Immersed in Nature
Trailside, Santa Catalina Mountains
'Doorstep' hiking & biking Trail Access
WOW Arizona! Tucson
A secluded location immersed in nature
With over eighty feeders throughout the grounds and two Hummingbird Patios, we offer world-class birdwatching and photography opportunities. Hiking or mountan biking? We depart ‘from the doorstep’.
Nature immersion starts here! Don’t pack the car or load the bike for a long drive to the trail, begin your adventure from our home.
We would love to share the Wild Outdoor World of Arizona with you!
We are MaryEllen and C.J. (Christopher).
CJ & ME, Your Hosts
WOW Arizona 501(c)(3)
All Photos taken on-site!
Birding or Photography?
Please Support Wildlife
Our location supports wildlife through extensive habitat restoration, providing nesting and shelter sites for all of the creatures. We have an abundance of feeding stations, with over EIGHTY hummingbird, suet, thistle, black oil sunflower and mixed seed feeders in different zones. Please help us! Your tax deductible donation will help us fill and replace feeders.
Relax in nature WITH nature. We are cannabis friendly and I am happy to share with our legal-aged guests.
So, why the glasses? Narrow Angle Glaucoma & Rheumatoid Arthritis leave me with constant “photophobia”. I treat my pain from both with cannabis. Cannabis allows me to function and be a productive, happy person.
Awaken to nature in our
For a more private experience, we offer both rooms as a suite, private space from our main home, allowing you and guests to relax and enjoy Netflix, Amazon Prime and AppleTV+ in our Patio Room while other friends rest in the Green Room. Your own private entrance and exit onto our Upper Hummingbird Patio with views of the Santa Catalina Mountains makes the suite sweet.
Enjoy private space in our home & support wildlife
one Suite of two Rooms
Nature Replenishment Suite
Includes both rooms depicted below. Private access to the grounds for you. Guests can have a private sleeping space while friends still access the patio for stargazing or sitting with the crackling chiminea.
- Private Space, Private Bathroom
- One King & Twin Trundle
- Separate ‘mother-in-law’ suite in main house
Price Per Night for two
$50 per extra person, can sleep four
The Hummingbird Patio Room
This room is our favorite to use when guests are not here, we call it “our clubhouse”, with flatscreen, weather station console, full view of the mountains and hummingbirds. A great place to relax part from the Green Room Bedroom!
- Daybed/trundle with two twins
- Coffee/tea maker
The Green Room
Guests praise the quality of sleep they have had in the Green Room. Arizona Ash and juniper outside the window are a refuge for hummingbirds and they bring the color and sounds of the outdoors into your private space. As a suite, guests can have a private sleeping space while others still access the patio for stargazing.
- One King Bed
More Than Four People?
We have additional sleeping arrangements.
- two Twin Futon Beds
- Queen-sized pullout couch with topper
- Common areas ONLY filled with full group
Price Per Extra Person
Food, Drink & Offerings
Coffee, Tea, Water, & Handcrafted Artisan Wine
We are happy to share some of our ‘Dr.Decadence’ Handcrafted Fruit Wines. We also make an incredible Blueberry/Blood Orange Margarita!
Evening Appetizers and Tastings
Whether it is some homemade guacamóle, some chiles con queso & chips, a 4:20 tasting of the day or some delicious tea, we like to spend the evenings on the Hummingbird Patios, watching the creatures and the sunset. Available upon pre-arranged request
Your event, our setting
Intimate, low key gatherings can be hosted in our gardens, on the patios and amongst the creatures.
- Private Setting
- Lighted patios
- Limited event equipment included
Weddings, parties, small corporate groups
Contact us for details
Photo © Neil Atchley, used with permission
Share our Home
There are over thirty miles of hiking and mountain biking trails accessed from our doorstep.
Share our handcrafted wine and CJ’s organic cannabis, watching a mountain sunset from the patio.
We are happy to share any knowledge of the flora & fauna. Guide books and binoculars available to house guests.
Sip a beverage, share a pic on our Hummingbird Patios, WiFi in & out!
With over seventy hummingbird and bird feeders, maintained daily, and numerous water areas, we are a birding HOTSPOT
Our grounds offer access to birding spots with seating thoughtfully placed along all of the pathways.
Checkin & Checkout
Checkin is at 3:30 PM and checkout is 11:30, unless other arrangements have been made.
We have been doing a homestay for twenty years. If you can’t make your reservation, tell us so someone else may visit.If you insist on giving a deposit, send a check. Refunds will be allowed up to fourteen days before reserved dates.
We welcome guests to enjoy the grounds and our home. We do not allow pets. If you smoke tobacco, you must do so in your vehicle.
Location & Nearby Attractions
Tucson and southern Arizona offer a dazzling array of sights, sounds and tastes!
Biking & Hiking
We have trailside access to the Santa Catalina Mountains and the 50 Year Trail System. The Tucson area has hundreds of miles of trails as well as “The Loop” bikeway surrounding Tucson itself.
San Xavier del Bac Mission is a beautiful architectural sight, south of Tucson. We recommend visiting Tohono Chul, The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, The Flandrau Observatory and Mt. Lemmon
Close, a couple of miles:
It’s Greek To ME (Greek)
Mi Tierra (Mexican)
Catalina Craft Pizza
All fast food offerings
10 miles or so, Oro Valley offers a full range:
Rosati’s Pizza (we like this one)
We recomend a drive up Mt.Lemmon. Seven life zones are traversed as you go from desert floor to montane peaks. Saguarro National Park is a great trip and the Arizona-Sonoa Desert Museum is HIGHLY recommended.Nogales, Mexico is about two hours away.
WOW Arizona is an absolute hotspot for birding in southeast Arizona… birds and wildlife of all sorts put the site on par with any other destination birding location in the region.
WOW is an outstanding B&B! Great place to walk through the trails and see dozens of species of birds and other wildlife. Mary Ellen and Chris are extremely welcoming. The breakfasts of fresh fruit and home made warm muffins are out of this world delicious! We had a great time during our stay with them.
Staying at WOW is overwhelmingly special. Everything that Christopher and Mary Ellen do, they do with thoughtfulness and attentive care. If you love being immersed in nature, this is an experience not to be missed. I am already looking forward to my next visit.
Our experience at Wow Arizona was extraordinary from beginning to end… One highlight was the guided nature walk we took with Mary Ellen… The care and attention to detail in all that they do was very endearing. I highly recommend this Airbnb.
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