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Hacienda Corona de Guevavi Bed and Breakfast Inn, Nogales, Arizona

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Hacienda Corona

Historic Corona Murals at Hacienda Corona

Copyright: Elizabeth R. Mitchell

Hacienda Corona Bed and Breakfast Inn Basics:


348 South River Road, Nogales, Arizona 85628
HC2 Box 96, Nogales, Arizona 85621
Phone: 520-287-6503
Map Directions to the Inn.

About Hacienda Corona :


Hacienda Corona is a beautifully restored large ranch house overlooking 36 acres of the historic Guevavi Ranch. The ranch is located along the banks of the Santa Cruz River between the towns of Tubac and Patagonia in Southern Arizona. Hacienda Corona is exquisitely decorated with early Arizona character and is restored with all the modern conveniences you would expect in a five star inn. Important aspects of it's history such as the famous Corona murals and tiled swimming pool are carefully preserved.

History:


The ranch at Guevavi (meaning "big spring") was home to the Hohokam and Pima Indians for hundreds of years when Father Kino discovered it in 1691. When you drive onto the property you will see a weathered adobe building, old barn and rusty silo which speak to the property's ranching heritage. The large Hacienda, once ranch headquarters, has been restored to mirror the elegance that once drew movie stars such as John Wayne for a relaxing visit. The interior courtyard walls,painted in 1942 and 1955, feature the priceless murals of the famous Mexican muralist and bullfighter Salvador Corona,

The Property:


Hacienda Corona is the centerpiece of the ranch and sits above a beautiful valley. Also on the property are several casitas where guests can stay. (great for families). The Inn hosts special events and concerts taking advantage of a beautiful grassy area with arbor.

Decor:


I can't say which I enjoyed more... the Corona murals or the owner's collection of roosters and fanciful southwest folk art. Each piece of furniture and art is carefully placed to enhance the decor and coordinate with other aspects of the rooms. The large common room has comfy, buttery soft leather couches and a fireplace surrounded by shelves of fascinating art and momentos. Each room has it's own character, whether colorful Mexican flair or Western theme. Again, each room is tastefully decorated and would please the most discriminating guest.

Wine Hour and Breakfast at the Inn:


In the late afternoon wine is served at a small western style bar in a lovely entry room filled with western pictures and memorabilia. In the morning, in the style of the grandest Hacienda, a gourmet breakfast with regional specialties is served in the dining room at the long heavy wood dining table. When I was at breakfast, we were served John Wayne's favorite breakfast, a southwest strada with fresh fruit on the side. It was excellent!

Rooms and Rates:


There are five guest rooms at Hacienda Corona, some with sitting rooms, and all with private baths. There are two casitas that are set aside from the main house. In general, rates are $175 - $225 per night including breakfast (2007 rates). Casitas are $175 - $210 per night and do not include breakfast.

Amenities:


The Inn has a beautiful swimming pool with cabana. It can be reserved for private parties and weddings as can the "Wedding Lawn" in front. Wireless Internet is available in the large livingroom. There are no telephones or televisions in the guest rooms. (I never missed them!) Smoking is not allowed in the Hacienda, courtyard or porticos, but is allowed in the poolside cabana. Beautiful starry nights and quiet walks in the aromatic hacienda garden are the amenities that many guests savor.

Things to Do:


Casa Corona is an ideal place to rest and oversee the beauty of the ranch lands. If you are interested in more active pursuits, golf at the beautiful courses of Kino Springs, Rio Rico Country Club and Tubac are available. Mountain biking down back roads looks challenging, birding is a major draw in the area and wine tasting at some local wineries makes for a fun time. I recommend having dinner at one of the Nogales, Mexico restaurants - two are exceptional... Elviras and La Roca. Be sure and head across the border during the day, too for a shopping adventure. Art lovers will enjoy the galleries and shops in Patagonia.

Recommendation:


Hacienda Corona de Guevavi is one of those places you expect to see in the grandest of travel journals and upscale decorating magazines. It is just that beautiful.

It is fun to review the before and after photos of the amazing restoration process and talk to owners Phil and Wendy Stover. The Hacienda is truly their labor of love. Many of the art treasures and momentos are their personal collections, and, when needed, they have filled in with the most interesting pieces of southwest folk art.

When you stay at the Hacienda, it won't be hard to picture the movie stars of yesteryear staying there. From the elegant pool to the John Wayne game table in the study, there are remnants of this era. I even heard that in the John Wayne room, "The Duke," you are provided with John Wayne's video movies.

My favorite room was the "Corona" with Mexican folk art, a clawfoot tub and a screened off sitting area. It was bright and cheerful and, like the other rooms, had a patio. For those wanting true elegance, "La Patrona" is an amazing junior suite with king bed, historic stone fireplace, guest refrigerator. The bathroom is not to be missed with an immense rare seashell collection placed over a jetted tub.

Be sure and take time to look at the artwork of Mexican muralist and bullfighter (also, an accountant) Salvador Corona. The paintings of Mexican peasants during the 1940's and 1950's are truly beautiful, and, we believe, the only remaining Corona murals.

With all this history and rural nature of the property, don't be mislead to believe you will be roughing it in any way. Each room is newly renovated and has such touches as recessed lighting, full closets, and great showers and tubs.

Last but not least, one of the main joys of visiting Casa Corona is getting to know the owners, Phil and Wendy. They have a true love of Southern Arizona and their newly restored gem of an Inn. They can tell you all about the area, where to shop and tour and, when the day is done, welcome you "home" to your room at the Hacienda.

You can make reservations by phone or e-mail. The Inn has an informative website.

As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with complimentary accomodations for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, About.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. For more information, see our ethics policy.

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