When our beach honeymoon was canceled due to COVID-19, we jumped at the opportunity for a quiet weekend away in Wrangell. As Alaskans ourselves, we had never explored the Wrangell area, and we are so glad we finally had the chance! Leslie made sure that we were spoiled (hello, BIG delicious breakfasts!) and had a fun and memorable "honeymoon" weekend. We enjoyed the quick walk to town through the city park and around the harbor. Wrangell had plenty of delightful restaurants nearby and beautiful outdoor opportunities. Huge thank you to Leslie and Alan for all of the recommendations! Oh, and the view was totally grand! Looking forward to our next stay.
Our stay at the Grandview Bed and Breakfast was nothing short of delightful. From the moment Leslie picked us up from the airport, the wonderful tour of Wrangell, to opening up the doors to the beautiful rustic Grandview B & B and the smell of fresh-baked cinnamon coffee cake..... life is good. Fully equipped kitchen, TV's in all the rooms, clean and uniquely decorated rooms. And add that to the beautiful décor, the "Grand View”, (perfect name for this place!), interesting artifacts, indoors and out, and our wonderful host and hostess, we very highly recommend the Grandview Bed and Breakfast.
What an excellent stay we had at the Grandview! We were in town for business and unfortunately not for fishing. Our lovely hostess, Leslie, picked us up at the airport and gave us a tour of the town, which included the local history. It is a beautiful lodge right on the water, clean, comfortable, well-equipped, quiet, and the food was excellent! We love everything about the décor of the lodge, inside and out. Well done! We came home refreshed and look forward to a return visit in the near future. Next time we plan on fishing as well. We have and will HIGHLY recommend the Grandview to everyone we know!
The most comfortable home away from home and cleaner than my home. Nothing has been over looked. Fabulous breakfasts prepared by Leslie. The cinnamon were to "die for". Best cinnamon rolls I have ever put in this 75 year old mouth. It was a fabulous 5 day stay. Leslie is so accommodating, without her assistance we would not have enjoyed our stay as well as we did. Leslie is a "hoot" to boot! Eric Carr said it better than I could. I would LOVE to come back and stay at the Grand View and go fishing with Alan. Next item on my bucket list! Thank you Leslie for such a wonderful time. I can not say enough.
I am so glad we stayed here. Leslie is the consummate host and takes on every role imaginable with joy and humor. She knows pretty much everyone in town and is happy to help you with selection and booking for the must-see expeditions off the island, as well as the local spots, and sometimes she can even get you a discount. A HUGE bonus is that she has a fantastic, fully-stocked kitchen dedicated for the guests! This is a rarity in BnB’s, and since dining accommodations are limited in Wrangell, this was a necessity. Fortunately we were there with absolutely wonderful other guests, so we all took turns cooking and cleaning, and now we have new friends. And speaking of cooking, Leslie’s breakfasts are legendary. Everywhere we went in the island people talked about her cooking — so be sure and take her up on the breakfasts! She is happy to accommodate tastes and dietary restrictions too. And yes, the view is certainly grand, and the private beach is a beachcomber’s paradise. One of our best experiences on the trip was building a bonfire right on the beach. It doesn’t sound like much, but my word, it made for a magical night. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your experience: 1) Leslie is a hoot. She’s hilarious and extraordinarily generous with her time, talents, humor, and warmth, which is one of the best things about staying there. You’ll probably become part of her family by the time you leave. But if you’re going there to get peace and quiet in isolation, be sure and let her know. Her default is to be outgoing, gregarious, and very present, but she also respects guests’ needs, so if you want alone time, be sure and let her know that you won’t need the typical level of interaction her other guests love. Also, there is an absolutely beautiful park literally right next to her property, and the town is just a tiny part of a vast island, so you'll have lots of opportunities to get away. 2) Get a car well ahead of time if you’re flying in, and ask Leslie to help. Having a car was utterly essential for our trip because we stayed several days with her. (If you’re only staying a day or two that won’t matter as much, as there is a taxi service, and Leslie will pick you up and take you to the airport.) 3) Go to Petersburg! It’s another amazing little town that is very different from Wrangell, and it’s easily reachable by ferry, chartered plane, or boat. Just be sure and plan ahead or else you’ll have to spend a lot to get there. If you plan it early enough, you can book a tour of LeConte Glacier and hit Petersburg on the way there or back. It is absolutely worth the trip for a day excursion. 4) there are two grocery stores, and the gas station in town (not the one near the BnB) has all the great Costco goodies you might want, so if you’re staying a few days, stock up and make a nice dinner. Leslie stocks her kitchen with all the spices, cookware, and utensils you might need, and having a nice meal on the beach is an absolute delight. Heck, our housemates even got simple frozen meals and enjoyed them with that fabulous view. Whatever your dietary preferences or needs might be, they’ll almost certainly have what you’re looking for between the different stores, including vegan and gluten-free options. The restaurants in Wrangell are...limited. And mostly expensive for what you get (though it feels good to support the local spots). So plan on eating at home for the best food with the best views. 5) talk to Leslie before you go to Petroglyph Beach! She’s got the real scoop and can tell you how to find the best ones, which you will certainly miss if you don’t talk to her. 6) Nobody in SE Alaska goes out for seafood because they all catch, cook, and smoke their own, so if you are hoping for a great seafood meal, you’re probably going to have to make it yourself. In Petersburg there’s a cold storage place with a little kitchen, and they will make a great local seafood meal for lunch, but that’s pretty much it for the whole area. My mom had been dreaming of fresh seafood, but since there’s no local demand for it, the restaurants just don’t offer it. 7) Look for the kids selling garnets! Wrangell is also famous for its garnet deposits, and they are spectacular. It turns out, however, that only children 12 and under are allowed to harvest and sell the garnets, which teaches them entrepreneurial skills and helps them save up for things like school. I’ve seen Wrangell garnets at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show sell for hundreds of dollars, but you can get one from a local student for a fraction of the cost for a really cool souvenir, while supporting local youth. If you find a kid selling them, be sure and talk with them, as you’re sure to learn something and they seem eager to show off their skills and knowledge. Wrangell is a wonderful, authentic little town perfectly located for experiencing the treasures of Southeast Alaska free from the commercialization of the big cruise ships. The Grand View is the perfect place to call home during your adventure. We couldn’t have asked for a better place with a better host.…