Casa Santa Ana is designed to reflect the predominant architecture of South Texas farm homes of 100 or more years ago. Constructed of hand made Mexican adobe brick, Saltillo floor tiles, and hand painted Talavera bathroom basins and tile, the sprawling residence is situated to capture the sea breeze from the Gulf of Mexico, some 60 miles to the East. All five spacious, individually air conditioned rooms feature private baths and outside entrances. Three of the rooms have two extra long full beds, one has a queen and one a king. Parking is just behind the guest rooms. There is a shared recreation room/kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, toaster, television, and washer-dryer. Wireless internet capability and a gas bar-b-que are always available.
One room has been constructed in compliance with the main provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and is wheelchair friendly. A broad, veranda style porch surrounds the residence and is a wonderful place to lounge in the evening while listening to the night birds and other creatures. Surrounded by farm fields and woodlands, CSA sits on more than seven acres that have been revegitated with plant species native to Santa Ana's Tamaulipan Scrub Thorn habitat, and selected because of their feed and cover value to birds and other animals. A short walk up Tower Road leads to the north dyke of the Refuge, and a few minutes west on the dyke leads in turn to the refuge headquarters-but don't rush, as many an uncommon bird and butterfly has been spotted along the dyke over the years. CSA is just a 20 minute drive from downtown McAllen, an hour from Brownsville, an hour and a half from Falcon Dam, and 10 minutes from several good bar-b-que, TexMex and pizza restaurants in the little town of Alamo. Excellent restaurants also can be found across the border in Progresso or Reynosa, and in surrounding Valley towns. There are no eating or other service facilities within walking distance of the residence. If you visit during the height of the birding season, October through April, you'll want to be prepared for both warm and cool weather. Temperatures in the 70's and even 80's during the days certainly are possible, and while it rarely freezes in the Valley, temperatures in the high 30's and 40's are fairly commonplace. In the summertime, high temperatures and equally high humidity are to be expected, and it can be pretty buggy. But it also can be very birdy, with several species not normally present in the winter and a history of major rarities showing up. Rain is uncommon in any season, and it never, ever snows. For additional information on our facilities, birding, Valley weather and/or events, or just about anything else having to do with South Texas, please feel free to contact Judy and John McClung.