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
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Third stay

5 on September 22, 2016

Carol is the perfect Alaskan host. Shares stories, Alaskan collectibles, and great food. Hope to get back for a fourth visit.

Nice B & B close to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson

4.4 on September 14, 2016

Nice B & B in a quiet neighborhood close to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and not far from downtown Anchorage. Our host provided great service and outstanding breakfasts (we were there three days.) There were three guest rooms upstairs and at least one larger room downstairs that would be more suited to families. All of the rooms were clean and had ensuite bathrooms. Access to a common living room, with comfortable seating (chairs, couch) books, TV, a small alcove with a refrigerator and coffee/tea making equipment was readily available from all rooms. The unique and tasty breakfasts were noteworthy.

Anchorage stay

4.4 on September 04, 2016

Great food. Comfortable beds

Magnifique séjour

5 on August 30, 2016

Nous avons beaucoup aimé cette B & B, absolument charmante, véritable musée et nous n'oublierons pas l'accueil chaleureux de Carol et ses délicieux petits déjeuners, différents chaque jour. Chambres très confortables, agréables, décorées avec goût et dans lesquelles l'Ours est omniprésent sous toutes les formes. A recommander vivement.


2.8 on August 27, 2016

It was fine. Sorta sketchy side of town. Went for a walk and realized that maybe not the best idea. House was nice, owner super sweet and food was delicious.

Our Big Bear B&B stay

4.6 on August 24, 2016

I really did love this B&B. I love how it was set up with a wonderful gathering room with plenty of Books, DVD's, a Coffee/Tea station, Microwave & Fridge for us to use. My only negative was the mattress in our room was not good. in

August one-night stay

5 on August 20, 2016

We very much enjoyed our stay with Carol. Her home is like a museum and Carol is more than happy to share ideas and info with her guests. Don't stay here if you are in a hurry, though, as you won't be doing justice to this house. Breakfast was scrumptious and featured local Alaskan fare including reindeer sausage, pumpkin pancakes and and birch syrup.

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.

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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

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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.
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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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