This mile high former copper queen nestled in Arizona’s mule mountains, is full of historic buildings, museums, art galleries, antique shops, hidden walkways, an awesome themed trailer park & a shitload of beer.
Sanitized for your safety.
A very dangerous address.
‘B’ is for BisBee
It may be ‘fun’ but I didn’t stay there.
Bisbee is quite colorful…
…and full of [sh]Arts.
Make sure to check out the Brewery Gulch Free Store…
…located in a burned out [sh]Art filled building in Brewery Gulch.
Don’t forget to check out the property next door…
…which has an incredible gallery inside.
Bisbee is an extremely walkable town…
…with tons of stairways to get you from one hill to another.
I didn’t know what to expect when I rented a penthouse apartment above the Old Bisbee Brewing Company…
…but I was pleasantly surprised when I walked in the door and saw how big it was. All for less than $100 a night.
The morning view on my private patio wasn’t so bad either.
I originally wanted to stay here, at The Shady Dell but it was all booked up for Valentine’s Day, which also happens to be opening day for the season. As I was touring Felicity on Thursday, the owner called to tell me he was sorry for not getting back to me earlier in the week and invited me to come over to check it out while I was in Bisbee, so I did.
Silver & Gold
Justin, the owner, bought the The Shady Dell in September 2007.
An avid classic car collector and vintage memorabilia enthusiast, he spends the off season traveling across the country searching for vintage trailers and cars that he can fix up and add to The Dell.
He’s done an incredible job at bringing these treasures back to their former glory…
The Shady Dell RV Park is the longest continuously operating trailer park in Arizona, getting its start in 1927 when Bisbee was a roaring copper camp. Under the shady cottonwood trees, miners and their families lived in the few trailers and small cottages then found on the site. Evening family entertainment was provided by the miners’ band that would play on the park’s cool common green.
The Shady Dell has nine vintage trailers, including a 1957 Tiki-themed Airporter bus, a 1947 Chris Craft Yacht and a Vegas-themed Airfloat.
“Sit back and soak up the 50’s era radio broadcasts on your AM radio or watch a Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz flick on your black and white television set. Have some coffee from your electric percolator in a melamine mug or learn to tap dance from a book”
The Rita D. is a 38’ pleasure boat that has been elegantly restored and decorated with vintage boating memorabilia. Def my favorite. The cozy v-berth sleeping area has one bed while the galley is fully equipped, including a comfortable sitting area and refrigerator.
Everybody loves Double D, which is a vintage 1957 Valentine model that once served the corner of Ventura and Topanga Canyon Boulevards in Los Angeles. I’m going to have to come back and actually stay here the next time I visit Bisbee.