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Review 4528: Owner, Dos Palmas
2bed/1bath trailer in Patagonia, Arizona
March 2010, 3 days
This rental is a vintage aluminum, 50 foot long trailer home located in SE Arizona, specifically the town of Patagonia. SE Arizona is a internationally known hot spot for birding. It is in the high desert at an altitude of 4,044 feet. In March, the mornings were very chilly, down in the 30'sF. As soon as the sun comes up it warms up nicely. On average it is about 10F lower than Tucson.
The trailer is located in a residential neighborhood, it is not in a trailer park.
We walked to breakfast every morning. The grocery store (very nice) is about three blocks away as are a number of restaurants and a couple of art galleries.
This is a vintage aluminum travel trailer located in a residential neighborhood. It was extremely peaceful. The town of Patagonia is funky, but in a good way. My friend put it best; some small towns are populated by people who feel they are "stuck." Patagonia is populated by people who choose to be there. It is an arty and eclectic community. There is a blacksmith yard behind the property. He was fabricating the most amazingly beautiful gates for the town library, which is right next door to Dos Palmas.
There is a fully fenced yard and a covered patio that extends the entire length of the 50' long trailer. No pool, but there is a BBQ. It is extremely private. The owners are avid birdwatchers and the feeders are filled. Hummingbirds that can only be seen in the tiniest little spot in the US can be seen in this yard as well as another birding hot spot about a five minute drive away.
The furniture is vintage and in very good shape. Everything was spotless and I only wish I had as much closet and storage space in my house! My husband and I both suffer from the OCD syndrome of "tickets, money, passport". We check every drawer, closet and cubby many times over when checking out. My husband always checks under the bed. Not a dust bunny to be found!
The master bedroom contains a double bed, which was very comfortable. The owners thoughtfully provide appropriate linens for the season. It was chilly when we were there, so flannel sheets and a down comforter were provided.
There is a smaller bedroom with a twin bed and a ton of storage. It is not really a bedroom per se, you pass through this on the way to the master bedroom. It would be very suitable for a child.
The living room has a pull out sofa which can sleep two. We did not need to use this however, as there were only two of us.
There is one full bath, a tub/shower combo. It was skinny, but long. Spotlessly clean and lots of storage and counter space to unpack your toiletries.
The kitchen was great. A full sized refrigerator, a small stove/oven (very well depicted on the web site), full sized sink. Plenty of pots and pans and not cheap tinny ones. In keeping with the 50's theme, the dinnerware is all Fiesta Ware. Plenty of cutlery, decent knives, corkscrew, cheese grater, etc. There is a coffee maker and even a percolator with instructions if you really want to get in the mood! Microwave and toaster as well.
Problems or Bonuses
Just good surprises. There is a laundry room located just behind the trailer, which is free. We didn't need it as we were just there for three nights. There is so much natural beauty to explore in the area, that if we were there for longer and doing lots of hiking, this would come in really handy.
I could not believe the variety of birds in the yard, not to mention the area! The owners provide lots of books and movies including the Lucille Ball/Desi Arnaz classic "The Long, Long Trailer" which is also what they call their property. Very thoughtfully furnished with vintage pieces, you can tell that it is well-loved.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The representative was great. The reality is exactly what is depicted on the website. The rate for three nights is $75.00 per night.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would absolutely stay here again. Patagonia isn't for everyone, but we loved it. It made us really want to SLOW down and enjoy the vibe.
Things to do in this area
As mentioned before, this area is a world famous birding spot. There is amazing hiking very close by.
We really enjoyed going to Nogales, MX and we never felt unsafe despite all of the drug war crap going on. In fact we went to Nogales on a Sunday. You can park in a guarded lot in Nogales, AZ and walk a couple of blocks to the border crossing. Nogales, AZ was filled with many Mexican citizens strolling and shopping on a Sunday and the atmosphere was very festive. Once you cross the border, you are right in Nogales, MX so no big hike. We ate at LaRoca, a fantastic restaurant built into the side of a tufa cliff. Fantastic food, mariachis and a great home accessory store that just wants to make you re-decorate your house!
Lake Patagonia had great birding as did the Paton's backyard just five minutes away from Dos Palmas.
In Patagonia, we loved dinner at the Velvet Elvis. We were so busy with other things though, that we never went to the art galleries. Next time! We are going back!
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