What you'll Find
We know they probably won't, but our hope is that people will use the Quail Manor. There's no charge. We don't want your money, yet anyway. Only rule is you know us or someone we know and trust. Just use and leave it like you'd want to find it and everything will be fine. We'll be there a lot during the winter. And, are most happy to share. We're are maintaining a page of stuff to do and will do our best to help you sort. Hell, we'll even entertain as long at it involves a bike or a hike!
The Quail Manor is cozy for sure. The neighborhood is about as far from gated as you can get. Better actually. We have El Jefe. And yes, there's no pool. But there is/are:
- An emerging desert botanic garden out the front and back doors.
- Great sunrises and city views out the front courtyard. Great sunsets and moutain(ish) views out the back.
- Two bedrooms; one small, we call it the master, and one tiny we call it the study/guest room. Think IKEA, it will give you confidence or at least acceptance.
- The tiny one has a double Murphy Bed...but not much else! We just could not get the dimensions to work to get a Queen in the available space. We surveyed the tallest person we know. He said double was fine. Of course he's not visited yet either...
- The master has a real queen bed and not much else.
- All the mattresses are actually pretty good. Same stuff we have at home. Not from IKEA, which should give you confidence.
- The closets in both rooms are outfitted with fancy shelving to serve as your dresser to store clothes.
- Two full bathrooms. In keeping with the tiny theme, these baby's are as physically small as a full bath can be. But all the necessary stuff is full size and in there!
- A real kitchen with a full compliment of real appliances. They're IKEA appliances so who knows how long they'll work...
- A gas grill out back under the pergola.
- Central air conditioning for the hot months. Heat for the cool ones. Remote controlled ceiling fans are everywhere to stir-up some air. The pergola has radiant heat for cool evenings and a misting system for hot ones.
- What you need to make a bed, maintain personal hygiene, and cook stuff.
- Real washer and Dryer (in the garage).
- Seating in both the front and back courtyards which is where we usually hang out anyway.
- If the garage is empty, a garage to park your car. The driveway or guest parking otherwise.
- Our heirloom, but recently rebuilt and reshod, mountain bikes are there and mostly work. Just don't expect lite! There is also a bike trailer to facilitate environmentally conscious shopping.
- Great hiking or cycling from the house, a short drive, or drive as far as you want. There's lots of both. The Tucson Loop is about a half-mile back towards town. There is parking, but we usually just leave from the house. It goes pretty much forever.
- As you might expect, there is:
- Rocking internet and WiFi so you can stream music and video anywhere on the property.
- TV's with Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast for you PC/Android folks in the living area and the bedrooms.
- Sonos speakers so you can stream tunes where you're hanging.
- A small desk and printer in the tiny guest room that is really the study.
- Lots of charging stations
Deciding Whether it's Worth the Trouble
To schedule a visit, the workflow looks something like this:
- Look at the weather to see if it appeals. If the spreadsheet does not satisfy, check out this link. Tells you every freaking thing there is to consider with typical weather in Tucson.
- February, March, April, May and October, November are kind of no brainer times to visit.
- January, June, September and December are more or less shoulder months. Can be variable, but usually just fine. The second half of January and September and the first half of June and December are usually real nice.
- July and August are freaking uncomfortable. But there is air conditioning, so not THAT bad.
- Check the Things to Do page to see if you have any other reason to go. Does not show up on the page, but 4th of July and Halloween are big deals in Tucson. the Quail Manor is maybe the premo place to watch fireworks. The barrio goes crazy. So worth consideration, regardless of weather. The All Souls or Day of the Dead around Halloween is pretty crazy too and worth a trip.
- You can make a "reservation" here, send us an e-mail, or if you're not a Millennial, just call us.
- We send you a code for the garage door and WiFi etc. Then we brief the neighbors so you don't get accosted when they catch you sniffing around.
- Request a copy of the Quail Manor Handbook which attempts to explain how to use the Quail Manor systems. It contains stuff that is probably best not published on the Internet, so you request and we send you a link. There will be a hard copy in a binder once you get inside.
- Use the Things to Do, Restaurants, Shopping and Services pages to navigate your visit.
- Close the place up using the Before you Leave page.
- Carry on...
Is it Even Available
Here is a live calendar of the Quail Manor schedule. We tend to come and go so ping us if you want to know our schedule. Rule of the house is first commit gets the date. If someone indicates an interest, we'll note it, but first commit gets the date.
If you're ready to brave the barrio, click here or the button and we'll get you on the schedule. If anything changes that will affect other parties, let us know when you know by clicking here or the button to send us an e-mail.
The drive from Denver is reliably 13ish hours.
- Albuquerque is for all intents and purposes half-way. Santa Fe is of course right there too!
- We leave late morning. Have dinner in ABQ. A relaxed breakfast the next morning. Then get into Tucson early afternoon. Very civilized.
- We eat at a local 3 or 4 restaurant chain called The Range Café and pick a nearby hotel so we can walk. There are a bunch within walking distance. The Range is kind of a white table cloth Denny's. They do all meals. We've never had to wait to get a table. Everything we've had for any meal is right on. Low stress.
- Truth or Consequences, NM is another stop over option we use. Makes the second day's drive pretty trivial. Elephant Butte Lake is right there so a bit of a tourist area. Result that helps us is there are several hotels just off the interstate. A local recommends Maria's for "the best Mexican in the world". Down the road a few more exits is Arrey Cafe. Highly recommended by the same local
- Hatch, NM is about half-way between Albuquerque and Tucson. You kind of have to stop at Sparky's at least once for the experience. The "World Famous" Burger ("because chili and cheese is all you need") is swell. Dan made me try the Green Chili Lemonade. It's exactly what it says; sounds horrible, tastes great. A lunch of these two will make you brand new! You have to catch it right. If there is much of a line out the door, keep going. There is parking behind Sparky's but it annoys me, so I go to the public parking across the street.
The airport code is TUS. Airlines are:
- US Airways
Here's a link that lists the cities connecting directly with Tucson.