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Update on Down By The River B and B

July 8th, 2015 by Mike Hug

Down By The River B and B – an exciting update for our Guests

Arizona winter birding lodging

Down By The River B and B is the perfect lodging for the Arizona winter birding enthusiast.

The dream named Down By The River B and B was opened by Barb and I in 2005. We planned to work and building up our little piece of heaven with an emphasis on providing a great experience with meals, service and ambiance for our guests. We planned to retire after about 7 years and enjoy our “Golden Years” using the advice out guests gave us for traveling to locations all over the world. But the best laid plans were not in the cards. Barb passed away in 2009 at the beginning of the recession and it was not a good time to try selling anything unless you were giving it away.

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The Ribbon Cutting in 2005 at Down By The River B and B with the Benson Chamber of Commerce and The Red Hat Ladies of Benson

Then a bright spot entered my life when Angie came back as a second time guest. Things progressed and we were married in 2010. Angie moved out and added her warmth and charm to the b and b. With her arrival, she also brought new touches that helped to improve the experience for our guests and she raised the bar higher. The guests responded to her efforts and this lead to many of our great reviews that we have received over the past 4 years.

But after four years of doing what we do best we decided that it might be a time to try and sell again. With grandchildren growing up and things changing in their lives, we decided we wanted to become a part of that experience. But we didn’t want to just sell to anyone. We wanted to find a couple that  would take this “Gem in the Desert” (as many guests have called us) and take the ambiance and guest experience to another new level. Well our prayers were answered when a couple visited us as guests and then informed us that they were wanting to buy Down By The River B and B.

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Angie and Mike

So on June 25th there will be new faces here at Down By The River. We have spent many hours with the new owners explaining what we do and how we do it. We will remain a resource for them to help them with a seamless transition as they take the reins of the business. We are excited for them and their plan. We believe that they will take the guest experience to that new level with their enthusiasm and charm. Let Angie and I introduce to you Elizabeth and Darryn Cray who hail from Las Vegas. The Crays want to keep the basics the same but will be making some improvements to the B and B by adding their own touches during the scheduled summer shutdown and will be reopening September 1. We wish them both well and want our former guests to come back and experience Down By The River B and B.

We are sure that you will love to visit the Crays as much as you loved coming to see us.

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The Crays, New owners of Down By The River B and B.

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