Historic Sonoita Inn

Not only do the interior rooms, lounges and hallways capture Sonoita's exciting history through photos, artifacts and artwork, but the very building itself is an historic tribute to the world's most celebrated thoroughbred, Secretariat. Built in 1980, the building was the fulfillment of Margaret Carmichael's dream, co-owner of Secretariat - the famed race horse who in 1973 won the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont! Today, photographs of Secretariat, press clippings and racing programs are on display in the Sonoita Inn lobby.

Each room is named in honor of area ranches whose families have proudly operated their businesses here for centuries. Historic photos and biographical accounts of these local ranches adorn the hallways of the Sonoita Inn.

Beautiful scenic photography of local landscapes can be found in each room and in common areas. These photographs were taken by Sonoita photographer, Andrea Wystrach and are available for purchase.


Melody's Birding

I have been leading professional birding and nature tours throughout Arizona since 1991. A long time Tucson resident; I am simply an avid birder who just loves to bird-no excuse needed  Leading hundreds of tours in Arizona over the years and presently guiding over 200 days per year is an amazing privilege and pleasure.  

Birding by ear is my strength. I have a degree in Music Education which has served me well in the field.  This is the reason, I do not pish, toot or use audio recordings on a regular basis. 

As an amateur naturalist, I have intimate knowledge about Arizona’s other flora and fauna and current environmental issues. 

I am  active in the birding community and donate my time guiding for the Tucson Audubon Society, as well as other non-profit groups.  I am an extra class ham radio operator to insure we have communication when in the field. 

Southeast Arizona is my backyard. It is where I sleep, eat and live with the birds, a truly LOCAL guide who knows how and where to look for the birds.   Sharing with you my love of birds is my passion.  Whether you need one day in the field to locate your nemesis bird or wish to spend several days to enjoy a more comprehensive tour, are obsessive or casual , Melody’s Birding will customize your tour to meet your needs.

Sonoita/Elgin Activities

  • Wine tasting at 12 local area wineries and brewery
  • Alpacas
  • Horseback riding
  • Unique Shopping areas
  • Fine dining 
  • Take part in the world famous bird watching in Patagonia
  • Observe the wildlife and beautiful sunsets/sunrises
  • Hiking and photographing the scenic areas
  • Scenic bicycling
  • 2 nearby lakes who offer boating and fishing
  • Very friendly people
  • Art galleries and shops in Pataonia

45 Minutes away from other activities such as Tombstone, Kartchner Caverns, Parker Canyon Lake, Patagonia Lake, Bisbee, Sierra Vista, Fort Huachuca, Tubac, Nogales and Tucson.

Pictures provided by Andrea Wystrach