A walk through downtown is like taking a page out of a history book, or perhaps a movie… more than a dozen films have been made in this old western mining town. As the county seat of Cochise County, this little historic town has seen its share of excitement. It was once one of the richest mineral sites in the world, and considered one of the most ‘cultured’ cities of the Southwest.
Here are our favorite things to do in Bisbee.
1) Take a walk. Stroll up and down Main Street, and then wind through the hilly neighborhoods to enjoy the architecture. Bisbee is an artists’ colony and retirement area characterized by its mining-era charm and restored miners’ cabins. All over downtown, you’ll find well-preserved early 1900s brick buildings that are home to a variety of boutiques, specialty shops, art galleries, and restaurants. On our
rambles, we typically end up at the Bisbee Coffee Co. or at High Desert Market and Café, which both have indoor and outdoor seating. Early morning and evening when the sun is rising or setting are especially lovely.
2) Attend local events, museums, galleries, and shops. Here are some useful links:
- BISBEE FARMER’S MARKET — open Saturdays from 4/30 through 12/9 – and located in the Warren District of Bisbee.
- MUSIC AND THEATER — check out the schedule for musical performances by: For the Love of Music, part of the Bisbee Woman’s Club, or The Bisbee Community Chorus or live performances at Central School Project by Bisbee’s Obscure Productions.
- BISBEE HISTORICAL AND MINING MUSEUM — It is part of the Smithsonian Institution’s Affiliation Program and is an excellent museum.
- QUEEN MINE TOUR — no trip to Bisbee would be complete without it.
- BISBEE RESTORATION MUSEUM — the museum contains a wealth of information and curios from Bisbee’s colorful past. There you can locate the bygone site of the Dead Horse Saloon.
3) Feeling really energetic? Get a map of the stair route for “The Bisbee 1000 Great Stair Climb” (held in October) and walk it. Just remember the elevation of Bisbee is 5,538’ above sea level so taking it easy is the rule – with frequent stops for pictures. At the end of the walk you’ll have “I completed the Bisbee 1000” bragging rights!
4) Relax on your own secluded, private patio at The Toland Adobe.
5) Take day trips to places like Tombstone and Kartchner Caverns.
6) Dine in or out. There are lots of restaurants in Bisbee, both casual and fine dining. We love to walk over to Thuy’s Noodle Shop, a small eat-in or take-out Vietnamese restaurant.
We also like to cook or barbecue at home. Our Bisbee vacation rental’s kitchen is fully equipped, and there’s a gas grill on the back porch.
Whether your thing is to visit tourist attractions, dine at local restaurants, or hang out at home, Bisbee is the place to do it.
Here are some of the annual events frequented by locals and tourists:
Cinco de Mayo Festival
4th of July Parade and Coaster Races
Bisbee Bloomers Garden Tour
Wine Tasting and Taste of Bisbee – Rotary
Copper Queen Halloween (bars all over Bisbee participate in this huge all-over costume party)
Bisbee Historic Home Tour
Small Town Holiday and Festival of Lights