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hummerEver held a humming bird and felt the beat of a itty-bitty heart 250 times a minute?

First watch this:  A story about trapping and banding a hummingbird.  The trapping method at the San Pedro may be different, but for each bird that is caught, the same information is measured and recorded.   The Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory (SABO) website has a whole page dedicated to Hummingbird Banding on the San Pedro River.  Hummingbird banding at the San Pedro River is open to the public.  The 2013 summer schedule is as follows:  June 29, July 6, 13, 19, 25, August 2, 10, 16,24, 30, September 4,14, 21, 28, October 5 from 4pm to 6pm.  Call the San Pedro House at (520) 508-4445 for more information and to confirm schedule.

Don’t you now want to hold one of those precious little hummers and feel its heartbeat?   Plan on going to the San Pedro House on one of those dates above and come visit Bisbee.

San Pedro House (SPH) is only a 20-minute drive from Old Bisbee.  The address is 9800 Hwy 90 at the River, Sierra Vista, AZ 85650.  SPH opens daily 9:30am to 4:30pm.  Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas.  Visit their website for other events (bird walk, education forum, spring festival)  that may interest you.

San Pedro River also offers numerous photo opportunities.  Enjoy some of the beautiful photos take by Bisbee photographer Charlene Mitchell at the River HERE.

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Last time we went to Bisbee, the town was so quiet, it was scary!!“, one gentleman called the other day wanting to bring his family to Bisbee in June.  Later, he decided to reschedule his trip to Bisbee later in the year.

Depending on your interest, there are still a lot to do in Bisbee in the summer time, even on weekdays.   You can find out scheduled events in Bisbee here: www.gymclubsuites.com/BisbeeEvents.html .  It’s updated two to three times a week.   Bisbee Enclave Online Magazine has the most up to date live music calendar – www.bisbeeenclave.com/calendar.html  They also have info on local musicians and artists.

The Visitor’s Center volunteers are very knowledgeable and can be very helpful in directing you  and giving you good information, 520-432-3554.  Their webpage also has suggestions on day trips from Bisbee: http://www.discoverbisbee.com/bisbeehub.htm.

 

DOWNTOWN BISBEE

The Queen Mine Tour has five scheduled tours every day starting at 9:00 in the morning.  It’s quite a summer treat because when you’re 1500 feet down into the mine, it’s 47 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius) underground!  www.queenminetour.com

The Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum www.bisbeemuseum.org  is the smallest institution to participate in the Smithsonian Institution’s affiliate program.  The wonderful staff there will be happy to answer any questions have may have.  You may even get a hug from our hugging mayor, Laberne Williams.  Opens daily 10am-4pm.

The Lavender Jeep Tour http://www.lavenderjeeptours.com/ Bisbee is hilly.  If walking is not for you, you could take one of the many tours offered by Lavender Jeep Tour.  Enjoy the summer breeze as your guide drives you up the many hills of Bisbee up to 7400 feet above sea level.  It’s a lot cooler up there and the view is fantastic. Their office is at the Copper Queen Hotel.

Bisbee Trolley Tours:  Daily tours departing from the Convention Center parking lot.

The Copper Queen Library http://ow.ly/1QWMX is the oldest library in Arizona.  The Library offers weekly programs and events  for children and adults, including lectures, book discussions, preschoolers’ hour, musical performances, films, and the Children’s Summer Reading Program.  Library events will be posted on the bulletin board next to the Gym Club office entrance.  The library also offers the use of computer with free WiFi.

“Hiking” Around Old Bisbee – Easy hikes up the hills of Bisbee and see the creative ways Bisbee residents decorate their homes.  It’s much more enjoyable if you start early in the morning when the air is still cool.  There are two hiking trails found on the internet: http://gymclubsuites.com/hikingtrails.html.  Click on this link to preview some of the beautiful sights you will be encountering:  http://ow.ly/1QV0k

View from High Street

       Castle Rock  Everyone who’s ever walked up Main Street has seen the distinguish looking rock, the Castle Rock, which marks the beginning of Tombstone Canyon Road.   Would you like to stand on top the the Castle Rock?  It’s easy. From the Gym Club, take a right to the end of the street and go up some steps to Clawson Ave.  Turn left.  Continue on Clawson and make a left behind the Old Bisbee High School.  That’s Maxfield Ave.   At some point, Maxfield will come to a Y.  If you stay on the right side, you’ll see the street is paved with red  bricks.  At the end of the street is the Castle Rock.  Be very careful as you climb out there.  Safety’s first.  Maybe a friend can take a picture of you standing on top of the Castle Rock.  Here are some photos from the Castle Rock: http://ow.ly/1QV2q

Looking down to Tombstone Canyon Blvd from Castle Rock

       Gardens:  As you walk along the hillside, you’ll notice that you can see into the gardens of the residents below you.  Many of them are adorned with interesting sculptures.  You’ll also notice that the fruit from the trees below you are within easy reach for you to pick.  I wonder if the homeowners mind sharing a few with the tourists.  Here are some photos: http://ow.ly/1QV3h

Beautiful layered rock garden

        Doors/Gates:  There are many eclectic  gates and doors in Bisbee.  Here are just a few.  I’m sure you’ll discover many more and start your own collection. http://ow.ly/1QV3R

      Walls:  Because all the houses are built on the hillside, there are lots of retaining walls. Wall space is the biggest canvas where an artist can express himself/herself.  The newest wall art is on Brewery Avenue at Occupy Bisbee next to the City Park.  Here are just a few photos: http://ow.ly/1QV4z

       Stairs:  Have you heard of the great Bisbee 1000 Stair Climb?  It’s an annual event on the third Saturday of October where “participants … use any combination of walking, running and resting to traverse nine sets of steps and numerous back-roads at a mile-high altitude.”   www.bisbee1000.org   Download this year’s course Bisbee1000Course and follow along.  Maybe you’ll come back in October to join us.  Make you hotel reservations early.  All the hotels in Old Bisbee get sold out for this event.

 

A LITTLE BIT FATHER AWAY

Bird watching at the San Pedro House and San Pedro River http://www.sanpedroriver.org/fsprhome.shtml – Just 20 minutes from Bisbee (80W then 90W) is the San Pedro House.  You can see the San Pedro River by the line of Cottonwood trees growing along the river banks.  If you happen to go when they have guided walks, great.  If not, the staff can show you where to go.  Bring a hat, water, binoculars.  They also have binoculars you can borrow if you don’t have one.  Check out www.sabo.org  for nearby guided bird walk and bird banding schedules.  2013 summer, there is  hummingbird banding at the San Pedro House every week.  You can find the banding schedule on SABO website.

Nature Walk at Ramsey Canyon  http://ow.ly/aPXlQ   “Ramsey Canyon, located within the Upper San Pedro River Basin in southeastern Arizona, is renowned for its outstanding scenic beauty and the diversity of its plant and animal life.”  Guided walks are on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. from March 1 to the end of October.

Chiricahua Mountains  http://ow.ly/mn6mR For a lesser-known wildlife destination, consider a visit to Portal, a tiny community on the eastern edge of the Chiricahuas in southeastern Arizona. The Chiricahuas, where the Apache chief Cochise hid from the “long knives,” is a wonderland of bizarre rock formations and craggy canyons. Portal is near the New Mexico state line, in an area that doesn’t have many highways.

Details: Take Interstate 10 east 243 miles to New Mexico 80, turn south and drive 28 miles to Portal Road, then turn west for 7 miles. fs.usda.gov/wps.  For more about things to do in Portal, go to portalarizona.com.

 

SHOPPING IN DOWNTOWN BISBEE

True, the shops open late and close early.  Some of them even close part of all of the summer.  There are still a lot of them that stay open during the week for your shopping pleasure.   Both the Chamber’s and the Visitor Center’s websites have a list of shops.  My advise is, if you see an alley, walk in.  If you see stairs, go up/down to see where it leads.  You may discover something wonderful.

Every second Saturday of the month, more than 30 shops and galleries will stay open until 8pm with special discounts, artist receptions, live entertainment and refreshment.  We call it:  Bisbee After 5.

 

NIGHTLIFE IN OLD BISBEE   If you like live music, go to www.bisbeeenclave.com/calendar.html   for the latest live music calendar.

St. Elmo’s Bar:  (Brewery Ave.) The oldest continuously operated bar in Arizona.  Pool table and live music;  “where the fun never stops … ”  Weekly schedule:  Mondays – Industry Night,  Tuesdays – Open Mic, Wednesdays – Acoustic Jam Night.  TripAdvisor review – http://ow.ly/1NVNX

The Old Bisbee Brewing Company  is on the corner of Brewery and Review Avenues.  Opens daily from 12 to 10:30pm, to 11:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays.  Check out their site and their beers: http://ow.ly/1PQG2

Copper Queen Saloon: (Howell Ave.) “Relax in our Historic ‘Old West’ Saloon, recently mentioned in the New York Times as the place to visit in Southern Arizona”  http://ow.ly/1NW4n  Enjoy the cool summer breeze at night from their patio.  Weekly schedule:  Mondays – Open Mic,  Tuesdays – Ted Reyes, Fridays – Terry Wolf & Back Porch Swing, Saturdays (3pm) – Terry Wolf & Back Porch Swing

Bisbee Grand Saloon (Main St):  an old fashioned western saloon with a  honky tonk piano that beckons patrons to play and sing along.

Sully’s Old Town Cafe  is located in Brewery Gulch, 40 Brewery Ave.  They’re open from 11am to 10pm Mon-Thur; to 1am, Fri-Sat and to 8pm Sun with great hamburgers.  Weekly schedule:  Wednesdays – Live Band “Friendly Fire”,   Thursdays – Hip Hop Night with DJ Crew.

Stock Exchange Saloon (Brewery Ave):  newly renovated.   Thursdays – Open Mic,  Saturdays – Live Band, Sundays – Live Band.  To find out which band is playing, go to their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheStockExchangeSaloon

The Bisbee Royale  (Main Street):  movies, music, meals – serving dinner, drinks and entertainment Wednesday thru Saturday 5-11pm.  Weekly schedule:  Wednesdays – Amy Ross at the keyboard, Thursdays – live music, Fridays and Saturdays – first run and classic movies.  For more info, visit https://www.facebook.com/BisbeeRoyale

 

SPECIAL EATING PLACES 

Cafe Cornucopia located on 14 Main Street serves homemade bread, soup, sandwiches, salad, smoothies.  Everything is made fresh daily.  Check this: http://www.yelp.com/biz/cafe-cornucopia-bisbee

Santiago Restaurant: (Howell Ave) Enjoy authentic Sonoran-style cuisine and specialty margaritas from their extensive tequila bar!  Even Mexican fortune cookies.  Check out their blog http://santiagosmexican.blogspot.com/ where they introduce new drinks and dishes and where you can get their 10% off coupon.

Screaming Banshee Pizza  –  Pizza With An Attitude and much, much more
Happy Hours 4-6pm; 200 Tombstone Canyon  520-432-1300      http://screamingbansheepizza.com.  Go to their facebook page for weekly specials: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Screaming-Banshee-Pizza/205895836088676

Poco  is located in the Peddler Alley, 15 Main Street. Their mission?  “POCO serves Mexican-inspired vegetarian cuisine, emphasizing organic and local ingredients, as well as wines on tap and local beers. The menu changes daily, and always features house-made salsas, moles, and cupcakes!”  http://www.yelp.com/biz/poco-bisbee.  Go to their facebook page for special menu/event: http://www.facebook.com/pages/POCO/169994096358105?sk=wall&filter=12

Thuy’s Noodle Shop  located on 9 Naco – authentic Saigon soup noodle, summer rolls, dessert.  Open Thur-Tue 11am-8pm.  https://www.facebook.com/ThuysNoodleShop?filter=1

Bisbee Table and Bisbee Coffee Company  (Convention Center) – Healthy, gluten free menu, locally grown vegetable.  Open every day til 9pm.  Get 10% off coupon from their blogs:   http://thebisbeegrille.blogspot.com/  and   http://bisbeecoffeecompany.blogspot.com/  Coffee shop opens at 6:30am.

High Desert Market  on 203 Tombstone Blvd – Open daily 7am-7pm for muffins, quiches, smoothies, juice and espresso bar, different daily dinner menu  http://www.highdesertmarket.net/takeout-menu.php

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LIKE SPORTS?

Turquoise Valley Golf Course www.turquoisevalley.com  is Arizona’s oldest continuously-operated golf course.  The “Rattler” is the longest golf hole west of the Mississippi – 747 yard!  It’s also the only par 6 in Arizona.  Turquoise Valley Golf Course is the only Cochise County course named in Bill Huffman’s “Arizona’s Greatest Golf Courses.”  They have a great restaurant with pleasant atmosphere and a friendly staff;  all at affordable prices.  If you’ll be visiting Turquoise Valley Golf Course for the first time, ask us how you can get a 50% off a round of golf.  They have special deals for kids, too.

Warren Ballpark  is the oldest continuously operated professional ballpark in America.  In 2009, we celebrated it’s 100th year!  Now it is the home of the Bisbee High School Baseball and Football teams as well as the home of  minor league baseball team the  Bisbee Ironman.  Check out their website, http://www.friendsofwarrenballpark.com.  Maybe you’ll get a chance to watch a baseball game in this century old ballpark or be part of their youth clinic.

Bisbee Swimming Pool, 1 Quality Hill,  normally open in the summer for 8 weeks.  For a fee, you can even have your own private pool party.  Call 520-432-6042.  For 2013 summer pool hours and fees:  http://gymclubsuites.com/BisbeeEvents

 

WEATHER

In the summer, the daytime temperature may go up to  the 90’s.  Unlike Phoenix/Tucson, it always cools down at night.  The average low temperature in the summer is in the mid 60’s.  For example, the deck of our Raven’s Rest suite (unit 402) always gets a cool breeze in the late afternoon, no matter how hot it is during the day.  Compare for yourself, http://www.gymclubsuites.com/contactnew.html  the current temperatures of Bisbee, Tucson and Phoenix.  We are consistently 10+ degrees cooler during the day and 20+ degrees cooler late night and early morning.

 

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