Archive for February, 2015

Arizona Sunsets

February 28th, 2015 by Mike Hug

Arizona Sunsets – An Unforgettable Flash of Colors

Arizona sunset photograph

There are many opportunities to photograph sunrises and sunsets from the patios at Dwon By The River B and B.

Arizona sunsets are photographed and displayed all over the world. When I was growing up my mom received Arizona Highways Magazine. We loved looking at the photographs, especially the sunsets. I always thought that they were just too perfect and you might have to wait years to get those shots. That is not the case and I have taken some photos that I thought could be improved upon only to have something better a month later. Many people that look at these photos of Arizona Sunsets thought it was done with trick photography back in the day. Today photographers are accused of photoshopping the picture. While it may be true that some will do that, it really doesn’t need to be done with the opportunities we have here.

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Birding the San Pedro River

February 21st, 2015 by Mike Hug

Birding the San Pedro River – An Adventure Awaits You

San Pedro River Picture

The San Pedro River during most of the year is s slow moving river that allows the migratory birds to have food and water.

When Birding the San Pedro River you will find a different adventure no matter where you are. At the southern end of the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area the waters flow and there is easy access. In the central portion is the San Pedro House which I wrote about in an earlier blog. Between the San Pedro House and Saint David there are only a couple of locations that you can reach the river. One is Charleston Road and the other is at Fairbank ghost town on Highway 82. As you go further north in the NCA near Saint David has only one place to the river. At this place that you can hang your hat, rest in a comfortable bed and enjoy access to the flowing San Pedro River. The name of the place is Down By The River B and B. It is in a secluded location at the northern end of the NCA on the western side of the river.

Over a ten year period, we have seen and identified 99 different species of birds. We haven’t been able to photograph them all but we do have a nice selection now that we have a decent digital camera. Click on our “Bird Page” tab and go to the bottom of the page to see the different photos that we do have on our site. We also have a list of the birds that have been seen along the river at the back of the property and from the patio. Now if we included the species that we have seen and identified within an hours drive, we would probably be over 150 species.

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Southeast Arizona B and B Anniversary

February 15th, 2015 by Mike Hug

Southeast Arizona B and B Anniversary – 10 Years of Memories

southeast arizona b and b anniversary picture

The Ribbon Cutting at Down By The River B and B by the Chamber of Commerce and The Red Hat Ladies of Benson happened 10 years ago.

Our Southeast Arizona b and b anniversary is the 21st of February. On that day 10 years ago, Barb and I moved to St. David and took possession of the building that would become Down By The River B and B. After almost 3 years working on the design and purchasing the furniture and décor, we were able to realize our dream. During those 3 years, we endured our work day with the knowledge that we would be headed to a better situation. We keep things secret at our jobs during that time. After the 14 months of construction, we finally move lock, stock and barrel to Saint David. We had vaulted a few hurdles after we decided to change our lives. The process was a little bumpy but no more than could be expected by such a big change.

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Arizona B and B Recipe

February 9th, 2015 by Mike Hug

Arizona B and B Recipe – Country Apple Dumplings

Arizona B and B recipe picture

Our Arizona B and B recipe for apple dumplings is a taste treat.

Our Arizona B and B recipe is what makes our breakfast. We look for great recipes to serve and our guests have been pleased at our efforts with breakfasts. If we can find one that uses the fresh fruit that we can pick at Apple Annie’s, all the better. Down By The River B and B has a great breakfast and many of our guests have posted just how much they enjoy the breakfasts in their reviews. We always strive to make something that people will not find in a normal chain restaurant. Many but not all of our recipes can be found on this blog. Just click on the category button for recipes and you will find some of the most popular recipes that we have.

We recently experimented with a recipe that we thought would go good with our quiche. The savory Italian Sausage Quiche is a great number 1 entree but we also provide another secondary sweet entree to go with it. We had return guests that had previously had a secondary entree that we served so we decided to try this out. We try not to repeat for returning customers. This entree is called Country Apple Dumplings. It was such a hit that we decided to keep it and place it into our menu selection. Take a look at it and give it a try.

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Monte Cristo French Toast

February 3rd, 2015 by Mike Hug

Monte Cristo French Toast  

Monte Cristo French Toast picture

Monte Cristo French Toast

Everyone thinks of Monte Cristo as a sandwich. Usually this lunch sandwich is made from Ham or Turkey and cheese that is fried. We came across this while searching for another entree to serve our guests. At first it didn’t sound that appetizing for breakfast and we wondered if it would work as a breakfast menu item. But we were intrigued and so one morning when we had no guests, I tried it out. We have since served this a few times to guest and it has been a hit with them. We have changed our recipe a little as we experimented with the ingredients. So don’t  be afraid to substitute something different if you are missing an ingredient. It may be a taste sensation.

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