Tucson, Arizona, June 6, 2013 — The Inns at El Rancho Merlita in Tucson, Arizona have been selected as a Top 10 Luxury Inn by®. The Inns at El Rancho Merlita are recognized as top inns around the world providing the best travel experience in this category. is the most comprehensive global site for finding bed and breakfast properties around the world, with more than 13,000 properties worldwide representing nearly 80,000 rooms.

“These award-winning inns, including The Inns at Rancho Merlita, really showcase bed and breakfasts and inns that often become a destination to discover, and not just a place to stay,” says Gregory Sion, general manager of “Travelers select bed and breakfasts because they enjoy staying in a one-of-a-kind place that offers not only character, special amenities and unmatched hospitality, but also enables them to discover new experiences.”

“It’s a true honor to be chosen for the Top 10 Luxury Inns award. We take great pride in always striving to provide our guests with a truly one of a kind luxury experience, and we are thrilled that our hard work and dedication not only to the Inns but also to the history of Tucson has been recognized,” says Pattie Bell, Innkeeper at El Rancho Merlita.

About The Inns at El Rancho Merlita: “No doubt when cosmetic maven Merle Norman wanted to get away, she yearned for something more au natural. When you stay at her former “desert” homestead, with riveting views of the Santa Catalina Mountains and a plethora of untethered wildlife to seize your attention, you’ll relax in an authentic way, with all five senses satisfied…. “

About, based in Austin, Texas, is the most comprehensive global site for finding bed and breakfast properties, with more than 13,000 properties worldwide representing nearly 80,000 rooms. It is owned by HomeAway, Inc., which operates the world’s leading online marketplace of vacation rentals. helps travelers find and book the ideal B&B or small inn through informative descriptions, photos, and more than 210,000 consumer reviews. offers convenient gift cards welcomed at more than 4,000 B&Bs in the United States and Canada, with no restrictions or blackout dates. Announce 2011 Top 10 Romantic Inns

For the 18th year has selected the Top 10 Romantic Inns

DANA POINT, Calif., Jan. 26, 2011 — It has never been easier to surprise your sweetie with a romantic getaway. These 2011 Top 10 Romantic Inns, chosen by after months of research and deliberation, provide the perfect location, world-class hospitality, personalized touch and loving environment that dreams are made of.  As president and 30-year bed and breakfast connoisseur Deborah Sakach remarks, “These kinds of properties deeply touch the hearts of their guests.  In our research for romantic inns, in addition to talking to hundreds of innkeepers and guests, we read thousands and thousands of reviews. We felt the joy in their statements such as, “We left feeling rejuvenated and happier than ever to be married to each other!” and “We plan to return every year and think of it as our happy place,” or “Life’s tensions melted away in this glorious setting.”

There is nothing as enlivening as an inn getaway to fine tune a relationship. No matter how you define romance, Cupid’s arrows are pointed at these great inns for an anniversary celebration, spontaneous getaway or a Valentine’s hideaway. They create the perfect setting to let love bloom or rekindle the fire. Sakach reported she and her staff believe “choosing one of these inns will make the lover who picked the getaway spot an absolute hero or heroine.”

El Rancho Merlita Ranch House Bed and Breakfast in Tucson, Arizona is a luxury retreat with views of the Catalina Mountains. Couples play table tennis, pitch horseshoes, swim in the saltwater pool, soak in the spa and sit together on shaded porches. For total relaxation, try yoga and the desert meditation gardens or a side by side couples massage.

For more information on the 2011 Top 10 Romantic Inns, and other delightful inns, visit or use your iPhone and the free “InnTouch” application.

American Historic Inns

31831 Camino Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano CA 92675

Phone: (949) 481-6256, (800) 397-4667


Articles & Videos about Our Bed and Breakfast in Tucson

AAA Highroads Magazine
July/August 2010, page 26-27
Charming Stays, Arizona’s Hidden Havens: Rancho Merlita Bed & Breakfast
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Arizona Daily Star
June 1, 2010
Ranch House with a story discovers Niche as B&B
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Arizona Daily Star
East – August 8, 2009
Hospitality at Rancho Merlita
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Tucson Home Magazine
Spring, 2009
Designer Showhouse 2009
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Arizona Daily Star
Foothills – March 5, 2009
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KSAZ FOX 10 — Phoenix
March 3, 2009
Cool House
June, 2008
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Arizona Daily Star
October 18, 2007
One Final Makeover
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Press Releases

El Rancho Merlita B&B now the Ranch House Inn at El Rancho Merlita: Unique Bed and Breakfast upgrades name to reflect its character.

Tucson, Arizona, January 26th, 2011  — El Rancho Merlita Ranch House Bed and Breakfast announces a name change to the Ranch House Inn at El Rancho Merlita.  The new name for this premier bed and breakfast in Tucson fits its upscale character and quality of service.  Breakfast is still included in the room rate.  At the Ranch House Inn your expectations for a bed and breakfast in Tucson will be exceeded.  The Inn was just selected as on of the Top 10 Romantic Inns by

A Tucson Treasure Opens Its Doors To Guests for the First Time in Nearly 40 Years:  In conjunction with the “Tucson Will Surprise you” Campaign, the former estate of cosmetics mogul Merle Norman treats guests to an affordable intimate resort experience.

Tucson, Arizona May 17th, 2010 – – El Rancho Merlita Ranch House Bed and Breakfast Inn opened in March 2010. The Inn is offering a Summer Surprise Package with reduced rates from May 21st – September 6th, 2010.  Rancho Merlita is located off of Wrightstown Road between Pantano and Camino Seco on the near eastside of Tucson surrounded by extensive desert gardens. KMSB Fox 11 featured the Bed and Breakfast on its Tucson’s Treasures show.  Host Gina Trunzo said, “It is so peaceful and serene out here.  It does make you want to slow down and calm down.”  The Tucson Museum of Art League chose the Ranch House as the 2009 Designer Showhouse.  A record level of nearly 4,000 people visited El Rancho Merlita during the Show House to rave reviews.

Dark skies lead to bright views:Tucsonan uses powerful telescope to view and photograph celestial bodies.

Tucson, Arizona May 17th, 2010 – El Rancho Merlita Ranch House Bed and Breakfast Inn announces an expert led Stargazing Night  on   Saturday, June 12, 2010 at the Bed and Breakfast. Jim Militello of Galacto’s Astronomy is a member of the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association.He brings ten years of experience and a 14.5” Starmaster Telescope to El Rancho Merlita for a summer evening of stargazing.   Saturn will be the highlight of the evening.  Jim describes it as, “spectacular,” as the planet and its rings are bright and clear.  Other highlights will be Mars, Venus, star clusters, galaxies, nebulas, and an array of red, yellow and blue stars, sometimes orbiting around each other.  Jim uses a digital camera on his telescope and special software to create stunning images of the moon and other planets, which are available for viewing on his website.

Designer Show House 2008/09

This is a benefit for the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, which is hosted by the Tucson Museum of Art League. Dozens of local, professional interior designers and landscapers will be selected to decorate the entire home and surrounding property. They will recreate the landscape, hardscape, furnishings, fixtures, wall coverings, and paint, showcasing new trends as well as their own design talents. Over 8,000 people can be expected to attend the event within its five week duration. For more information visit


Diana Osborne (DKO Studio)/Jan O’Brien (Arizona Designs) – Outstanding Kitchen Design

2006/07 Sub-Zero/Wolf Kitchen Design Contest: This contest is the most respected within the kitchen design industry and is judged by a panel of professional designers representing the various disciplines under kitchen design. The contestants must submit their kitchen design featuring Sub-zero/Wolf appliances. This contest is not only nation-wide, but worldwide.

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