Entertainment and Events
Contact the chamber of commerce to find out what's playing in town.
Chocolate Tasting at Bisbee Library draws aficionados on the Saturday closest to Valentine's Day in February. Spring Arts Festival welcomes the season in March. Copper Classic Car Show usually runs the second weekend in April. La Vuelta de Bisbee is a major bicycle stage race on the last weekend of April. You can enjoy flowers and landscaping on the Bisbee Garden Tour on the Saturday before Mother's Day in May. Arizona's oldest July 4th Celebration and Parade includes fireworks, entertainment, coaster races, and miners' contests. Brewery Gulch Daze brings music and other entertainment on the day before Labor Day in September. Fiber Arts Festival weaves workshops with fashion shows on the second weekend of October. Competitors and non-competitors get a real workout on the 1034 steps of the Thousand Step Stair Climb on the third weekend of October. The Festival of Lights on the Friday following Thanksgiving and the Historic Home Tour on the Sat.-Sun. following Thanksgiving mark the start of the holiday season.
Bisbee's mines have yielded turquoise and other beautiful copper minerals, available at shops downtown. Jewelry stores, including Bisbee Blue at the Lavender Pit overlook, offer stones set in silver as well as loose and rough stones. Art shops downtown display paintings, ceramics, and other work by local artists. More than a dozen antique stores line Bisbee's streets; On Consignment on the traffic circle south of downtown is the largest. Atalanta's Music & Books (38 Main St., 520/432-9976) sells regional books among its varied offerings. The Farmers Market runs May-Oct. and offers music and crafts as well as local produce at Vista Park in Warren District, 1.4 miles down Bisbee Road from the traffic circle.
Arizona's oldest, the Turquoise Valley Golf Course (520/432-3091, http://www.turquoisevalley.com/) has 18 holes, a restaurant open daily for breakfast and lunch, and an RV park. The clubhouse dates to 1936 when built as a WPA project. It's on the edge of Naco, 9.5 miles southwest of downtown Bisbee.
Bisbee has a large selection of accommodations, especially inns and bed and breakfasts. The chamber has a list.
Jonquil Motel (317 Tombstone Canyon, 520/432-7371 or 866/432-7371,
http://www.thejonquil.com/, $70-95) lies a short stroll from downtown. The four-story Copper Queen Hotel (11 Howell Ave., 520/432-2216, www.copperqueen.com, $70-160 d) dates to 1902, when built by the Copper Queen Mining Company. Rooms—no two alike—differ in size and features, but all have old-fashioned decor and private bath. The elegant hotel has a saloon, dining room, and swimming pool. It's downtown behind the Mining and Historical Museum.
You can really spread out in the spacious accommodations at Canyon Rose Suites (27 Subway and Shearer Sts., 520/432-5098 or 866/296-7673, www.canyonrose.com, $95-200 d depending on size). Each unit in the 1905 building has hardwood floors, a high ceiling, full kitchen and a private bath.
The restored 1917 LaMore Hotel (45 Ok St., 520/432-5131 or 888/432-5131, www.hotellamore.com, $60 d shared bath, $75-85 d private bath) overlooks Brewery Gulch and include continental breakfast.
Bisbee Grand Hotel (61 Main St., 520/432-5900 or 800/421-1909, www.bisbeegrandhotel.com, $79-175 d) provides a romantic getaway in a 1906 building restored with a Victorian motif; rooms and suites all have private bath; a Southwestern breakfast is included; a Western saloon and billiard room lie downstairs.
The Inn at Castle Rock (112 Tombstone Canyon, 520/432-4449 or 800/566-4449, www.theinn.org, $60-80 s, $62-92 d) has a large hillside garden, fish ponds, and a full breakfast; each room has a different theme.
Farther up the canyon and with good views, School House Inn Bed & Breakfast (818 Tombstone Canyon, 520/432-2996 or 800/537-4333, $65-95 d) offers rooms and a full breakfast in a 1918 school.
The Shady Dell (1 Douglas Rd. near the traffic circle, 520/432-3567, www.theshadydell.com) features vintage trailers with beautifully restored interiors that offer a trip back in time; all have refrigerators though no cooking facilities; some trailers have toilets, but showers are in the bathhouse; rates depend on size; reservations required, best made in advance as the office is often closed.
South of downtown in the Warren District, you can stay in the 1906 Calumet & Arizona Guest House (608 Powell St. and Cole Ave., 520/432-4815, www.calumetaz.com, $45-65 s, $60-80 d), built by the chief clerk of the Calumet & Arizona Mining Company and later used as a guest house for company officials. Two of the six rooms have private bath and one room features an attached spa tub. The hosts provide flexible check-in times, a guest kitchen, Internet, and a full breakfast that you order from a menu.
Five miles southwest of downtown Bisbee, Best Value Inn & Suites (1372 Hwy. 92, 520/432-2293, $55-125 d) offers kitchenettes and an RV park. Six miles southwest of downtown, San Jose Lodge (1002 Naco Hwy., 520/432-5761, $65-125 d) has kitchenettes, a swimming pool, an RV park, and a Mexican-American restaurant.
Queen Mine RV Park (520/432-5006, http://www.queenminervpark.com/) has the best location in town and offers great views; it's across the highway from downtown: take the road to Copper Queen Mine Tours and continue a short way up the hill. Cost is $30 w/hookups; tenters can pitch for on the gravel sites but must pay the full rate, which includes tax. Guests have showers and a laundry.
Turquoise Valley Golf Course (on the edge of Naco, 9.5 miles southwest of downtown Bisbee, 520/432-3091, www.turquoisevalley.com/) has an RV park, $27.50 w/hookups and showers.
If you'd like to be out in the countryside, stay at Double Adobe Campground & Shotgun Sports (520/364-4000 or 800/694-4242, www.doubleadobe.com, $20 tent, $25-35 RV w/hookups) with grassy sites and shade trees on 240 acres; guests have showers, laundry, hiking, wi-fi, recreation room, stables, and a trap range. Take AZ 80 east 4.3 miles toward Douglas, then turn left 4.3 miles.
Two motels southwest of town offer RV spaces: Best Value Inn & Suites (five miles from Bisbee at 1372 Hwy. 92, 520/432-2293, $15 RV w/hookups) and San Jose Lodge and RV Park (six miles from Bisbee at 1002 Naco Hwy., 520/432-5761, $15 RV w/hookups, pool, and a Mexican-American restaurant).
Cafe Roka (35 Main St., 520/432-5153, www.caferoka.com, Wed.-Sat., also Sun. in winter and spring, for dinner) prepares excellent contemporary Italian cuisine. You'll likely spot the signature roasted half duck (with a sauce of cranberry, honey, and merlot) on the menu, plus some new and rotating items. Four-course dinners include entree, soup, salad, and sorbet.
The Copper Queen Hotel's restaurant (520/432-2216, daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner) offers Italian and American cuisine. Nearby in the Copper Queen Plaza on Main Street, you'll find the Bisbee Grill (520/432-6788, daily for lunch and dinner) serving Southwestern cuisine of pasta, steak, fajitas, chicken, and shrimp. In the same building, Bisbee Coffee Co. (520/432-7879) has the javas, sandwiches, baked goods, and ice cream to keep customers energized from morning to evening.
The Brewery Steakhouse (15 Brewery Ave., 520/432-3317, daily for dinner), downstairs in the 1905 Muheim Block, fixes sandwiches and salads for lunch, then steak, ribs, chicken, pasta, and seafood for dinner. Check out the original interior of the Stock Exchange Bar upstairs, where the Bisbee Stock Exchange conducted operations from 1919.
Cafe Cornucopia (14 Main St., 520/432-4820) is a handy lunch spot for quiches, sandwiches, salads, soups, and baked goodies. For a quick snack at lunchtime, turn in at Peddler's Alley Cafe (17 Main St.) for a meatloaf sundae (topped with mashed potatoes and gravy), hot dogs, tofu dogs, sandwiches, and ice cream. El Zarape Cafe (46 Main St., 520/432-5031, Mon.-Sat. for breakfast and lunch) cooks up Mexican and American food. The cheerful Big Sky Cafe (203 Tombstone Canyon opposite the Iron Man statue, 520/432-5025, closed Mon.) serves healthy breakfasts and lunches; changing art exhibits decorate the dining room.
Rosa's Little Italy (Warren Plaza, #7 Bisbee Rd., 520/432-1331, Wed.-Fri. for lunch, Wed.-Sun. for dinner) offers great Italian food south in the district of Warren. The lunch menu lists pastas, hearty sandwiches, and salads. Dinner lays out the full menu of veal, chicken, seafood, and pasta, including many vegetarian items. You can bring your own wine. From the traffic circle south of Bisbee, turn south 0.8 mile on Bisbee Road.
Bisbee Food Co-op is a natural-foods grocery and deli in Lowell Plaza; head south past the Lavender Pit, then turn right at the sign. Safeway supermarket is five miles south and west from downtown at the Naco turnoff.
Information and Services
The very helpful Bisbee Visitor Center (in the Queen Mine Tour Building, 478 Dart Rd., PO Box 1642, Bisbee, AZ 85603
www.discoverbisbee.com 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.) has a self-guided tour leaflet and lots of info on sights and services.
The post office (520/432-2052) and the city library (520/432-4232) are at 6 Main Street in downtown Bisbee; both close on Sunday.
Copper Queen Community Hospital (Bisbee Rd. and Cole Ave., 520/432-5383) is three miles south of downtown in the district of Warren.
Lavender Jeep Tours (520/432-5369, www.lavenderjeeptours.com/) takes you into places you'd probably never discover on your own. Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory (520/432-1388, www.sabo.org) has a field station in the Mule Mountains and offers bird walks, tours, and workshops.
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