Elegantly Rustic Lodging in the Heart of the Sonoran Desert

about Casa Tierra

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Casa Tierra (Earth House) recalls haciendas of Old Mexico. The all-adobe home features over fifty arches and includes entryways with vaulted brick ceilings, beautiful interior arches, handpainted doors, a central courtyard with fountain, and 5 acres of majestic Sonoran Desert to explore. Each of the sun-baked adobe bricks was left exposed so the natural color and texture can be appreciated. Hand-made ceramic lights are found throughout the inn while the viga and latilla ceilings, brick floors, and brightly patterned Talavera tile further enhance the feel of Mexico.

Our bed and breakfast has three tastefully decorated rooms featuring private baths, luxury mattresses, refrigerators, microwaves, hairdryers, irons, private entrances, and patios with Chimenea fireplaces that overlook the desert landscape. Rooms UNO and DOS each have queen-sized beds. Room TRES is a two-bedroom suite with a queen, two twin XLs, and a common room. All rooms open to the courtyard where guests can relax and enjoy both the fountain and native species that attract a multitude of pollinating creatures from hummingbirds and honeybees to moths and butterflies. There is a separate hot tub area in the desert where you can watch the sun set, the moon rise, and the stars fall with the owners’ telescope. Guests receive fresh fruit, snacks, and water upon arrival. Coffee, tea, homemade granola, and yogurt are available 24/7.

 

about the innkeepers

 

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David and Steinen Hurtado, along with their four sons, became the third proud owners and innkeepers of Casa Tierra in 2018, arriving from Connecticut in the middle of July to a very active and hot monsoon season.  Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey, David is a full-time crane operator who spends his free time reading about military history, practicing martial arts, and playing football with the boys on the Casa Tierra grounds. Steinen, a Seattle native, fills her days making sumptuous breakfasts for guests and tending to the many needs of both Casa Tierra and the children. When she has a free moment she can be found studying falconry and rehabilitating desert raptors. As a family the Hurtados enjoy cheering on the University of Arizona Wildcats in football, baseball, and softball as well as exploring the many attractions the State of Arizona has to offer. Their favorite place, of course, is the Desert Museum, which is how they found Casa Tierra in the first place.