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Big Bear Bed & Breakfast

Anchorage, AK 99508 USA (Show map)
102 Reviews
$85 - $125
per night

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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.

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

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

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

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

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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Dining4.7

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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.

Delicious Breakfast

4.8 on July 17, 2014

This Bed and Breakfast was a little far out of the city in a not so great part of town, couldn't really walk anywhere and the rooms were quite hot the nights we were there, however Carol was a wonderful host, she had very interesting stories, the B&B was very Alaskan and the breakfast was really really good, she even made gluten free waffles and muffins for me that were some of the best I ever had. Wonderful home made preserves and she was very helpful with all kinds of information about the area. Beds were comfortable but the bathrooms had a bit of an odd configuration.

big bear

5 on July 14, 2014

Awesome Breakfast, fantastic cook! Awesome rooms!

unique b&b in Anchorage

4.4 on June 03, 2014

Carol has a wealth of knowledge about Alaska and Anchorage in particular.Her breakfasts were absolutely delicious,and her B&B is filled with fabulous books and unique artifacts.

The bear facts

3.4 on May 31, 2014

Carol Ross is an interesting and gracious hostess. She is full of stories and information, as she has a right to be, coming from a long-time Alaskan family. Her waffle breakfast with various berry and other toppings is worth the stay in itself. But we do have a few constructive criticisms: 1. If guests are required to take their shoes off, house shoes should be provided. Socks on carpeted staircases are a slip and fall hazard, as we experienced at the cost of some badly bruised toes. Shoes are more than fashion items; they are protective devices. 2. There is too much interaction between guest and household members' comings and goings. We often felt we were intruding. 3. The clothes closet bathrooms are ingenious but not very user friendly. We would also suggest that Carol needs more paid assistance.

Big Bear B&B

4.2 on March 07, 2014

We stayed 3 nights at Big Bear and Carol was super nice and shared a lot of her knowledge about what to do/not to do while in Anchorage. The house is FULL of trinkets, dolls, etc. that give you a taste of Alaskan culture. The only complaint I have is the "bathroom" that each room has is indeed just a closet so there is no privacy whatsoever. Breakfast was soooooooooooo good! She is an amazing cook. :)

Big Bear Bed and Breakfast

4.6 on November 30, 2013

The salmon quiche was delicious, the house was spotless, and the host was fantastic. I recommend this place to anyone who wants to experience real Alaskan hospitality.

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Location Type

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


Anchorage, AK (ANC) 9 miles

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: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Limited
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • 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.

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

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