Black Bear Inn

5528 North Tongass HIghway , Ketchikan, AK 99901 USA (Show map)


The Black Bear Inn is Ketchikan's most Elegant Waterfront Inn. It's unique furnishings, decor, original Alaskan Art, and numerous amenities can only be matched by the finest of hotels. You can rent one B&B bedroom with private bath, the whole Inn, a one bedroom luxury Vacation Rental Apartment or a two room Vacation Rental Cabin. It is the perfect place for a Romantic Get-A-Way or for a family gatherings, retreat, business and fishing group. There is a covered Hot Tub and barbecue on the water's edge and multilevel decking around the Inn for viewing wild life and the fabulous Alaska sunsets. Guest bedrooms have private entrances, baths, porches that overlook the ocean, fireplaces, fine bed linens, Cable TV, radios, DVD and CD players, refrigerators, Coffee makers, and phones. The Inn has Sirius Satellite surround sound and free Wireless High Speed Internet. Short term and extended stays are welcome. Visit our website for additional information and to book a reservation.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.2


4.6 on August 24, 2015

We had a wonderful time at the Black Bear Inn. Nicole and Jim are the best hosts. The Inn is well appointed. We stayed in two different rooms and both of them were very comfortable. I'd recommend it to anyone going to Ketchikan.


4.0 on January 26, 2012

Stayed at the Black Bear Inn in 2008.Was born in Ketchikan and always wanted to return. 52 years later I did. Best time I've ever had by myself. The Inn was excellent!Everything was perfect! Will be returning this summer with my daughter.After listening to me rave about the place and my stay there she bought a gift certificate at the inn for us. Am looking forward to my return and talking with Jim and Nicole again.

Best kept secret

5 on July 04, 2011

What fabulous hosts, what an amazing stay. Not only is Ketchikan an amazing oasis but this inn is truly a haven in the wilderness. There are so many things to do in Ketchikan and this is the most wonderful place to stay. The Church's provide exceptional service. The rooms exceptional with every single detail down to the water decanters in the rooms. I will definately visit again but next time for a week. Thank-you so much for making our Alaskan holiday PERFECT.

A Black Bear Stay

4.6 on October 14, 2010

We visited the Black Bear a second time in lAugust 2010. We came back because the rooms were really comfortable and very well appointed. The location is lovely and the sunsets and sunrises while sitting in the outdoor covered hot tub are really beautiful. Even more than that, Nicole and Jim are extremely hospitable. There kitchen is open to guest us (even though they don't do meals) and Nicole even washed our laundry for us and put it back by our room! We often sat around with our friends and our hosts and discussed all sorts of topics - a very relaxed atmosphere. If you visit Ketichikan, stay at the Black Bear! Lowell & Leslie


5 on July 06, 2010

Dear Reader, Unitil you've stayed at the Black Bear Inn in Ketchikan, AK you've not experienced SERVICE, value, cleaniliness and dining anywhere, and when I say anywhere, I mean anywhere in the world. My husband and I just stayed here for 4 nights - we've travelled and stayed all over the world, but Black Bear Inn in Ketchikan exceeds anywhere we've ever stayed - it also exceeded any expectations we had prior to arriving. Their web site pictures and write ups does not do the Inn or the owners justice. Thank you Nicole and Jim for everything - we'll be back. The Marshalls.

Great Place

4.0 on June 16, 2010

We booked a room at the last minute and didn't know what to expect. The Inn was fabulous. Great room, view, hospitality - wished we could have stayed longer.

A Must Stay in Ketchikan

4.8 on May 27, 2010

My wife and I had a 4-night stay at the Black Bear Inn in May 2010. It was perfect! Jim and Nicole's service was outstanding from picking us up at the ferry terminal through scheduling excursions. The make-your-own breakfast exceeded our expectations. It allowed us to be on our own schedule. The inn, situated on the Tongass Narrows, offers great views of marine traffic - tugs, fishing boats, ferries, and cruise ships slipping in and out of Ketchikan. The accommodations are spotless clean, but most of all, Jim and Nicole made our stay very comfortable.

A visit to Ketchikan

4.6 on March 31, 2010

We recently had 2 nights at the Black Bear Inn. It was an excellent stay, with very hospitable hosts and accommodation of a very high standard. The room was comfortable, cozy and very clean. The water views were lovely. It is situated away from the town but it was fun catching the local bus. Jim was also happy to drop us off on a couple of occasions as he was driving into town. I would recommend a stay with Nicole and Jim.

The Best Loding in the Country

5 on December 15, 2009

The Black Bear Inn was the nicest lodging with the most excellent service, value, and rooms that my wife and I stayed at during our 30 day trip. I recommend this B&B with the highes regard and know that all who choose it will be 100% satisfied.

August Stay

4.6 on August 19, 2009

This was our first B&B stay ever, and any future B&B stay will be hard press to match the outstanding experience we had while guests of Nicole and Jim. We would strongly recommend the Black Bear Inn to anyone visiting Ketchikan.

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Rooms & Rates

Homestead Bedroom

The Homestead has a pillow top/memory foam queen size and full size bed with room for 1 single bed, when needed. It is on the far end of the first floor and has outside access. There is an award-winning fireplace built into one wall across from two 5ft mirrored closets. 6ft sliding glass doors lead to a covered private deck that overlooks the ocean. The porch has a table and chairs for 6, a half frig and a micro-oven.The room is richly appointed in muted shades of gold, mauve, and apricot, with fine linens and quality furniture. The large private bath has a deep over sized soaking tub, shower, and two sinks.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $135 - $195

Ravens Haven Bedroom

The Ravens Haven is perfect for honeymooners. This second floor room overlooks the Ocean and has a private sun porch on the first floor with a private spiral staircase that goes up to the second floor suite. The main room has a memory foam California King bed, a beautifully designed corner fireplace, mirrored closet doors, and is decorated in lavenders, purples and shadow beige. One of Fred Machetanz's best polar bear paintings hangs above the bed. The second room has a day bed, table for 3, a half frig, a micro-wave, and large windows overlooks the ocean.The attached private bath has a high cathedral ceiling with a large skylight, a glass walk in shower and decorative porcelain tile on counters.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $130 - $190

Eagles Nest Apartment

The Eagles Nest Vacation Rental Apartment is on the top floor of the Inn. It has a private entrance and covered porch. The kitchen and living area have wood floors. Decorative Italian porcelain and adorn the kitchen counters, bathroom, laundry room and front foyer. There is a full kitchen stocked with the thing you need to cook your own meals. The eating area and living room have, large wrap around windows overlooking the ocean and mountains, a freestanding gas fireplace, a gathering table, two leather love seats and a flat panel TV. There are 2 full size beds in the bedroom and a second TV. The bathroom has a large walk in shower and there is a washer and dryer in the unit.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Double

Nightly Rate: $150 - $230

Bunkhouse Cabin

The Bunkhouse Vacation Rental Cabin is a charming, private two room cabin that sets beside the main Inn and overlooks the Ocean. It is perfect for special occasions.It was originally floated to the property in 1940, from a lumber camp up north. It has a memory foam queen bed in the main room and a memory foam single bed in the other. It has a fireplace, large picture windows facing the water, an eating and sitting area, a bath and a kitchenette. It has cable TV, Sirius Radio and Wireless Internet. An outdoor porch and viewing deck can be used for smoking, dining and watching the sunset.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $140 - $220

Bears Den Bedroom

The Bears Den suite is in the middle of the house on the first floor with easy access for those with limited mobility. The main room has a memory foam queen size bed, a cozy sitting area, cable TV, and a mirrored closet. Carl Brender paintings and warm deep rich fall colors adorn the walls. 5ft sliding glass doors that lead to a second room that overlooking the water.and has a exterior door leading to the sun deck. It has a high quality day bed, a table and chairs, a half frig and a micro-wave oven. Native wood carvings are displayed on the walls.The Bears Den has a large private bath with an oversize deep soaking tub and shower, two sinks and a makeup area. The porcelain tile work is outstanding.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $130 - $190

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Location Type

Countryside, Island, Oceanfront, Oceanview, Small town


Ketchikan, AK (KTN) 2 miles

Directions to property:

From the center of town, go north past the airport and Alaska Marine Highway ferry terminals. You will pass The Narrows Inn Restaurant & Marina on the left, and the stop light at Don King Road, (this turn off goes to Wal-Mart). The Inn is a one mile past this stop light. The Inn's buildings are gray with red roofs and red trim. They are set back in the trees on the water side (Left) of the road. If you come to the North Tongass Car Wash you have gone a little too far. Turn around at the car wash and head back toward town. You will see a mail box and small parking signs that say Black Bear Inn. You can park in front of the Inn.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Tongass National Forest, Misty Fjords, Saxman Native Village, Great Alaska Lumberjack Show, Deadliest Catch-Aleutian Ballard Trip, Metlaktla Native Community, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Tours

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Apartment, Cabin, Villa

On-site amenities

Board games, Ceiling fans, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Library, Movie library, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Spa, Videos, Walk to mass transit, Washer/dryer, Wet bar , Fish Freezer, Fish Smoker, Fish Cleaning Area

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Snorkeling, Bear Watching, Motercycle Rentals, Gold Panning, Deep Sea Diving, Flightseeing, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 3-9pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Covered paorches may be used for smoking.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Prior approval from innkeeper required for younger children.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: We charge 1 to 3 night stays at the time of booking, or 50% of the entire stay when more than 3 nights are booked.
  • Cancellations: Cancellations must be made 2 weeks in advance of arrival in low season and 60 days in advance May through September, in order for deposit to be returned. A $50 processing fee and a credit card cancellation fee will be deducted in all cases.



Nicole and James Church

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About the innkeepers

James is a fourth generation Alaskan whose great grandparents came to Alaska in 1898. He has extensive knowledge about Alaska and the typography of South East Alaska. Nicole is a former University and Hospital Administrator. They enjoy cooking, landscaping, fishing and hiking. They designed and built the Black Bear Inn themselves.

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  • Time Served: Self serve - 6 to10 daily
  • Serving Location: viewing deck, Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Signature Dish

Spicy Cheese and Egg Bake
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