Immersed in Nature









Trailside, Santa Catalina Mountains
Birders/Photogs/Nature haven!
'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

All Photos taken on-site!

Birding or Photography?

Day Visitors

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.


Director WOW Arizona/Cannabis Consultant, 411 On 420

Awaken to nature in our
self-contained mini-suite!

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!

    • Mini-refrigerator
    • 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

      Trailside Location

      There are over thirty miles of hiking and mountain biking trails accessed from our doorstep.

      Patio Sunsets

      Share our handcrafted wine and CJ’s organic cannabis, watching a mountain sunset from the patio.

      On-site Naturalist

      We are happy to share any knowledge of the flora & fauna. Guide books and binoculars available to house guests.

      Free WiFi

      Sip a beverage, share a pic on our Hummingbird Patios, WiFi in & out!

      eBird Hotspot

      With over seventy hummingbird and bird feeders, maintained daily, and numerous water areas, we are a birding HOTSPOT

      'House' Trails

      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. 

      Cancellation Policy

      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.

      House Rules

      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.

      Sight Seeing

      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:
      Carlota’s (Mex)
      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:
      Harvest (American)
      Rosati’s Pizza (we like this one)
      Michelangelo’s (Italian)

      Day Trips

      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.


      Guest Reviews

      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.

      Jonathan Horst

      Restoration Biologist, Tucson Audubon Society

      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.

      David - February 2019

      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.

      Lola - January 2019

      Sensory overload…

      Kenn Kaufman

      Author, Kaufman Field Guides

      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.

      Susan - January 2019

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      5494 E Edwin Rd, Tucson AZ, 85739