My friend and I decided to make it a girls weekend and we set out for the 3 hour drive Friday evening. We drove down into the valley where Bisbee is nestled and went up the winding Main Street until we found our lovely B&B, The Copper City Inn. What a quaint little home away from home! We had a room on the 2nd floor called the Jane Colter room (a little Google search informed me that Jane was an architect in the 1930's who designed several structures around the Grand Canyon). The room had so many special touches...one of the best being a bottle of wine after our long drive! We stepped out on the balcony to view the streets of Bisbee and met our neighbors who were also on their balcony and were part of the Local First group. We became fast friends by the end of the trip!
|Our Bed and Breakfast, the Copper City Inn|
Famished, we walked up the hill to a recommended pizza place called The Screaming Banshee. Our server was the best, the pizza was the bomb, the wine selections were unique, it was a great start to our stay! By the time we were finished eating it was quite dark but we decided to walk back toward the main part of town. We ended up at a lively saloon in the Bisbee Grand Hotel. We sat for a bit and watched some live music and simply people-watched. Then we headed back to our hotel. There we found our neighbors and shared a bottle (or two) of wine before heading to bed.
|Screaming Banshee Pizza - awesome pizza!!|
|The Bisbee Grand Hotel - great live music in the evening!|
Saturday morning brought another beautiful day. The weather in Bisbee is about 10 degrees cooler than in Phoenix and there was a slight breeze. We walked down Main street again and went into nearly every shop. The people of Bisbee were all so kind and welcoming! Some of the shop owners knew about the Local First group and were offering discounts and we took full advantage! A couple of my favorite shops included 55 Main Street Gallery, SamPoe Gallery, Panterra Gallery, and Art Home...just to name a few. For lunch we stopped at The Table where we had taco's and crab cake sliders and shared a delicious bread pudding for dessert!
|55 Main Street Gallery|
|SamPoe Gallery - my nickname for this awesome artist is "The Fly Guy"|
|The Table - don't pass up the bread pudding!|
|Entrance to the Queen Mine|
|Miners (us included!) wore tags as they entered and then returned them upon exit to help keep track of people|
|Honey Pots...yep...it's what you think!|
|The ride out...I was glad to see the sunlight!|
|Stock Exchange Saloon|
|Mining and Historical Museum|
|St. Elmo...the longest running bar in Arizona|
|Silver King Hotel|
|Yep...the smallest bar in Arizona!|
|Old Bisbee Brewing Company|
|Brew House of the Old Bisbee Brewing Company|
|OK Street Jail House|
|Bisbee Royale...fly by Poe Dismuke of SamPoe Gallery|
|Hummingbird, Audrey, and Kitty|
|Poser! (photo by Karen Ansaldo)|
|Bisbee 1000 Great Stair Climb|
|The 127 steps that we did!|
Dinner was upstairs of Cafe Roka. The bartender also happened to be the owner of our wonderful B&B. They accommodated all 48 members of our Local First group and they fed us well!!! We had a gazpacho, a salad, a lemon sorbet, short rib with mashed potatoes and veggies, and a dessert of custard and chocolate brownie. It was a fabulous meal!!
|Inside the beautiful Cafe Roka|
|Appetizers before dinner|
|Local First members at dinner|
|The "cool" table (just kidding!)|
|Lemon Ice palate cleanser between courses|
|One of Renee's hearse's (yes...she has multiple)|
|Sweet Midnight - fun shop to buy t-shirts and such|
This morning we ended our time in Bisbee only after dining outside at the High Desert Market and Cafe. We enjoyed a breakfast burrito and a homemade quiche that were both delicious. Again, the staff were so kind and welcoming.
|High Desert Market and Cafe|
|Notice the Local First Arizona logo!!|
On our drive back to Phoenix we decided to also check out the old historic town of Tombstone. Yes, that Tombstone! Where Kurt Russel, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliot, and Bill Paxton filmed the movie of the same name which tells the stories of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday and the gunfight at the OK Corral. Another small little mining town making their living by retelling these old cowboy stories. We took a tour in a stagecoach that once carried Mark Twain from Tombstone to San Francisco. Yep! My butt sat right where Mark Twain's butt once sat!!
|The streets of Tombstone|
|The stagecoach that Mark Twain and I rode in!|
After the tour we went to the Rose Tree Museum which has the world's largest rosebush. While it was past it's blooming season it was still a sight to behold! This massive rosebush covers 9000 square feet and has a twisted trunk that is over 12 feet around.
We ended our stop in Tombstone by bellying up to the bar of Big Nose Kate's Saloon. The Sunday crowd was enjoying some live music as the movie Tombstone played in the background on the televisions. The stained glass artwork around the saloon was beautiful.
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