February 27th, 2014 by Mike Hug
Birders are always looking for a place to stay on the San Pedro River during the peak migration times.
The Norther Flicker can be found at the Birding hotspot on the San Pedro River
Down By The River B and B is the place to stay on the San Pedro River. Located at the northern end of The San Pedro River National Conservation Area, the b and b is the only lodging facility that can be found at this end of the NCA. The 57,000 acres of public land spans from the Mexican border to the southern end of St. David, Arizona. Down By The River is also centrally located so other birding areas are within a short driving distance.
The Crissal Thrasher can be found along the San Pedro River and was located at Down By The River in February of 2014.
The BLM manages this Important Birding Area (IBA) which is entirely located in Cochise County, Arizona. The NCA was set aside by Congress on November 18, 1988 and is one of the four major north – south migratory corridors used by birds. The San Pedro River is the last free flowing river located in Arizona. Birders are drawn to a place to stay on the San Pedro River since the birding activity is around the river. The river behind Down By The River B and B is flowing above ground continuously most years. With the recent drought the river may go underground in late June until the Monsoons begin in early July.
The San Pedro River is a source of food and water for a variety of wildlife. Approximately 80 species of mammals live along the river along with 14 species of fish, 40 or more species of reptiles and amphibians and over 100 birds that reside in this part of Cochise County year round. Over 250 species of birds use the corridor as their migratory path to the breeding sites in the north and the wintering sites in the south. Down By The River is a perfect place to stay on the San Pedro River while viewing the wildlife.
Mule deer are frequent visitors to Down By The River.
The property is frequented by mule deer, javelina, coatimundi, raccoon, bobcat and other animals during the year. Sonoran Toads leave the burrows during the monsoons and can be found all over the property. Their croaking signals the arrival of the monsoon rains. Look at the bird list on our website to find all the birds that have been seen in the small area that surrounds the b and b. The density of birds along the river during migration can reach 40 per acre. With 15 acres at the b and b, there is little doubt that you will find this a great place to stay on the San Pedro River. Being secluded gives the advantage to birders because there aren’t large crowds disturbing your viewing. The area around the b and b is home to grey hawks and is a confirmed nesting area for Mississippi Kites.
Sometimes you need to shoot a picture through a window. The shot isn’t going to be perfect but it can be made.
To learn more about the IBA and the migratory birds you may find here, check out this website. Down By the River lodging hum has been the best place to stay on the San Pedro River for birders since it opened in 2005. The migration is going to be happening soon. March and April will be the peak months so don’t miss your chance to fill in your life list. Check out what we have to offer and explore the river as you look for the wildlife that inhabit it. Check for availability here.
February 20th, 2014 by Mike Hug
Romantic Place To Stay In Southeast Arizona is centrally located in Cochise County
A romantic place to stay in Southeast Arizona is located at a B and B along the banks of the San Pedro River in Saint David. Down By The River B and B has been host to many couples that have spent their honeymoon night surrounded by the peace and quiet of our secluded bed and breakfast. We have had couples celebrating their anniversaries and Valentines Day here at our highly rated get away. We have a short story to tell about two gentlemen that planned a Valentines get away with their wives.
Mike and Dan didn’t want their wives to know what was going to happen and they made the reservations on the sly. Each of them called when they were away from home. They made sure that the communications were through private emails. We worked with them on the charges so that the wives wouldn’t see anything come through on the bills. And during the two months leading up to Valentine’s Day they didn’t let the cat out of the bag. They planned the perfect get away to a romantic place to stay in Southeast Arizona.
Since it was Valentine’s weekend, Down By The River was offering a special for our guests that stayed with us for two nights. We provided flowers free of charge from our local florist that we always use. We made sure that they were placed in the room for the guests prior to their arrival. Meanwhile Angie provided a memory maker by creating beautiful handmade Valentines cards for each of the couples. This added that something special that you remember when you are at a romantic place to stay in Southeast Arizona.
With our part done and ready, Mike and Dan had packed their wives suitcases and unbeknownst to them loaded the luggage into the car. Then they told their wives they were going on a short trip to do some horse back riding and have dinner. They said it would only be an hour or so and they got everyone in the car and left for our b and b. The stopped at a house that was for sale and acted like that was where the horses were suppose to be. Faking dejection they drove on to the B and B and said that this was a friend that would be making dinner.
When they arrived we started our tour of the b and b and explaining the main guest room. Charity and Kelly were looking at me like I was wasting my time and they didn’t understand why we would do that. When we started explaining about breakfast, Mike and Dan were laughing and finally explained. This was one of the best cons I had ever seen pulled and they did it to perfection. They were let into their rooms and after a while were dressed for dinner and on their way out the door to a restaurant in Bisbee. Everyone enjoyed the weekend and Mike and Dan will now have to work hard to top this.
Handmade Valentines Day cards were made by Angie for our guests that stayed at our b and b.
So when you want to have a quiet romantic place to stay in Southeast Arizona, think about Down By The River B and B The Lodging Hub of Coshise County. We are into the memory making business and have had some practice and making our guest feel the special something that you will find when you book a room here. Let us know in advance if you are celebrating an anniversary and if we have the lead time Angie can make up a card that will be part of your memories. If you wish, we can also provide flowers at a nominal charge for anniversaries, birthdays or other events.
February 13th, 2014 by Mike Hug
Place to stay near Kartchner Caverns – Try highly recommended Down By The River B and B
Down By The River B and B is the ideal place to stay near Kartchner Caverns
Looking for a place to stay near Kartchner Caverns? You have the chance to stay at a world class b and b in Saint David, south of Benson and just minutes from the State Park. Kartchner Caverns was discovered in 1974. After a long process involving purchase of the land and construction of the site infrastructure by the State of Arizona, the Caverns were opened in November, 1999. Down By The River B and B was first opened in 2005 to give our guests an opportunity to stay at the closest B and B to Kartchner Caverns.
The Caverns have two escorted tours for visitors, both of which are about 1 ½ hour long. One tour is year round and is named the Rotunda / Throne Room, which has the large stone flow called Kubla Khan. The second tour is The Big Room and is only opened between October 15 and April 15. You can look at Youtube video of the caverns tour as it previews what sites you will see. You can book online for the tours at the State Website . Before your tour, you will think about a place to stay near Kartchner Caverns which will allow you time to see more of the area. The answer to that query is Down By The River B and B, The Lodging Hub of Cochise County.
Kartchner Caverns State Park is the most pristine live cave in the United States.
When you visit Cochise County to see Kartchner Caverns, you will see that there are many things for you to do before you go home. Being a place to stay near Kartchner Caverns, Down By The River B and B is also close to many other nearby attractions including Tombstone, Bisbee, and The San Pedro River National Riparian Area for birding. There are National Monuments, state parks, historical sites and old ghost towns in this part of Southeastern Arizona. The b and b is also close to both wine centers/regions in this part of Arizona.
So when you are considering a visit to Cochise County and the caverns, book with Down By The River B and B. We are the place to stay near Kartchner Caverns and all the other sites in Southeastern Arizona. Find out first hand why a Canadian Travel Writer said “This is one of the most spectacular B and Bs in the US”.
February 6th, 2014 by Mike Hug
A Place To Stay Near Tombstone is Down By The River B & B
Down By The River B and B is a highly rated lodging choice when choosing a place to stay near Tombstone
Looking for a place to stay near Tombstone, Arizona, then look no further than the highly rated Down By The River Bed and Breakfast. The b and b is located in Saint David approximately 20 minutes north of Tombstone just off highway 80. The Santa Fe style b and b abuts the San Pedro River at the northern end of the San Pedro National Riparian Conservation Area which is a birder delight. Down By The River is a great place to stay if you also want to stay in one location and have easy access to the other parts of Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties. That is the reason that we are called “The Lodging Hub of Cochise County”.
Old photo of cowboys in Tombstone. This photo is located in the Cowboy Room at Down By The River B & B
Tombstone has the appeal and mystic of the Old West. It is one of the go to destinations for the fans of the Western Gunfight. There are many events throughout the year in Tombstone and people look for a place to stay near Tombstone to be close to all the action. There are events to attend in Tombstone this spring. In March, Tombstone celebrates Wild West Days. In April, The Rose Tree Festival is held and in May Wyatt Earp Days takes to the streets. The biggest event is held in October with the rip roaring Helldorado Days celebration. Many places to stay near Tombstone have no vacancies left by September.
The Tombstone stage ride give a historic tour of the town.
While there is lodging in Tombstone, none can compare with our place to stay near Tombstone. The many reviews that we have tell the story of the museum quality of the artifacts that are in the large comfortable rooms. Our gourmet breakfast that is served every morning stands head and shoulders above the conventional fare that is offered at other lodging locations. Down By The River B and B hosts work hard at giving you that extra effort to make your stay enjoyable. Try us out and find out why other guest rate their stay with us so high. Check out our availability now.
January 22nd, 2014 by Mike Hug
A Birding Hotspot on the San Pedro River is at Down By The River B and B
From the back patio of Down By The River there is a path to the tree lined San Pedro River.
A birding hotspot on the San Pedro River is the Riparian National Conservation Area which is located just south of Down By The River B and B. Down By The River is abuts this birding hot spot and has access down to the river by a couple of ways.. One way is to travel about one half mile from our San Pedro River b and b property on Efken place back to Escalante Road and from there east to the San Pedro River. The other access is a pathway that has been established across the property of the b and b, through a gate and following a cut trail to another Texas gate. From there a path has been cleared to the river.
The path leads to a gate to exit the property at the b and b onto a common area with a path that leads down to the river.
The birding hotspot on the San Pedro River is because it is a migratory path for the birds heading from Central America up into the Northern States and Canada. While there are many birds that live in this part of Cochise County year round there are up to 250 different species that use the San Pedro River for food and water as they fly through. There are birds that also winter in the area and when it warms up they fly back north.
Angie and I took some time recently to take the trail down across the property and through the two gates to the path leading to the San Pedro. We cleared brush and burrs from the trail to make it easier for guests to use. When we got to the bottom and came out on the banks of the river, we could hear the chatter of birds in the trees. Even in January the birding hotspot on the San Pedro River found on the length of the river wherever water is above ground.
The bank along the San Pedro River is treacherous and if you go off the path.
As we walked the river, we spotted numerous birds although most were on the wing and we weren’t able to make an ID. There were 3 that we were able to get pictures of. One was a flycatcher but we weren’t able to get close enough to make a good visual as to the species. Many different flycatchers are found on the river. The other was a Northern Flicker that let me walk up close enough to photograph him. He was in a tree about at about 20 feet up on a branch and eyed me as I moved closer. I was able to get a good photo of him. The third bird was a song sparrow that was in and out of an old stump that had been washed down the river. He played hide and seek with us until I was finally able to get a few pictures of him so that I could get an ID later.
Unidentified flycatcher was spotted in a tree
As birding hotspots go, the San Pedro River is one of the best you will find. At the northern end of the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, Down By The River is the only B and B that is located on the river and has access from the back door. Guests have seen many birds here on their visit and we have documented that list. Click on this Birding Link to go the the page where we have our bird list. We also have a listing of guides that will make your experience at the birding hotspot on the San Pedro River a memorable time. To view addresses and phone numbers of these highly recommended guides check near the bottom of our birding webpage. Check us out and find why our b and b is perfect for lodging near the birding hotspot – The San Pedro River.
The Song Sparrow was hiding amongst the branches in a old stump along the river.
The Norther Flicker can be found at the Birding hotspot on the San Pedro River
January 15th, 2014 by Mike Hug
Artist Bill Templeton visited our Southeast Arizona B and B
Bill Templeton visited our Southeast Arizona B and B and signed some artwork that he had done for Angie
When you own an Southeast Arizona B and B you meet many interesting people. We were hosts to William Templeton. Bill stayed with us in December. He was down in St. David to help one of our neighbors erect a large cross on his property. Our neighbor chose our Southeast Arizona B and B for his lodging requirements.
Bill told us that was an artist. He said that he was born in Illinois and grew up in the Chicago area. In school Bill continued working in different media and finally he went on to graduate from The University of Arizona in Tucson. He told us that his artwork was available through galleries in various parts of the country. Now that he is an established artist, he is working at becoming independent and wants to stop using the galleries because of their high commissions.
Over breakfast at our Southeast Arizona B and B, he talked to us about his art and the different things that he had done. He brought out a box of cards that he had that showed much of his artwork. Bill enjoys making his art and he creates his work with bold bright colors. The subjects that he paints are from his experiences and travels. His artwork carries a theme for a series and then he will start a different series with another theme. He showed us the cards that he made using his art from his trips to Mexico and the Caribbean.
His most recent endeavor in fine art has a window theme where you look through a window to see the scene on the other side. One card he left with us is about three partying pigs. The picture is full of hidden gems as is much of his art. Looking at the picture you can pick out glasses, bottles corn and pearls on one pig that are hidden in the scene. This all reflects the humor in the picture.
Bill also showed us another of his talents. He is making crosses out of various types of wood and finds old crucifixes to provide the figure of Christ for his cross. He also uses other materials in place of Christ. Angie bought one that is pictured here because of the way it looked and its uniqueness. Bill says he never makes two crosses that are the same. After talking with him, I thought of the crosses and what I have done with stain glass crosses that I made. He inspired me to see if I can produce those at another level.
Bill has his studios in Scottsdale and Pine, Arizona. You can view his work on his website.
January 8th, 2014 by Mike Hug
Ponds near our San Pedro River Lodging can provide some intimate bird watching without a lot of interruption of other birders.
From an overlook on the road to Millers Pond you can view the activity at the pond.
Nearby our San Pedro River Lodging, known as Down By The River B and B, are a couple of ponds that are accessible only for guests at our B and B. The pond is inside the gated area of DMR Ranch but is a short walk from the property. One is rather small and fed by a small spring and you can find birds in the trees around the pond. The second is about 7 or 8 acres and has reeds and cat tails to give the water fowl cover. Whenever Angie and I walk to the ponds we haven’t encountered any other people during our visit. The odds are that you may be the only visitors if you visit the ponds. From a gravel road there is an overview so you can see where the activity is located at the pond.
In the month of December we had visited the ponds twice. Both times we found mainly the American Coot. During second visit, we stopped to view the action at the pond. We found that there were other birds in amongst the American Coots. As we viewed the birds that were at the pond, we found a pair of Ruddy Ducks, a loggerhead shrike, dove and a large group of Northern Shovelers along with the coots. There were some birds that we thought might be Cinnamon Teal but they went into the reeds before we could make a good identification.
A pair of Ruddy Ducks were at the pond and we were able to watch them for a while.
On our first visit to the ponds near our San Pedro River lodging along with birds we found insects along the shore and in the reeds. In particular we found Damsel Flies and Dragon Flies. There were many birds in the reeds looking for insects and other menu items. If we had taken the time we probably could have identified the types of birds but we had a short time frame for the walk as guests were coming to the b and b.
When you visit our San Pedro River lodging, ask us about the pond and we can direct you to its location. It is always nice to be able to see something that is more off the beaten track that other people can’t get to or don’t know about. There are not the variety of birds that you will find at White Water Draw or Twin Lakes but it can be a special place in an intimate setting that can be your alone.
The loggerhead Shrike was waiting for insects during our visit to the pond
Northern Shovelers took flight after we had come out of a reedy blind and disturbed them
American Coot caught st the start of a dive underwater
January 3rd, 2014 by Mike Hug
It is well known that the best lodging near Tombstone is called Down By The River B and B and has the advantages of modern comforts for our guests.
Down By The River offers superior lodging near Tombstone with the modern comforts not found in older buildings that date from the 19 th and early 20 th century. Our San Pedro River b and b is within a short 20 minute drive of the Town Too Tough To Die. We call ourselves the Lodging Hub of Cochise County for a reason. Our B and B is close to all the attractions that guest will want to see in Cochise County while allowing them to stay at a single location – particularly Tombstone.
The Tombstone Courthouse in 1952
Tombstone was founding in 1878 when silver was found in the area. There are many old pictures that were taken during those early years. We have old friends that visit our lodging near Tombstone. Angie and I recently had the opportunity to visit with Sharon. She gave us the opportunity to scan some old photos of Tombstone. She had taken these pictures when she was visiting back in August of 1952. I haven’t seen many pictures of Tombstone from that era. If someone took pictures of Tombstone during that time, few have survived from 60 years ago. A lot of the town was dilapidated and there were wide open spaces to explore. Boot Hill was just the grave yard without any buildings or shops nearby like today. Some places like the Crystal Palace Saloon were located on the main street of town and appear to have been open for business. Some of the buildings were in disrepair, such as the Courthouse. The OK corral was just a sign hanging in the area and it delineated information on the gunfight. Now there is a daily live reenactment that is held behind a fenced in set. I have a few photographs from the 50s and also some recent photos so that you can compare the changes.
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December 23rd, 2013 by Mike Hug
From Our Saint David B&B Explore Bisbee’s Wonders
45 minutes from our St. David B&B to a Bisbee Overlook. The quaint town is nestled in the Mule Mountains.
Only a 45 minute drive separates you from our Saint David B&B from the delights of Bisbee. Every now and then we have some spare time to go to a place that is fascinating and fun to explore. Bisbee has many small eclectic shops, a coffee roaster, tasting olive oil, balsamic vinegar or wine, the mine tours and museum, antique stores and some fantastic places to eat.
We particularly like to go into the antique stores to see if there is something that we can find that will fit into the decor of our Saint David B&B. It is always fun to explore this town that grew up around the mine and view the old buildings from street level or from atop one of the overlooks in the town. But the one thing we do like to do in Bisbee is to sample the culinary offerings of the restaurants.
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December 17th, 2013 by Mike Hug
Saint David B and B Christmas decorating is a 3 day project at our San Pedro River B &B
Every year we have decorated our Saint David B and B for Christmas. We start decorating a few days after Thanksgiving like most people, unlike some stores that start just after the 4th of July This project starts by hauling down boxes from the rafters in the garage and from shelves in the house. We thought we had placed everything in a location where we could have easy access to it. But the garage at our Saint David B and B seems to be living, breathing being and items over time have moved in front of the Christmas boxes. Some of the Christmas boxes move to other inaccessible locations. I have wondered how many other people have living garages like us.
After gathering all the Christmas storage boxes, we usually have 3 days of work ahead of us before we finish. I know we can cut the time frame down (it shouldn’t be that difficult). It is hard to understand how it takes you one day to pull everything down and put it away in marked boxes but it takes 3 days to put it up. This is a conundrum that will never be answered at anyone’s home let alone our Saint David B and B. Be that as it may, we do take our decorating seriously. Both the inside and outside get the holiday makeover but most of the work is inside. Before we start we have to move furniture and make sure the area is clean. I think that the dust hides in the boxes and just jumps out when we open them.
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