Spring looms as Winter fades and the air has the occasional whiff of plants opening to seek sun. When the bright day loses it’s sharpness and the sun slips behind the Mule Mountains, dusk softens the colors and that peculiar southwest reddish/purplish/orangish/charcoalish color that painters so rarely capture envelops the sky. The darkening night begins a slow reveal of the star studded sky above. Bisbee is a fantastic place for looking at stars, telescope or not, because the night air is so clear and there is an absence of city-light. Those of us who come from larger cities have often forgotten the awe and pleasure of the night sky; that light shining from eons ago just reaching our eyes.
We have added a few things in our continual effort to make our Inn more comfortable. We’ve put a few phone chargers on top of the book/dvd case in the front hall in case you have forgotten yours. There are a couple of books about the stairs of Bisbee that you may borrow, as well as a pair of trekking poles that can be useful navigating those stairs, trails, and walks. Anita and I are voracious readers so we have a small ‘library’ that has grown a bit. If you have begun a book and haven’t finished, feel free to take it back home with you; there is not much worse than reading interruptus. Because of our limited parking (one space per room) our Tesla charger is exclusively for our guests. We do not have an electric car charger.
Bisbee is a walking town and Spring is a good time to explore our many-faceted little city. 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 town 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, two 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. (You can also drive to the top along High Road) Then if you would like a birds-eye view of Old Bisbee, continue walking past the right side of that house behind you and you will find city trail. Go left and you will be walking above houses and looking down onto Tombstone Canyon road and the parallel crooked streets. 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 and then go downhill to the Inn. If you go right on the trail at the top of High Road, you will find yourselves in Zacatecas Canyon and on the horseshoe trail above Brewery Gulch. There are a couple of other trails going to the “B”, and the cross.
We feature Old Bisbee Roasters coffee; organic and sustainably farmed by small farming coops in South & Central America and Africa. You can find them in the ‘alley’ by the vegan restaurant Poco.
Cornucopia Cafe, 14 Main Street, a couple blocks down canyon from the Inn is an friendly lunch spot during the week. As is the vegan restaurant Poco on the weekends. Brightly colored Thuy’s Noodle shop offers very good Vietnamese street food, 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. Mornings Cafe is in the Warren district-distinctly different from Old Bisbee.
The City of Bisbee has received several 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.
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