Cathedral ceilings with transom windows all around and open floor plan maximize views in all directions, and keep this house very cool in summer (have not needed to run AC yet)! Casa Taormina, originally a miner's shack built in the 1920s, is near the tail end of a complete renovation, as is evidenced by the beautiful photos!
All new fixtures and mosaic in bathroom, complete with broken tiles gathered from the beaches of Taormina itself, and a clawfoot slipper tub for soaking.
Cozy bedroom also has a cathedral ceiling and high accent windows and ledges which open up the space, with south-facing windows affording views into Mexico. Plush, new queen-sized bed with luxurious bedding and pillows allow for the ultimate in creature-comforts.
Kitchen is complete and gorgeous, with butcher block countertop, 18" dishwasher from Italy, double sink, custom shelves, oak cabinets and beautiful glass tile backsplash.
Living room features a dining bar adjacent to kitchen, with another window-side "bar" fashioned from a re-purposed antique ironing board. Dining table is classic Bisbee style, with refinished former 1920s bedroom door serving as a long, Italian, family-style dinner table top (glass top on way)!
For lounging, and drinking in the breathtaking views, an eclectic assortment of comfortable furniture awaits you. Also included are an assortment of interesting books, magazines, board games, playing cards, art supplies, and a selection of DVDs (no cable TV and wifi can be temperamental in Bisbee canyons).
Finally, the orientation of Casa Taomina, with a patio and newly and beautifully landscaped yard on both east and west sides, allows for cool morning or afternoon shade, or soaking up of sun, depending on what you desire. Hostess Maria and her Italian immigrant parents who just visited, put in finishing touches in the private and relaxing front yard (east facing), including fruit trees, herbs, and indigenous and flowering plants. The cool evening breezes coupled with stunning views are sure to please.
So, if you're up for semi-rustic/high-end combo with killer views, stay at "Casa Taormina" of Bisbee! Your first stay will help get her finished for your second, as I'm sure you'll want to return!
Bedroom sleeps two, with a new plush queen size bed just added! Futon in living room for two additional guests and additional lounging opportunities. Full bath, stove, fridge, basic kitchen wares, condiments and breakfast fixings, at a minimum, are included (usually eggs, bread/pastry, butter, fruit, juice, coffee, tea). Parking for one car (turn around much trickier with two cars and inadvisable). Road and narrow drive passable for car/passenger truck/SUV, but NOT for larger vehicles or trailers (very limited turn around).
Interaction with Guests:
Hostess lives in the house on the hillside directly below "Casa Taormina" and is available at check in and check out, if necessary, and for any concerns or questions that arise during your stay! Key left in lock box for after-hour check-in, or in the event that hostess is not immediately available at check in or check out.
Opera Drive in Old Bisbee is ideal for its being tucked away and semi-private, while still having ready access to downtown entertainment, culture, shops and dining. Music from events at nearby City Park and the infamous Brewery Gulch can be heard drifting up the canyon on many a weekend afternoon and evening. And if you love hiking as I do, there are trails up into the mule mountains overlooking town accessible from the tops of most streets and staircases, including my own. Get a new perspective on town- and life-by hiking right out the back -or front- door of Casa Taormina! Opera Drive is directly on the well-known and popular Bisbee Stair Climb route, with many visitors walking by on the street far below on any given weekend, or locals just getting some exercise.
If you are not familiar with Bisbee's layout, houses are built on the hillsides above and below each street, very European! There may be 3, 4, 5 or even more houses above street level at any given point. Casa Taormina is three houses (flights) above street level, with an empty lot and three additional houses above! Lucky for you though, Casa Taormina has a private, albeit narrow and steep (not suitable for very large vehicles) drive leading you right up to the house, so you don't have to climb three flights with luggage!
And, if you need something special for a meal at home, or some wine, beer or baked goods, fully stocked Mimosa Market is just a short walk down the end of Opera Drive with steps spilling down into Brewery Gulch. Mimosa Market even carries produce, homemade breads, fine cuts of meat and a selection of organic goods.
No need for public transit in Old Bisbee. Just park the car and walk downtown. Please note, again, that Bisbee is a mile high elevation and built on hills, so you WILL get your exercise walking around town! Make sure to stay hydrated, even in winter! If you are without a vehicle, there are buses that come through town from Tucson, and the local Bisbee Bus (with stops downtown) has routes to outlying areas and the local Safeway supermarket most days.
Other Things to Note:
Casa Taormina is suitable for up to five guests (in a pinch), with one full-sized futon, one queen-sized bed, and a single foam mattress available for one additional guest on floor if necessary! It is not, however, suitable for very small children. The yard is not child safe, nor is the location or property handicap accessible.
Casa Taormina, like much of Bisbee, is in a canyon. As such, most cell service (Sprint/Verizon/AT&T) works fine, but please be aware that internet can sometimes be spotty.
Also, bring slippers; floor has not yet been refinished (stay tuned; that's next on the list!)
Two night minimum stay. 4-5 Adults maximum (older children or infant only; yard not suitable for young children or toddlers). No pets. No smoking in house. It is understood that house renovation, though nearly complete, is still in progress (on-hold while house is occupied!) and house still has some unfinished qualities and building materials tucked away within house and in yard.+ More