A Great Getaway
Equally handy to the Phoenix and Tucson Metro areas, Globe and nearby Miami make a great day trip… and an even better destination for a weekend or weeklong getaway.
Escape from the rush of city life into a different world – high desert, pine-clad mountains, and friendly small towns with character, delightful architecture, surprising boutiques and treasure-filled antique shops.
Trod the pathways of prehistoric villages, or enjoy the high life at the Apache Gold Casino Resort. Sports minded? Golf and hiking are right at your doorstep while the pleasures of Roosevelt Lake are but a short distance away.
Home Tour Opens Doors to the Past
Coming up on March 10-11 is one of Globe’s most popular events, the annual Historic Home and Building Tour. Founded upon silver and nourished by copper, Globe’s boomtown mining past has left a legacy of charming homes and stylish public buildings. The tour – “You park, we drive” – leaves from the train depot at the corner of Broad and Sycamore streets downtown.
Special stops this year include an early-day adobe home standing near the banks of Pinal Creek and a boarding house that dates back to the 1890s, along with a visit to the historic cemetery. An antique show, the Copper Country Quilters show – featuring a special display of Arizona Centennial quilts (open through March 31st), and the newly opened Rose Mofford display are included with the tour.
If you should you miss this special event, you can pick up a walking tour brochure at the Visitor Center and explore on your own: the imposing courthouse building, the old jail with cell blocks from the infamous Yuma Territorial Prison, the historic train depot, exquisite stained glass at local churches, and gingerbread trim on early day homes…there’s plenty to see.
Shopping District is a “Best Kept Secret”
For those who love to browse antique shops for the thrill of finding that something special, the Arts and Antiques District of Globe-Miami is just the place for you! Home to over 20 antique dealers, the variety offered is amazing! You’ll find coke machines and antique gas pumps, medieval armor, collectibles of every kind including cowboy, mining, furniture, glassware, vintage jewelry, primitives, etc. – as well as Native American arts and crafts and so much more.
In addition, there are boutiques and gift shops offering friendly personal service and items that are not duplicated in endless chain stores. The Cobre Valley Center for the Arts showcases local fine art, sculpture and stained glass. Request a map at the Chamber and start your treasure hunt.
Resort Amenities and Gaming Fun at Apache Gold Casino
Just five minutes outside Globe you can stay and play at the Apache Gold Casino Resort. Among the 600+ state-of-the-art video and reel slot machines and progressives, you’ll find exclusive games like Apache Legends and the new Apache Ponies. Inexpensive penny slots and $5 Blackjack tables help you stretch your dollars. Bingo is always popular, especially the fact that there are no machines, only paper games. Be sure to sign up for a free Players Club Card – members can earn up to $30 on the day they sign up!
Accommodations and dining are great value and right at hand. The Wickiup Buffet offers all-you-can-eat meals for as low as $7.00, while the Apache Grill features both classic favorites and authentic southwestern dishes. The RV Park at $25 a night and the Apache Gold Best Western’s standard room Stay and Play Packages starting at $59 make a getaway very affordable. Jacuzzi and two-room suites are available, also. Don’t miss the brand new pool and fitness center! Entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge rounds out your visit.
Golfers Take Note
Are you looking for a spectacular and challenging course for a very reasonable fee? The Apache Stronghold Golf Course is your answer! Designed by award-winning architect Tom Doak, the course features a 3,200-foot elevation with two par-5 holes of over 600 yards each and five difficult par-4s. Natural beauty has been preserved throughout, including 14 archaeological sites. Distant mountain ranges provide a backdrop for several greens, including the par-3 14th, a modified Redan hole set atop a 90-foot ridge. The 9- or 18-hole rate with cart is only $25. Apache Stronghold is open Wednesday through Sunday.
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A Vanished Civilization
For those interested in ancient cultures, Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park offers the chance to explore the remains of a settlement built by the Salado Indians around the 1200s. Once a well-established society, they disappeared from their pueblos shortly after 1400 for reasons unknown to us today. Learn more as you walk the pathways and tour the reconstructed rooms. The park’s museum offers a video explaining the life of this past civilization plus exhibits of pottery, tools, clothing, and other cultural remnants.
Visitors may also visit the remains of large cliff pueblos overlooking Roosevelt Lake. Be sure to reserve a spot on the tour to the Upper Cliff Dwelling at Tonto National Monument.
There’s plenty more fun to be had in the Globe area. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy walking and hiking in Globe’s beautiful Round Mountain Park and the nearby Pinal Mountains. Camping, fishing, hunting, and mountain biking are all available.
And mark your calendar for Miami’s BoomTown Spree on April 20-22. This lively festival is chock full of events: the Arizona State Mining Championship, the Copper Crawl 5K & 13K hill runs, a parade, street fair, live entertainment, stair climb, bed races and more. Hours are Fri. 5-9pm, Sat. 9-9 and Sun 10-5. 928-473-4185
Globe-Miami C of C, 1360 N. Broad St., Globe: