Big Bear Bed & Breakfast

3401 Richmond Avenue , Anchorage, AK 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
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Best Place In Anchorage!

5 on August 17, 2016

If you are relatively new to Alaska, this is the place to stay! The information, stories and art are wonderful. Breakfasts are AWESOME!! Located on a quiet street near a bus stop and just minutes away from downtown Anchorage.

As reviews have stated, only better.

5 on July 29, 2016

Everything everyone says is true--Carol is talkative, breakfast is delicious and Alaskan, there are things to look at everywhere in the house, the garden is amazing, the antique Murphy bed was perfect for a kid, etc. Carol went above and beyond, though, in loaning us her Milepost book and suggesting we take a longer, more scenic route to Denali. Between using the book every single day of our trip (yes, we returned it) and taking that side route to see the mine and Hatcher's Pass, she added more value to our trip than we would have ever guessed. At first glance it was a little off-putting that the lot across the street is full of derelict trailers, but it was of no consequence.

What a beautiful city!

5 on July 07, 2016

What a quaint B&B in a quiet neighborhood! My room, the Glacier Room was perfect for 1 person, plenty of space, private shower and toilet. Carol's breakfasts are top notch!! Thank you for a lovely stay, I would definitely recommend your place to friends and family.

Breakfast is an understatement!

5 on July 04, 2016

Carol is a wonderful host. She is very knowledgable of the area & history. We really enjoyed her amazing breakfasts with homemade jams & spreads. We had 3 different breakfasts to experience her delicious expertise. There is a great sitting area with a refrigerator, microwave & water. We had a comfortable stay & highly recommend.

Big Bear the best

5 on June 30, 2016

Like staying in a small museum that serves a great breakfast--enjoyed it thoroughly!

First time in Alaska

4.8 on June 28, 2016

The Big Bear B&B was very nice; it was like staying in a mini museum. We stay at B&Bs when traveling, but Big Bear wins hands down for having the best breakfast meals. Carol did a fantastic job, and was also very knowledgeable with providing us with great ideas for things to do. I would definitely stay again.

Friendly Alaska experience

4.4 on June 18, 2016

This was my second stay at Big Bear, and it was as pleasant as before. Innkeeper Carol is a font of information about Alaska, and willingly shares stories from her personal history. She also prepares tasty breakfasts that give guests the opportunity to sample local products. I have only two minor criticisms. For those without a car, the location is not great, increasing the cost by requiring a taxi. Actually the bus is cheap and convenient for daytime use. Also, Carol had so many interests, indeed passions, that the house has become somewhat cluttered with her collections. This is why I downgraded the cleanliness. Linens and bathrooms were spotless.

Thank you

4.8 on February 17, 2016

We had a great stay. Wish we had seen the gardens in summer. The food was amazing. Beds and room very comfortable and spacious.

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

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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.