At some point during your 85th trip to San Diego, while speeding down the highway in a car that reeks of Doritos and Red Vines and listening to your friend's favorite crap-ass local band on the CD player because she's doing the "hot" guitar player, maybe you've thought, "I'd rather be roping and herding cattle, trail riding through the wilderness, and making prickly pear syrup."
This just-released book is for you.
By local author and travel writer, Lili DeBarbieri, A Guide to Southern Arizona's Historic Farms & Ranches: Rustic Southwest Retreats, aims to help adventurous types find the perfect spots to experience southwestern heritage culture, and cuisine.
And if Spain's first mission in the continental United States, a heritage seed farm, the place to see a sandhill crane migration, and a Butterfield Stagecoach stop don't light your suitcase on fire just yet, there's also a chapter on Carol Steele's (hurry-and-go-'cause-it's-for-sale) Aravaipa Farms.
Highlighting more than twenty Arizona properties south of the Gila river (chances are, you haven't heard of many of them) DeBarbieri, a former guest ranch employee, provides information on each including photos and historical background.
There's also a handy map in the front so you can start to tick off how many you've visited. After all, these retreats have already hosted countless artists, movie stars, and politicians -- why not you?
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You can find A Guide to Southern Arizona's Historic Farms & Ranches: Rustic Southwest Retreats by Lili DeBarbieri at Changing Hands Bookstore.