Summer in Tucson!

June 21st, 2011 by pattiebell

Sparkling salt water swimming pool…Cool shady porches…

Air conditioned splendor…

Tropical Fruit Smoothies and Ranch House Breakfast Chilequiles with  Pumpkin Corn Muffins…Homemade Spicy Mexican Brownies with Prickly Pear Lemonade…

All this starting at $89 a night?  It’s true, this is Summer in Tucson!

Breakfast Bokays

June 6th, 2011 by pattiebell

These flowers were all picked on the property!

Latest Javelina sighting ~

June 6th, 2011 by pattiebell

Fresh Berries with Yogurt in Filo Cups

June 6th, 2011 by pattiebell

To make the Filo Cups simply stack 4 to 6 squares filo dough, buttered and sprinkled with sugar, and press into muffin tin cups. Bake at 375 degrees until crisp and golden.

Pair O' Bunnies

May 14th, 2011 by pattiebell

I came upon these critters when I moved the trash cans they were hiding behind out for pick-up. Thanks to guest Steven Schlecht, who was celebrating his birthday with us, for the photo!

Arizona Highways Travel Show

April 26th, 2011 by pattiebell

Love Arizona???   Love Travel???

Join us, The Inns at El Rancho Merlita,  and 100 exhibitors from throughout Arizona at the Arizona Highways Travel Show ~ May 14 & 15 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

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Golden Rain Pods

April 22nd, 2011 by pattiebell

Green Golden Rain Pods

Golden Rain Blossoms

April 21st, 2011 by pattiebell

Golden Rain Blossoms

The Goldenrain tree or “Pride of India” (tree species: Koelreuteria paniculata) is an ornamental species from Asia that has been widely planted in the Spanish cities of Madrid and Barcelona.  The name “Goldenrain” refers to the bright yellow flowers that cover the tree with a golden color in late spring.

There are 2 of these unusual trees on the property. I have never seen one in Tucson before. They are similar to China Berries, with papery seed pods instead of “berries”.

2011 Top 10 Romantic Inn

March 31st, 2011 by pattiebell

Out of 30,000 Inns and Bed and Breakfast in North America, El Rancho Merlita Ranch House Inn, was chosen as one of the top ten most romantic by after months of research and deliberation.  It provides 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.”

Butterfly Season

September 22nd, 2010 by pattiebell

Recently, when I was at El Rancho Merlita Ranch House Bed and Breakfast in Tucson, AZ, I was impressed by the number of butterflies flitting around.  It greatly enhanced the peacefulness  and the beauty of the ranch.  Here are a few of the butterflies I enjoyed:

The Arizona State Butterfly - The Two-tailed Swallowtail

The state butterfly is marvelous!

The Arizona Sister - Adelpha bredowii eulalia

Mormon Metalmark - Apodemia mormo mormo

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