Old West Touring
Trip Start May 09, 2009
96Trip End Ongoing
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Where I stayed
High Desert Inn
In Bisbee, we stayed at a B&B in the historic area
Back in 1877, silver, copper and gold mines were claimed and Bisbee grew up as a mining town. It is set in a canyon with houses sitting on the sides of the surrounding mountains. Mining is still active there and there are mine tours, but our interest lay in Old Bisbee. Within walking distance of our inn were windy and steep streets with art galleries (lots of local artists), boutique shops, restaurants and other historic inns and B&Bs (no hotels in Old B.). The citizenry are very laid back - and eclectic and eccentric, just like the town.
On Saturday, we took a "Lavender Jeep" tour (yes, it was purple, but the lavender comes from the "Lavender Mines") of Old Bisbee. Our driver took us up steep, narrow, winding streets that our Tahoe would have had a hard time traversing. The main advantage was learning about the area from a local. Unfortunately, the day was windy and the driver wanted the plastic "windows" kept up, so most of the pics are taken through that and are not the best quality - but interesting nonetheless as you will see from the photos.
We enjoyed getting out of our trailer for the weekend, seeing good art, eating great food and just generally relaxing in a charming old west town.