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“Can't say enough about Carol”

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Big Bear Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #31 of 127 Anchorage B&B and Inns
Manchester, New Hampshire
1 review
“Can't say enough about Carol”
Reviewed July 22, 2008

My wife and I went to Alaska for our honeymoon in July 08. When booking our vacation, we made a reservation at Big Bear Bed and Breakfast in Anchorage. Carol was so helpful in telling us what the big attractions are in each of the cities we wanted to visit. Carol told us who was the best at the bear watching trip we made out of Homer. She also recommended other bed and breakfasts to us. She enjoyed telling us stories each morning at breakfast about her childhood, parents and her life in Alaska. Even though Carol is very busy attending to other vacationers, she always had time for you and always made you feel welcome. Carol is a tremendous cook and her breakfasts are amazing. She caters to your likes, dislikes and allergies. Carol is just so thoughtful and we would definitely be staying with her again when we go back to Alaska.

Thanks Carol and Staff

Steve and Jen Manchester New Hampshire

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Ohio
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23 reviews
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Reviewed June 7, 2008

We arrived in Anchorage late in the evening and she was as nice as can be about it. The breakfasts were great and Carol had so much information to give us we were busy our 2 days in Anchorage. Make sure if you stay here you ask her to show you the Alaskan items she has for sale, some of the best we saw in Alaska.

Stayed May 2008
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Thank snomofam
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Charleston, South Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed June 1, 2008

We stayed at Big Bear in the Toklat room for 1 night in May. We landed at anchorage around 8 pm, rented a car, and drove to the BnB. The drive was abt 7 miles, and was pretty easy to find. The area didnt seem very nice at first, but the BnB was awesome. Considering it was our stop-over for the night, we didnt mind the location too much. We were greeted by Carol's grand daughter, who showed us our room and the facilities, etc. She was really sweet! A little later, Carol came to our room and enquired about our flight, breakfast time, etc. We had questions abt getting to Seward, and she was really a wealth of information! The beds were comfy, and the room was quite well decorated. The next morning, Carol had our breakfast ready for us by 7 am. This included sourdough waffles (which was delicious!), egg quiche, and a variety of syrups. All in all, was a great homemade breakfast. We took a lot of pics around the living room, and checked out by 7.30 am. It was a warm welcoming stay, for our first night!

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank arn22
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Ohio
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed November 18, 2007

This was our first stop after we arrived in Alaska. Carol was great. She is a wealth of information and was very helpful in helping us plan our day. She even got up early to take us to the train station with a breakfast of salmon Quiche all packaged and ready to go. She has her own garden in her back yard and makes her own jams and syrups. Great place to stay. Would highly recommend it.

Stayed August 2007
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1 Thank pdjdc
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Twin Cities, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed August 1, 2007

We stayed one night at the Big Bear (in the Glacier Room), and were very charmed by the Owner, decor, and genuine Alaskan hospitality! When we got there, Carol was in themidst of canning 50+ lbs of fresh Kenai River salmon -- an experience in itself to observe! Carol was very helpful when we needed to find a place to get dinner the night we checked in, and gave us coupons for 3 different places as we headed out the door! The rooms are thoroughly decorated by their themes, and I completely agree with the other reviewer that said that this place was like walking through a museum! There are knick knacks, paintings, pelts, and charm everywhere!! Our bed was very comfortable (complete with chocolates on the bedside tables!), and the bathroom was a very creative use of space! I disagree with the reviewer who said they were weird and you couldn't use the bathroom without disturbing your companion...unless you took a shower in the middle of the night, as the light only turns on automatically when you open the door to reveal the shower and closet with towels. Breakfast was fantastic...sourdough waffles, handpicked berries, hash browns, and reindeer sausage. Carol kept us entertained with stories of the history of her sourdough starter, tales of berry picking while moose hunting, and stories of previous generations of her Alaskan family. I wish we would have been able to stay there more than one night, and if our next trip to Alaska requires a stay in Anchorage, we will definitely do our best to reserve a room here again!

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  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank Zippy73
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Pasadena, CA
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed July 11, 2007

If anyone has ever traveled to Alaska, you know that it can be quite the expensive venture! If you're a B&B traveler like us, you won't find a better deal than Big Bear in Anchorage!! We ended up getting there a day earlier and unfortunately, Big Bear was already booked that night so we ended up staying in a nearby hotel. We paid TWICE as
much for conditions that were sub par to the B&B. Big Bear offers rooms/beds that are very comfortable and clean, there are plenty of amenities and the innkeeper (Carol) will make sure you have an excellent home-cooked meal (complete with yummy local ingredients) before you leave each morning. You really couldn't ask for more!
Marco & Lisa from aloveproject.net

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  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank aloveproject
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Northeast USA
Level 6 Contributor
233 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed June 29, 2007

Our stay at Big Bear at the beginning of June got our Alaska trip off to a wonderful start. Our rooms were very nice -- comfy beds, antique furniture and Alaskan decor. The place is like living in a mini-museum! The meals were outstanding; Carol, your hostess, is a former home ec teacher. (She taught me how to make her yummy bear claws.) Her stories about life in Alaska are even better than her great food! It is in an older part of town...but was a wonderful and interesting place to stay!

Stayed June 2007
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3 Thank emeraldisle45
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Property: Big Bear Bed & Breakfast
Address: 3401 Richmond Ave, Anchorage, AK 99508-1013
Location: United States > Alaska > Anchorage
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
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Ranked #31 of 127 B&Bs / Inns in Anchorage
Number of rooms: 4

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