Walks through a stone forest, views of the Milky Way smeared across the dark night sky, history’s ghost whispering through the ruins of an old fort, birdsong drifting through the trees…this is southeastern Arizona. Lodging and restaurants are scarce in the isolated region, making Sunglow Ranch a rare find for baby boomer travelers.
On the 400-acre property, nine casitas cluster under the shade of live oaks. Some of the casitas have fireplaces and all are decorated with murals by Tucson artist, Freia Ramsey. Alan and I enjoyed sitting on the casita’s covered patio as we listened to rain from a passing thunderstorm pitter-patter on the tin roof.
With views of pasture land and a small pond, nature is just a few short steps away. Over 500 species of birds have been documented in the area so birders are sure to add to their life list. On our visit, we hiked Sunglow’s nature trail accompanied by Dharma, one of the ranch dogs.
Are you looking for outdoor adventure? Hike the trails of Chiricahua National Monument, bike in the Coronado National Forest, or explore Fort Bowie National Historic Site. You can also poke around the area’s many ghost towns or drive to Tombstone to watch the touristy version of a gun fight. Culture lovers will want to visit the art galleries in Benson or experience old West grandeur at the Gadsden Hotel in Douglas. Stargazing at the ranch is excellent so bring a telescope.
Sunglow’s rates include breakfast and dinner at Sunglow Café. From omelets stuffed with artichokes, portabella mushrooms and goat cheese to a dinner of tarragon chicken wrapped in puff pastry, you won’t go hungry. Since our last visit, there’s a new emphasis on serving organic and locally grown foods. Oh, my feet are getting itchy. I sense another trip to Sunglow Ranch in our future.
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