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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

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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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The 2010 Bisbee Lodging Tour is on the weekend of June 12 & 13.  Each day features 10 or more unique lodgings in Bisbee.  We encourage every one to stay at least Saturday night to enjoy the special music by Train Wreck, the Bisbee After 5 Art Walk, the hospitality of one of our fine lodging facilities as well as the free pancake breakfast on Sunday morning.

If you can join us for only one day of the tour, below is a list of  lodging participants on each of the two days:

Saturday, June 12, 2010

1. Calumet & Arizona Guest House :  1906 executive house designed by SW architech Henry Trost with large, quiet rooms fillled with anitques, fire places, library , piano, spa and patios.  Exceptional full breakfast.  Children & pets OK.  Smoking on patio.  Guests refrigerator and microwave.  Rates: $50-110 

www.calumetaz.com,   608 Powell St.  520-432-4815

2.  Shady Dell Vintage Trailers:  10 fully restored 1950’s aluminum travel trailers decorated in vintage memorabilia. Elegantly restored 1947 Chris Craft yacht & 1947 bus.  1957 Dot’s Diner on premises. Children 10+ , No pets, Non-smoking. Rateas $50-$165.

www.theshadydell.com  1 Douglas Road,  520-432-3567

3.  High Desert Inn:  Located in the heart of Historic District.  Rooms with private bath, queen bed, cable TV, AC, heat.  Children OK, No pets, Non-smoking.  Rates $85-$110

www.highdesertinnbisbee.com  8 Naco Road  520-432-5747

4.  OK Street Jailhouse:  Two story 1200 s/f structure was an active jail between 1907 and 1914.  The former drunk tank is now a living room/kitchen combination.  There is a half bath downstairs.  On the second floor, in the former cell for serious offenders, is now the bedroom and bath with Jacuzzi tub for two.  A/C upstairs, public parking.  Rates $115/2 people for one night, $85 each additional  night.

www.okrealtyinc.com  522 Arizona St.  520-432-7435

5.  Hotel Lamore:  1917 historic hotel in downtown Old Bisbee with 20 rooms.  Continental breakfast is provided in the dining room.  Rates $70-$110.

www.hotellamore.com  45 OK Street, 520-432-5131

6.  Eldorado Suites: Enjoy our downtown location in the heart of Old Bisbee.  Renovated guest suites featuring porches with views of historic Bisbee.  1 or 2 bedrooms, living room, kitchen, fine beds & linens, private bath, TV, wifi, some onsite parking.  No pets, Non-smoking.  Rates $125-$220

www.eldoradobisbee.com  55 OK Street  520-432-6679

7.  Audrey’s Inn:  Fully equipped kitchens, each sleeps 4.  TV/VCR, phone, A/C, laundry, wifi. Pride friendly, children & pets OK.  Non-smoking.  Rates $105 (1-2 people)-$120 (3-4 people)

www.audreysinn.com  20 Brewery Avenue  520-432-1866

8.  Hotel San Ramon:  Located in the heart of Historic District.  Newly renovated rooms with private bath, cable TV, AC/heat, wifi.  Restaurants on premises.  Families welcome.  No pets.  Non-smoking. Complimentary parking.  Not handicap accessible.  Rates $79-$145.

www.hotelsanramon.com  5 Howell Ave  520-432-1901

9.  Letson Loft Hotel:  The newly renovated treasure is locatead in the heart of Old Bisbee on the 2nd floor of the Letson Block Building, circa 1885. AC/heating, wifi, TV, DVD, HBO, continental breakfast,  luxurious beds and linens.  Children 12 and up OK.  No pets.  Non-smoking.  Ratesa $120-$185.

www.letsonlofthotel.com  26 Main Street  520-432-3210

10  Bisbee Grand Hotel:  A bed & breakfast inn and old time saloon with a full size pool table in a 1906 hotel with antique furnishings. Wifi.  European continental breakfast.  Children OK.  No pets.  Non-smoking.  Rates $79-$175.

www.bisbeegrandhotel.com  61 Main St.  520-432-5900

11.  Sunflower Suites:  Built in 1908, the beautifully renovated Sunflower Suites are perches above downtown Main Street.  Each suite is a very spacious, fully furnished one bedroom, one bath suite with its own private entrance.  Includes TV, Cable, but not internet.  There are 40 steps from Main Street to the lower suite and 58 to the upper Suite.  Public parking  $900/Mo.

www.okrealtyinc.com  522 Arizona St.  520-432-7435

Sunday, June 13, 2010

12.  Little House on Taylor Ave:  Fully equipped kitchen, 1 king bedroom suite with sofa sleeper; 42 in plasma with direct TV, large patio, newly renovated, no stairs, parking.  No pets, Children OK. Walking distance to shops and restaurant. Rates: $150 up to 4 people.

108 Taylor Ave.  602-828-8996

13  Doublejack Guesthouse:  Built prior to 1900, this fully restored 1 bdrm miner’s cottage has panoramic views. Walk to downtown. King bed, private deck, fully equipped kitchen, AC, clawfoot tub and walk-in double shower, monitor/DVD/VCR movies library, wifi, complimentary coffee and fixings for breakfast.  Gay owned and operated.  Smoking outside, pets OK. Steps.  Rates $125.

www.doublejackbisbee.com  Temby Ave  520-559-6708

14.  Gym Club Suites: Built in 1903 as the YMCA.  The Gym Club Suites feature 12′ ceilings, lofts and decks with panoramic view in downtown location.  Suites include a full kitchen, wifi, cable TV, AC.  Guest laundry & elevator.  Children OK.  No pets. Smoking on private decks.  Rates:  $85-$185.

www.bisbeelandmark.com  39 Howell Ave.   520-234-5921

15.  The Mozart Garden Suites: The spacious apartment features a living room with TV/DVD, wifi, a dining area , a full kitchen, full bath, queen bed and Arizona room with a single bed.  Enjoy the charm of our sculpture garden.  Rates: $75/day.

48B Shearer Ave.  520-432-7217

16. Canyon Rose Suites: Historic Bisbee.  AAA approved, 3 diamond rating.  1-bedroom & studio suites in a beautifully restored National Historic Registry building.  Fully equipped kitchens. Wifi, TV/DVD/cable, laundry.  Children OK.  No pets. Non-smoking.  Rate $99-$210

www.canyonrose.com  27 Subway Street  520-432-5098

17.  Copper Queen Hotel: Full service hotel in the center of Historic Bisbee.  Award winning dinning room, swimming pool, old fashioned saloon, wifi, AC/heat.  Meeting space for 40.  Children OK.  No pets.  Non-smoking.  Rates $122-$197

www.copperqueen.com 11 howell Ave  520-432-2216

18.  The Inn at Castle Rock:  Artfully decorated rooms and a large meeting room.  There is a patio and kitchen for guests use.  Large verandas on the second and third floors.  Backyard garden with gazebos and tiled trails.  Non-smoking. Pets are welcome. Wifi.  Rates $65- $100.

112 Tombstone Canyon Road.  520-432-4449

19.  Jonquil Motel:  The only motel located in Bisbee Historic District.  All rooms have private baths w/shower.  AC, wifi, TV/HBO.  No stairs.  Private parking.  No pets. Children OK.  Non-smoking.  Rate &80-$105

www.thejonquil.com  317  Tombstone Canyon  520-432-7371

20.  Above and Beyond Rentals:  2 bedroom house, fully equipped kitchen, no  steps, laundry, parking.  Studio apartment with one bedroom, one bath.  Queen bed, futon, fully equipped kitche.  Sleeps 3.  No pets. Rates:  House $110/nightt 2-night min; Studio $75/night.

506A Tombstone Canyon  619-884-2280

21.  School House Inn  B&B:  1918 school in the historic residential district.  Full private baths, full breakfast, off-street parking, great views.  Themed rooms.  Children 10 & up. Wifi.  No pets. Non-smoking.  Rates $79-$169.

www.schoolhouseinnbb.com  818 Tombstone Canyon  520-432-2996

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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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