Welcome to Your Home-Away-from-Home: Seattle's Best Bed and Breakfasts

Maybe you'd like to stay somewhere a little more personal than a hotel while visiting Seattle. Why not try a bed and breakfast? With courteous hosts and relaxed ambience, you'll be glad to trade the pleasant-but-anonymous hotel experience for a more welcoming home-away-from-home. You're not just another anonymous traveller, you're a part of the family. (For the stay, anyway!)

Are you looking for a place close to the UW campus? Visit the Chambered Nautilus, in the University District. Interested in staying close to downtown and near the city's attractions but prefer the B&B ambiance? Try the Bed and Breakfast on Broadway or Mildred's. Looking for a week (or weekend) getaway with attractive grounds for walking, sitting or taking in the evening air? Maybe Three Tree Point or the Greenlake Guesthouse is where you'll find your temporary home. Want to stay in nearby wine country, possibly take a tasting tour and coming 'home' to a welcoming retreat? Make reservations at the Meritage Meadow Inn. Most Seattle bed and breakfasts are in restored or remodeled Victorian or 1920s-era homes, many offer sizeable DVD collections to choose from, and almost all boast fast and secure wireless access. A few even welcome your canine or feline traveling companions!


Mildred's is excellent for leisure or business travelers, with Wi-Fi throughout the home, four suites with their own private baths, writing desks, comfortable in-room seating and the property's proximity to downtown. Established in 1982, this Seattle-area B&B makes a move toward simplicity and economy by replacing its gourmet breakfasts with a continental spread. Stay in its restored Victorian-home elegance and grace, with a wrap-around front porch that's perfect for reading, taking in the fresh air or watching the neighborhood. All rooms are non-smoking and have in-room TVs and DVD players. Book your stay in the spacious Green room, the Lace room with its skylight and bay window, the romantic-hideaway Rose room or the Blue room with its sitting alcove and southern and western exposure.

Another Capitol Hill guest house, the B&B Inn Seattle is perfectly located for both business and leisure visitors to the Seattle area. During the busy season, a full gourmet breakfast is served every morning, with a less formal continental-style spread laid out during the low season. If you have dietary restrictions, let them know in advance, and they'll work to accommodate you. Guest rooms feature amenities such as non-smoking rooms, air conditioning, bathrobes, daily newspaper, ironing board and a private bath with separate shower and tub. Basic amenities provided include laundry service/dry cleaning, business center, bicycle rental. Traveling with your pets? They're welcome here!

This former captain's home in the Queen Anne neighborhood, a remodeled 1915 Arts and Crafts house, still has its original interior woodwork and box-beam ceilings. Fresh breakfasts are prepared daily, using herbs from the sizable garden. All the rooms include private baths and are furnished with antique pieces. Walk from this location to downtown destinations such as Seattle Center, the Space Needle, the Experience Music Project and the Pacific Science Center. Gourmet breakfasts are available daily, but if you're leaving early, speak to the innkeeper the day before to arrange a quick continental spread to help you begin your day.

Bacon Mansion
Photo courtesy of Mozart Guest House

As you pass through the gates of this classical Edwardian-style Tudor, shields of red and white can be seen on the round stained glass windows. Built in 1909 on Seattle's Capitol Hill, this elegant home shows not only the trademark family crest, but a fine preservation of original woods, a 3,000-crystal chandelier, marble fireplace and a treasured library. The main guest house is divided between four levels. A spacious outside patio leads to the historic Carriage House. Besides a delicious breakfast, catered lunches, dinners and receptions are also available. With the mansion being just a short distance from the Capitol Hill and downtown Seattle commercial districts, you will enjoy quick access to the city's many attractions and activities.

This Capitol Hill bed and breakfast in a quiet residential neighborhood is in a home built in 1906 and features hardwood floors, original stained glass windows and a graceful and elegant crystal chandelier in the dining room. The inn has four delightful guest rooms, and is located close to all the downtown attractions and local transit options (ferry terminals, the trains and light rail). The Dido suite includes antique decor and heirloom bedding. The Emerald suite includes a sunroom and private deck, and it has fresh plants year-round. The Broadway Suite is great for honeymooners or romantic getaways. And the Attic Loft, with its outdoor deck and maximum privacy of all the suites, lets you relax in your own space with garden views through the trees.

Three Tree Point Bed & Breakfast
Photo courtesy of Three Tree Point BNB

Offering amazing views of Mount Rainier and of the Olympic Mountains from its hillside vantage, Three Tree Point has just two accommodations - but they're both excellent choices. The Suite, decorated in contemporary style, offers a living room with a leather sofa, a bedroom opening onto a patio and a two-room bathroom. The Cottage has stunning views from every window, a river-rock fireplace inside and a Chimenea fire pit outside, plus a large master bedroom with French doors. Both units feature a living room, kitchen, dining area and laundry facility. Take a peaceful walk along the beach, or walk around the neighborhood - then come back to enjoy the extensive movie collection, or just curl up with a favorite book.

A beautiful 1925 home, located in the relaxing, family-oriented Maple Leaf neighborhood. The building has been completely remodeled, and suites combine modern amenities such as whirlpool tubs and wireless access with 'homemade touches' such as provided slippers, robes and complimentary beverages and snacks. The Retreat Suite takes up the whole second floor, while the Celebration Suite is on the first floor. Both have private baths and in-suite kitchenettes, as well as use of the common full kitchen. The rooms are non-smoking and are cleaned with organic products to keep the rooms fragrance-free. This inn is characterized by a combination of modern comfort and traditional elements of Seattle.

Located just outside of downtown Redmond, near wine-country Woodinville, this bed and breakfast is within 10 miles of over 90 wine-tasting rooms for some of Washington state's best wineries. The inn has five rooms, extensive common areas and over 14 acres of surrounding meadows and woodlands for walking, playing or enjoying a picnic. Whether you choose the Red Mountain room, with its Queen Anne furnishings, sauna and Japanese-style tub; the nautical-accented Yakima room with its views of the lower meadow and a heated bathroom floor (!); or one of the other three rooms, you'll enjoy a restful stay in a beautiful location.

Just fifty yards from Volunteer Park, the Mozart Guest House sits on one of the original Capitol Hill plots. The house is Neoclassic Greek Revival style, with a second-story porch that almost circles the entire house. (There was apparently a time capsule found in one of the walls, between the studs...!) All four guest rooms are on the second floor and have private baths. Some have doors that open out onto the grand balcony. Stay at the Mozart Guest House, with its rooms named after some of the composer's most widely-known operas, and you'll be within easy walking distance of Volunteer Park, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, the writers' center at Richard Hugo House and all the shops that Capitol Hill has to offer.

The pet-friendly Chambered Nautilus Inn, located near the University of Washington, offers gourmet breakfasts daily featuring locally roasted coffee. This comfortable urban oasis is housed in a 1915 Georgian Colonial with a well-tended garden. The Chambered Nautilus offers single rooms in the main building or more spacious multi-room guest suites in the University Building just across the lawn. Extra, special amenities in each room include handmade soaps, well-stocked bookshelves and resident Teddy Bears. The inn gives its guests easy access to University Village shopping center, the UW medical center, the Burke-Gilman walking and biking trail, all the attractions of the University District and dozens of neighborhood shops and restaurants.


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne