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Rainbow’s End,  Suite 201, of the Gym Club Suites is a 1300 square foot, two story apartment suite with a 560 square foot deck that has a 270 degree view of Old Bisbee.  When the building was being renovated in 1985 into a 17 unit apartment building, the managing partner of the project, Garth Collier of Collier-Craft Development Company, designed this unit to be his future residence.   Mr. Collier lived in suite 201 and Mr Craft lived in suite 105 after the project was completed.


View from SE corner of suite 201 deck.

View from SW corner of suite 201 deck.

View from SW corner of suite 201 deck.

After twenty some years, the wood deck has deteriorated.  It’ time for a new one.  But, it’s a big job.  The deck has no outside access and it’s two stories above ground level.  The old wood from the existing deck will need to be removed and disposed of.  The roof where the deck sits on needs to be cleaned and be coated with a couple of layers of roof coating because we’re hoping we will not have to work on it for another 20 years.  New wood will have to be taken up – over 150 pieces of 8 footers.

It’s mid-May.  The weather was getting hot.  But, it needed to be done before the monsoon season began.

We started out with an 8’x8′ area just outside the patio door.  We took out the existing 8×8 deck –  pried the wood boards off the joists, banged in the exposed screws, cut down the boards for easy handling.  We experimented with different gap sizes between the boards and how to compensate for boards that were not straight.  After the 8×8 area was finished, we had to stop for a while because of a check-in.  This break gave us time to reconsider how we would approach the rest of the deck.


On the left are old joists with parts of deck boards still attached. On the right are stacks of 16″ 2×6’s. Lower right shows the 8×8 “new” deck.

The new approach would be to eliminate any kind of prying and banging down the screws.  This was accomplished by cutting both sides of the board that was screwed into the joist.   We ended up with pieces of 2×6’s that were about 16 inches long and old  joists with pieces of wood still screwed into them.  The joists were then cut into smaller pieces with a miter saw.  Once the old wood was removed, the roof  swept clean and painted, it’s time to build.  But, we had to take another break because of reservations.

With the experience of building the 8×8 deck, we decided to build the deck differently from before – which was  6 or 7 smaller, independent decks put next to each other.  This time, the deck boards would be staggered.  It was going to be one big deck – no more unevenness or wobbling.

Here are more photos:

Building the deck - one board at a time.

Building the deck – one board at a time.

Finished deck.

Finished deck: we used Cabot Wood Stain instead of paint – no more cracking and peeling paint 🙂

Now, imagine yourself enjoying a cup of coffee in the early morning – the sun is about to rise above the B Mountain.  It had rained the night before, but there’s not a cloud in the sky.  The air is crisp and fresh.  You can hear the birds chirping joyously, welcoming a brand new day.

Or, imagine later in the afternoon… the sun is already hiding behind the monsoon clouds; there is a light breeze.  It’s the perfect setting to share a bottle of wine with good friends, relaxing around the patio table, lingering until you hear the first thunder.   If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see this amazing sight (photo by Joseph Oland):  http://ow.ly/mZH9R

Monsoon season is actually a great time to visit Bisbee.  Our temperature is 10-20 degrees lower than that of Tucson or Phoenix.  The average summertime low is in the mid 60’s.  No matter how hot it gets during the day, we always have cool nights and mornings.   As a bonus, you’ll get to see the gorgeous waterfalls of Bisbee after the monsoon rain.

This year, we are offering low, low summer rates.   So, bring your entire family and enjoy a delightful summer vacation in Bisbee, Arizona at the Gym Club Suites.   We are also offering a summer deal at ArizonaGuide.com and DestinationBisbee.com.  Summer deal and summer rates ends September 30th, 2013.  Come visit us soon.


A blog about Bisbee and Bisbee events by Gym Club Suites:

About us:  Originally built in 1903 as the YMCA, it is a registered historical landmark.  Renovated in the 1980′s into a 17-unit apartment building; now it is a popular vacation rental for long and short term stays.

For more info: www.gymclubsuites.com

To view our suites:  http://ow.ly/1TcVv

For Bisbee Events:  http://ow.ly/1SNm7

Follow us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/BisbeeAzLodging

Facebook Page:   www.facebook.com/GymClubSuites


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At 47 degrees Fahrenheit year round, the Queen Mine is the coolest place to be in the summer anywhere in Arizona.  The Queen Mine operated from 1877 – 1975. It has seven levels with 143 miles of passageways. The Mine has natural ventilation due to the many shafts and drifts.

Outfitted in hard hat, miner’s headlamp and a yellow slicker, thousands of Bisbee visitors descend into the Queen Mine Tour each year—heading underground and back in time. Tour guides, retired Phelps Dodge employees, lead the group 1,500 feet into the mine and recount mining days, techniques, dangers and drama.  Adding a personal touch, the miner-turned-tour guides help visitors experience what it was like to work underground.  Some of the tour guides are already in their 80’s.  So, come visit soon.

Old Bisbee Map

Five tours depart each day, seven days a week, from the Queen Mine Tour Building, located immediately south of Old Bisbee’s business district, off the U.S. 80 interchange.

9:00am, 10:30am, Noon, 2:00pm, 3:30pm
$13 for adults
$5.50 for ages 4-12
(taxes are included)
Children under 4 are free.

Prices subject to change
Tours last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Read about the  Queen Mine Tour history and the Bisbee mining history.

Browse through the beautiful rocks at the gift shop inside the Queen Mine Tour building.  You can also pick up brochures and maps at the Bisbee Visitors Center next to the gift shop.  Our volunteers are willing and ready to help you plan a wonderful visit in Bisbee.

Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum is another “must see” while you’re in Bisbee.  It’s part of the Smithsonian Institution’s Affiliations Program, the first museum in the southwest to be designated – and distinguished – as an Affiliate since 1998.  Once a year the Mining Museum also sponsors a Turquoise Hunt where rock hounds can hunt for the valuable Bisbee turquoise – the Bisbee Blue.  (2013 Turquoise Hunt is cancelled, call around mid year 2014 regarding 2014 Turquoise Hunt.)





A blog about Bisbee and Bisbee events by Gym Club Suites:

About us:  Originally built in 1903 as the YMCA, it is a registered historical landmark.  Renovated in the 1980′s into a 17-unit apartment building; now it is a popular vacation rental for long and short term stays.

For more info: www.gymclubsuites.com

To view our suites:  http://ow.ly/1TcVv

For Bisbee Events:  http://ow.ly/1SNm7

Follow us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/BisbeeAzLodging

Facebook Page:   www.facebook.com/GymClubSuites

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On October 7th and 8th, 2011, the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum will again sponsor the Bisbee Turquoise Hunt.  

History of Bisbee Turquoise 

In the 1950’s and 60’s, Phelps Dodge, in order to expose the high grade copper ore,  extracted  lower grade ore along with deposits of turquoise into dump trucks and hauled them aways.  Miners and company employees who recovered these precious stones from the dump, against company rule, were the only source of this famous Bisbee turquoise.  In 1972, Phelps Dodge leased the right to recover the turquoise from the dump to Bob Matthews who sold most of the tuquoise to Durango Silver, CO.  Durango Silver now owns the largest collection of Bisbee turquoise.

Bisbee Blues, a registered name for Bisbee turquoise

“High-quality Bisbee Turquoise is a hard, strikingly brilliant blue stone often with red-brown spiderwebbing, dendrites or hard chocolate brown colored matrix distinctive to the area near Bisbee.”  (from Durango Silver’s website) 

Click on the link to see a slide show of Bisbee turquoise http://ow.ly/2huoj from bisbeeturquoise.com.

2009 Turquoise Hunt

Some of the biggest turquoise recovered from last year’s Hunt were found by professional jewelers.  Unlike amateurs who were happy to find tiny pieces of turquoise by flipping over rocks and digging into dirt, they scanned the ground for big ones.  And, they found big ones.

This one was found by Olin, a jeweler from Phoenix.  This was his second time to the Bisbee Turquoise Hunt.  You’ll see why when you see the picture below.

A darker turquoise, potentially worth $1000 when cut.

This one was found by Bisbee’s own Rock Man, Bruce Mead. 

A larger rock measuring 4+ inches across, potentially worth $300.


Why don’t you join the professional jewelers and spend a couple of hours hunting for treasure?   Oct 7th, 2011, Friday, is open only for members ($20) of the Mining Museum.  Oct 8th, Saturday, is open to the public ($30) .  For more information, contact the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum 520-432-7071.

Turquoise Links:

Bisbee Minining & Historial Museum Newsletters http://www.bisbeemuseum.org/bmhm/newsletters/bmnewsletter02.pdf


Finders Keepers, 81 Main Street, Bisbee    http://www.fkeepers.com/bisbeeturquoise.html

Natural turquoise vs stabilized turquoise http://www.collectorsguide.com/fa/fa098.shtml

Durango Silver’s page on Bisbee Turquoise & Youtube video on Bisbee Turquoise http://www.bisbeeturquoise.com    http://ow.ly/2Orh6



October 7-8 Weekend Events in Bisbee

Besides the Turquoise Hunt, other events this weekend are:

Farmers Market:  8am – 1pm Saturday.  Enjoy music by Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl under the “Social Tree”.  http://www.bisbeefarmersmarket.org/#!market-news

Wine Tasting Fest:  4-7 pm Saturday.  Sample more than 50 Old and New World wines.  This event is guaranteed to be an afternoon of great food, music and fun.  www.bisbeerotaryclub.org or 520-432-3554.

Bisbee After 5:  5-8pm Saturday Oct 8th, 2011.  Enjoy special sales and promotions, enter to win a raffle worth $200+, enjoy live entertainment and artist receptions until 8pm.   http://bisbeeafterfive.blogspot.com/



A blog about Bisbee events by Gym Club Suites:

About us:  Originally built in 1903 as the YMCA, a registered historical landmark;   renovated in the 1980’s into a 17-unit apartment building;  now it is fully furnished for travelers to Bisbee and Southeast Arizona a place to curl up for the night ~ a home away from home, instead of just a hotel room.

For more info: www.gymclubsuites.com

To view our suites:  http://ow.ly/1TcVv

For Bisbee Events:  http://ow.ly/1SNm7

Follow us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/BisbeeAzLodging

Like us on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/gymclubsuites

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The 5th Annual Bisbee Lodging Tour (2010) – Doors Wide Open – is bigger and better than ever.  It is scheduled for June 12, Saturday and June 13, Sunday.   Below is the Press Release:

5th Annual Bisbee Lodging Tour : “Doors Wide Open”

Discover 21 amazing, unique and totally different historic establishments at the 5th Annual Bisbee Lodging Tour in beautiful Bisbee, Arizona on Saturday, June 12 from 11 am to 4 pm and Sunday, June 13 from 11 am to 4 pm.

Tickets are just $15 for either one or both days, and include 10 different lodging facilities on each day, plus free rides on a bus shuttle, water and two complimentary breakfasts. On Saturday morning, from 9 to 11 am the Calumet & Arizona Guest House in the historic Warren neighborhood is offering a free breakfast in its gracious Victorian dining room to all tour participants. On Sunday morning there will be a free pancake breakfast in Goar Park, in downtown Old Bisbee. Go to both if you like!

Tickets will be available in advance from the Bisbee Chamber of Commerce. Either telephone 520 432 5421 or send an email <chamber@bisbeearizona.com>. You can also purchase tickets on either Saturday or Sunday morning at the chamber office at 1 Main Street, Old Bisbee or at the Bisbee Visitor Center across the street. The Calumet & Arizona Guest House will also have tickets for sale on Saturday morning, 608 Powell St, in Warren District.

All lodging establishments on the tour are locally owned or managed. As participants on the tour, you will get an insider’s view of Bisbee’s architectural heritage as well as how newer buildings add to the character of this former copper mining town.

Among the unique lodgings are a B & B that was once a schoolhouse and another that was a mining executive’s home. You can visit a guesthouse that was originally a miner’s cottage with breathtaking, panoramic views, and an historic hotel that played host to such notables as Theodore Roosevelt and John Wayne. (It is said by some to also have ghosts!) On the tour there will be a vintage trailer court and a Route 66 style motor court; an 1890’s inn that was once a miners’ boarding house and an inn in the infamous Brewery Gulch. There are suites that are in the former YMCA building and another that has a hidden garden. There are more lodgings open for this tour than can be seen in one day, so come on Saturday, stay overnight, enjoy Bisbee’s nightlife — live music by Train Wreck at the Bisbee Coffee Shop patio, 4 – 8 PM, galleries open along Main Street — and take in the second half of the tour on Sunday.

The City of Bisbee is known worldwide for its old world charm and new world charisma. Located approximately 90 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee is Arizona’s premier destination for arts and culture, Western heritage, urban hiking, unique shopping and first class restaurants. For tourist information contact the Bisbee Visitor Center at 520 432 3554 (1-866-2BISBEE) or visit <www.discoverbisbee.com>. The tour is sponsored by the Bisbee Chamber of Commerce.

How can we make this Lodging Tour better?  How about FREE?  Gym Club Suites will give you two free tickets ($30 value) to the Lodging Tour if you stay with us both Friday (June 11th, 2010) and Saturday (June 12th, 2010)  nights – limit two tickets per unit.  Must call to make your reservation for the free tickets.  This offer ends 6/2/10 6pm.  

Be sure to take advantage of the two free breakfasts — Joy of Calumet serves a fabulous breakfast.  You don’t want to miss it.  Remember to turn in your ticket to any of the participating lodges, the Chamber or the Visitor’s Center for a chance to win prizes including free night’s lodging, free dinners for 2 and free massages. 

Go to http://bisbeelandmark.com/roomsnew.html to pick you favorite unit.  You can also find out what other events are scheduled for that weekend from this link: www.bisbeelandmark.com/BisbeeEvents.html.

Feel free to call (520-234-5921) or email (reservations@bisbeelandmark.com) us if you have any questions.

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Just the other day, some of my guests were raving about what a beautiful town Bisbee is.   I was reminded that last year Forbes Traveler chose Bisbee to be one of twenty “America’s Prettiest Towns”.

Read this:

This bohemian ex-mining town is nestled in the foothills of southern Arizona, just north of the Mexican border.   Urban designer Danno Glanz says its colorful characters and western charm, along with “eclectic hillside residential neighborhoods that terrace down the hillside in an organic way” are among the attributes that place it on his list.

“From the top of the hills, you get dramatic views into Mexico’s rugged Sonora State,”  he adds.  “It’s a great town for walking.”

See ForbesTraveler.com

I love it here and am happy to be part of this beautiful town.  Just take a look at the view I get to enjoy every day from my suites #401 and #402!

– Gym Club Suites


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