The Inn on Broadway
411 West Broadway, Silver City, New Mexico, 88061, United States
An historic home
We chose this B&B because of its central location and because of the largely favourable reviews we had read, and on the whole I have to say that we were in agreement with these. This is a lovely house with bags of character. It is over 100 years old (which I know is old by US standards, although our own home in London is the same age and we think nothing of it!) According to our host, who welcomed us, it was once home to a madam who ran a string of brothels in the area, though I note there’s no mention of that on their website – perhaps they think it might deter some visitors?
Anyway, we had a very comfortable night’s sleep in the pretty Hummingbird Room on the first floor. The room is a reasonable size despite being their smallest and cheapest, and had all the facilities we needed. The stairs though are quite steep so if you think this might be an issue for you, request the only downstairs room, Gram’s Room.
Breakfast was good too – cheese muffins with delicious chilli marmalade (yes, really!), fresh melon and blueberries, raisin pancakes and crispy bacon. The only sour note was introduced by our hostess who, although very friendly, spent rather too much time complaining to the whole room about a recent slightly unfavourable review on Trip Advisor. The message was clear – a better review was expected from us!
But it's fair to say that review was hyper-critical. And generally I would say we were happy with our choice. The location can’t be beaten – only a few minutes’ walk from several restaurants, yet really quiet. The owners are very helpful with ideas for places to eat and routes to take. And the shady garden must be a real plus if visiting at the hottest time of year and/or staying longer than the one night we spent here.
Unique Quality: Look out for the oh-so-friendly cat, Midnight (photo 2). I took my early morning coffee out on the porch and he joined me there – a lovely way to start the day.
Directions: Broadway is at the southern end of the main street, Bullard, and the Inn a couple of blocks west (on your left)
More about Silver City
My 1 yr-old son on low-traffic Hwy 35 near Mimbres
Gila Cliff Dwellings
Billy the Kid Statue
Travel Tips for Silver City
The Official New Mexico State Question...
...is "Red or Green?" This refers to whether you would like red or green chile sauce on your food. You may wish to ask your server which one is hotter that day and order accordingly depending on your tastes and tolerance. My personal favorite is green, as I find that green chiles have a 'butter-y' flavor I really enjoy. Not sure which to choose? Answer "Christmas" and you'll get half red and half green (but only in the northern part of the state; folks in the southern half will look at you like you're crazy).
For the Outdoors (camping and fishing) the nights can get pretty cool since Silver City is over 5500 feet elevation. The surrounding mountains get downright cold at night. Daytime gets pretty warm during the summer months and Monsoon season can bring heavy rains. RV's will limit where you can go in the Gila Wilderness because of road conditions (forest roads). For Silver City itself, if you forget something we have a Wal-Mart Super Center in town. Hiking, fishing, camping, havegood comfortable hiking shoes/boots, denim pants and long sleeve shirt. Rain gear during Monsoon Season. In Silver City we have an excellent hospital and EMS services that can meet any need. If go out into the Wilderness though, medical attention can be hard to get to, so pack a 1st aid kit. In Silver City we have excellent photographic supplies because of all picturesqe views that abound. But if you venture out into the WIlderness, make sure you have everything you need. Camping and Fishing. Make sure you have anything you mights need for weather/temperature changes. Wildlife can get into your food supplies so keep the food locked up in your vehicle when not in use. Yes we have Bears, Mountian Lion, Lynx, and Mexican Gray Wolves. Firearms are not allowed on National parks or wilderness so make sure you take the appropriate steps to discourage wildlife from ruining your trip.
Silver City Museum: Historical Displays
There are several historical display in the museum covering the early and later history of the town and the area. The earliest inhabitants in the area were hunter gatherer tribes followed by the Mimbres People who came here about 900 AD. The Spanish came here in the 1400s. Just like today, people from a large number of countries contributred to the rich tapestry that was New Mexico. Mining was very important to the area too. One of the unsung heroes of the old west were the merchants who imported the goods needed by area residents. The late 1800s were a very interesting time in the history of Silver City.
Silver City, quiet and quaint
"A nice place to stay"
This is a good place to stay in close proximity to Gila National Forest, Cliff Dwellings, and other attractions.
In Jan 2010, there were so many hotel vacancies, you could just walk in and get a nice hotel room anywhere.
Basaic Silver City Page
"Silver City Museum"
Silver City is a very friendly small city in Southwest New Mexico. Its location on the road leading to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, and its proximity to several state parks, make it an ideal town to use as a base for exploring the area. Take some time to tour this interesting city too. The Silver City Museum is located in an 1881 home built in the Mansard-Italianate Style of architecture. It houses some interesting displays about the history of the area.
"Billy the Kid"
One of the most well-known residents of Silver City would be Billy the Kid. William Bonney was born and raised here. He also got his first job, committed his first crime, and was jailed for the first time here. This is a recreation of the cabin he grew up in.
"Meet the Locals"
Almost everyone I saw in Silver City said hello. I had nice conversations with several people including Helen here, who was a Nursing Student at Western New Mexico University.
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