By Kathy Montgomery | Photograph by Steven Meckler
The rain thrums on the roof as I sit in a comfortable chair, cup of tea in hand, contemplating a painting-worthy view of Red Mountain perfectly framed by a window. I think I could live here.
By “here” I mean Regina Medley’s latest Patagonia lodging, located behind her Mesquite Grove Gallery. The prosaic name of the 1,000-square-foot cottage might accurately describe its setting in a grove of ancient trees, but it fails to convey the poetry of the place or the peace I feel here.
A longtime Patagonia resident, Medley opened her gallery more than 30 years ago. It was one of only two shops, and the town’s first gallery, at the time. Medley opened the Duquesne House bed and breakfast in 1989, subsequently selling it to the B&B’s current owners and then opening several other Southern Arizona cottages. They all reflect the warmth and color of her personality.
Primarily a fabric artist, Medley filled the Mesquite Grove cottage with colorful quilts, curtains, furniture covers and an embroidered denim shower curtain. Her vibrant, hand-painted floor mats decorate polished maple floors.
The room where I’m sitting was once a porch. It’s now enclosed with windows that suffuse the room with light. Furnishings include free-form mesquite benches, a pine dining table and whimsically painted furniture and wall art. The kitchen and bathroom vibrate with Southwestern color, with glazed Mexican tiles in gold, royal blue, turquoise and ochre. Whimsical touches include the interior of the medicine cabinet, which appears to be covered in kisses.
Even though it’s located in the heart of Patagonia, the entrance faces a narrow side street that feels more like an alleyway, giving the cottage a sense of privacy. Medley is an unobtrusive hostess: Guests arrive to find a welcome note on the whiteboard by the door and the refrigerator stocked with fresh fruit and deliciously moist muffins.
And one actually could live here. The cottage contains all the comforts of home: a full, well-equipped kitchen; satellite TV; wireless internet; and a bedroom with a king-size bed. A sitting room/office contains a full-size Ethan Allen sofa bed that would comfortably accommodate another couple. In addition to a surprisingly reasonable daily rate, Medley offers weekly and monthly rental options.
I’m tempted by the idea. Not necessarily to live here permanently, but perhaps for an extended stay. I tell myself it could be a retreat of sorts. A gift I give to myself.
Mesquite Grove Lodging is located at 370 Smelter Avenue in Patagonia. For more information, call 520-400-7230 or visit www.reginamedley.com.