I wrote this post in 2012, the year we purchased the Toland Adobe, our Bisbee vacation rental.
Our dear friends, Tom and June, who are also vacationing in southern Arizona, joined us in Bisbee today.
We first worked up an appetite wandering around downtown Bisbee, stopping at the Old Bisbee Brewing Company to take a look at that operation. It’s located in Brewery Gulch, an area of breweries founded shortly after Bisbee in 1880 by German-Swiss immigrants. The interesting part is that it’s been more than 120 years since beer was brewed there because the advent of the railroad meant beer could be shipped more cheaply from elsewhere than to brew in Bisbee, according to the company’s website. I’ve tried the Hefeweizen and Pilsner, and Bryan likes the IPA, which seems to be their most popular according to an online poll.
June peeked into Santiago’s and loved the tablecloths – we found out they’re sold at High Desert Market on Tombstone Canyon in Bisbee. (I had dinner at Santiago’s in October 2017 and still love their fabulous Mexican food. I also bought one of those tablecloths from High Desert for June. In April 2018, we returned to Santiago’s again, and I again walked to High Desert for another table cloth!) Then, we went to the Bisbee Grille (now called Bisbee’s Table) for lunch. Bisbee’s Table is located in Copper Queen Plaza at 2 Main Street, across from the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum in the historic district (about 4 minutes from the Toland Adobe). The restaurant offers casual dining (but I’d call it dressy casual; this is a nice restaurant) featuring grilled foods, seafood and pasta. It’s a wonderful place for lunch and dinner. Most us had the fish and chips, which the Grille rightly advertises as the “best fish and chips you have ever had.” People rave about them online and we understand why.
Last year , June told us about Bisbee. Around the same time, coincidentally, I started reading J.A. Jance’s novels. That’s where we got the idea of going to Bisbee. J .A. Jance and her character, Joanna Brady from the “Desert Heat” series, are from Bisbee and Ms. Jance now lives partly in Tucson and partly in Seattle. She still comes back to visit Bisbee and has helped raise funds for the Copper Queen Community Hospital. 2017 update: I was honored (and star-struck, to be honest) to meet Ms. Jance a couple of years ago when she did a reading at the library in Sierra Vista, and again during a fundraiser held at Central School Project on behalf of the Bisbee High School. I keep a huge shelf of J. A. Jance’s books in our Bisbee vacation rental. Am I a fan, or what? Totally. I’ve read all of her books, many several times.
We sure had a great time wandering around Bisbee with Tom and June today. If you visit Bisbee, be sure to check out our wonderful restaurants and shops. And wander about. It is a great town for wandering.
This post was originally written in 2012 and was updated in 2018.