Blue Agave Bed and Breakfast, the nectar of Tucson – June 5th, 2014
from Mike’s Road Trip…
As you travel just six or seven miles northwest of downtown Tucson, Arizona, you’ll find yourself in a sparsely populated area in the foothills of the majestic Tucson Mountains—here, is where I discovered the marvelous Blue Agave Bed and Breakfast. The Blue Agave is situated on fifteen acres and is perched atop a bluff, in one direction overlooking the city of Tucson, in the other, peaks of the Tucson Mountains. As I made my way up the declivitous driveway, I was struck by the sumptuous architecture and landscape…the Blue Agave was grand, with varying lines that indicated a truly unique layout and design. I later discovered that famed architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, inspired many of the home’s design elements. Read MORE…
Adobe Rose Casita
“Blue Agave is on our list for return visits!”
I almost don’t want to share this place as it is small and will book out quickly, but we loved our stay so much we are willing to let others in on this special place. This B & B has it all, gorgeous location, beautiful rooms, the most attractive outdoor spaces we have experienced and that includes travel in us and abroad. But Blue Agave has an extra bonus, Dana. She exudes friendliness and goes out her way to make you feel at home. I borrowed her hiking poles, she made us appetizers when she was a little late getting the hot tub swarmed up for us–and always helped us plan our day. One night while my husband and I soaked were soaking in the hot tub Peter came out and named some of the emerging stars. From hiking, to national parks this area is outstanding. We are already planning next winter’s visit.
When you first spot the Blue agave Bed and Breakfast, perched in the foothills above the desert floor, you immediately know you are going someplace special and unique. Having already enjoyed two stays, we highly recommend the Blue agave for your next visit to Tucson. Nestled against the mountains, the views are stunning in every direction. The inn is surrounded with birds, wildlife, and towering saguaro cactus – the exquisite sunrises are matched only by the magnificent night skies.
The casitas are comfortable and beautifully appointed. Our room had a private patio with a chiminea – a cozy spot to enjoy the sunset over the desert. The inn’s numerous common areas provide opportunities to chat with the other guests, swim in a sparkling pool, or relax in the hot tub. There are miles of easily accessible hiking trials right off the property. In this magical environment, you get all the advantages of the desert’s quiet and solitude, along with easy access to the nearby attractions of Tucson. Friendly and outgoing innkeeper Dana Smith is an award-winning artist. It is her vision that has created this enchanting, treasure-filled inn. Dana pays attention to all the details that will make your stay relaxing and refreshing. We eagerly look forward to returning to the Blue agave on our next Tucson visit!
“This Is the Place!”
This is the place! If you come upon it at dusk as we did on our first visit you look up toward the great mountain and on its shoulder there’s the casbah outlined in tiny white lights, reddish adobe trimmed in Mexican yellows, lime and avocado greens, pistachio,oranges and blues. In the yards and lovely gardens sculptures and ceramics are set about with mineral specimens and fossils. The handsome casitas are fitted out with everything one might desire in an earthly abode including chocolates. The views toward the east over the Catalina Mountains and Tucson at sunset are glorious. There are birds of all description, coyotes sing in the distance, bees are busy in the sage. At night Tucson glitters far below. The coffee is as bracing as the hosts’ conversation. This place was conceived and built as a pleasure palace. The porches and main rooms are immense with vast fireplaces and Dana’s unique paintings and sculptures. The pool is perfect. Adjoining the property is a park fine for walking and hiking, and not far to the west there’s the Saguaro National Park and the arizona Sonora Desert Museum. The negative? At some point you have to leave, which is not fair.
“Wonderful week at the Blue agave!”
My wife and I stayed at the Blue agave for 4 nights in November and it was marvelous. The house sits atop a hill near the entrance to Tucson Mountain Park. The views are incredible, particularly from the pool and hot tub! We both enjoyed hiking and mountain biking in the Park followed by wine in the hot tub.
The house has 4 casitas, each decorated in vibrant colors. Our bed was luxurious. Our room was very quiet, but I recommend leaving the sliding door open to hear the coyotes at night! Deer and javelina are also in the area. Peter and Dana are gracious hosts and very interesting people. Dana is an accomplished artist – her fascinating sculptures are located all over the property. Peter is a Ua Professor and Mars scientist. I greatly recommend the Blue Agave as a wonderful place to relax or for rigorous activity. We’ll be back.
Cactus Flower Casita
The home and location are amazing! The quiet, serene, desert views are so relaxing and gorgeous, you may not want to leave and explore Tucson! The house and Casitas are a modern Spanish, with a lot of charm as well as comfort. The location is about 5 miles West of Tucson, meaning that one is close enough to enjoy Tucson, Mt. Lemmon, Sabino Canyon, golfing, and one is even closer to the not-to-miss arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The only things better than all this are the lovely, personable, and fun proprietors, Dana and Peter. One immediately feels like a long term friend, upon meeting them. I would highly recommend this B&B!
“Heaven in the Hills”
Blue agave BnB is the most relaxing and peaceful place I have ever stayed! The views from every room are phenomenal, the sheets and beds are soo relaxing!The beautiful scenery and wildlife on the hiking trails is just outside the front door! If you get a chance to stay here, don’t pass it up!
More Review Details“Sonoran Bliss!”
We visited in april. Our Casita was beautiful, comfortable and clean. We really enjoyed the artwork that was in our Casita and all around the property, much of it apparently done by one of the owners. The views are spectacular! We were able to take some very nice hikes right from the Blue agave without having to drive anywhere.
The Best of Both Worlds
Blue Agave is a treasure in the desert. Dana and Peter make you feel right at home greeting you as soon as you arrive (Dana is always accessible by phone if needed). Their home offers a panoramic view of the mountains, cacti and downtown Tucson all in one. Dana’s breakfasts are to die for and more than generous. Thankfully hiking trails are right outside the door to work off the meal. There is much to do and see from Saquaro National Park to Old Tucson, probably our least favorite adventure. Our room was clean with comfortable bed and a porch to just take in the grandeur of the surroundings. We will be back to enjoy the area and comforts of this great place the offers remoteness yet metropolitan offerings.
Palo Verde Casita
“Great stay at Blue agave bed”
Wonderful experience at the Blue agave in Tucson! Loved our casita–the Palo Verde…beautifully furnished, very comfortable and a neat fireplace. Amazing view of the desert and a forest of suguaro cacti and the North Tucson mountains. Gracious hosts, very friendly…excellent food…we will return!
“Relaxing getaway with spectacular views!”
This was a dream vacation…very relaxing with perfect weather and the scenery was spectacular. I cannot say enough about how amazing not only the casita was but also the owners. They went above and beyond to make sure we had the best experience. Awesome picture opportunities mixed with great hiking made for a wonderful vacation.
Quail’s Rest Casita
“One of a kind, wonderful experience!!!”
I was in need of a quiet location to complete some important work (and R&R;) in the Tucson area; the Blue agave was recommended by a good friend who resides nearby.For years I have seen and admired the setting and stunning structure of the former ‘La Zarzuela’ from afar on my trips to the az-Sonoran Desert Museum and was overly pleased and fortunate to have the opportunity to stay. There is no place like this anywhere -there is something immediately special about driving up through the grand wrought-iron gates to this secluded, peaceful hilltop location overlooking a glorious, lush desert valley nestled in the Tucson mountains. The Blue agave is majestic in all respects.Every view, every turn, every corner, every detail was spectacular and inspired a calm, euphoric feeling throughout my stay. a beautiful, colorful sunrise over the mountains and lush desert flora, feeling the warm sun on my private patio under the arms of a huge Saguaro,sitting with a steaming cup of delicious coffee..amazingly watching deer as two cactus wrens explored at my feet -what a wonderful way to start a day. The nights…a little fire in ‘my own’ chimenea…stars, owls and desert wildlife…so peaceful. The room was luxurious -intriguing art, a carved armoire, mesquite furniture, Tiffany lamp,the tile sink, decor -were all so well done and constantly pleasing. The hosts are wonderful welcoming people and add to the comfort of this amazing place. There is so much to explore within the home, courtyards, patios and the expansive grounds -one can find oneself easily wandering into the canyons and desert mountains of the adjoining park. Though so private there is easy access via a relaxing, meandering saguaro-studded road to nearby (~7 min) shopping or delicious ‘real’ cultural food. If you wish to truly experience the warmth and serenity of the Southwest in addition to the unique sensation of ‘belonging here’ the Blue agave provides this and more. Highly recommended!