Anchorage Inn

Coupeville WA

Your Favorite Spring Flower

Spring is finally here, and colorful flowers are blooming all over the place. Tell us what your favorite is!!


April 30, 2011 Posted by | Polls | 2 Comments

Room with a View

Morning arrives. The aroma of Dianne’s delectable breakfast comes floating up the stairs. Sniff, sniff… is it Campbell Ranch Eggs or Banana Walnut Pancakes or…? Definitely fresh coffee, and plenty of it. Your eyes drift open and are met with the most incredible site. Slowly the sun makes its way into the sky, creating a stunning view as the colors reflect into the heavens and onto the waters of Penn Cove. And it’s panoramic, since this room has another large waterview window in addition to the turret-style windows. Welcome to Room #3 Fairhaven.


Done in lovely shades of peach, this room is a refreshing delight. Being the “fresh air fiend” that I am, I love to lie on the bed watching the sun sparkle on the water (and yes, there are a lot of sunny days in Coupeville!) and feel the breeze wafting across my face through the  open window.

I am reminded of Randy Stonehill’s song “Venezuela,” a line of which says “There’s a gentle breeze every morning that can blow your troubles away.” I call it my “Coupeville song.” Click below to listen to “Venezuela.”

Venezuela

This L-shaped room has a cozy seating area with comfy chairs and another window; a great place to sit and read or have a relaxing chat with your loved one.

Dave and Dianne are such generous and gracious hosts! For my birthday I found a lovely bouquet of fresh spring flowers and a nice card.

Whether you’re here for a special occasion or just a refreshing getaway, Room #3 Fairhaven is a great choice. But don’t take our word for it; come visit us and check it out for yourself! Give us a call at 1-877-230-1313 or (360) 678-5581 or make your booking from our website.

Sue (Inn Rep)

April 30, 2011 Posted by | INNside the Inn | Leave a comment

Easter Weekend Photos

Talk about a gorgeous Easter weekend! I took advantage of the opportunity to capture some new photos!

Bridge at Deception Pass

Looking out over Deception Pass


Tulip fields, Mt. Vernon

Sue (Inn Rep)

April 27, 2011 Posted by | INN Out and About, Photos | Leave a comment

Wild Junket

Our INNcredible site for the day — an award for sites which we find exceptionally interesting, attractive or “just plain cool” this time goes to Nellie Huang’s:

Wild Junket

This beautiful travel site is loaded with gorgeous photos and great articles ripe with interesting little-known facts about the various locations. Great writing style and well organized. Wild Junket, we congratulate you for a fantastic site!

Sue (Inn Rep)

April 25, 2011 Posted by | INNcredible | Leave a comment

Easter Bunny Shows Up!

The Easter Bunny made an appearance for the Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday at Coupeville Town Park.

It was special to have the Easter Bunny here “in person” (or I suppose that would be “in bunny”).

Thanks to the Soroptimist International of Coupeville for hosting this event.

April 24, 2011 Posted by | INN Out and About | Leave a comment

Happy Easter

Wishing everyone a joyous and blessed Easter.

Hallelujah! He is risen!

April 24, 2011 Posted by | Life at the Inn | Leave a comment

Faith Photos by Gail

Wow! It will be easy for everyone to see why we chose this site today for our INNcredible award for sites which are exceptional — interesting and which we think are “way cool.”

Faith Photos by Gail

This wonderful photography site is loaded with stunning photos well organized into galleries and available for purchase. Lovely intro page, beautiful music to listen to while you browse. Congratulations to Gail on this breathtaking site.

Sue (Inn Rep)

April 19, 2011 Posted by | INNcredible | Leave a comment

Springtime in Coupeville

What will it be today! Ahhhhh you just never know!

Yesterday morning I was snuggled in my cozy bed in #2 Cabot, gazing out the window at the beauty of the sun peeking though the clouds over Penn Cove, when all of a sudden… rain. Pounding hard on the porch roof right under my open window.

Leaping out of bed and racing to the window (love that rain!) I realized it was hail. Coming down hard and bouncing off the rooftop!  Two thoughts were racing through my mind! The obvious… “close the window!” (Not wanting to have to try to explain to Dave and Dianne why I needed to borrow a snow shovel before breakfast!)

Second… like any good photographer… was “grab the camera!” Is this really mid-April? Just had to capture a few special memories.

Sure hope the birds found a warmer bath somewhere!


This is Coupeville, though, and as it nearly always does, the sun won out. Just a few minutes later, I managed to get this peaceful shot of the sailboat on the Cove.

Fun start to a beautiful spring day.

Sue (Inn Rep)


April 18, 2011 Posted by | Life at the Inn | Leave a comment

My Itchy Travel Feet

INNcredible is our new feature designed to give acknowledgment and appreciation to sites which are especially interesting, entertaining, or that we just think are “way cool.”  Today’s INNcredible site award goes to Donna Hull’s site:

My Itchy Travel Feet – The Baby Boomer’s Guide to Travel

Loads of great travel information and articles, great photos, lots of trip tips and very nice video presentation. The water looks and sounds so relaxing, and a special cute little surprise at the end of the video. Donna, thanks for such an interesting, well done site.

Sue (Inn Rep)

April 18, 2011 Posted by | INNcredible | Leave a comment

Dianne’s Birthday

For Dianne’s birthday celebration, we let someone else do the cooking! She does hats well, don’t you think?


Sue (Inn Rep)

April 17, 2011 Posted by | Life at the Inn | Leave a comment

Destinations Travel

INNcredible is our new feature designed to give acknowledgment and appreciation to sites which are especially interesting, entertaining, or that we just think are “way cool.”  We are pleased to honor:

Destinations Travel Magazine

This is the most stunning online magazine I’ve seen yet! Beautiful web design… check out the Magazine Library! Each magazine issue has breathtaking photography and nice accompanying articles. Yes, I admit to “prejudice” to the San Juan Islands issue since it is “close to home.”  Destinations Travel Magazine, we salute you.

Sue (Inn Rep)

April 17, 2011 Posted by | INNcredible | Leave a comment

INNformer Newsletter

April 2011

Hello Mainlanders, Islanders and those in between,

Since we last wrote we’ve had quite a variety of weather here in Coupeville. Although we’re famous for our minimal rainfall, we’ve had our fair share, as well as snowfall. But, we can proudly say the sun has been upon us once in a while and the winds have been rather merciful. We can tell Spring time is about to take a major stretch. Daffodils are in full bloom and tulips are only a few days from bursting. And, needless to say, when the ground begins to thaw the grass awakens. Following a gusty evening, I found the lawn was somewhat dry and with it’s appearance a bit shaggy and unappealing I decided I had to mow it. To my surprise, the mower started with the first pull of the ripcord! So with the sun glowing from behind the clouds I actually worked up a sweat. My timing was right on the money because it rained hard the very next day.

It’s pumpkin season! Here it is April and I’m on my 1st attempts to sprout a pumpkin seed. I have 6 wrapped in a couple of wet paper towels and placed gently in a zip lock bag and taped to the hot water pipe leading to one of our hot water heaters. I’ve taken them outside and placed them under a glass bowl to feel the semi warmth of the sun when it shines through the clouds every so often. I’ve also got 4 planted in dirt within a black pot and covered with plastic to keep the moisture in. It sits on a window sill facing the sky where the sun is said to be. It’s all a waiting game. Right now, we’ve seen nothing but clouds for almost 3 weeks straight with measurable rain every day and it looks like we have another week of the same ahead.

We took a short break and went to Disneyland to enjoy the Magic Kingdom with our granddaughters (and their Mom & Dad) for their Spring Break. It was in the mid 70′s and actually warm. Maybe I should have taken my seeds with me. We got plenty of exercise standing in lines, walking from one end of the Magic Kingdom to the other and back again for 3 days. We met Mickey, Goofy and Cinderella and had a great time.


The Tulips are coming! The 28th annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, April 1-24 is just around the corner. We still have rooms available, especially mid week to avoid the weekend travelers. Vacation on Whidbey Island is just a skip and a hop from tulip country. Visit Skagit Valley Tulip Festival for a list of events and must see and do’s! While there, enjoy a 15 minute Skagit Valley flightseeing adventure, Kenmore Air beginning at the La Conner waterfront. You’ll never look at the tulip fields the same way again. Want to see the spectacular blooms from a Helicopter instead of a plane?  Classic Helicopter Corp will be doing scenic flights every 15 minutes on Saturday’s and Sunday’s beginning April 8th from the Farmhouse Restaurant (located off HWY 20 & La Conner Whitney Rd.)

Tulip Facts: For some reason, I like facts. Just give me a fact and my ears perk up. Did you know that there are about 3,000 various known varieties of cultivated tulips! The majority of tulips are grown and exported from Holland.

Tulips come in a wide variety of vibrant colors such as red, yellow, orange, purple, pink and bi-colors. A tulip plant has typically 2-6 leaves, while some species have up to 12 leaves. An average height of a tulip plant ranges from 10-70 centimeters (that’s 4-27 inches). Generally, tulips have one flower per stem. However, a few species may have up to four flowers per stem. The attractive, colorful, cup-shaped flowers possess three petals and three sepals. There are six petaloid tepals, marked near the base of the flower with darker markings.

Tulips are classified into 15 classes on the basis of season of bloom, parentage and various floral characteristics. Tulips are available within November to May and they have a life span of 3-7 days. There are three types of tulips depending upon the time of bloom, such as early, midseason and late flowering.

Early flowering tulips, including Red Emperor, Waterlily, Greigii Tulips, bloom in March and early April. Midseason flowering tulips, such as Swan Wings Tulips, Parrot Tulips, Darwin Hybrids, bloom in April and early May. Late flowering tulips such as Rembrandt Tulips, Fringed Tulips bloom in the month of May.

For cultivation of tulip plants, a well-drained, airy, loamy soil is recommended. They require watering after planting during early spring or fall, as well as before blooming and after blooming. Tulip plants should be protected from small animals such as squirrels, rabbits or gophers and the deer of Whidbey Island.

Tulips are in a great demand all over the world. They are used for making the beautiful bouquets and for wonderful floral arrangements. They are an integral part of decorations for some special occasions such as weddings. Tulip is the national flower of Turkey. Tulip flowers are supposed to be a token of a perfect lover, passion, love, declaration of love, romance, fame, charity, dreaminess and a perfect B&B.

Your B&B Kicks Gas! For the next 4 months we’re offering the “Gas Buster Special” stay two consecutive nights, Sunday through Thursday, and we will take $25.00 off your bill to help cover the cost of your gas! Just mention the “Gas Buster Special” when making your reservation to get this rate! If making the reservation online, indicate Gas Buster Special in the notes section. Only one special or discount per visit.

Mother’s Day is coming! Yes, both Mother’s and Father’s Days are just around the corner. Gift certificates are a great idea for either Mom or Dad. Give us a call and we’ll take care of the rest.

Coupeville – The shortest distance to far away.
Your innkeepers,
Dave and Dianne

April 17, 2011 Posted by | Dave's Giant Pumpkin, INNformer Newsletter | Leave a comment

Cake Wrecks

INNcredible is our new feature designed to give acknowledgment and appreciation to sites which are especially interesting, entertaining, or that we just think are “way cool.”  This time we would like to honor:

CakeWrecks

If you haven’t visited this site, you are missing out! It has provided me with hours of laughter and good, clean entertainment. Hilarious photos and great commentary.

Sue (Inn Rep)

April 17, 2011 Posted by | INNcredible | Leave a comment

Breakfast Delight

Breakfast this morning turned out to be Dianne’s wonderful “Cheesy Egg Bake.” Five… yes FIVE… kinds of cheese all whipped up and baked in individual souffle dishes. That is delicious apple-chicken sausage slices across the top underneath all that pineapple-mango salsa! Today it was accompanied with fresh melon and a variety of breads and juices. Worth getting out of bed for!

You definitely won’t go away hungry from the Inn. And there are even lots of great hiking trails, festivals and other activities to help you work off a bit of it before you head home! :)

This is one of my favorite breakfasts at the Inn. Take our poll to decide which YOU would prefer!

Sue (Inn Rep)

April 17, 2011 Posted by | Life at the Inn | Leave a comment

Scott Frederick

INNcredible is our new feature designed to give acknowledgment and appreciation to sites which are especially interesting, entertaining, or that we just think are “way cool.” Our first feature goes to:

Wonderful photo blog loaded with creative, unusual photography. A must-see!
Scott Frederick PhotoBlog

April 16, 2011 Posted by | INNcredible | 9 Comments

What’s for Breakfast?

April 16, 2011 Posted by | Polls | Leave a comment

Dave’s Giant Pumpkin

My seed has sprouted! But there is no sun. Will it continue to grow? I’ll keep you posted.

April 16, 2011 Posted by | Dave's Giant Pumpkin | Leave a comment

Meerkerk Gardens

Meerkerk Gardens is bursting into bloom! This is a great time to plan that special trip and see firsthand spring finally arriving!!  We are just down the road and would love to have a cozy room all ready for you, so make that reservation now.

April 14, 2011 Posted by | Life at the Inn | Leave a comment

Gas Buster Special

From April 1st until the end of July, we are offering the

“Gas Buster Special”
Stay two consecutive nights, Sunday through Thursday, and we will take $25.00 off your bill to help cover the cost of your gas!

You must mention the “Gas Buster Special” when making your reservation to get this rate!

If making the reservation online, indicate Gas Buster Special in the notes section.

Make those reservations now!

The special applies only to rooms in the Anchorage Inn. The Calista Cottage has no discounts.

April 12, 2011 Posted by | Life at the Inn | Leave a comment

A Gift for Mom

Give your Mom a treat she’ll never forget! Not candy or flowers for a week, but a Gift Certificate for the Anchorage Inn B&B. Call us 360-678-5581 or e-mail us for answers. Your innkeepers,

Dave and Dianne

April 11, 2011 Posted by | Life at the Inn | 2 Comments

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