Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Bisbee and Tombstone

 My Mom and sisters visited for a week, and we spent 2 days and a night in Bisbee, an old mining town in S.E. Arizona.. We had a marvelous time. The drive is an easy 2.25 hours and it's very scenic. We stopped in Tombstone for a quick look- it's very touristy, but the history is authentic and interesting. In Bisbee, we stayed at the Gym Club Suites, which is an old YMCA right in the heart of town and across from a public parking lot. It has been converted into a charming hotel, and the prices are very reasonable. We had dinner at the Cafe Roka, which is considered one of Arizona's best restaurants (and rightly so). Like much of Bisbee, it's only open Thursday through Sunday. I had made reservations a few days prior to our visit. On Saturday we hiked around town a bit- very interesting as there are many creative people who have personalized the old miners shacks with color, yard art and funky fences. Then we drove past the open pit mine to Bisbee Breakfast Club- a "must" for every Bisbee trip, in our (Jed's and my) opinion. Delightful, as always.We spent about an hour in the mining museum, which tells the story of the mining process and the people who once populated this once thriving town. We hired a walking historical tour guide, Michael, who was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. And we checked out the galleries and shops on Main Street and in Brewery Gulch. We did not go on the mine tour, having run out of time, but I highly recommend it.
All in all, it was a wonderful time. I love Bisbee, and I'm happy to go there at least once a year.

Tombstone: Bar Girls
Barb and Fran in Bisbee
Bisbee Main Street

Tombstone: Horses and Carriage

Horses and Stagecoach

Horses and stagecoach with passengers

Bisbee: front porch of a house

Bisbee: on a hike

Bisbee: Michael the historical tour guide

Bisbee: street performers
Creative fence in Bisbee