I would definitely recommend staying with her, especially if you are into birding but even if you aren't. She treated us like family. The Bagels part of her name doesn't really cover what breakfast is like. We were asked the night before what we wanted in the way of the main dish and had our choice of beverage, bagels, toast and our choice of jellies or things to put on them. She prepared fresh fruit plates for us. When we stayed at other Bed and Breakfast places, we very seldom saw our hosts. They were clearly a business. Sharon is a caring individual and made us feel like she was looking forward to our visit, like we were old friends, not strangers. Her price is very reasonable. Don't miss it if you have a chance to stay here. Carolyn & Jeff

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Carrie2011-07
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Property: Bed and Bagels of Tucson
Address: 10402 E Glenn St, Tucson, AZ 85749-8255
Region: United States > Arizona > Tucson
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 48 B&Bs / Inns in Tucson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At this pet- and children-friendly Bed and Breakfast, you'll enjoy full use of a casually elegant desert- and mountain-view home, pool and hot tub, choice of exotic or familiar 5-course breakfasts, recreation and sightseeing planning assistance for adults and children, and thoughtful accommodations for kids, dogs, and cats. Extensive information for birdwatchers. Suitable for most chemically sensitive (MCS) guests...This is a home away from home, not a hotel ormotel. Lovingly run by psychologist and volunteer naturalist Sharon Arkin, Bed and Bagels reflects Sharon's passion for international travel, good food, the out-of-doors, and art collecting. Available for guest use: Kitchen, laundry room, separate refrigerator, computer for checking email, wifi, extensive library, bicycles, binoculars, birding & hike guidebooks, games and toys, TVs and VCRs/DVD player, CD and tape players, and record player with vintage LP records. Fenced yard for dogs. Six foot safety fence protects children from pool and hot tub. Litter box for visiting cats. Patio and barbecue grill for outdoor dining; hammock, lounges and gliders for relaxing. ... more   less 
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