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Awaken to songbirds singing in the majestic 300-year old White Oak and Ash trees just outside Heartland Guesthouse. Open the blinds and step out on the Master Bedroom's private balcony to celebrate the dazzling morning sunrise over the Huachuca Mountains to the east. Toddle downstairs to start a pot of freshly-ground coffee and relax in the sunroom or under the trees in our Oak Park while you relish the sights and sounds of Nature -- not traffic, not subways, not honking horns, not bustling cities – but Nature. If this sounds delightful, you’re our kind of Guest!
Located in the high Madrean Oak Grasslands of southern Arizona, at an altitude of nearly 5200 feet (1585 meters), Heartland Guesthouse lies on the Heartland Ranch near the long-ago community of Canelo between the west slope of the Huachuca Mountains and the Canelo Hills. Weather is temperate year-round, with temperatures generally running about 15 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than Tucson and 20-25 degrees F cooler than Phoenix.
Heartland Ranch is a 160-acre former bustling livestock ranch that now quietly awaits our next Guests. Once guardian of cattle, horses, goats, sheep and, yes, alpacas, our “retired” Anatolian Shepherd dog 'Zena' now snoozes peacefully during the day while Bruno, the rescued Lab/Chesapeake retriever mix, faithfully watches over the Ranch, Guesthouse and its people. Zena, by the way, is shameless about being petted and handed treats, so be forewarned. There's a reason we’ve placed a well-stocked 'Pet Treats' jar just inside the Guesthouse door!
Heartland Guesthouse has been extensively and beautifully furnished with everything to make your stay a pleasure, whether you are a couple, a family with children or a group of friends. You will enter through a passive solar sunroom, much appreciated for enjoying a cup of coffee and a croissant on cool winter mornings. This opens to the vaulted Great Room with its cozy wood pellet stove, framed by a dramatic 18'-tall stone backdrop, and comfortable seating for 6 around the HDTV/DVD console. A spacious dining area, breakfast bar and fully-equipped, full-size kitchen are next, with all the standard kitchen appliances and dishware you would need whether you are staying a week or several months. The dining area overlooks a private outdoor patio under the oak trees with excellent gas barbecue, outdoor table and seating and, of course, multiple bird feeders well-attended by all the birds, some of whom come to Heartland Guesthouse for the Spring nesting season and some of whom are year-round residents.
The downstairs bedroom can be configured with either two twin beds or a very comfortable king bed, and it is adjacent to the laundry area as well as a large full bath complete with handi-bars for our mobility-restricted or elderly guests. The second-floor master bedroom is large, with a 'VERY comfortable' (to quote our guests) queen bed, vaulted ceiling, private balcony and ensuite bathroom. Also on the second floor is a loft library with office set-up including a desk, phone, bookcase and wired or wireless Internet connection.
As for activities while staying at the Guesthouse, here are just a few:
*Birding in one of the world's top birdwatching destinations,
Hiking the Arizona Trail or individual trails in the Huachuca Mountains,
*Visiting the multitude of area tourist attractions,
*Shopping for area arts and crafts,
*Trail riding with horses – these are just a few of the possibilities.
*For folks who are looking for complete and total relaxation in a beautiful location, we have an interesting library of books, CDs and DVDs, that we can augment to your special interests, as well as games, jigsaw puzzles, hiking staffs, and a National Forest practically right outside your door.
*The fully-equipped kitchen means you can cook all your meals to your heart’s content or just prepare a quick and easy breakfast before you head out the door to area adventures and excellent dining.
*The ONE thing you can't be at Heartland Guesthouse is . . . BORED!
The Ranch is rurally located 20 miles south of Sonoita and 15 miles west of Sierra Vista, surrounded on 2 sides by National Forest. A 'traffic jam' here means the raccoons are taking their time crossing the road. State Highway 83 brings you to within 1.5 miles of the Guesthouse; and the graded, gravel road the rest of the way is easily traversed by passenger cars. Fort Huachuca graciously provides a day pass for US citizens through the Fort to Sierra Vista, so that all the amenities of a city are just 30 minutes away. Bisbee, Tombstone, Benson, Karchner Caverns, Sonoita, Patagonia, Tubac and the Mission at Tumacacori are all within approximately an hour’s drive away. Tucson and its International Airport, where rental cars may be obtained, is an hour and a half away; and the Guesthouse is 3 hours from Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, where airfares are often discounted.
With traditional Western hospitality, the Guesthouse refrigerator will be stocked with a complimentary first morning’s breakfast. We also provide Concierge Services at a small additional fee if you wish us to purchase groceries for you before your arrival. We will contact you about 2 weeks before your arrival to find out your particular interests in visiting this area and will tailor the Guesthouse's selection of CDs, DVDs, books and activity brochures and maps to your taste.
We are proud to say that Heartland Guesthouse is clean, clean, clean. If you, like we, have ever stayed in a less-than-clean vacation rental, you know how important this is. The linens and towels are sanitized between guests, and the Guesthouse receives a final cleanliness check by the Property Manager herself the morning of each Guest's arrival.
Please be sure to read our reviews on this site. They appear exactly as the guests wrote them, and we hope the reviews will help convince you that Heartland Guesthouse is THE place for you to stay in southeastern Arizona!
Our mission is to provide you with a truly memorable vacation -- one that brings warm memories and a smile for years to come -- so please don’t hesitate to let us know how we can be of assistance. We look forward to your visit!
Rachel Hendrickson, property manager and part owner of Heartland Guesthouse, is an Arizona real estate broker with more than 25 years of experience helping people find the perfect property, whether to buy or to rent. She takes particular pleasure in helping Guests tailor their time here to their particular interests, and she is a wellspring of information on interesting, 'off the beaten path' activities or locations and great places to enjoy the local cuisine and wines. She is a true professional while at the same time a very gracious and responsive hostess. She loves what she does, and it shows. Just read the uniformly 5-star reviews and you will see for yourself why Heartland Guesthouse is THE place to stay in southeastern Arizona!
In March, 1993, Rachel and her husband Mark bought a 160-acre parcel of vacant land near the long-ago pioneer community of Canelo in southeastern Arizona. They fell in love with its rich, grassy bottomland, the rolling upland with its majestic, 300-year old Arizona White Oaks, the dramatic mountain views and the quiet way of life. They envisioned building from scratch a world-class alternative livestock sustainable agriculture operation, and they were very successful at it for many years. The Fall of 2006 seemed a good time to begin to wind down the livestock operation, and from that time until Fall 2010 the Ranch had long-term tenants with their own livestock in residence. When the last long-term tenant left, the foreman's house on Heartland Ranch was completely renovated and furnished as a vacation rental; and by Spring 2011 the newly christened 'Heartland Guesthouse' was well-booked for its inaugural season as a vacation rental.
According to the director of the National Forest that borders Heartland Ranch on 2 sides, Heartland Ranch has the best stand of Arizona White Oak in the state of Arizona. Perhaps that is why Heartland Ranch is so popular with resident, breeding and migratory birds. With a permanent water source, and plenty of food, Heartland Ranch hosts a myriad of bird species who perch and nest high in the 300-year old oaks. Red-tail and Gray Hawks live on the Ranch year-round and teach their young to hunt the pastures. There are so many things to do in this area, but one of the Owners' favorites is to just sit in a comfortable chair outside and enjoy Nature. If your idea of a great getaway means savoring your peaceful surroundings, local cuisine, wine, many types of outdoor activities, history, geology, the Milky Way across the night sky and the hoot of a Great Horned Owl just before the sunrise, you'll be delighted you chose Heartland Guesthouse.