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Big Bear Bed & Breakfast

3401 Richmond Avenue , Anchorage, AK 99508 USA (Show map)
108 Reviews
$85 - $125
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Stay in a log home tastefully decorated with Alaskan art, native crafts, antique furniture and impressive Grizzly & Polar Bear rugs. Hosted by life long Alaskan retired Home Economics Teacher, guests are offered an appetizing full breakfast consisting of Alaskan products and wild berry specialties. Meander past flower beds and rock gardens or relax by the waterfall and pond. Open year round this lovely accommodation is conveniently located two miles from downtown and nine miles from the airport. Member of Anchorage and Alaska Bed & Breakfast Associations. Carol can assist you in planning a memorable Alaskan experience.



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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Dining4.7

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Home away from Home

4.8 on December 08, 2014

Beautful, Clean and friendly !!!

Superior to any national chain!

5 on October 08, 2014

We were so pleasantly surprised by our stay here! The grounds are impeccably kept, and the rooms are stunning. Clearly, much thought, time, and love have gone in to decorating each one. Our special dietary needs were cared for with such style and taste, we were very impressed. Almost all the ingredients were either home made or locally produced, which gave the meal an extra special flair. We will definitely aim to make this our main lodging when we are in Anchorage.

just great

5 on September 10, 2014

really nice place to stay, carol makes really good breakfast ¿¿ nice rooms, much storys she is telling, can only recommend it, much things to see at at the house ¿¿

Great place to stay in Anchorage

5 on September 08, 2014

This was just like staying at grandma's house. Carol is a very informative on the area as she has lived here all her life. Her breakfast's were AMAZING! One morning she had made homemade strawberry, blueberry, rhubarb and raspberry toppings for our waffles. She made us feel very welcome. The rooms are clean. We stayed in the Glacier room which was nice. Two separate people that we ate breakfast with had stayed at this B&B many times before, which I liked to hear. Homey.....

Delightful Big Bear B&B in Anchorage

5 on August 23, 2014

We love staying at this B&B, as the accommodations are lovely, the waffle breakfast with fresh berry toppings delicious, and the hostess is especially knowledgeable and helpful.

Home Away from Home

4.2 on August 23, 2014

The B & B felt like home. So cozy and friendly.

A Perfect Start into our Alaska Adventure

4.8 on August 19, 2014

Carol is an incredible host! Don't miss the breakfast!!

Most enjoyable experience

5 on August 12, 2014

My wife and I really enjoyed our two stays at Big Bear during our two week vacation in Alaska. Carol was a most gracious hostess. We thoroughly enjoyed hearing about her stories of living in Alaska, viewing the many Alaskan artifacts in her home and learning of her excellent recipes particularly the caribou/apple breakfast pie.

Great value and hospitality

4.6 on August 10, 2014

Our stay was more than we expected. Carol has a great deal of knowledge about Alaska and is more than willing to share it. The house is filled with Alaskan artifacts and has a nice little resource center filled with books and videos. It can be a little overwhelming at first but once Carol starts to share the history and culture it's all pretty neat. Breakfast was wonderful! We would probably stay there again if we find ourselves back in Anchorage. The B&B is about a $10 cab fare to downtown and about $30 from the airport.

Loved this place

5 on August 10, 2014

Carol is a great hostess and our room was great. The Denali Room is more like a suite with a bidet and a jetted tub. Breakfast was wonderful and the garden is beautiful.

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Rooms & Rates

Denali Room

Queen bed (Tempur-pedic top), sitting area with Cable TV/DVD/VCR, antique Murphy bed & twin love-seat sleeper couch (double thick mattress) arranged side-by-side like twin beds. The sleeping areas are separated by a tall Chinese folding screen, which can be extended the entire width of the room. The adjoining private bathroom has a two person Jacuzzi tub and separate shower, with the bathing area closed off from the other facilities by a sliding door for privacy. Decor: Family tree quilt. Oil painting of Mt. McKinley, art of Denali animals, Chinese items, exotic birds. Colors-jade, turquoise & light green with cranberry accent.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $115 - $125

Grizzly Room

Pillow-top King bed (Sealy Posturepedic), in-room private bath w/shower. Decor: Grizzly bears, Eskimo dolls, butterflies, antique settee, armoire, paisley/colors-Burgundy & peach

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $105 - $115

Glacier Room

Pillow-top Queen bed, in-room private bath w/shower. Decor: Polar Bear theme, paintings and prints, Blue and white colors.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $95 - $105

Toklat Room

Two twin beds (firm), half bath in room and adjoining full private bathroom with tub/shower area closed off by sliding door. Named for Toklat Grizzlies in Denali Park with light yellow on their backs. Decor: Grizzly moms with cubs, Russian patchwork quilts, thunder mugs. Room for a twin size roll away bed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $95 - $105

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Location Type

9 miles to Airport, 2 miles to Downtown, City, Downtown, Mountains


Anchorage, AK (ANC) 9 miles

Directions to property:

Directions available upon Guests Confirmation

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Fishing at Ship Creek, Bike Trail, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Zoo

Inn Details

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, In-room internet, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, Secretarial services, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer , Guest Living Room with microwave & fridge, Off Street Parking, Freezer Space Available

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Hiking trails, Mountain Bike trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Video Arcade

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  • Check In:: After 5 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card guarantee or mailing a deposit check equal to one night's stay.
  • Cancellations: We will refund all of your deposit (when paid by check) if we are notified 7 days prior to your date of arrival. We also give a full refund, or do not charge your CC for the 1st night stay, if we are able to fill the room when notified less than 7 days prior to arrival date.



Carol Ross & Shelley Houston

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

Member of Anchorage Alaska B&B Association, Bed & Breakfast Association of Alaska, Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau, Alaska Travel Industry Association, Better Business Bureau of Alaska, Daughters of the American Revolution, Mt. View Lion's Club, Pioneers of Alaska, Alaska Master Gardener's Association and field editor for Taste of Home Magazine.

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  • Time Served: 6 AM, 7 AM, 8 AM & 9 AM
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Gold Rush Sourdough Waffles
In recognition of Alaska's 50th Anniversary of Statehood Carol is planning your first breakfast menu to feature our Gold Rush Sourdough Waffles (all you can eat), wild blueberry topping, home grown raspberry, strawberry and rhubarb toppings, a non-dairy whipped topping, Alaska birch & berry syrups, reindeer sausage and hash browns, including the history of our sourdough starter told with breakfast.


3401 Richmond Avenue , Anchorage, AK 99508 USA (Show map)

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