Unfortunately, since Tombstone Boarding House was off the beaten path of tourist-trap-laden Allen Street, the only way for TBH's owner Sylvia to generate business was to go up to the corner of 4th & Allen and approach people individually, asking "Are you folks looking for a good place to eat tonight?" The Lamplight Restaurant, adjacent to the Boarding House, offered the very best food in town (we also often ate at Nellie Cashman's, which AT THE TIME, offered the only other fine dining experience -- that has since changed owners, and I have no idea what it is like now). When the former Sheriff was prevailed upon by the "Mayor" to quash ALL on-street activity (which had been allowed for decades), such in-person soliciting ended -- and a truly wonderful, locally-owned, small-business restaurant and Bed & Breakfast died.
To my knowledge, neither the charming B&B nor the outstanding restaurant has reopened. This is Tombstone's loss. The premises in the 1880's used to be the home of a prominent banker, and Texas John Slaughter is said to have lived there. See my post under "Ghost Tours" for some brief info about a tour that -- at present -- cannot be offered due to lack of ownership access!
(Thankfully, Tombstone now has a new Mayor, who hopefully will look to the town's lifeblood tourism, enhancing the tourists' experience, as a priority, instead of guarding his own selfish interests.)
Tombstone still offers much for the casual tourist, not the least of which is the outstanding show at the OK Corral (which was also hampered by the "no street activity" rule, which I understand has been lifted since the new Mayor took office). If -- BIG "IF" -- there is a later show on the day you visit, say 4 or 4:30 PM, go to that one, as it is often less crowded than the one at 2 PM. The professional actor portraying "Doc Holliday" wrote the show, and he is more than willing to talk with any visitor about the town, the show, or Doc himself.
PS: at the end of this review form is a question: "Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?" I HAD to check "yes", even though it is not open any more, because to say "no" would be an insult to its previous glory. Maybe some day, some lucky new owner will be able to revive what was once a delightful "step-back-in-time" experience.
- Also Known As:
- Tombstone Boarding House b&b
- Tombstone Boarding House Hotel Tombstone