BISBEE TRAVEL GUIDE

Bisbee Arizona Travel Guide by Capella Kincheloe Interior Design Two weekends ago my husband and I went with the Localists down to Bisbee, AZ.  Before I went, I had heard wonderful things about this old mining town turned artist enclave 4 miles from the Mexico border.  It seems that it has really grown up - as in more artists, more hippies, better food, and greater tourism in the past few years.

Bisbee is nestled into the Mule Mountains and, as we heard several times during our stay, it was once the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco.  About 5000 people live there now and I suspect that there are many part-timers.

The area is rich in minerals - copper, gold, silver, lead and zinc all come from those hills and it made a lot of people rich. There are several very grand homes and the once grand Copper Queen Hotel had guests such as John Wayne and Teddy Roosevelt.  The town is steeped in history and lore and even if you are only mildly interested in the past the stories this town tells are pretty remarkable.

I can tell you that everything we did and everywhere we went was awesome.  My list is after the photos!

Here are some photos from our trip.

Bisbee Old Town on Capella Kincheloe Interior Design PhoenixThere are thousands of steps in this town, all kinds of steps, they have an event each year to bring attention to it.

Bisbee Old Town on Capella Kincheloe Interior Design PhoenixThere are more steps than roads in this mountain town - some houses only have stair access.

Bisbee Old Town on Capella Kincheloe Interior Design PhoenixSometimes the steps are adorned with art.  These sculptures by Ben Dale.

Bisbee Old Town on Capella Kincheloe Interior Design PhoenixThere is lots of art on walls, fences, steps, foundations, etc around Bisbee.

Bisbee Old Town on Capella Kincheloe Interior Design Phoenix

Bisbee Old Town on Capella Kincheloe Interior Design PhoenixThis is a refurbished Airstream - motel? park? You can stay there.

Bisbee Old Town on Capella Kincheloe Interior Design PhoenixGarden art surrounds artist's home.

Bisbee Old Town on Capella Kincheloe Interior Design PhoenixThis renowned muralist has several pieces around town and in Phoenix, she died tragically adding to Bisbee lore.

Bisbee Old Town on Capella Kincheloe Interior Design Phoenix

Bisbee Old Town on Capella Kincheloe Interior Design PhoenixThe shops and restaurants are not just for tourists.

Bisbee Old Town on Capella Kincheloe Interior Design PhoenixThe sign on the side of the building says "The Bisbee District Has The Best Year Round Climate On Earth."

Bisbee Old Town on Capella Kincheloe Interior Design PhoenixCould be 100 years ago.

Bisbee Old Town on Capella Kincheloe Interior Design PhoenixLack of parking make this tunneled garage a gem.  The sign says, "Do Not Even THINK of Parking Here"

Bisbee Old Town on Capella Kincheloe Interior Design Phoenix

Bisbee Old Town on Capella Kincheloe Interior Design Phoenix

Bisbee Old Town on Capella Kincheloe Interior Design Phoenix

RECOMMENDED ACTIVITIES IN BISBEE

  • Lavender Jeep Tours - Our driver Tom grew up in Bisbee and pointed out all the landmarks and told great stories.
  • Cornucopia Cafe - Homemade sandwiches and salads.  I had a green chile sandwich.
  • Bisbee Breakfast Club - This is near the last few photos above.  Breakfast (and coffee) was great.
  • Old Bisbee Ghost Tour - We had a lot of fun and the town looked very different after hearing of all the nightly visitors.
  • Old Bisbee Brewing Company - Lovely patio to watch (and eavesdrop) on the locals.
  • Though I didn't stay there, a local recommended the Letson Loft Hotel.  When I return I may try The Shady Dell or getting a vacation rental.
  • Our group had dinner at Cafe Roka and Fred the bartender at the restaurant helped organize much of our trip.  Despite being a large group the food was delicious and worth another visit.

 

[BEFORE & AFTER] PARADISE VALLEY BACHELOR PAD PART II

Today I am sharing the bathroom and bedroom of my Paradise Valley, Arizona client.  To see Part 1, the living room and kitchen transformation read this post. As I said, this particular client wanted things very cave-like.  So we continued the dark, saturated paint throughout, although slightly different colors.

TLU Paint Colors

You can see in the image above, more so in the interior shots that the paint colors are different (all paint colors are Benjamin Moore).  In the living space, I used Stormy Sky because I didn't want to go too dark, but I could go super dark in the bathroom (Gravel Gray) because there was a lot of white balance with the white quartz.  Paradise Valley Bachelor Bathroom by Capella Kincheloe Interior Design

TLu BAthroom

We used the same vinyl plank flooring on the bathroom floor as the rest of the main living spaces because I love continuous flooring since it adds a flow between spaces.  I also really like the look of a wood floor in bathrooms, though since this is vinyl water won't hurt it like wood, this bathroom is also rarely used.

I used the light and dark in this bathroom to frame out the materials.  To call attention to the pretty italian mosaic tile on the ceiling, the dark pebbles on the floor and also the stark white quartz on the walls.

Paradise Valley Bachelor Bathroom by Capella Kincheloe Interior Design

I had the client stand in the shower to place the showerhead & valves.  All too often I see these in terrible positions.  Remember, not to high or low and you should be able to easily reach the valves to turn on the shower while standing outside.

Paradise Valley Bachelor Bathroom by Capella Kincheloe Interior Design

Many of the design decisions in here were made for ease of maintenance.  The slab quartz on the walls is extremely easy to care for and the lack of grout means it will continue looking good for years to come.  Though I would have prefered clear shower doors to display the pretty black plumbing, they also show every single drop of water.  The vanity cabinet is raised 6" off the ground so it is easy to clean under (it also has cool LED lighting underneath that can act as a nightlight or just guide guests to the right spot)

Paradise Valley Bachelor Bathroom by Capella Kincheloe Interior Design

I wanted a brighter, happier blue for the Guest Bedroom and choose Philipsburg Blue.  Benjamin Moore has a collection of paints colors that they call their Historical Colors (HC) and I by choosing one of these select colors you can't go wrong.  As you can see from the "before" image below this room was a blank slate.

TLU Guest Bedroom Before

Paradise Valley Arizona Bedroom Makeover by Capella Kincheloe Interior Design

New berber carpet, warm wood furniture, a chair (not pictured), and art make this room a welcoming spot for any houseguests.

Paradise Valley Arizona Bedroom Makeover by Capella Kincheloe Interior Design