Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Casa de San Pedro, Hereford, Arizona

Author: , July 27th, 2015

Casa de San Pedro

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Welcome to Southern Arizona’s Casa de San Pedro, located on the San Pedro River in Hereford, just ninety miles south of Tucson. Our bed and breakfast features a Territorial hacienda with 10 guest rooms and one King Casita.

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Globetrotter Girls – Road Tripping in Southern Arizona

Author: , June 1st, 2015

Southern Arizona - Dany

This week’s Polaroid is coming a little earlier than usual because I have two more posts coming up this weekend – including my monthly round-up on Sunday!

Having a visitor in town was the perfect excuse to do a lot of sightseeing, hiking and road tripping in the past seven days. Showing a first-time visitor around Arizona was a great way to see this beautiful part of the US with new eyes and our itinerary included revisiting old favorites of mine, like Saguaro National Park, road tripping to nearby towns such as the Old Western town Tombstone (including its hilarious cemetery) and the charming mining-turned-artist-town Bisbee, and escaping the hot desert summer to cooler temperatures up on top of Mount Lemmon, where I hadn’t been since 2010.

I find road tripping through the barren desert scenery incredibly liberating, the wide open plains and big open skies that imply the land in front of you is yours to discover, evoking a true feeling of freedom which fills my heart with joy.

By Dany – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls | Southern Arizona Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Audrey’s Inn, Bisbee, Arizona

Author: , March 14th, 2015

Audrey's Inn - Bisbee, Arizona

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Think Mini San Francisco and you have Bisbee with concrete stairs laced through out the town and a philosophy of ‘live and let live’. Chock full of artists, writers, great restaurants and the cleanest air, the summers start out at 68 degrees because of he high altitude making this a year-round paradise. Located in the Historic Brewery Gulch of Downtown Bisbee Audrey’s Inn is a 100 year old brick building that was remodeled by a San Franciso Architectural Firm. Some suites are one story, others are two, all very spacious.

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Bisbee Gay Pride Celebrated in Mid June

Author: , May 17th, 2014

Bisbee Gay PrideBisbee’s first real Pride Festival occurred Father’s Day Weekend in 2005. It began when a small group of people got together and started discussing what could be done to bring people to town in the summer. As most of the organizers were gay, they thought that a Pride celebration in Bisbee would be a great way to show off the town, the town’s diversity and its acceptance of others.

They chose Father’s Day weekend since at the time there were no conflicting Pride celebrations in the state. What started as a small celebration of mostly local gay men and lesbians has today grown into the Bisbee gay pride festival bringing hundreds of people from around the country with some attendees even coming from other countries. When they arrive they find that small town of Bisbee (population 5,500) is not only accepting of gay people, but the city council has passed the first civil union ordinance in the state of Arizona.

An important aspect of the work done by Bisbee Pride centers around support of our community. A primary goal of Bisbee Gay Pride is to operate as a community service organization, supporting various needs in our community. Bisbee has always been a city of great diversity, and Bisbee Gay Pride is committed to working both exclusively and in conjunction with other organizations to continue this legacy. Over the years Bisbee Pride has provided community support in various ways – through direct donations, volunteer labor, and other kinds of support.

By Kelly Riker – Seasons of Pride | Bisbee Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Will Lawsuit Against Bisbee’s New Civil Unions Ordinance Backfire Against Arizona Tourism?

Author: , April 5th, 2013

Arizona mapThe tiny southern Arizona town of Bisbee passed a civil unions ordinance this last week, and a lawsuit from state Attorney general Tom Horne wasn’t far behind. But could it hurt tourism? AZ Family reports:

In the midst of the back and forth, there’s concern that fighting Bisbee’s decision is hurting the state’s reputation. “The public consensus is that this is a non-issue anymore and that this should just be left alone,” said Ben Bethel, who owns The Clarendon Hotel in Phoenix. He believes this latest legal battle will leave a bad taste in tourists’ mouths. “People will take their conventions, they will take their businesses and they are going to take their dollars and they will move them to those places instead of Arizona,” he said.

Arizona’s reputation has already been badly damaged by the GOP’s actions, most notably the “papers please” law. My husband Mark, who is Hispanic American, wouldn’t set foot there for years, and only went the last time because my grandmother was deathly ill.

Bisbee, Arizona – Something Altogether Different

Author: , June 11th, 2012

People here like to say that, once you emerge from the Mule Pass Tunnel heading south into town, you go back in time to the Old West. They are wrong. Or, at least, not completely right. The Old West, as commonly imagined, can be found 20 miles north in Tombstone, where the OK Corral shootout happens daily at 2 p.m. as the high-desert chaparral bows in shame and the tumbleweeds scurry off.

But when the tunnel disgorges you into Bisbee, just nine miles from the Mexican border, you enter an alternative universe – geologic, psychic, political – steeped in several stages of the past.

Bisbee is an arty, quirky world populated by characters more likely to be found in the 1960s than the 1860s, free spirits who retain a sense of the town’s copper mining history but have mined their creative resources to transform this dot on the map into something altogether different.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Audrey’s Inn, Bisbee, Arizona

Author: , November 23rd, 2011

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Audrey's InnThink Mini San Francisco and you have Bisbee with concrete stairs laced through out the town and a philosophy of ‘live and let live’. Chock full of artists, writers, great restaurants and the cleanest air, the summers start out at 68 degrees because of he high altitude making this a year-round paradise.

Located in the Historic Brewery Gulch of Downtown Bisbee Audrey’s Inn is a 100 year old brick building that was remodeled by a San Franciso Architectural Firm. Some suites are one story, others are two, all very spacious.

There is a theme for each suite from the ‘Chinese’ unit which is dedicated to the Chinese which had to leave the town daily by sundown to the Wild Animal Suite which overlooks the “Gulch Area” with its’ active night life. The Honeymoon Suite is popular with couples who come here to be married by one of the Six Gun Wedding Reverends on the rooftop overlooking Bisbee. Or just guests looking for a romantic hideaway with its purple colors, soft lighting and cozy bedroom.

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Bird Whirled: Sandhill Cranes, An Experience of Wonder

Author: , December 26th, 2010

by Fred Miller, Copper City Inn

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Bisbee Sandhill Cranes

When  looking at birds the tendency is to focus on the individual bird. That’s mostly what we see around us. That is if we look.  For birds often are taken for granted,  part of our visual and auditory environment that’s always there but little noticed.

However if you visit Bisbee during the Fall and Winter you can immerse yourself in the bird world in a big way, one of the many magnificent sites of the natural world in Southeastern Arizona and it is absolutely free.

Bisbee Sandhill CranesThis primal experience can be yours by driving 30 minutes east of Bisbee to Whitewater Draw wetlands to view the Sandhill Cranes. They arrive from the Northern US and Canada in October and leave in February. (The better known and more numerous, humanus arveeus,  know by their common name, Snowbird, has a similar migration pattern although their nests are widely dispersed throughout Arizona.)

A person, you perhaps, might be inclined to think, so what? What’s the big deal over a bunch of birds?

The deal is, they are huge, they are loud, there are thousands and thousands  of them, and you can view them up close. It is an experience of Wonder.

Sandhill Cranes  have  a wingspan of six to seven feet. As many as 21,000 birds have shown up at the wetlands although the number varies from year to year. They are grey in color with black feet, legs, and bill. A patch of reddish skin marks their forehead. The last few  years there has been a magnificent albino crane amongst them. You can see it and many more photos here, www.sabo.org/photoalb/whitsand.htm.

Bisbee Sandhill CranesThe optimum time to go to Whitewater Draw is at sunrise or sunset although there are birds hanging out throughout the day.  At sunrise large numbers of  birds leave to feed in the harvested grains fields around Wilcox, Kansas Settlement, and Elfrida. The air is filled with their loud calls and  there is a momentary illusion of low grey clouds rippling and rising in the morning light.

At sunset, long, thin, irregular shaped lines begin emerging from the north and east appearing black across the orange-red tinted sky. A faint sound accompanies these many wavering lines stacked and staggered above the horizon. The sound separates into hundreds of calls vying for ear space, then louder and louder and finally a cacophony of sound surrounds Whitewater as hundreds of  birds alight simultaneously.

Bisbee Sandhill CranesAnd then they are in the water, around the water, over the water, standing,  grooming, walking, squawking, wading,  flying, lying;  thousands of birds filling your senses with their presence.

Other bird species can be seen at Whitewater. Most notably are Vermillion flycatchers that flit among the reeds looking like, ummm , little red birds? In the rear of the pole barn you may see a barn owl.

Adjacent to and south of the water in a stand of trees is a  quartet of Great Horned Owls. Walk over and look up as those unblinking yellow eyes fasten on you; whooooo is watching whom?  Most likely you won’t be this close to an owl unless you’re a mouse. Greater Roadrunners dart around frequently, as do blackbirds, and several kinds of hawks. Other birds to be seen are Snow Geese, Blue Heron, American Pipet, Say’s Phoebe and an occasional Golden Eagle.

The sunsets frequently have dreamy  cotton puff white clouds with a brilliant orange/black outline moving slowly in a tangerine tinged sky. The intensity fades to pink, then lavender, then dark blue hues as the sun slips over the mountain bringing that peculiar time known as  dusk where it’s not light and not dark and the chill sets in while the brush rustles with nocturnal creatures and the cacophony of cranes quiets.

Whitewater Draw is part of a 600 acre wildlife area that is owned and managed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. It is semi-developed with two viewing platforms with fixed binoculars, a perimeter trail, picnic tables and restroom and ample parking.

Note: If you bring a dog, please keep them on a leash so they do not disturb and/or threaten the wildlife as well as other visitors.

Directions to Whitewater Draw: Take Hwy 80 East from Bisbee towards Douglas, as you descend from the mountains  (about 7 miles) a left turn lane will appear with a turn to Double Adobe Road. Take it. Go 8 miles to Central Highway (Double Adobe dead ends into Central Highway) Go left, north, about 3 miles to Bagby Road, (start looking a mile after you pass the Fiesta Canning plant for  a small Whitewater Draw sign on the right.) turn left, go ¼ mile and you’re there.

What to Bring: A warm jacket, binoculars, camera, comfortable walking shoes, and water. Pick up a picnic lunch or  some goodies from High Desert Market (two blocks up the canyon from Copper City Inn) and  treat yourself to a nice repast on one of the several picnic tables on site.

Tours and more photos:

The Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory (SABO), a non-profit organization,  has  tours of wetlands and wonderful Hawk Stalks. Sherri Williamson and Tom Wood are the knowledgeable people doing the tours. Their website is replete with detailed pics of birds you are apt to see at Whitewater Draw.  < www.sabo.org/photoalb/hawkstal.htm>

Resource websites :

www.gf.state.az.us/outdoor_recreation/wildlife_area_whitewater.shtml

http://magma.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/cranecam (this site is about the Platte river in Nebraska, a stopover for the Sandhill Crane Spring migration.)

http://www.aztrogon.com/AZInfo/litrefs.htm (books on SE AZ birds)

Copper City Inn, Bisbee, AZStaying at our Inn is a perfect place to stay when checking out cranes and other birds. Copper City Inn is in the historic copper mining town of Bisbee, Arizona. Quiet, sensuous rooms with thoughtful amenities characterize the five room Inn. Each room has a balcony with views looking down on Main Street and across to the Mule Mountains. Nestled into the side of Tombstone Canyon, on the quiet side of the historic business district, the Inn is just steps away from shopping, restaurants,  and museums.

All of our guests receive a complimentary bottle of red, white, or sparkling wine, Evian bottled water, locally roasted organic coffees, teas, and a voucher for a continental breakfast at a nearby gourmet market. Rates are $110-$135.

Bisbee, Arizona: Our Own Little Corner of the World

Author: , July 30th, 2010
by Steve Arndt, The Sleepy Tortoise Guesthouse, Bisbee, Arizona
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Bisbee, Arizona

The best vacation spots are those corners of the world that you just can’t get out of your mind. Places so special, or just plain weird, that they take on their own personalities.

Bisbee, ArizonaWelcome to Bisbee, Arizona. Many of our 6,500 or so residents found our community serendipitously, were smitten, and suddenly changed their life plans to relocate here. Others have roots that run deep into our local history, back to when copper was discovered and a mining camp exploded into “The Queen of the Copper Mines”.

This mountain town is still dotted with shaft entrances that lead to over 2,000 miles of tunnels.

There is a massive dormant open pit mine that for many years made Bisbee the leading copper producer in the nation. Inexpensive underground mine tours and a Smithsonian Institute affiliated mining museum are “must sees”.

Historic Bisbee, ArizonaOther signs of our colorful history endure. The oldest ballpark in the nation still hosts baseball games.

Brewery Gulch, a local street once teeming with brothels, opium dens, and over 40 bars in a four block stretch, still echoes its past in the oldest continually operating bar in Arizona.

Some of the “cribs” of our shady ladies – who identified themselves with striped stockings, still stand – as do property fences made entirely of the headboards of their beds.

Even the tamer elements of our past left indelible evidence that makes Bisbee unique: steep mountainside streets populated with a mix of miners shacks and historic homes interconnected with mule trails – many converted into thousands of stairs by the WPA.

The oldest Women’s Club in the state, a large selection of historic churches, the only high school building anywhere with ground level entrances on 3 floors, and the mansions of mine barons with mountains of tailings in their backyards and commanding views of old Mexico from their front yards are amongst many other interesting wrinkles on the face of our town.

Art in Bisbee, ArizonaLocated a mile high in the Mule Mountains, Bisbee is blessed with a climate so mild it consistently surprises visitors who expect oven-like desert temperatures so close to the border. Area hikers report sightings of creatures that most people in our country could not identify: coatimundis, javalinas, ringtail “cats” (related to raccoons), jaguarundis, wind scorpions, vinegarones, and giant centipedes. All these coexist with a multitude of more prosaic western species (mountain lion, bear, deer, skunk, fox, hundreds of bird species, coyote, etc.) and even the occasional, albeit rarely seen, jaguar.

Our most interesting denizens are the good citizens of Bisbee. An interesting and accepting blend of artists, ranchers, old hippies, working class and eccentrics – all peacefully and respectfully live together. The people: that’s the real story of our town.

We have far more festivities and cultural activities than other communities our size. And yes, we struggle with the issues facing life in a modern day border town, but somehow when you travel through the tunnel that heralds your arrival, you find yourself feeling like you’ve traveled back in time… back to a time in our history called the “good old days”.

The Sleepy Tortoise, Bisbee, ArizonaColorful and cozy, warm and welcoming, The Sleepy Tortoise offers a charming slice of the Bisbee experience. Perfectly located in the historic residential district, the guesthouse is a convenient walk to downtown, yet far enough to afford peace and relaxation.

This private accommodation includes: one comfy bedroom; full bath; refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, coffee and tea; cable television with DVD; central heat and A/C; ceiling fan; free WiFi; a balcony and off-street parking. An incredible value at $85/night, $500/week – cash, Visa or Mastercard. For more, please see our website or call us today.