The Big Blue House Inn

Lea Ramsey - The Big Blue House Inn

Lea Ramsey – The Big Blue House Inn

Lea Ramsey is a successful Tucson businesswoman and a 30 year veteran of the hospitality & service industry.

After having been a “Troubleshooter” for Best Western International and a training supervisor for several franchise hotel organizations, Lea worked as an independent Hospitality Management Consultant for many years. She was at the forefront of hotel property management & computerization in the 1990s.

During this period,

As General Manager of many establishments, Lea had the rare opportunity to grand-open and train the management and staff under a dozen different flags. Her accomplishments range from carving a resort out of the raw Central American Jungle in Belize, to operating the most upscale of Wedding Properties in California’s Napa/Sonoma Wine Country.

Her diverse range of experience in the hotel industry uniquely qualifies her to build and operate her own lodging concept, resulting in the “Boutique Inn” tag that was an original concept pioneered in the late 1900s. “Tucson Boutique Inn”.

Lea built and operated “The Shark Bite Grill” a beachfront bar & grill on the sand in Destin, Florida. Lea was trained in her own seafood restaurant by the most cantankerous delta Louisiana born cajun cook you would ever not-want to meet. The “Bite” became quite famous serving cajun seafood featuring fresh shark directly off the boats of the little fishing village of Destin, Florida in the early 1990s. This experience combined with her home grown Indiana farm-girl heritage… makes her a darn good cook.

Since October 2005 she and her immediate family have devoted themselves to the appropriate historic restoration of the previously neglected Trost historic gem. All proceeds and profits are reinvested into the preservation of one of only a few Victorian Bungalows ever designed my famed architect Henry Charles Trost.

An Amazing Coincidence!


Both  Ramsey families originating from Pennsylvania in the late 1800s!

When Leona Marie Ramsey (Lea) purchased This historic home in 2005, she has no idea that the original owner was named Anna Marie Ramsey. Upon research at University of Arizona Museum she discovered the fact. The coincidence in the two women’s name was immediately striking and intriguing but until recently Leona (Lea) had no information to believe they might be related. That suspicion has been confirmed by the family elders. They are related.

Lea Ramsey

Leona Marie Ramsey

(current owner) and Anna Marie Ramsey (original owner) may related since both families originated from Pennsylvania in the late 1800s. Leona Marie Ramsey is part of the infamous Ramsey’s of Bourbon County, Kansas
Anna Marie Ramsey

Anna Marie Ramsey

(original owner) married John Gardiner in Pennsylvania and after supervising construction of the 1876 Centennial Exposition moved his family to Tucson in 1879 where he became the Pima County Surveyor. Anna Marie Ramsey owned all of “Gardiner Terrace” she partnered with another female pioneer; Ada Humphries

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