We left Catalina State Park in Oro Valley just before noon today. We only had a two hour drive to Bisbee. Bisbee had been on our short list for years. It is a former mining town that has evolved into a tourist destination after the Queen Copper Mines closed in 1985,
We settled into our campsite, with stunning views of both the downtown and of the Queen Mine.
but in the other direction, you can see the streets of Old Bisbee.
Downtown view from our campground
As usual, it took a while to get set up at our site.
After resting for a couple of hours, we walked to town for cocktails and dinner. We were quite impressed by the architecture in such a small town. Clearly the buildings reflect the mining center history.
But my favorite was the post office building, built in 1906
Bisbee Post Office, 1906
After walking the town we headed for our dinner at Cafe Roka. Bill and I were impressed by the menu. We shared artichokes wrapped in prosciutto with a raspberry reduction sauce. The meal came with perfectly sized roasted carrot soup (delicious) and a small spring green and beet salad. We shared main courses.
And Bill had a wonderful Beef Short ribs, on top of garlic mashed potatoes.
We paired this with a 2017 Belle Glos, Las Alturas Pinot Noir, a very pleasant drinking wine.
So, I know I spent a lot of time on dinner, but it was a great surprise in this small tourist town on Southern Arizona.
We are looking forward to exploring more tomorrow.