Bisbee is a Walking Town

We try to add things that we like when we travel. To that end we keep adding little touches that we hope you will also like.  We recently added a new air conditioner in the Warren, better and quieter. 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. 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 the space for an electric car charger.

As summer wanes, the monsoon rains, delayed this year, are coming daily. Glorious water pours from the sky and when it is over and the sun emerges to illuminate the jewel drops on the vegetation, . When the sun turns toward dusk the evenings change into that peculiar southwest reddish/purplish/orangish/charcoalish color that painters so rarely capture.  The darkening night reveals 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.

Bisbee is a walking town and summer/fall is a good time to explore our many-faceted little city. 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.

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 are coming in the next couple of months, go to 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,  open seasonal for dinner, it is always best to call for hours and reservations. ( 520 432-5153) There is jazz every Friday and Sunday. Only 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 3 floors offer a variety of settings and can accommodate up to 150 guests. (Although I’ve been the beverage and banquet manager for 25 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.

We feature Old Bisbee Roasters coffee; it’s very good mostly organic and all 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. And the Copper Queen Hotel has reopened their dining room with an interesting menu. 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. for info.