The Sleepy Dog Guest House
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Sleepy Dog Guest House Bisbee
Sleepy Dog-What a Find!
I've been going to Bisbee for the past 30 years, and have stayed in most of the B&B's, Inns, "the hotel", and other motel type establishments that the town has to offer. Sleepy Dog is a former miner's home set on the side of a canyon overlooking Brewery Gulch. Get there, park your car, and you can walk to anything you may need. Look in the kitchen first, as it is stocked with items that you may not need to bring for your stay. The dining room has windows facing out across the pass into Bisbee. After walking the 52 steps you can take a bath in the house's claw foot tub. There is a stereo (with a CD selection), a selection of books and a TV/VCR (also with a VHS selection). The living room has a couch large enough for you and your dog (or whomever) to take a nap on. The bedroom has a king sized bed with great linens and the coolest mirror in town. Now, the best part is the fenced in yard-green grass, trees, flowers, and of course, the view! It's so peaceful and tranquil sitting on the porch watching the hummingbirds and goldfinches have their fun. Proprietors, Tad and Mark are among the nicest people we've been fortunate enough to meet. If you are planning on going to Tombstone or Karchner Caverns in So. AZ, consider the Sleepy Dog Guest House as "Home Base". Their website is (---)
Russ, Sandie, and Hidey.
Comfortable and Relaxed at the Sleepy Dog
Our visits to the Sleepy Dog in Bisbee typically coincide with cycles in the academic calendar: one of us is attending law school. We find the ambience of the house and town most relaxing and rejuvenating, especially after a long semester. The guest house and garden combines old world charm with modern conveniences in a spectacular setting high up in the hills of this historic mining town. The view from the house of 'down-town' (which is within walking distance) and the surrounding mountains are gorgeous. The outside patio makes for a great place to enjoy afternoon tea and watch life go by or for views of the ever-changing weather. We have included a photograph of down-town which was taken early one December morning after some snow. We recently stayed at the house again: when a monsoon storm by-passed town and we were thrilled to see a rainbow appear (shortly thereafter) over the nearby hill. Did we mention the delightful garden: For the most part it is private and secluded; and makes for a great place to catch some sun or shade; have a picnic; and a treat for our two small dogs to explore. We have used the Sleepy Dog as a convenient base to explore SE Arizona e.g. the wine country (Sonoita), the Chirachua Mountains, Cochise Stronghold, etc. are all within several hours driving time from Bisbee. In short, the house is a comfortable place to be and to do your own thing: Tad (the owner) is most acoomodating. Definitely recommended if you're looking for a distinct experience.
Unique mining house
Quiet relaxing place with view of town, mountains and colorful Lavender Pit copper strip mine. Lots of character with full kitchen. Owner was pleasant and made sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed, including information about the historic town of Bisbee.
Weather this time of year was perfect, lows in mid 60s, highs in mid 80s. Scottsdale, where we live, was over 100.
Only negative to us was that we prefer taking showers, where only a historic claw foot tub was available. Just our individual preference, many (especially women) would find that enjoyable.
We would definitely consider for another trip, especially during the Summer.
The best kept secret in Bisbee!
We had a lovely stay at the Sleepy Dog Guest House! We have visited Bisbee several times but our first stay at this wonderful guest house beats all other accommodations. This is surely the softest place to land in the Mule Mountains. The decor is a combination of Old West and animal themed (you will find yourself wandering about the house looking at the details.) The view is outstanding; the bed is very cozy; the kitchen has every piece of equipment you need and best of all your dog(s) are welcome guests as well. But don't worry, if you are not traveling with your dog (we weren't,) you are still welcome. The owners are very kind to animals and not only have two beautiful dogs but a number of rescue cats who will come visit you from time to time. Words cannot describe the serenity of sitting on the porch while the sun sets but I will try: peaceful, gentle breezes, beautiful plants, hummingbirds buzzing by...
Enough said! You must visit the Sleepy Dog and see for yourself! It is one of a kind and I know we will be back next time we visit!
Had to Come Back!!!
My wife and I had visited the Sleepy Dog two years ago for our anniversary. It was a magical visit then and just as magical this year. From it's unique location at the top of the hill overlooking Old Bisbee, to the "Step back in Time" front porch and kitchen, to the claw foot tub and the "I Love This Place!!!" back patio, the Sleepy Dog Guest House is the number one southwest jaunt relaxation haven for us. The town is wonderful with it's galleries and fine cuisine, but plan to spend the majority of your time here relaxing, conversing, and reflecting like few places on earth allow us to do. Stay here and you shall receive blessed enlightenment (or at least have a real good time) from the quirkiest of destinations.
Enjoyed the Sleepy Dog Guest House
It was a joy and so relaxing to sit on the quiet little porch of the Sleepy Dog Guest House in Bisbee, Arizona, during my three-day stay there last December. The view of the old copper mine in the distance was so unique as were the town itself, its quaint houses, and hills on all sides. My hostess, Tad Cheyenne Miller, made my stay even more wonderful with her great collection of art and kitschy western collections in the house. This is truly one of the most unique and interesting places I have ever stayed in.
After a great night's sleep in the lovely, elegant king-size bed with plush bedding, and a breakfast with all the makings on hand, one morning I decided to head downtown to the heart of Old Bisbee for some sight-seeing. The Guest House is right in town and I was able to walk everywhere. Delightfully, I found colorful shops and antique dealers (my favorite places), amazing architecture, superb restaurants and historic taverns, and much more. One day I also took a fascinating tour in the open railroad car through the old Copper Queen Mine. Talk about history down there!!
I don't have a dog, but for folks who do, the Sleepy Dog Guest House looks like a perfect place to take them, as I could see that Tad really loves having dog guests by the amenities that are there for them.
I will long remember my stay at the Sleepy Dog Guest House and highly recommend it for anyone looking for something distinctive and pleasurable.
Fabulous Sleepy Dog with its 40's cowboy memorabilia
Sleepy Dog was the perfect guest house while visiting Bisbee before I ended up moving here - a step back in time with its amazing collection of cowboy kitsch and western memorabilia as well as modern conveniences. Charming garden (porch and grassy patio) to look down over the little mining town and views of the mountains of Mexico - it was hard deciding which was more fun to check out - the town, or Sleepy Dog's tiny artistic touches which don't reveal themselves at once. Walking up the steps to this renovated miners cabin from the late 1800s it's hard to decide what is more fun - the collection of vintage licence plates covering the entry wall, or the vintage beer and coca cola signs on another outside wall of the house. Bring your camera! and not necessarily for the charms of Bisbee! Great bed too! (and loved the doggie patchwork quilt!) modern plumbing but great vintage fixtures !
Well done Sleepy Dog.
We just had the pleasure of staying at "sleepy Dog" in Bisbee az and had such a great experience . the house has great views and is so clean it squeaks. the furnature is comfortable and the colors the owner used (she is a artist) were bright and cheerful. Linens were 500 count and very lush. The house has great antiques and we spent hours just looking at the great collections of old west objects and art . most of our time was spent sitting in rocking chairs on the back porch which over looks the old historic town of bisbee . not only was this the most relaxing vacation we have ever had but we felt we had our own pravate little hidaway in the mountains. we look forward to returning very soon.
Four Paws Up on the Sleep Dog!!!!
The Sleepy Dog Guest House was wonderful! My dogs were ecstatic to be there, as were we. They loved the yard, the relaxing porch, everything. The view overlooking Bisbee was breathtaking, and the amenities at the Sleepy Dog were fantastic. We definitely give the Sleepy Dog Guest House Four Paws Up!!!!
We love Sleepy Dog!!!
We were told of this little hideaway by a friend of ours, and now we go out there every chance we get. It's home away from home. Such a quaint guest house with a full kitchen, dining room and family room. Every room has lots of knick-knacks and great books. The house is nestled above town so the views from the patio are just breathtaking. We spend a lot of time on the patio, reading, talking and enjoying the peacefulness. There's also a little yard next to the patio, where we spend time watching our dogs play in the grass... It's pet-friendly so your 4 legged kids can come too! They really enjoy it. Everything is within walking distance so you can go out for meals or take advantage of the kitchen and enjoy the fabulous views! I highly recommend the Sleepy Dog Guest House! So do my "Kids"!!!
TripAdvisor Reviews The Sleepy Dog Guest House Bisbee
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