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  1. Check out the Eldorado Suites. It was beautiful and that is where I will stay when I go back to Bisbee. My heart belongs to Bisbee.

    1. Hi Kris, thank you so much for the suggestion, I check it out the next time I go to Bisbee, which I hope will be soon. I actually stayed at a B&B in Eureka Springs, Arkansas a few years ago and still keep in touch with the innkeeper, she recently sold her place and moved to Bisbee, so I hope to visit her one of these days. I appreciate you stopping by. Cheers, Mike

      1. Hi Mike: Sandra here (your friendly former innkeeper from Eureka Springs AR!) We were thrilled when we found out you were going to be passing thru Bisbee and that we were able to put you up in our latest adventure since selling the B&B in Eureka Springs….our “Adorable Casita Chiquita In Heart of Old Bisbee”! We’re on Airbnb and so far, in our second year here, we’ve had a lot of guests booking our guesthouse but you are still our MOST FAVORITE! It was such fun hearing all your exciting stories about all the neat travelling you are doing! Gosh, I want to hide in your back pocket and tag along! Our Casita is always open for you if you pass through Old Bisbee again! Hugs, sandra

    1. Haha…so many people say that Georgia. 😉 Little do they know how much/hard I work. I’m not complaining, I have an amazing job and able to travel the world, but it takes a long time to create all of this content. Hope to make it to Bisbee again one day soon, love your restaurant! 😉 Cheers, Mike

  2. Come check out the Royale next time you’re in Old B, as well… Such a beautiful, venerated old building (a converted church) on Tombstone Canyon, across from Castle Rock… It’s an appropriately eclectic Dinner Theater and local hangout, run by the crew at the local radio station in town, KBRP 96.1 fm, Bisbee Radio for the People.

  3. Please book a stay at the Shady Dell. The accommodations consist of multiple vintage trailes, such as Airstreams and even a Chris Craft boat! There’s also a vintage dinner within walking distance of this awesome little resort. A simple “Google” search of “The Shady Dell” will get you to their website. Nothing else like it!

    1. I second this. And the diner is AMAZING. We stayed there for a couple of days in Bisbee and it was perfect.

  4. Thanks for the info. I’m heading back to Bisbee in a couple of weeks. I’ve already enjoyed much of what you recommended. Looking for something new this trip. We stayed at the Copper Queen last trip and I concur with your comments. Trying the San Ramon this time.

    1. Hi Gerry, so glad you enjoyed Bisbee and my recommendations. It really is a wonderful place to visit. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks that about the Copper Queen. It’s really too bad because it is could be a great property. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experience. Cheers, Mike

  5. There were 7 of us that went last weekend and we stayed at The Copper Queen House. It’s on VRBO, great location, wonderful owners. It used to be the nurses residence back during the mining heyday.

  6. Airbnb is garbage!!! ruins small towns. In these small towns, stay in local privately owned and operated hotels or b&b… Houses are not hotels people! These places are often not maintained or owned locally, they are paying residential taxes and utilities on a commercial business, and the people “investors” in these homes have a right to vote locally because they own property there, and they are not actually part of the community. Airbnb and vacation rentals are making it almost impossible to afford real estate and rentals for people who actually want to live in places and be part of the community! Please support local, otherwise these cool places that we all like to visit or hope to visit, will lose their charm.

    1. You’re certainly entitled to your own opinions. As a world traveler, I find Airbnb extraordinary. I’m staying in one right now in Bucharest. I do appreciate your argument though, it has had an impact on communities as so many go in to buy properties as investments. Change unfortunately is inevitable and there is always positive and negative sides. In the near future driving a car will be illegal as autonomous vehicles will be much safer. Lots of change happening in society right now.

    2. I too appreciate your argument as it pertains to investors purchasing homes and doing little for the community, which does suck, but your brash introduction could use some help. However, Airbnb brings people into places that they might not previously had gone which in my mind would be a small town’s objective. I believe it provides an updated and affordable experience which in turn enables my wife and I to do things like bring our dog, cook in a kitchen, and share rooms in a house with friends.
      If your argument is for communities’ sake then perhaps you should look at your communities’ conditions. Maybe your neighbors are struggling in that small town and renting their home out for a few weeks allows them to hold onto it. I get the argument about Airbnb in communities that have housing crises like SF or London but when you live in a tourist economy you kind of have to roll with it.
      I’m not a poster boy for Airbnb- if it went away that would be fine because something would immediately replace it. I’m just defending a source that has had a positive impact on my life.

  7. I loved the Lavender Mines Jeep Tour which departed from the Copper Queen Hotel. Our tour guide was born in Bisbee and had been the editor of the local newspaper.

  8. Hi Mike,
    I enjoyed your article. I live in BZB and agree completely with your comments wrt Copper Queen.
    A few notes from a local:
    The diner mentioned in a couple of comments closed a while back.
    Also, in my opinion, Santiagos is mediocre generic Americanized Mexican fair. Sad because we are on the border with many high quality Mexican cooks. near-by Bensen to the north has much better mex restaurants. Even our recently closed golf course in Naco had excellent Mexican food far better than Santiagos. I wish Santiagos would hire the cook from the closed golf course.

    1. Hey Jeffrey, thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your perspective. Bisbee is indeed a fantastic place and I’m sure one of these days a more authentic Mexican restaurant will open. 😉 Cheers, Mike

  9. I have a friend on Facebook that lives in Bisbee. He told me how great it was . And I’m starting to believe him. Wanting to visit.

        1. I have only visited, so I can’t really speak to living there. If you like small town living in a tight knit community, I’m sure it would be a great place to live. Only one way to find out…maybe rent an Airbnb for a couple weeks and see how ya like it. Best of luck!

  10. Hi Mike! I live near Bisbee and love visiting whenever I can, so I have to tell you that you fell for one of the myths surrounding Bisbee, that at one point it was that city with the largest population between St. Louis and San Francisco, which has been debunked several times, as you can read in this article from AZ Highways https://www.arizonahighways.com/blog/debunking-bisbee-urban-legend, but it seems to persist. Also, I would add that eating at Poco is a must: they’re only open friday, Saturday and Sunday at lunch, but they’re worth it. Also to respond to a comment above,yest there’s a new comedy club called Chucklehead, also in the Gulch, across from St. Elmo Bar.

    1. Hi Moky, thanks for stopping by and sharing this information and suggestions, much appreciated. Love Bisbee too! And, AZ Highways is both a great publication and T.V. show. Cheers, Mike

  11. Hi Mike: I replied to your comment awhile back about staying at my B&B in Eureka Springs which I sold 2 years ago and moved here to Old Bisbee. I was delighted when you said you were passing through and especially since we were able to put you up in our latest adventure, “Adorable Casita Chiquita in Heart of Old Bisbee.” Responding to some comments about Airbnb…..we are listed with them and we have had nothing but positive experiences and wonderful guests. We bought an historic home on Quality Hill built in 1916 and behind in our large garden is our Casita Chiquita. Yes, there might be a few investors who buy up houses and use Airbnb and don’t live here, but all of the owner folks I’ve met are very much involved in Bisbee. Personally, I am on the Bisbee Arts Commission, a member of Friends of our library, am in the Bisbee Community Chorus, and both me and my husband are rehearsing for the third play we’ll be in here next month. Yes, we’re involved and we love Bisbee and Airbnb which offers very pleasant lodging options for our many visitors. Out of all the guests we’ve had, you, Mike, are still our very favorite! We loved hearing all your exciting travel stories and adventures and we hope you’ll pass thru Old Bisbee again — our Casita Chiquita’s door is always open to you! Hugs, sandra

    1. Thanks for the information Sandra. Whoa, that’s cool about the Arts Commission and you two being in a local play. I love how involved you both get in the community. Bisbee is very lucky to have you both. Talk soon, Mike

  12. We are coming to visit Hofmann Winery on High Lonesome Rd. We’ve heard the wines are wonderful and the german couple who own it, is delightful. Can’t wait to explore the area!

    1. Hey Sandi, thanks for stopping by. You will love the Bisbee area. I have not had any Arizona wines, but keep hearing that they continue to get better and better. Hope you have a wonderful time. Cheers, Mike

  13. Thanks for your sweet article. I have been wanting to get to Bisbee, AZ ever since I read “Going Back to Bisbee” by Richard Shelton in the early 90s. Well, this past February, my husband Brad and I made the journey there and it was a wonderful trip to remember. We stayed in a delightful AirBnB owned by a delightful local woman named Sherry called “18 Steps Up”, just 18 Steps up from the Main St (har har). I cannot say enough about our stay at that this lovely AirBnB or the townspeople we met during our short stay. We loved Santiagos and the other Mexican food we had at Contessa’s Cantina (and we actually met/hung out with the original “Contessa (Vanessa)”!!!), plus all of the other restaurants that we frequented. We also saw a variety of live music all three evenings that we were there, walked around and enjoyed seeing and buying a few items at the area’s quirky shops (and really enjoyed the textile studio!) and even made it to the Queen Mine Tour too. This trip was awesome on so many levels and we hope to make it back there some day.

  14. My daughter and I took a drive to Bisbee today from Green Valley. As they say it’s a quirky little town but very quint. Unfortunately, pretty much everything was closed or out of business because of Covid. Stopped into the copper hotel for a refreshment and walked around until we found Bisbee Olive Oil and talked with the very friendly owner Mr. Kravitz. I do hope that once we get back to normal this town will come to life again.

    1. It really is a cool little town. Oh, no, that is too bad about all the businesses being closed. I hear ya, I used to travel for a profession and have no income or plans at the moment. So tough for so many. Thank you for stopping by, hope you’ll check out my other Arizona coverage, I have lots of content and videos. All the best, Mike

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