Bisbee is a Walking Town

As days begin to shorten, the light fades in late afternoon in Tombstone Canyon turning from golden to deep lavender to that interesting intersection of light and dark. The crisp clean night air often carries lingering whiffs of unseen flowers from the surrounding mountains. Bisbee is a walking town and Fall is a good time to explore our many-faceted little city. Take one of the bottles of water (stocked in each room) and stride on out. We’ve added a pair of trekking poles for your use (in the entry hall), surprisingly useful if you haven’t tried them. In addition to wandering around the downtown, there are many trails to walk, just go to the end of one of the canyons and you’ll find one. Can’t get lost if you go up, you’ll come down in Bisbee somewhere. If your preference is to stay on a main drag, just turn right out of the Inn and continue up Tombstone Canyon, the former mule trail, 2 miles to the top of the divide. A lovely view as houses built on the sides of the canyon are slowly revealed during your walk up. For a more encompassing view, turn left out of the Inn and go one block to the stairway beside Finders Keepers antique store. Go up the stairway, one of the nine on the Bisbee 1000 stair climb, continue up a second stairway, stop a bit and check out the very cool stone garden on the right, and continue up a third stairway to High Road.(About 200 stairs altogether) Walk to the end of High Road and you will see that Bisbee is built into the juncture of two canyons; on the left is Brewery Gulch/Zacatecas Canyon and on the right is Tombstone Canyon. As you look into the distance you are looking at Mexico. Truly spectacular views. If you would like a birds-eye view of Old Bisbee, continue up past the right side of the house behind you and you will find city trail. Go left and you will be walking above the housing line looking into the canyon. It’s about a mile and a half, a hike not a walk. Go down any one of several side trails and emerge on Tombstone Canyon. Go downhill to the Inn.

At the Inn we think about what will enhance the comfort of our guests and enrich your visit. Recently we have added some cool (well we think so) antique rugs on each side of the beds in the Colter and Louie. A couple new chairs in the Warren. We’ve also put a few phone chargers on top of the book/dvd case in the front hall in case you have forgotten yours. If you have begun a book and haven’t
finished, feel free to take it back home with you; not much worse than reading interruptus. Anita and I are voracious readers so we won’t run out You’ll likely notice a Tesla charging station by the front steps for our guests; an interesting addition that has already served several guests. We do not have the space for an electric car charger.

The second Saturday of every month is Bisbee after 5 Art Walk. Join us for the latest in gallery openings and exposure to some of the best artists in Arizona. Every weekend there is live music in four or five venues in town. Many events coming in the next couple of months go to destinationbisbee.com for details.

Good food, service, and atmosphere tend to stick in our memory and likely you’ll remember Cafe Roka if you visit. The best rural restaurant in Arizona, they are open for dinner Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 5-9 pm and Sundays 4-8. Roasted half duck and portobello/artichoke lasagna are two of the wonderful dishes to taste. Two blocks down canyon from the Inn at 35 Main St, Roka is also a wonderful place for a wedding, reception, banquet or meeting or special event. The 4 floors offer a variety of settings and can accommodate up to 150 guests. (Although I’ve been the beverage and banquet manager for 23 years at Roka, I would recommend it even if I didn’t work there.) I’m behind the bar on Friday and Saturdays, come knock a greet.(caferoka.com 520 432-5153)

Although we offer a voucher for a continental breakfast at the High Desert Market, Anna’s seasonal kitchen, right next door to us, has full breakfast options and lunch with good local ingredients. And Cornucopia Cafe, 14 Main Street, a couple blocks down canyon from the Inn is an friendly lunch spot during the week. Bisbee Breakfast Club is one mile away on Hwy 80 E. in the delightful little Lowell district; you would swear it is a movie set. And Mornings Cafe is in the Warren district-distinctly different from Old Bisbee. The Table offers breakfast on the weekends. And the Copper Queen Hotel has just reopened their dining room with an interesting menu.

The City of Bisbee has received a couple accolades in the past couple of years; Sunset magazine has named Bisbee the West’s best small town to live and USA Today named Bisbee the Best Historic Small Town! We hope you will visit and explore our lovely place for yourself and family. It’s a wonderful small city for living, doing business, and enjoying a kind of friendly, safe, fulfilling lifestyle mostly unavailable in larger cities. While doing so, we hope you stay at our Inn.