About this listing
Our Oro Valley home (North Tucson) has beautiful views. Private room and bath. Sleep Number Bed. Kitchen use for vegetarian prepared meals. Quiet neighborhood with walking/biking paths. Nearby lovely hiking in Catalina State Park. We are LGBT Allies.
Our home has beautiful views both front and back, yet we are not in a remote location. Our neighborhood has plenty of stores and services including a wonderful library minutes away. Trader Joe's is less than a 15 minute drive from my home.
As my kitchen is vegetarian based, I ask that you not bring into my home any non-vegetarian food that may be leftovers from dinner or in your car cooler. Thanks for you cooperation.
We love the mountains, open blue sky and twinkly stars at night. Within a 15 minute drive are quality grocery stores: Trader Joes, Sprouts, and Whole Foods. Tohono Chul, a gorgeous desert botanical garden with daily tours, art filled gift shops and art gallery exhibits of local artists is also just 15 minutes away. The Biosphere is about a 25 minute drive and Catalina State Park is just 10 minutes away. We are nearby to El Conquistador Resort if you are attending a business meeting or social event.
Other Things to Note
For breakfast, please help yourself to coffee/tea and any of the plant-based food we have on hand. We do not cook for you or buy special food, but you are welcome to partake in what we eat ourselves.
No smoking or pets. Treat my home with respect and all is cool. If using kitchen (vegetarian meals only), please clean up after yourself.
Guest bedroom with Queen Sleep Comfort bed with remote control for left and right side personal comfort levels. Heat and AC thermostat right outside bedroom. Adjust for your comfort.
Peaceful, comfortable, clean, welcoming, I could go on and on… staying at Denise and George’s home was a very pleasant experience. Oro Valley is beautiful and Denise was so helpful in suggesting things to do and places to eat. I would definitely recommend booking this listing!
Our hosts, Denise and George were great! They were so welcoming and made us feel right at home! Their one bedroom bed and bath was as described, and they welcomed us to enjoy meals with them. We also enjoyed time on their outside patio which was beautiful; there were birds chirping and bees buzzing! They also included plenty of towels and amenities. The neighborhood was very quiet and safe. We would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a nice place to stay.
Denise and George are Oro Valley's sweethearts. Denise's home is filled with love and ease.
Here's my break-down:
Hosts: Very kind, generous, open-minded, easy-going, and socially engaging. George and his family have been in Tucson for hundreds of years so he know this area intimately and has amazing stories - he taught me about local snakes and made me feel prepared to treat the land and its creatures with care and respect. Denise is filled with wonder and has a positivity and warmth that is infectious. They are generous with sharing their yummy healthy food and anything you may not have thought to bring with you for hiking etc.
Both Denise and George are avid nature lovers and share their wealth of great hikes and their joy of thrift shopping, vegan food, and art/music!
Home: Beautiful open concept living room and kitchen. Incredibly clean - which for me makes me feel at home. The most comfortable bed i have ever slept on while traveling - each person can choose how soft or firm they want their side of the bed to be - this really saved my back from hours of driving. And they're garden is gorgeous filled with local Sonoran plants - it's an excellent place to relax, sunbath, and enjoy meals. You are always surrounded by birds (hummingbirds, finches, local quails, and more) and butterflies galore - the hummingbirds are not shy to visit you close! Sigh my heart bloomed!
Area: A retreat with breathtaking Catalina mountain views. Excellent place for moon and star gazing. A step away from Catalina hikes and local botanical garden. All food options close by - especially organic and gluten free options. Not an ethnically diverse area but the city of Tucson is a 25 minute drive away (if you follow the speed limit.)
- for folks who are allergic to chemicals and scents or have environmental allergies this is a safe(r) place. They do not use any chemical cleaners - some products have light essential oil scents (peppermint, tea tree, lemongrass, etc - no patchouli or sandalwood no incense.) I did notice a regular type of dish-soap but you can always make use of the dishwasher to avoid contact.
- There are no stairs - only a tiny ledge to get to the backyard which makes this an ideal spot for folks with mobility concerns. I am not a wheelchair user so I am not sure if bathroom and bedroom are chair accessible.
- It truly is an LGBTQ friendly space and generally very welcoming of people as the hosts are open-minded and caring.
- This is a Vegan/vegetarian oasis
Denise and George did an exceptional job in welcoming and making me feel at home. The house rules are clear and printed out. The room and entire home was very clean and comfortable. The room and bath is located on the opposite side of the house from the host's bedroom so it is quiet and private. A lot of the time I didn't even know if they were around or even home. They both made suggestions to help me find my way around Tucson with activities and even invited me to accompany them on several outings. They have a wonderful patio for sitting and to take in its plantings, birds, and the beautiful Arizona weather. They seem to be quite experienced with this and use a lock-box on the door so you doing have to meet them at a certain time to get the key. I would highly recommend staying with them and will do so again.
Denise and George are the nicest people I have met in a long time. They are fun people, great hosts, and the room is beautiful, but it wasn't so spectacular that I wasn't comfortable sleeping there. I would recommend this place to anyone.
Incredibly graceous hosts! Their lovely, peaceful home offers privacy (room and bathroom are in one wing of house to yourself) and stunning views of the Catalina Foothills. I could grab a cup of coffee, walk outside their front door, cross the street and walk a beautiful park path to watch sunrise on the hills. Their back porch also has lovely views and is filled with birds of all sorts, even had an owl in the tree!
The neighborhood is safe and quiet and I could easily get around to downtown events, area restaurants and other hiking spots. Denise and George know the area well and were so generous in every way that it would be a shame to miss out on an experience with them! I hope to be back.
Denise was terrific, as was her house! Located in a very safe, quiet and beautiful neighborhood. Denise and George were out to dinner when I arrived, but directions and arrival process could not be better or easier. The place is extremely clean, and the views are great. They even have hummingbirds in their beautiful backyard. I did get to chat with both Denise and George for a little while and they may be the kindest folks I have met...I am from NYC though;) Great place, very comfortable, clean and wonderful hosts. If you're in Tucson, you'll be hard pressed to find a better place for the money.
About the Host, Denise And George
Like many folks in Tucson, Denise and George are in love with the Sonoran desert, beautiful open sky, and sunny weather. Denise is from Oak Park, IL, a suburb of Chicago, and George is a Tucson native. Both of us have had previous long-term marriages with wonderful people and now in our 6th decade of life, we happily find ourselves in a new domestic partnership that is very fulfilling.
Denise’s life has always revolved around her desire to engage in projects that promote social justice. She is an educator and social activist at heart and has been engaged in a variety of venues and social issues throughout her life. In her mid-50s, Denise earned a Ph.D. in Sociology. Since moving to Tucson, she volunteers with several community organizations, works part-time at Tohono Chul, a beautiful desert garden in Oro Valley, teaches and plays an African drum, hikes, and bikes.
George’s life has revolved around the core issues of work and family. He’s had experience with many types of jobs with an emphasis on trucking, construction, and landscaping. As a Tucson native, he has family ties to both horseracing and mariachi music. George loves to pursue outdoor physical activities with Denise and also is learning to play the Djembe, an African drum. He also works now at Tohono Chul, which is where he and Denise met.
Both George and Denise engage in a wonderful Tucson experience called Global Chant and we are both LGBT allies. We also pursue a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle with George doing most of the cooking.
Denise and George are happy to invite airbnb guests to their beautiful home. All visitors are welcome that bring a positive spirit and a caring heart toward all groups of people.