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Are Hotels Open in Tucson?

May 20th, 2020 by samhughesinn

Are Hotels Open in Tucson? Covid-19 Changes Policies.

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Covid-19 Changes

Are hotels open in Tucson during the pandemic. Are bed and breakfasts open in Tucson too? How about safety during the Corona-virus pandemic? We can’t promise but with extra effort and new safety guidelines we hope you will feel more secure at Sam Hughes Inn Bed & Breakfast, than you would at a hotel. We are following best practices announced by the CDC and our local health department.

*Sam Hughes Inn will employ the following safety measures as long as Covid-19 remains a threat.

Safety during the Corona-Virus Pandemic

*Health & Safety: Only the two rooms with outside entrances are open during the pandemic. These will serve to offer complete privacy to guests and make interaction with the host unnecessary. The rooms face the back garden area which is quite large enough for social distancing..

*Available Rooms: The Santa Fe and Tombstone rooms are open in Tucson. Both can be viewed on the Rooms page of the website  Both rooms have internet, refrigerator and microwave, plus a variety of personal amenities. Shower robes, bottled water, hand sanitizer and wipes are provided. Free parking is on site.

*The Main House:  During the pandemic the main house is closed to guests. The CDC guidelines emphasize the importance of cleaning rooms. Commonly touched objects will be carefully sanitized. Things like door handles, switches, furniture, and remote controls. Sheets and linens are machine washed at 70° C or more. Bedspreads washed or, if fresh, subjected to high heat drying before a guest’s arrival. We are temporarily suspending daily room cleaning.

*Breakfast: Although people look forward to a full breakfast at Sam Hughes Inn we apologize for this necessary change to a much smaller offering. Please provide a list of breakfast items you prefer before your arrival date. We’ll purchase them and place them in your room’s refrigerator. For instance a cereal product, yogurt (specify type & flavor), instant oatmeal, berries, oranges, apples, bananas, or other seasonal fruit and hard-boiled eggs. Beverages can include juice, coffee/tea (in a thermos with half&half or 2% milk). Bread, sweet rolls, coffee cake and similar items are also available. We’ll need to know your choices at least 24 hours in advance of arrival.


Please reserve your room as usual online on the Welcome page of this website. Click on Check Availability, located at the top right of every web page. If you have any difficulty or additional questions, give us a call 520-861-2191 before 9pm MST. Unable to keep your reservation because of the pandemic? We’ll waive the cancellation fee.

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We’re Being Careful Because of Covid-19

Things to do in Tucson

September 20th, 2018 by samhughesinn

Things to Do, plus Places to See, Food to Enjoy

Tucson, AZ

Downtown Tucson
by John Burcham for The New York Times

Things to Do in Tucson

Travelers search for Things to Do in Tucson and the The New York Times posted a wonderful article in today’s paper. Subtitled 36 Hours in Tucson, it includes recommendations for sightseeing, most importantly, architecture & historical treasures.

Besides the usually available tourist information the article also touches on great food, the proliferation of new restaurants & local food. Also featured are biking & hiking plus some of the treasures of the University of Arizona including the Mirror Lab, and two small museums, (The Center for Creative Photography and the University of Arizona Art Museum). It describes two of our observatories (Flandrau Planetarium & Kitt Peak National Observatory). Shopping areas (like 4th Avenue) and the lesser known Mercado San Agustin on the west side of town are profiled as well.

Many lovely photographs of the places featured, accompany the article. There are too many wonders to be enjoyed in just 36 hours but if visitors reach even half of these great recommendations, they will have a terrific first taste of Tucson, AZ.

The full article (including links to all their recommended sites) is available at

Some of the “must do” adventures in Tucson are not mentioned in the New York Times article, but there are only so many things a person can see in 36 hours. A more textured visit would have to include the Sonora Desert Museum on the West side of town, Pima Air & Space Museum, and DeGrazia Gallery to cite only a few. The Mission of San Xavier del Bac (the White Dove of the Desert) is only twelve miles south of Tucson and is one of the most historically significant remaining pieces of early Tucson. Begun in the 17th Century, the complex stands in the middle of the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation. (Constant renovation has kept this beautiful building looking exactly as it did upon completion in 1797.) And with ample time it’s possible to combine your lodging in Tucson (hopefully at Sam Hughes Inn Bed & Breakfast) with a trip to the old mining towns of Bisbee and the cowboy historic Tombstone, AZ.

Thanks to the New York Times for this great advertisement for our sweet little city in the desert Southwest. “36 Hours In Tucson”.


ToGo Bike Sharing

December 1st, 2017 by samhughesinn

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In late November the ToGo bike sharing program became a fun Tucson attraction only a bit less exciting than the Tucson Streetcar; it should prove popular with visitors as well as locals. No need to make arrangements through a local bicycle shop for an often expensive, but sleek trail bike or racing bike. If you aren’t too interested in fancy but just need wheels to look around town, this program will satisfy a lot of users.

Public bike sharing allows users to access bicycles located at a network of self-serve stations for short trips 24 hours a day and 7 days of the week. The bike itself may look more like the one you gave your middle school child. Painted a bright yellow, they are described as “hulking” and weigh 50 lbs. (according to Shift Transit, hired to run the system). Users report their ease of access and respectable speed on the road despite their heft.

The bicycles have lights fore and aft for visibility, good adjustable brakes and a small basket & bungee cord to allow for shopping stops.

The ToGo bike is Uber-like in that it has a smart phone app (CycleFinder in Apple iTunes and Google Play Store) which allows the renter to find available bikes and empty docking stations. If you don’t use a smart phone, Shift Transit offers daily passes for $8 at stations with payment kiosks or online here. This one is ideal for visitors, tourist & short term users. A monthly pass is also available for longer term visitors.

Tucson has 330 bikes docked in 36 stations around the city. One is located only six blocks from Sam Hughes Inn Bed & Breakfast, directly in front of the long standing neighborhood friendly, Bob Dobbs bar/restaurant and Rincon Market.  Information on how to use and where to find the new ToGo bikes can be found here.


Tucson’s Winterhaven Festival of Lights

December 9th, 2016 by samhughesinn

Tucson’s Winterhaven Festival of Lights 

Christmas Lights

Light Festival

Tucson’s Winterhaven Festival of Lights, one of the brightest “no pun intended” events of the holiday season, has been a Tucson tradition for 67 years. A small Tucson community in the middle of town has sponsored this must-see event in which the many hundreds of residents of Winterhaven, both religious and nonsectarian, spend months decorating their homes and properties with an array of colorful lights. Some of them are simple lights in trees or around doors but most of them are intricately designed to tell a story. Some are wildly animated with moving Santa Claus figures flying across roofs in a sleigh with reindeer and Rudolph in the lead. Others are more devotional showing the religious significance of Christmas. But even non-Christian families join the decorating bonanza with illuminated Stars of David or Menorahs. Hanukkah begins on December 24 this year so the two holidays intersect.

Tucson’s Winterhaven Festival of Lights begins this year on December 10 and ends the day after Christmas. It is a not to be missed holiday tradition which many Tucson residents, as well as tourists visit and re-visit year after year. Traffic is intense. Walk-through days, complete with horse-drawn hay wagons, are interspersed with drive-through days and, no surprise, parking can be difficult. The police work extra hours to keep things moving and everyone in good spirits.Those of us in the know, often wait until the day following the day after Christmas to drive through. Officially the festival will be over but the community, having spent countless hours & sometimes months, is reluctant to turn the lights off so you can still get a pretty good idea of how wonderful it is without a crowd.


However, this “is” a fund-raising event and although it’s free, a donation of money or food is turned over to the community food bank. So if you go, be a good sport and bring a can of something to donate, or a little cash, whichever you prefer. Last year festival attendees donated almost $24,000 and more than 42,000 pounds of food.That’s a lot of Christmas spirit. The most needed items are Cereal, canned soup, canned meat, canned tomato products, canned vegetables, canned fruit and cold cash.

This year could be the festival’s last. It costs a great deal of money to put this event on, even though the homeowners do all the decorating. Organizing, traffic control, police protection and insurance against accidents all have to be taken care of. The traditional sponsor for this event is bowing out of the deal this year so they are looking for a new source of funding. Donate here to Winterhaven Festival of Lights. Help to find a new sponsor.65th_annual_winterhaven_festival_of_lights_2

Tucson November

November 15th, 2016 by samhughesinn

Super Moon Over Tucson

Super Moon Over Tucson

Super Moon over Tucsson
November 14, 2016

Thanks to Ken Goldhoff, CFP UBS

Sr. VP, Sr Porfolio Manager

We’ll have to wait until 2038 to see another one of these big beauties.




Additional moon shots from other Tucson residents.

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Super Moon

Super Moon Himmel Park

Summer in Tucson

August 9th, 2016 by samhughesinn

Monsoon Season

Storm Clouds

Storm clouds forming

People living in colder parts of the country are always anxious to hear horror stories about summer in Tucson but the subject of Monsoon Season only comes up when it’s so hot here no one is very eager to come experience it with us.  Sam Hughes Inn Bed & Breakfast has now endured 16 monsoon seasons and is half way through the 17th. We love monsoon.

In our first year of bed & breakfast business Tucson experienced the earliest arrival of monsoon season in history, June 17. Until a few years ago, the arrival of monsoon was calculated on the dew point reaching 55 degrees or more for three consecutive days. The rain almost always began after that third day. Now monsoon season has been designated June 15 until September 30, whether it’s dry or wet, and a more average first rainfall occurs around the first week of July.

Some visitors think we exaggerate the intensity of monsoon storms because they experience heavy rains throughout the year in their own home states. But monsoon can be either hours of gentle rainfall or it can produce violent winds that uproot trees and down power lines. Thousands of lightning strikes can cause fires to flare up in multiple locations and create hazardous conditions for people on the ground. Flooding fills our usually empty river beds to overflowing, and even some unlucky houses in low lying areas. On the campus of the University of Arizona you’ll find metal barricades across the step-down areas of some buildings to help keep the water from rushing under the doors.. People who live here love the frequent showers especially since they often cause the temperature to drop 25 or 30 degrees in minutes. Then our famous “dry heat” is replaced by the not so welcome “humidity”.


First monsoon rain 2016.

Tucson receives half of its yearly rainfall during monsoon season; at least that’s the hoped for outcome, and so far 2016 appears to be on track. Storm clouds build up in enormous and beautiful designs and can appear any time of the day. A perfect blue sky can suddenly turn dark as night and claps of thunder can build slowly to ear shattering intensity in minutes. It is dangerous and exciting at the same time bringing a welcome change from the 100 degree days of June, at least for short periods of time..


Lightning strikes

A recurring feature of monsoon season is Arizona’s “Stupid Motorist Law“. If a driver goes around a barricade on a flooded street and becomes stranded, he/she can be charged for being rescued. And yet a number of drivers attempt this maneuver every year and in some cases with disastrous results when the car is swept away..

Monsoon season is full of drama, from the first Cumulonimbus clouds poking up over the mountain tops, & the heavy rainfalls, to some of the most beautiful sunsets on earth.

Monsoon sunset

Sunset monsoon season



Easy Breakfast Recipes

July 31st, 2016 by samhughesinn

Easy breakfast recipes, especially the kind that are popular with bed and breakfast inns are particularly appealing. Perhaps because most people don’t like to go to a lot trouble for this first meal of the day.. However, most can be used as brunch entrées and some even for dinner. Following is one entire brunch meal idea.

Coffee Cake

Blueberry coffee cake

Blueberry Coffee Cake

1+1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
2+1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup canola oil                                       3/4 cup milk
1 egg
1+1/2 cups blueberries
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1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 stick butter (firm)

In medium mixing bowl, blend first 7 ingredients and beat thoroughly. Add 1 cup blueberries stirring gently. Spread in greased round 9 inch pan, or 8 inch square pan.

Combine 1/3 cup flour, brown sugar, cinnamon & butter. Sprinkle over batter & and top with remaining 1/2 cup berries. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes until done.

Once your ingredients are assembled, this recipe is an easy breakfast recipe addition, delicious and quick to duplicate.


Broccoli Casserole

2 10-oz pkgs. frozen broccoli (thawed & cut bite sized
2 T onion minced
5 T butter (divided)
3 T all-purpose flour
1+1/2 cups milk
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1/2 cup Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup corn flakes,

Sauté onion in 3 TBS butter until tender; stir in flour. Add milk, salt & pepper; bring to a boil stirring often. Remove from heat and set aside. Place broccoli pieces in a greased 13″ by 9″ baking pan and sprinkle with chopped eggs. Pour milk mixture over the top. Melt remaining butter and combine with cheese and cereal. Crumble over broccoli mixture and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Serves 8

It takes only a few minutes to assemble this easy breakfast recipe -casserole, especially if you use already hard cooked eggs to cut down preparation time.


Side Dish

Potato Cakes

Side Dish Potato Cakes

2 potatoes grated
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Combine potatoes with eggs and set aside. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Add potato mixture, mixing well. Drop by tablespoonful on a hot skillet and spread them with the back of a wooden spoon. Heat until set firm and then flip and cook until golden brown on both sides. Serves 2 – 4 people.

You can buy potatoes already grated to create this easy breakfast recipe.

The Innkeeper’s Dog

October 20th, 2015 by samhughesinn

Epitaph for a  Much Loved Animal



Lucy, the innkeeper’s dog died on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. She was not quite nine years old. Her passing was not so much a surprise as an event long avoided by her sheer determination to live, and mine to keep her well and happy. Animals are wonderful and I’ve had many dogs since childhood, but there was something about this one, something that struck almost everyone who visited Sam Hughes Inn and stopped to say hello to Lucy. She had eyes that begged for sympathy, love and attention. Guests often threatened to take her home and some would even disappear for a nap, taking Lucy along with them.

She was always a joy to have around, full of life and happy to be loved. I figured she’d go home with anyone who picked her up, so happy was she to be stroked and talked to. Coming home, even from a short errand was cause for exultant leaping, crying, and begging to be picked up, as if I’d been gone for years when it was just to the grocery store,

She was a dog for humans only and couldn’t have any animal friends of her own for fear she would catch something.  Because of her ailments she only received rabies inoculations; the others were feared because they might do more harm than good.. Many years ago she developed an auto immune disorder that destroyed the joints in her front legs and the medications took her immune system along for the ride.

Lucy 2015For more than a year we marched back to the orthopedic surgeon’s office to have casts removed and fresh ones put on her legs. The staff always decorated them in flowers or pumpkins, Christmas trees, and other fun seasonal items or signs like Stop and Go. The casts might be hot pink, orange or bright red and they didn’t slow her down at all. She could run, and chase lizards & birds with the best of them and quickly accustomed herself to the awkwardness of stiff legs. More than six years ago her permanent leg braces took the place of the colorful casts and these too were just a bump in the road for her.

Lucy had to visit the Vet many times a month because of the constant infections that attacked her. In March this year she developed diabetes and for many months we struggled with getting the dosage of insulin just right. So along with daily home tests she went once a week to check her blood glucose levels. She had to eat three times a day to keep her flagging weight up and to administer almost a dozen different medications daily, most of them hidden in treats or sprinkled on her food. You could say she was a triumph of big Pharmaceuticals, but I know it was really love that kept her moving.

Although in the last year she wasn’t able to do much besides eat, sleep and stroll around the house and back yard, she still exhibited the desire to play. She loved to stretch out in the sun and to wander around the yard looking for lizards.She growled to show her appreciation of belly rubs, unless they just put her to sleep.

On the morning of September 26 she began to show signs of an illness which turned into pneumonia. Her blood pressure sky rocketed, she grew anemic, had a heart murmur and was unable to eat anything. Despite valiant last minute attempts to clear her lungs we had to give in to the inevitable.

She died surrounded by people who loved her, the wonderful Vets, Drs.Tim Ireland & Amy Kranch at Encanto Pet Clinic, Tina Ireland, Liz, the techs & assistants who helped and worried over her, the woman who created her fabulous leg braces and made many home visits to ensure that they were in proper working order (Kate Titus of A Loyal Companion), and her fantastic groomer at Encanto, best friend to all creatures with four legs and tails – even feathers, Treva. We were so lucky to have all these people who worked so hard to keep her alive and well. I know they miss Lucy too.. And I will certainly miss all of them.

.The following pictures are of Lucy and some of the friends she made along the way.
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Tucson Historic Neighborhoods

May 18th, 2015 by samhughesinn

Sam Hughes Historic Neighborhood

In 1994 Sam Hughes became one of the official Tucson Historic Neighborhoods; 31 have been designated by the National Register of Historic Places. Sam Hughes Inn Bed & Breakfast is a contributing member of this large group of neighborhoods which make up most of the city of Tucson. Many historic neighborhoods received their designations earlier but this one was named to honor the early Tucson settler of the same name.20150518_094907

The neighborhood sits just east of the University of Arizona and is bound by 4 major arteries north & south, Campbell (Kino) Parkway and Country Club Blvd. and on its east and west sides are Speedway & Broadway. Almost 600 homes in the 1 square mile district are considered historically significant and represent 16 essential types of architecture including Craftsman, Bungalow, and Mission Revival. Most have Spanish elements of design.


It was developed between 1920 and the 1950‘s although there are a few homes of more recent vintage. Settler, Sam Hughes, was instrumental in establishing Tucson’s free public school system and the excellent elementary school also pays tribute by wearing his name.20150518_094826

Although this is basically a residential neighborhood it has enough businesses along its edges to make it a handy walk around neighborhood while still retaining its residential feeling. At least one full service grocery store is close at hand, plus several smaller markets, banks, drugstores and many restaurants.. Highlights are the close-by University of Arizona (with three splendid museums on campus), Himmel Park and a major bike route which cuts through the university from 3rd Street Blvd. spanning the distance from Wilmot Road on the far east side, to downtown Tucson.

Bus transportation is abundant in all directions and a short walk takes a visitor to the new Streetcar line.Reid/Randolph Park is within walking distance with its tennis courts, heated year round pool, zoo, fountain pond, and picnic sites making the area seem far away from the noise and bustle of the city.

On the other end of the time spectrum of Tucson Historic Neighborhoods is the neighborhood of El Presidio where Tucson began as a Spanish Colonial outpost in 1776, and where most structures date from 1860 to the 1920‘s. Architecture is varied with Transformed Sonoran houses as well as the larger homes which for years were located on what was called Millionaires Row. In the name of “progress”, some mansions in this area were destroyed to make way for major highway construction. But its North Main Avenue is still one of the loveliest streets in town with many beautifully restored buildings serving as homes and offices.Courthouse-Front-11x1-529x360La-Placita-Close-01x-539x360

Early architecture

El Presidiio Neighborhood St. Augustine Cathedral

Sam Hughes is a midtown neighborhood while El Presidio is in downtown Tucson. Check the Tucson Historic Neighborhoods link as well as for detailed information about the growth of Tucson since 1776 and all the historic neighborhoods that have evolved since then..



Cool Car Visits Sam Hughes Inn

March 11th, 2015 by samhughesinn

Old Car at Sam Hughes Inn

Very Cool Car

Cool Car Visits Sam Hughes Inn

This fabulous car was parked in front of the Sam Hughes Inn, Saturday, March 7 while its owner went to one of the final Pac12 basketball games at the University of Arizona. “Such a cool car” and just sitting there all by itself. I couldn’t resist going out and taking a picture of it. I think it looks incredible, with red leather roof and interior upholstery and wire rims. It is modeled after a vintage Mercedes but I couldn’t tell if was actually old or a fabulous replica. Either way it was a wonderful addition to the neighborhood and I noticed that people who followed later, parked at a safe distance being very careful not to bump into it.This car makes you want to tie a long scarf around your neck, jump in the driver’s seat and take off!

Whether you’re driving a cool car or not, if you’re in the area attending a game at the University of Arizona, consider staying with us. You can park your car for free and walk to all the games.

Who is Sam Hughes?

September 11th, 2014 by

Who is Sam Hughes - Samuel C. Hughes

Samuel C. Hughes
August 28, 1829 – June 20, 1917

People occasionally ask about our Inn’s name, wondering: “Who is Sam Hughes?”

Well, Sam Hughes immigrated to the US from Wales in 1837, at the tender age of 8 years old, with his parents and 8 brothers and sisters.

Not long after settling in Pennsylvania, illness struck the family and rendered the nine Hughes children orphans. Sam Hughes was instrumental in caring for and seeing to the education of his siblings, even though he was still but a child and never attended a single day of formal school, himself.

Sam made his way to California for the Gold Rush in 1850 to seek his fortune – but fortune had a different idea and Sam Hughes contracted tuberculosis, a diagnosis that forced him to leave for drier, warmer country: the Arizona Territory.

The stagecoach trip almost killed him (this was 22 years before the arrival of the railroad!) and he arrived in Tucson more dead than alive – but not for long. After a few months recovery, Sam Hughes opened a butcher shop whose success was only checked by the Civil War.

The Confederates offered Union supporting Arizona residents the option of leaving town or being shot – Sam Hughes, ever practical, chose the former as the best option and returned to California until the close of the war.

Returning to Tucson after the war, Sam Hughes continued his butcher business, taking a partner, a wife, and numerous government contracts. He expanded his business into general merchandise, cattle ranching, and mining, forming Hughes, Stevens and Company.

Sam Hughes helped to incorporate the City of Tucson but refused the post of mayor, serving the city council as an alderman, instead. He later served as Pima County sheriff and county treasurer, and was appointed Arizona Territory’s adjutant-general.

One of Tucson’s wealthiest residents and an organizer for Tucson’s first bank, Sam Hughes was known as “Uncle Sam” for his philanthropy, donating land and money for churches and schools as well as to the poor. More famously, Sam Hughes was instrumental in establishing public education in the Territory, calling its success “the pride of my life.”

Sam Hughes died June 20, 1917 in Tucson. 11 years later, a new elementary school in one of Tucson’s first subdivisions was named after him and now you can find his name here and there all around the area, including our inn!

And now you know!