Road Trip — Silver City by way of Pinos Altos


Silver City Street Art

Silver City Street Art

As my birthday approached Ursula decided to surprise me this year with a little road trip.  We would be exploring the area in and around college town/art community of Silver City, New Mexico, while staying in a rustic cabin in nearby former mining town of Pinos Altos.  Also on the agenda would be an excursion and hike along the famous, recently reopened Catwalk Trail (all next week) in the Gila National Forest as well as a tasty celebratory dinner at a truly gourmet establishment in Silver City (Fun Food Friday’s extensive restaurant review of Café 1Zero6).

Palace Hotel entrance

Palace Hotel — Built in 1880; used as a hotel staring in 1900

We took off early Friday afternoon, as we had exclusive dinner reservations in Silver City.  Finding we had time on our hands, we initially bypassed Silver City and headed into the high elevation of Pinos Altos to check in at the Bear Creek Motel and Cabins.  Ours was the charming (outside) but, in our view, overly rustic (inside) Cabin A.

Bear Creek Motel & Cabins; Cabin A

Bear Creek Motel & Cabins; Cabin A

Other cabin residents disagreed with our assessment, as many told us they are frequent guests of Bear Creek.  So, don’t let me dissuade you, as you may really enjoy the Old West ambience.

 

Palace Hotel

Palace Hotel — Built in 1880; used as a hotel staring 1900

With still almost an hour to go until our reserved time at 1Zero6, we headed out onto the streets of Silver City for some photo opportunities.  I was not disappointed.

The Art Deco styling of the Murray Hotel

The Art Deco styling of the Murray Hotel

 

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