Big Bear Bed & Breakfast

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


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
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Great Time

5 on September 20, 2015

Driving down the street we were unsure of the neighborhood, but once we pulled into the driveway of Big Bear B&B, we relaxed. The grounds both front and back was well maintained. We were greeted by Carol who was friendly and welcoming. Her history on Alaska, as well as her scrimshaw was very interesting. The Grizzly room was inviting and the bed extremely comfortable. The step-up bathroom was ok but some might find it difficult with limited mobility. The breakfast was wonderful and delicious; waffles with lots of different toppings and cream. Carol's reindeer sausage Quiche was also tasty. We certainly didn't need lunch. We would certainly stay again while visiting Anchorage.

Home away from Home

5 on September 19, 2015

The Host was a wealth of knowledge of the area history and made us feel like we were family rather than guests

Beatiful place

5 on August 28, 2015

If you want to feel Alaska, you have to stay at Big Bear Bed and Breakfast! The house is a Museum of Alaskan art. There are collections of native art, paintings,porceline. You can touch the real grizzly, white or black bear, you smell fresh flowers and enjoy small waterfall in the back yard. I, as of Russian descent enjoyed a view of big birch from my window and long days. Ms Carol Ross invites you to the breakfast at your convinient time.She makes homemade waffles from 200 hundred years sourdough starter wiith at least 6 or 7 different homemade jams or preserves.She tells you stories about Gold Rush, Alaskan Flag, Native art. She wrote a book " The Alaska Dolls" and therefore she provides you any information abour Anchorage and Alaska. Her warmth and hospitality makes you feel in her house as at home. I left part of me at her house. I know that maybe I will never come again, but I will remember Big Bear till the end of my life! With all my love from Houston, Texas. Olga Whittington

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!!

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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, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, Secretarial services, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wired internet , 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.