Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bisbee Royale

What is the Bisbee Royale?  It started out in 1918 as the First Baptist Church of Bisbee, and in 2011 it was renovated into a theater with extra incentives.  It is located in old/historic downtown Bisbee along Main Street.  Inside the blue facade, you are treated to new, classic, documentary, and foreign films on their 18' movie screen.  While watching the film, you can enjoy homemade gourmet meals, along with a beer or cocktail or maybe a glass of wine. The Royale has it all even the most delicious desserts for your sweet tooth to enjoy.  They "also host occasional wine tastings and flamenco concerts."

Food Critic Amanda Baillie writes: "...the Royale offers a highly civilized way to experience a movie complete with nibbles, snacks, beer and, most importantly in my view, excellent wine".
The lobby bar is open from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm Friday & Saturday nights.
94 Main St, Bisbee, AZ 85603

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Buried in Evergreen Cemetery

The Evergreen Cemetery is located in Bisbee, Arizona.  Like many cemeteries, it is a beautiful place for photography, but is a bit eerie and silent.  Here are some of the pictures I took when I revisited this place.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Checking Out Erie Street

This place has changed just a bit since I last visited Erie Street in Lowell, AZ.  After having a homemade breakfast at the Bisbee Breakfast Club, Deb and I walked the streets to check out the antiques and old vehicles that adorn the street.  It felt like we walked back in time.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Bisbee in the Fall

I enjoy going to Bisbee any time of the year.  It is a fun little town to visit.  The last time I went was just a week ago, two days after Thanksgiving.  While others where fighting to get bargains in the malls and shops, Deb and I were enjoying the cool weather and unique shops of Bisbee.  We were surprised to find the little town bustling with lots of visitors.  Apparently they have house tours on the weekend following Thanksgiving.  We didn't join in on the tours, but they did sound interesting.  It would have been fun to check out the old/historic homes which are also said to be haunted.  But, since it was Deb's first time in Bisbee, we decided to walk the main street and check out the shops.  Later that night, we had a couple of drinks with a nice couple we met from Las Vegas, NM.  Yep, there is a Las Vegas in New Mexico and it is a small historic town.

The view of the main downtown road just outside our hotel, The Inn at Castle Rock

Someone's house right above an abandoned shop/cafe.

Along the main road in historic downtown Bisbee. There was nowhere to park.

Shops adorned with interesting decorations.

Busy shops next to abandoned historic buildings.

Stairs leading to the road above.

The "blue" theater.  Check out the giant fly on the window.

An annual event in Bisbee.

1000 steps to get to the top.

Stacked living is typical in Bisbee.

The entrance to the Copper Queen Hotel at night.

Looking down the main street at night.
Rod, Karen, Deb, and me listening to the band, having drinks and fun at the Copper Queen Hotel's bar.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Staying at the Inn at Castle Rock

I have stayed in Bisbee, AZ three times, twice at the Copper Queen Hotel.  My sister-in-law, Deb, and I decided to stay at the Inn at Castle Rock to see what it was like.  Right off the bat, I will say that if you plan an extended stay in Bisbee, I suggest you stay at the Copper Queen Hotel.  It is just my opinion.

The Inn at Castle Rock is located at the base of Castle Rock and along the main street of historic downtown Bisbee.  We arrived in town around 2:30 pm and noticed how crowded the streets were.  There were no open parking spaces in front of the hotel, so I had to park around the corner.  The walk to the hotel from my car wasn't very far and on a slight incline.  We walked through the interesting front door, and to the right to check in.  We were given an actual key, and followed the guy up the narrow stairs to the second floor where our room was located.

The room was small with a full bed in the main area, and a single bed in an alcove.  That is where I slept.  You had to go through the alcove to get to the bathroom.  In the bathroom was a door leading out to our private patio.  The view was gorgeous with vines covering the sides of the mountain next to the back of the hotel.  The room was basically rustic and the beds were hard.  If you are looking forward to a hot shower, forget it.  The water only got to warm.  The rooms don’t have TV’s inside of them; instead they have a TV room.  Our room was located next to it.  If you want to use your computer, you may have problems logging on.  Their Wi-Fi is limited and I was never able to get online.

All and all, the place wasn't too bad for a one night stay.  The employees were gracious and helpful.  If you want that rustic/historic feel to the place you are staying, I would suggest you give the Inn at Castle Rock a try.

For the history and ghost stories, click my post:  Inn at Castle Rock

The entrance to the hotel.

The lobby area.

Our room.

The view of our patio from the above walkway.

Our retro patio furniture.

The view from our patio.

The hotel's TV room.  Guess who was there??

The front porch of the hotel.

Sitting on the interesting bench out front of the hotel.
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