Accommodations and Food
The The Sonoita Inn (3243 Hwy. 82, Sonoita, 520/455-5935, www.sonoitainn.com) at the crossroads of Highway 82 and Highway 83 has 18 rooms with Western ambience, all with great views of the grasslands and mountains. The room rates are seasonal and vary depending on the time of the year.
There are several chain hotels in Nogales, Arizona, along Mariposa Road and along Grand Avenue, both major thoroughfares. If you’re looking for something special there’s the historic Hacienda Corona de Guevavi (348 S. River Rd., Nogales, 520/287-6503, www.haciendacorona.com, $189–229 d), a historic inn along the Santa Cruz that once hosted John Wayne and other stars. The inn features murals by Salvador Corona, a famous artist and bullfighter, and offers bed-and-breakfast-style rooms and stand-alone casitas. It has a swimming pool and offers horseback riding, stargazing, and many other activities.
The Velvet Elvis Pizza Co. (292 Naugle Ave., Patagonia, 520/349-2102, Thurs.–Sun. 11:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.) serves delicious gourmet pizza and has interesting pictures of the King and the Virgin.
The Steak Out Restaurant & Saloon (3243 Hwy. 83, Sonoita, 520/455-5205, www.azsteakout.com, Mon.–Thurs. 5–9 p.m., Fri. 5–10 p.m., Sat.–Sun. 11 a.m.–10 p.m.) is hard to miss since it is the biggest building in town. They serve delicious steaks and ribs.
© Tim Hull from Moon Tucson, 1st Edition