The fruits of the Bisbee community's talented residents are evident
in the many galleries and shops that fill the historic shopping
district, along Main Street and Brewery Gulch. Galleries and
cooperatives show the work of local and regional talent in many
mediums. The Galleria showcases imaginative black and white
photography and multimedia artwork. Landscape artists being the
wide-open feel of Cochise County to canvas, while other artists
in a wide range of mediums bring cosmopolitan flavor to the diverse
offerings at Jane Hamilton Fine Art.
Custom Hatworks shoppers can treat themselves to custom-formed
woven-straw hats by local milliner Grant Sergot. Sergot personally
advises customers on the shape, fit, and care of his hats. At
the Copper Door Wine Shop (432-1760) visitors enjoy daily
tastings of the shop's fine beers and wines, some from neighboring
Santa Cruz County wineries. Bisbee also offers antiques aficionados
several shops with fine furniture, first-edition books, pottery,
glass works, clothes, antique cowboy boots, silver, jewelry, and
For a firsthand look at the town's historic structures, the
Bisbee Chamber of Commerce offers a self-guided, illustrated walking
tour. Walk Brewery Gulch, which during the town's heyday hosted
as many as 47 saloons. See the Bisbee Woman's Club Clubhouse,
on Quality Hill, where musicians often perform classical concerts.
Mining & Historical Museum, the Smithsonian Institution's
only rural affiliate, is a must-see. It displays minerals found
in the Mule Mountains and outlines Bisbee's mining history. Next,
try the underground Queen Mine Tour. Visitors don yellow
slickers, then a former miner guides them through the now-defunct
mine, which ultimately yielded resources work as much as $10 billion
at today's prices. Along AZ Hwy 80, stop at the Lavender Pit,
one of the world's largest open-pit mines.
The Bisbee Restoration Association & Historical Society
offers visitors another chance to explore the town's colorful
history. The nonprofit organization preserves the memories of
many pioneers who came to the area in the late 1800s and early
Several area outfitters provide rollicking jeep tours across
the yucca-dotted Chihuahuan Desert and up to the pine-topped peaks
of the area's many mountain ranges. These outfitters provide valuable
local expertise, and some even let patrons design their own trip
Chiricahua Stage Lines, Wilcox, 384-2875
Educational Travel Studies, Bisbee, 432-5534
Getaway Tours, Huachuca City, 456-0032
High Desert Adventures, Benson, 586-9309
& S Tours, Sierra Vista, 803-1352
San Pedro Expeditions, Benson, 212-7667
Arizona Adventures, Bisbee, 1-800-319-7377
Several historic buildings house first-class bed & breakfast
inns. At the Hotel
La More/Bisbee Inn, 432-5131, friendly staff help make
visitors comfortable in the 24-room building, constructed in 1916.
House Inn, 432-2996, offers comfortable, themed B&B lodging
in a converted 1918 brick schoolhouse. The Inn
at Castle Rock, 432-4449, turns an 1890s miners' boarding
house into an unforgettable stay. The property includes a mine
shaft, fishponds, and an acre of hillside gardens. Antique furnishings
and Western memorabilia accent the Bisbee
Grand Hotel, 432-5900, where rich Victorian reds set the
mood. The Copper
Queen Hotel, 432-2216, is a stately full-service hotel
where Teddy Roosevelt once stayed.
For those interested in a more quirky stay, the Shady Dell,
432-3567, offers accommodations of a different sort. A lineup
of vintage travel trailers (complete with vintage furnishings)
serves as rooms for adventurous guests. Dot's Diner, 432-2046,
a 1957 Valentine 10 art deco model, offers guests and curious
visitors alike home-cooked breakfast and lunch Tuesday-Saturday.
For a more upscale dining experience, visitors should not miss
Cafe Roka, 432-5153, on Main Street. This world-class restaurant
specializing in Italian and California cuisines has been mentioned
in Sunset, Zagat Southwest, and many other national publications.
With decadent desserts and an original dinner menu, the eatery
is almost always packed. Reservations are strongly suggested.
Other Bisbee eateries, including café-style, Mexican, and
all-American dining, round out the area's offerings.
Arizona Bird Observatory, 432-1388, based in Bisbee, offers
guided bird walks, tours, and themed packages including lodging
at area bed & breakfast inns.
To learn about desert flora, visit Arizona Cactus & Botanical
Garden, 432-7040, six miles south of Bisbee, with more than
800 varieties of high-desert plant life. A free guided tour shows
visitors how to identify plants and explores Native American uses,
as well as lending low-water landscape ideas to gardeners.
Visitors can cross the international border into Mexico at the
small town of Naco, about seven miles south of Bisbee.
1890 E. River Road
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