Since moving to Arizona three years ago, Michael and I have discovered an affinity for quirky small towns…perhaps it’s because Arizona has so many of them. As such, Bisbee, Arizona has been on our “to visit” list for a little while now. Luckily, we finally got to check it off this past weekend as we celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary in this old Southern Arizona mining town.
There’s a lot to love about historic Bisbee — it’s highly walkable and full of coffee shops, art galleries and shops for the daytime and restaurants, bars and a brewery for the evening hours. For being a small town, there is quite a lot to do. We also found the food to be seriously amazing (and my chef husband can be pretty hard to please).
Unfortunately, two nights wasn’t long enough to try everything recommended to us, but we loved the places we did try: Ana’s Season Kitchen for amazing Southwest-inspired breakfast, the Quarry for scratch-made comfort food and Old Bisbee Brewing Company for craft beers and good conversation with the bartenders and brewers. Even the raspberry and brie crepe I bought from a local street vendor was to die for! We also made our way home with some unique olive oil and balsamic flavors like blood orange, prickly pear and white mango habanero from Bisbee Olive Oil, which should come in handy this Thanksgiving.
In addition to the usual things to do, Bisbee is also home to tons of events. While we were visiting, there was a mariachi festival, and this coming weekend there’s the Sidepony Express Music Festival taking over the town. So sad to miss that, but we may try to make it back for that next year!
I should also mention that the people who live in and visit Bisbee are some of the friendliest I’ve met anywhere! In some ways, it was like being back in Belize — minus of course the climate and the ocean ;) We rented a beautiful Victorian home off Airbnb (use that link for $35 off) called the Bisbee Adobe, and the home’s owner Darlene was by far the best Airbnb host I’ve ever encountered. She left us an anniversary card and some sweet treats as an anniversary gift and even stopped by half-way through our stay to drop off some amazing local coffee from Old Bisbee Roasters. Overall, it was really easy to strike up a conversation with just about anyone in Bisbee, and it became clear that this little town attracts some pretty awesome folks.
On our last morning in town, we decided to head over to Bisbee Breakfast Club for a traditional breakfast before our trek back to Phoenix. Little did we know we’d stumble upon the ghost town of Lowell, Arizona just on the other side of the “Lavender Pit” (an old copper mine that was operational from 1950-1974).
Walking around Lowell is like stepping back into the past. Aside from the Bisbee Breakfast Club, most storefronts are empty, and vintage automobiles line Erie Street (fitting name). Without much still open, the street was pretty empty which sort of made the whole experience feel like a dream. While I wasn’t alive in the 50’s, I have to imagine it looked a lot like Erie Street in Lowell still does today. I’ve personally never seen anything like it!
Friendly people, great events, amazing food, cool temps (about 20 degrees lower than Phoenix!) and lots to do, plus a really interesting and eclectic vibe — what more could you ask for from a weekend getaway?! For Michael and I, it was everything we wanted in our anniversary weekend. We will definitely be back to Bisbee soon enough!