Hotel at a Glance: Gym Club Suites
A former recreation center built in 1903 for miners and their families, the historic Gym Club Suites now provide loft-style suite accommodations for vacationers in the historic town of Bisbee. The individually decorated suites sit in the heart of Old Bisbee, close to restaurants, shops, and galleries.
- In-suite amenities: fully equipped kitchens, cable TV, and free WiFi
- Taste on tap: Old Bisbee Brewing Company is a two-minute walk from the hotel.
- National distinction: The Bisbee Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Featured wildlife: More than 20,000 sandhill cranes call the shallow waters of Whitewater Draw home through the winter months.
- Driving time to Queen Mine Tours: 2 minutes; walking time is 5 minutes
Bisbee, Arizona: Preserved Wild West Town with Artistic Flair
It's hard to believe that Bisbee—current population: nearly 6,000—was once the biggest city between St. Louis and San Francisco. A mining boomtown tucked away in the Mule Mountains, Bisbee swelled in size with the discovery of copper around the turn of the 20th century. To survive after the large-scale mines closed in the 1970s, the town evolved into an artists' colony, attracting free spirits with its warm temperatures, scenic mountain backdrops, and lax enforcement of coloring-within-the-lines statutes. In recent years, it’s become a hybrid of old and new, where 19th-century storefronts and Victorian homes house contemporary art galleries, antique shops, and cafés.
Take a stroll along the narrow, winding streets of Old Bisbee, which resembles a frontier outpost crossed with a European village. Stop in and explore the exhibits at the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum, once the headquarters of the Copper Queen mining company and now an affiliate museum of the Smithsonian Institution. And no trip to Bisbee would be complete without a visit to the mine that started it all. Head over to Queen Mine Tours, don a hard hat, and ride a train more than 1,500 feet underground on a tour guided by retired miners.