Bisbee/Art, Eat, Ride, Sleep

We can feel Fall in the air, as the Monsoon season wanes. Activity in Bisbee kicks up a notch with the annual Vintage Wine and Food tasting and the Plein Air Painting competition always on the second Saturday of October . The Bisbee 1000 Stair Climb race with several ancillary events is always on the third Saturday of October. 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. In November the Sandhill Cranes return to Whitewater Draw. One of the those natural events that is an experience of wonder.

But relaxin is not taxin as they say, so as you sit on the balcony outside your room and watch the sun slip over the mountain or in the lavender light of evenings watch the multitude of stars begin winking through our clean clear air, there are not many better places just to be. Taking the time to enjoy the wonders of nature remains one of the most enjoyable of all human activities. Bisbee is a walking town and exploring the narrow streets winding through the Mule mountains is delightful as well as invigorating. Bisbee is authentic, in contrast to the generic and cookie cutter look of current urban environments, with interesting architecture, creative gardens, and surprises on every stairway.

When we travel we are diligent to see if the place we are staying measures up to their marketing. Often it doesn’t. We are truthful about what our rooms look like, (take the video tour for a birds eye view), scrupulous about cleanliness, and offer amenities usually found in more expensive places. We notify you when early check-in is possible because sometimes a few hours early turns a short trip into a longer one. Recently we put new mattress sets in each room. We have also added some fun and artful wine glasses for the complimentary bottle of wine in each room, and we’ve put down new rugs in each room. We’re proud of our Inn and are always open to hearing how we can make it better.

Good food always lodges in our memory banks and Cafe Roka, likely the best rural restaurant in Arizona (I’m the beverage manager and also tend bar on Friday and Saturday), is open for dinner Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 5-9 pm and Sundays 3-8. They are two blocks down canyon from the Inn at 35 Main St. The Roka Wine menu features Arizona regional wines from more than 20 vineyards paired with Chef/owner Rod Kass’s distinctive cuisine.(factoid…about 70% of Arizona wine grapes are grown in Cochise County) Jazz from 5-9 on Friday nights. Go to for a sample menu and info on the restaurant. Reservations at 520 432-5153. 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 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 offers Sunday Brunch in addition to lunch during the week.

Coming events: (all info at

October 9, 10
Plein Aire Painting (520 432-2900)
Vintage Bisbee Wine and food Tasting (

October 17th
Bisbee 1000 Stair Climb Race (
Craft Beer Festival after the race

October 31

November 26, 27
33rd Annual Home Tour
Chairs of Bisbee Painted Chair and art Auction
Festival of Lights