For wine enthusiasts, Sunglow Ranch finds itself surrounded by eight wine-producing vineyards, yielding some of the best vintages in Arizona. Wine tastings, and vineyard tours are easily arranged for ranch guests.
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Pearce, AZ (PRWEB) November 17, 2010
Sunglow Ranch has positioned itself to be one of Arizona's premier boutique resorts. Situated on 475 picturesque acres in southeastern Arizona and nestled in the foothills of the majestic Chiricahua Mountains, Sunglow Ranch offers guests the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty and activities that surround the ranch, while also providing the amenities of a full-service resort.
Owner Mitch Sayare reports that “guests at our ranch resort have a choice of comfortable and elegant accommodations, ranging from seven uniquely decorated single-room casitas with one queen bed to four beautifully appointed two-room suites. The bedroom of each suite has two queen beds while the living room is equipped with a fireplace and a comfortable couch that pulls out into a queen bed. Casita Grande has three private bedrooms, two with queen beds and one with bunk beds, all opening up into a large living room with a fireplace and dining room, perfect for a family vacation. Best of all, our casitas all have private covered porches with sweeping views of the mountains or our charming courtyards, a perfect to way relax and enjoy the peaceful setting at the ranch.”
Each casita offers a balanced blend of rustic elegance incorporating decor reflecting the history and nature that surround the ranch with the comforts of modern amenities that guests expect from an upscale resort. Casita Grande is especially unique as it houses artifacts from the historic Southwest including an antique bow and arrow, stoneware found on the property and reins that date back to the late 1800's. Children love sleeping in the bunkroom, which is decorated in an old west theme. This is an ideal space for large families and wedding groups.
Located at the heart of the ranch, Sunglow Café is the central meeting point for guests. As part of every overnight stay, the Café serves home-cooked breakfast each morning, including eggs laid by free-range Sunglow chickens, fresh baked scones, pancakes, bacon and sausage, oatmeal and fresh-squeezed orange juice. A sumptuous, three-course dinner is also included in every overnight stay. Chef Coleen Stevens has recently updated the menu to include multiple offerings that incorporate a variety of locally grown organic ingredients as well as herbs from the ranch hot-house garden. Her menu is a gourmet adaptation of sophisticated yet traditional Southwestern fare. While included as part of every overnight guest stay, dinner also is offered to the public every night of the week for $35, by reservation only.
The recently completed, 45-foot solar-heated pool and plush chaise lounges offer a wonderful place to relax and take in the beauty of the mountains and lake in the background. The spa treatment room is a serene venue to enjoy a massage or facial while the hot tub is a favorite spot to rejuvenate after a long day of ranch activities. For those wishing for a more vigorous workout, the temperature-controlled exercise room has free weights and cardio-equipment. The new bocce court and ranch horseshoe court are fun settings for friends and family to engage in some group competition.
Activities and Adventures
Mr. Sayare continues, “with the splendor and natural beauty of southeastern Arizona as a backdrop, our guests participate in a wide variety of activities and adventures, on and off the property, to make for a complete ranch experience. Sunglow Ranch has long been considered ‘the Jewel of the Chiricahua Mountains’ because we are a nature enthusiast’s paradise. Our guests enjoy hiking or mountain biking our marked trail, horseback riding and stargazing from our outdoor Jacuzzi. Our canoe and Adirondack chairs are popular ways to enjoy the pond located on the property and equipment is available for catch-and-release fishing.
The ranch is largely surrounded by the 200,000-acre Coronado National Forest, which offers our guests plentiful opportunity for hiking, horseback riding, exploring and birding on trails that abut the ranch. Birders from all over the world come to the ranch, where hundreds of species have been identified on and around the property. Bird feeders are distributed all around our front courtyard to provide easy observing for guests from under our covered porches. Hummingbirds seem to be a particular favorite.”
Located just twenty minutes from the ranch, the Chiricahua National Monument is a largely undiscovered national treasure. Hikers and bikers of all levels can explore this part of the Sky Islands and its twenty-seven million year-old volcanic structures through numerous marked trails.
Ranch Manager Pam Rawlings points out, “for those wishing to explore the generous history that surrounds the ranch, one need only drive to the end of Sunglow Road to see the grave of cowboy Johnny Ringo. The ghost town of Tombstone, home to Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday and the OK Coral and the picturesque copper mining town of Bisbee are both within an hour drive of the ranch. Apache Chiefs Cochise and Geronimo roamed across the land that is now called Sunglow Ranch. A recent visit by a group of Apache elders educated Sunglow guests on the spiritual and historic significance of the ranch to the Apache tribe.
“For wine enthusiasts, Sunglow Ranch finds itself surrounded by eight wine-producing vineyards, yielding some of the best vintages in Arizona. Wine tastings, and vineyard tours are easily arranged for ranch guests.”
Education and Fun
Owner Chrissy Sayare comments: "We have created programs at Sunglow Ranch that offer our guests something unique, fun and educational while on vacation. Our latest program, a series of "Wine-tasting and Stargazing Weekends," focuses on two of the area's most prized assets — award-winning vineyards and world-famous dark skies. Guests enjoy a tour of one of our local vineyards and its winemaking facilities while learning about the wine-making process from "grape to glass." The tour is followed by a delicious, four-course wine-pairing dinner with the featured vintner in the Sunglow Cafe. The weekend also includes an introduction to the Arizona sky by our resident astronomer, followed by observing through our 10-inch telescope.
"Yoga retreats, photography workshops and cooking classes also are offered throughout the year. Offerings in the making are mother-daughter, father-son weekends that will focus on group activities and a fun environment where all participants can learn something new together. And new this winter, guests can have professionally-lit portraits taken in a number of picturesque locations on the ranch by our resident photographer."
Mitch Sayare was first attracted to Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains and to Sunglow Ranch by the stars. Long considered a premier venue for astronomy enthusiasts, this beautiful region, known as the Sky Islands, sits at 5,500 feet above sea level and is home to some of best observing in the U.S. However, Sunglow Ranch became far more than a base camp for stargazing for Mitch. It was a tranquil environment where he could connect with nature, a world away from the frenetic pace of his professional life as CEO of a leading biotech company in the Boston area. Ten years ago, having been thoroughly seduced by its charms, Mitch decided to plant roots in this part of the world and purchased Sunglow Ranch. Over the past few years, he and his wife Chrissy have endeavored to lift their tranquil mountain retreat to its full potential; to create a resort where they would want to vacation: an intimate guest ranch where a healthy lifestyle comprised of physical and educational activity is balanced with good food, relaxation and serenity. Having received dozens of glowing reviews from their satisfied guests, Mitch and Chrissy appear to have achieved their ultimate vision.
Location and Rates
Sunglow Ranch is located in the foothills of the Chiricahua Mountains in Pearce, Arizona; one hour and thirty minutes southeast of Tucson and three hours from Phoenix. Inclusive rates for single casitas begin at $200 for single occupancy, per night. Double room casitas begin at $320 for single or double occupancy, per night, and rates for Casita Grande begin at $650 for up to three people, per night. Additional persons per room are an additional charge of $70 per person, per night. All rates include accommodations, breakfast and dinner, non-alcoholic beverages served during meal times and most ranch activities. Alcoholic beverages, cappuccino and latte bar, spa services and horseback riding are available at additional cost. Tax and gratuities are not included in price.
For more information on Sunglow Ranch call: (520) 824-3334
Visit the Ranch Web site at http://www.sunglowranch.com.
Sunglow Ranch - 14066 S. Sunglow Road, Pearce, AZ 85625.