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GRAND Travel

Unplugged at Rancho de la Osa
BY SANDY BORNSTEIN

19th century. The bold geometric fabrics on the bedspread and
floor rug stood in sharp contrast to the tan adobe walls and
rustic floor slabs. A wood burning stone fireplace occupied one
wall. The room didn't have a TV. Even though there was Wi-Fi
onsite, my phone and computer didn't connect. I chose to live
without and not complain.

M

y unplugged dude ranch adventure began as my
husband and I drove about 70 miles from Tucson,
AZ through the arid terrain that led to Rancho De

La Osa.
We arrived at lunch to find the guests conversing around an
oversized rectangular table in a large dining room inside the
aqua colored 19th century hacienda. I squeezed in between a
cluster of middle-aged women wearing identical T-shirts. On
the other side were several couples and a family. Other than the
group who was part of a yoga seminar, everyone else appeared
to be unrelated. Soon I was busy chatting with the yoga ladies
while I ate my salad of vegetables grown in the onsite garden.
We checked into the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential
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Instead of being fixated on
electronic devices, the group
of former strangers enjoyed talking.

Lyndon B. Johnson
Presidential Chamb
er
Chamber, a simple, rustic room frequented by LBJ and his wife
Lady Bird Johnson whenever they visited Rancho De La Osa.
While the room has been renovated, the structure dates to the

Upon investigation I learned the room were uniquely decorated with striking color combinations. I later learned that many
notable individuals, (Vice President Humphrey, Adlai Stevenson,
Joan Crawford, and Margaret Mitchell, to name a few), were
former guests at this ranch and that each room is named after
one of them. History buffs will love this bit of trivia - the
Marshall Plan was drafted at this ranch.

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