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“An Interesting Location for a B&B”

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The Commander's Beach House
Ranked #2 of 16 Port Townsend B&B and Inns
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Mesa, Arizona
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335 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
“An Interesting Location for a B&B”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2012

Jim and Gayle are endearing hosts as they truly enjoy what they are doing to please the public. They are both congenial and sincere. The location again is interesting in that you have this glorious view of the water and water traffic but the RV Park next to it seems out of place as well as the adjacent lot which houses a port o' potty and tables and people in trailers. The house is quaint with it's own history and charm. I love a home which welcomes you with fresh scents, such as clean air and cookies baking in the kitchen. Sadly this was not what we got when we walked in the front door. The home has huge overtones of potpouri and wick sticks everywhere, making the old home smell not better but offensive. I know the house is clean on a regular basis but getting rid of the wreaths, dry bouquets and much of the unorganized clutter would make it so much more comfortable. It could just be a personal preference but would help perk up it's age. The breakfast was satisfactory but other comments sounded like we would be eating gourmet foods. We had a very small portion of 1 sliced strawberry and 3 small slices of watermelon for starters with yogurt. Our main meal was 6 slices of turkey sausage, a 3" ramekin of egg soufle' with a costco bought sauce and a cherry scone. Coffee and end of meal. There were very nice patrons to visit with and a long chat with Jim, who made the time to make us feel like we were not paying guests but friends in his home. Thanks Jim and Gayle we unwound just like we needed. BTY Cutter is truly a well behaved member of the family.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2012

Even on a drizzly day, the view from the living room at the water was soothing. Our hosts Gail and JIm couldn't have been more welcoming. Breakfast was excellent - little souflees with salmon, excellent coffee. Everything in the town is within walking distance but the fact that there was a place to eat, Docs Marina Grill, only a 5 minute walk away was greatly appreciated when it really started to rain. . . aside from the fact that we live in Michigan, we'd go back on a regular basis.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

This was my second time staying at the Commander's Beach House. The weather was glorious and we sat on the deck facing the beach while enjoying the delicious breakfast prepared by our host Gail. The setting is spectacular – just being there lowers your blood pressure! Boats float by, seagulls squawk, the waves ebb and flow. Gail’s husband Jim helps make sure you are well taken care of, and the resident canine Captain Cutter is a lovely addition to the welcoming committee. This is a very special place, run by very special people who clearly love having guests enjoy their peninsula paradise.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2012 via mobile

Our hands-down favorite place to stay on the Olympic Peninsula. Wonderful attention to detail. Just the right combination of friendliness and privacy. Super comfy beds. Every time we go there the breakfasts get better!

Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2012

I have always dreamed of staying in a cozy, comfy, place on the water. My dream came true when I found the Commander's Beach House! Not only was it cozy, comfy and on the water, it also came with the 3 most amazing people (well, one was actually a dog but he was amazing) to make our stay they best it could be.....Gail, Jim and Captain Cutter (the dog). We had the great fortune to stay in the Lighthouse Suite which was a delight beyond words. Not only did it have the most comfortable bed ever, it had several windows giving ample opportunity to gaze upon amazing views and allow us to fall asleep to the waves gently rolling in. And if that wasn't enough, we were treated with Gail's fabulous cooking and beautiful presentation of some of the most delicious food that I have ever eaten.
CBH is a great location for rest and relaxation. It was great to drive in, park the car, and never get back in the car until it was time to leave. We had great strolls on the beach to a lighthouse, great viewings of all sorts of beautiful birds, gulls and sea lions as well as mountains, great sunsets/sunrises and one fantastic rainbow. One of my true delights was being able to watch 3 eagles soar overhead our first morning as we ate breakfast on the front porch. We were in walking distance to the quaint little town of Port Townsend and all its shops and restaurants.
It was such a great B&B that as soon as I submit this review, I am making my reservations for next May.
Enjoy! Highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Lakewood, Washington, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2012

When I called Gail to book our weekend retreat for our third anniversary, I was immediately taken in by the host's friendliness and cordiality. Maybe we hadn't really foreseen that there is an RV park right next door (with very disciplined quiet people) which steals a bit from the romantic location of this B & B in Port Townsend, but in the end we hardly realized it was there. Stepping into The Commander's Beach House, Captain Cutter (yes there is a dog, but it is super-well-behaved!) greeted us, and Gail showed us around the beautiful and lavishly decorated rooms that offered to be discovered with all their little trinkets and souvenirs. Our Lighthouse Suite was simply breathtaking with a view all across Admiralty Inlet. And Gail had even provided us with a bottle of wine to celebrate our anniversary. The binoculars on the window sill went immediately into use, and we also consulted the old-time nvigation maps on the walls. The porch and garden invited to sit even nearer the panoramic vista. At night, the sound of the waves lulled us to sleep, in the morning we were woken by the sun (at 6:30 a.m. this is bearable :-) ), as there are no blinds to impede the view or atmosphere of the charming rooms. Our breakfasts were stunningly gourmet - Gail ought to write a cookbook reall: Fresh fruit and salmon soufflee or Mexican scramble, scones or muffins - everything was done to perfection and with visual love. Downtown is in five minutes distance on foot, and you can get recommendations for what's going on in town anytime from Gail and her husband Jim. So whether you like the hub of town life or the tranquility of a "beach house" - you can't go wrong with the Commander's beach House.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Portland OR
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2012

Lucky lucky us to have been guided by the dozens of adoring reviews on tripadvisor to The Commander's Beach House in Port Townsend! Everything positive we read turned out to be absolutely true during our 2-night stay. Gail and Jim are warm, genuine, fun, and funny, so welcoming and generous with their time and helpful recommendations. Their B&B is comfortable, relaxing, charming, and beautifully situated for views, wildlife watching, and exploring. CBH is easy walking distance to restaurants, shops, and entertainment, or a wonderful hike along the beach to the Point Wilson Lighthouse. What a treat to park the car and forget about it for 3 days. We stayed in the Island View room which was sweet and spacious and looked over the Inlet. Our private bath down the hall was spotless and well-stocked. Breakfast was creative and delicious and we were lucky enough enjoy it on the veranda one day, thanks to unexpected lovely weather. We walked past several other lodgings that get high marks on tripadvisor, and they do look great, but we've found our Port Townsend "home" at CBH and can't wait to return one day!

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Commander's Beach House
Address: 400 Hudson St, Port Townsend, WA 98368-5632
Location: United States > Washington > Port Townsend
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Port Townsend
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Commander's Beach House is the only bed and breakfast that is located right on the water in downtown Port Townsend. You can walk on the beach to Fort Worden or easily stroll three blocks along the water front to all of the downtown shops and restaurants. Three of our rooms face the water and have private baths. Our fourth room faces the garden and has a shared bath located inside of the room. You can enjoy views of Admiralty Inlet, Mt. Baker, Whidbey Island, all of the boats and ships that go into Seattle, as well as vintage wooden schooners and yawls. Eagles, herons, otters and seals are frequently seen by our guests. A full sit down gourmet breakfast is served at individual tables or on our veranda, weather permitting. Come fall asleep lulled by the sounds of the sea and "relax and solve nothing"! ... more   less 

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