First, I need to print a retraction. I had said all the motel rooms between Tucson and Tombstone were taken. There are still rooms available in Bisbee, Sierra Vista, and Benson for the 125th Anniversary of the Shootout at the OK Corral (October 23-29).
I did a quick check on Orbitz for Benson and came up with several properties with rooms available. Orbitz shows rooms available in Sierra Vista. Two properties in Bisbee still have rooms available.
That will teach me to listen to Internet gossip! I do apologize. Aside from the Holiday Inn Express in Benson, I cannot vouch for the properties listed. There are several three star properties, so you should be alright. I’ve noticed there appears to be an increase in prices in the motels in Sierra Vista, though.
The Best of Tombstone
I’ve been visiting Tombstone for a decade now. On my first research visit, I found this wonderful Mexican restaurant, Don Teodoros, and a remarkable musical treasure, Juan de Granada. Don T’s no longer exists, but fortunately the Tombstone Boarding House Bed & Breakfast features two dinner menus. The Lamplighter Room has a menu that pleases even my incredibly picky mother, who waxes poetic over their salmon. They also have Don T’s Mexican Menu, featuring one of the best margaritas you will ever consume.
But, more importantly, they have Juan!
Juan de Granada is simply one of the finest virtuoso classical guitarists you will ever have the honor to encounter. He is laid back with his long gray ponytail, and very long, lanky legs. It is difficult to separate Juan’s personality and charm from his music. Both are remarkable, as his is memory. He remembers his fans who have a tendency to return year after year just to spend a couple of hours sipping margaritas and listening to his dramatic Flamenco or a rendition of some Willy Nelson song.
Juan’s repertoire is eclectic, ranging from classical to cowboy and everything in between. You never know who will be in his audience. For example, one evening about a year ago, there I was having dinner when a Hollywood A-List Movie Star (this one was a star) and her husband were seated in the small dining room at a table behind us. They had ridden their Hogs from Los Angeles to Tombstone on a weekend jaunt — to listen to Juan! Her husband, the scion of a very famous musical family, remarked that Juan was one of the finest musicians he had ever encountered.