You've just rolled into town and you're looking for a place to call home for the next few days. Book a room at the charming Letson Loft Hotel, an eight-room boutique hotel housed in the longest-standing Victorian brick building in Bisbee.
Celebrate your first night in town at Café Roka, where chef Rod Kass uses locally sourced ingredients to create seasonal dishes. Pair your meal with an Arizona vintage from Sand Reckoner Vineyards, Dos Cabezas WineWorks or Callaghan Vineyards.
After dinner, take a stroll to the Bisbee Grand Saloon, located inside the historic Bisbee Grand Hotel. Enjoy a nightcap (or two) while you take in the saloon's 100-year history—best reflected in the antique back bar, which dates to the 1880s.
Get your day off to a delicious start at the Bisbee Breakfast Club, located in the Lowell district, a mile-and-a-half southeast of town, at the end of the Lavender Pit mine. Breakfast staples abound, from eggs, bacon and home fries to fluffy biscuits swimming in gravy.
It's time to go underground—1,500 feet underground to be exact—to see the inner workings of the historic Queen Mine. Donning a hardhat and headlamp, you'll take a tram along the dark tunnels of the mine. Book your tour in advance and make note of appropriate dress.
Who knew learning about copper mining could work up such an appetite? Make your way to Screaming Banshee Pizza, a cozy-cool pizza joint housed in a former gas station, and try the Thai Me Up, Thai Me Down, made with mango chutney, satay chicken, mozzarella, red onion, black sesame seeds, shredded carrots and crushed peanuts.
Old Bisbee Ghost Tour hosts a variety of tours that tell the haunted tales of the town's history. Go on a family-friendly walking tour through Old Bisbee's Main Street, or hunt for ghosts using EMF detectors on a paranormal-experience tour. There's even a haunted pub crawl where you'll sip your way through Bisbee's spookiest bars.
Seats not guaranteed at "Arizona's smallest bar," Room 4 Bar. / Credit: AOT
Cap a fun-filled day with a cocktail at Room 4 Bar, located at the Silver King Hotel. The hotel room-turned-bar has only four seats, making it "Arizona's smallest bar." Order a drink, then enjoy live entertainment performed by local musicians.
Allow yourself to sleep in a little. You're on vacation, so enjoy these small moments of rest. Early birds and morning people can go exploring the town's many stairways and hidden art pieces. (Keep in mind many of the stairs are old and not all have railings. Be careful and watch your step.)
Work off breakfast with a little shopping. Main Street in Old Bisbee is peppered with charming stores and boutiques, including Acacia Art & Antiques for antique finds, Tumbleweed Gypsy for vintage clothing and Sam Poe Gallery for the newest piece to add to your art collection.
Handcrafted world goods can be bought alongside fresh-baked pastries and grocery staples at High Desert Market and Café / Credit: An Pham
Don't leave town without fueling up at High Desert Market and Café. Enjoy European-inspired cuisine, such as hummus with feta and kalamata olives or smoked chicken with blue cheese and sliced apple on focaccia. Before you hit the road, stop at the Jonquil Motel for a selfie at the highly photographed "Sleepwalking" mural by artist Rose Johnson.
IF YOU GO
Acacia Art & Antiques
Ana's Seasonal Kitchen
Bisbee Breakfast Club
Bisbee Grand Hotel B&B
High Desert Market and Café
Letson Loft Hotel
Old Bisbee Ghost Tour
Room 4 Bar
Sam Poe Gallery
Screaming Banshee Pizza