Anchorage Inn

Coupeville WA

INNformer #142

Hello from your Island Retreat,

As usual this parade began at sunset and lasted for 1/2 hour. Although the weather was a bit cold and the wind stiff at times, it didn’t rain! The town gathered along either side of South & North Main St. awaiting the arrival of Santa. Frosty led the parade of floats, tractors, vehicles of all sizes and shapes, clubs, H.S. marching band, dogs, and the police and fire departments. Each threw candy to the children until their pockets were bulging. This year the caroling entertainment was set up on the Anchorage Inn’s wrap around porch where the Mayor gave her welcoming speech, Coupevilles first Grand Marshal waved and the President of the Chamber of Commerce greeted the citizens and kids. After caroling had ended we witnessed the parks glorious lighting ceremony ….3…..2…..1!!

With the inn laced in lighting & garland and the park aglow, this is probably the most attractive corner in town. The shops then opened their doors and welcomed everyone to enjoy finger foods and cider. We’ve already got a couple reservations for next years parade.

GIFT CERTIFICATES are always available for CHRISTmas, birthdays and anniversaries.

GOODBYE INSTANT COFFEE, hello Keurig coffee maker. We’re always trying to improve our service to our guests. One step in that direction was to provide Keurig K packs for a better tasting coffee for afternoons and evenings. Instant coffee just doesn’t quite cut it.

GOURDZILLA’S CONVERSION. Just before Thanksgiving a portion of our family converted a couple wedges from Gourdzilla into 4 large pies, collected and counted his slimy seeds and took his remains to the Sherman ranch where our granddaughters tossed him over the fence, piece by piece for the cattle to enjoy. That’s the first time they’ve fed cows. The following week I returned and gathered up cow droppings to fertilize the garden for next years winning GIANT pumpkin for the Harvest Fair Oct 12th.

Gourdzilla reveals his seedlings


2 of Gourdzilla’s 4 pies


We had 18 guests send us their guesses for the number of seeds within GOURDZILLA. They ranged from 5,555 to 167. I was surprised at how many slippery seeds my granddaughters and I found within that hollow. It came to 535. The closest guess was 550! Steve and Gwenn are looking forward to their FREE overnight stay.


2004 1st Wiley 344 lbs —- 427
2005 2nd Tony 180 lbs —- None on record
2006 3rd Brooklyn 228 lbs PRETTIEST 21
2007 4th Cade —- died on the vine
2008 5th Jack Jr. 169 lbs died on the vine
2009 6th Squashinator 82 lbs died on the vine(255 seeds)
2010 None grown
2011 7th Pumpkinstiltskin 108 pounds second place
(for ugliest)
2012 8th Gourdzilla 178 pounds Avis Award 535

OUR ANNUAL MID WEEK WINTER SPECIAL sale is on. Save 15% on any 2 consecutive days Sunday thru Thursday now thru April 30th. Make those reservations now. That special would make a great CHRISTmas gift and could be applied towards your Pancake, Omelet, Quiche or French Toast discount on your next visit to the inn!

IT’S BEEN A BUSY YEAR and has finally begun to wind down. With the inn fully decorated and the pace now slowing down to 3,2 or even 1 room per day, we can plan a few short getaways in the next few months. We’d like to wish all of you a wonderful CHRISTmas season and a beautiful new year ahead.

Merry CHRISTmas,
your innkeepers,
Dave and Dianne


December 9, 2012 Posted by | INN Out and About, Life at the Inn | Leave a comment

Spring in Coupeville

A fresh breeze blowing off the Cove. Birds singing. And yes, lots of flowers blooming.

It’s a great time to plan some getaway time to relax, refresh and enjoy the new life bursting forth. Peak blooming season at Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens… just down the road from us… begins April 1.

We have rooms available; would love to have you join us!


March 30, 2012 Posted by | INN Out and About, Life at the Inn | Leave a comment

INNformer #134

INNformer #134 Jan 12 2012

It’s a new year! Although it’s the height of winter, all in all it’s been rather mellow here in Coupeville. Not much rain has fallen on this island and not a flake of snow is yet to be seen. Looking out our kitchen window, wound amongst the rose bush branches, we still have a healthy Nasturtium alive and well with about a dozen orange flowers awaiting harvest to decorate our morning dishes.

From one facelift to another the Anchorage Inn has changed from a colorful appearance of Fall for Thanksgiving and then again within a couple of days to welcoming twinkle of CHRISTmas decor just in time to welcome the annual Greening of Coupeville evening parade. Last week we neatly packaged her up and stored her away until Oct of 2012. Already, we’re planning the charming decor for Valentines Day. How about a lovers escape?

Just one more thought about CHRISTmas. Those carols have come and gone, and with them some of our favorites. One song with mysterious lyrics is The 12 Days of Christmas. I recently learned some very interesting facts.

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.

-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.-
-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit–Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit–Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
-The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.
-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.
So there is your history for today. This knowledge was shared with me and I found it interesting and enlightening and now I know how that strange song became a Christmas Carol.

For those who missed it!

With the cold morning air and late rising sun a bowl of cold cereal doesn’t quite hit the mark. How about one of Dianne’s entrees from her well worn cookbook. She’s been serving this dish for years to thousands of guests. The Cheesy Egg Bake…….
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

1 lb Monterey Jack Cheese (4 cups)
10 extra large eggs
1 pint creamed cottage cheese (2 cups)
1/2 cup white flour
1 tsp baking powder

Shred the Monterey Jack Cheese.
In a large mixer bowl beat eggs until blended. Add everything else.
Pour the mixture into a well greased 9″ x 13″ dish, or individual baking dishes
and bake for approximately 45 minutes, until a knife inserted into the middle
comes out clean. Serve immediately while it is pretty and fluffy.

This will serve 10 people for brunch if a large fruit salad and rolls are added.
It can be made the night before, refrigerated and baked just before serving.
Allow extra baking time if it has been in the refrigerator over night.

Our neighbor gave us a call last week and reported that his patio was almost flooded. He new that rain couldn’t be the cause and with further investigation he followed the wetness across his yard and found the source was coming from under our Calista Cottage. It wasn’t just wet, but actually almost had a bit of a current to it. We quickly turned the water main off and after opening a small trap door on the skirt of the cottage began to look for the cause. It was cold and dark under our old saloon with a floor that was only dirt or mud and a space of about 2 feet. This crawl space had earned its name. Had the pipes frozen and burst underground, under the house? As I slowly slid along I began to hear dripping beneath the bathroom and was somewhat relieved. I still couldn’t see it’s exact source but had a good idea.
Our plumber discovered that the pipes had merely separated at a joint. The cause is not for sure, but the repair was quick with no damage to the cottage. He estimated that the water had been flowing at full flow for a number of days.

Our 16th Innkeeping 101 student will soon be with us for our 2 day course. The whole idea behind our course is to give those interested in the possibility of becoming innkeepers a good taste, answer questions, instruct and have fun. Then they can make a wise decision about their next step. See our outline on our web site Of our last 15 to take the course, 11 are now successful innkeepers, 2 have learned that they are not yet prepared, 1 discovered that innkeeping was not for them and 1 are now successful inn “sitters”.

World travelers since we last spoke, has only been Canada. For 2011, we set an all time record for our northern neighbors.

Returning Guests that have been awarded Anchorage Inn discounts since our last INNformer totaled:

Returning Guests that have been awarded Anchorage Inn discounts since our last INNformer totaled:
3rd & 4th visit reservation for the 10% Pancake discount = 4
5th thru 9th visit reservation for the 12% Omelet discount = 1
10th thru 19th visit reservation for the 15% Quiche discount = 1
20 or more visits reservation for the 20% French Toast discount = 1

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

Dave and Dianne

January 20, 2012 Posted by | INNformer Newsletter, Life at the Inn | Leave a comment

All decked out for Christmas!

We’re all decked out for Christmas. 

Photos from the Greening of Coupeville, first Saturday in December!

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December 23, 2011 Posted by | INNside the Inn, Life at the Inn, Photos | Leave a comment

Merry Christmas – Video

Wishing everyone a happy and blessed Christmas.

(Click on link for our video greeting)

Merry Christmas from Anchorage Inn

From Dave, Dianne and all of us at the Anchorage Inn!

November 27, 2011 Posted by | Holiday Greetings, INNside the Inn, Life at the Inn | | Leave a comment

INNformer #133

INNformer #133       Nov 18

Winter greetings to our Mainlanders, Islanders and all our Pumpkinologists,

Yes, I said Winter. We’ve received our first light snowfall on central Whidbey this week and the temperature in the morning has been flirting with freezing. Most trees have lost a majority of their golden leaves, our clocks have once again fallen behind and we’ve lit our first fire in the fireplace. One thing nice about Winters arrival is that Spring is a bit closer and the pumpkin seed will begin its cycle once again. Speaking of seeds…..

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest seed in the world is that of the giant fan palm Locoicea maldivica, commonly known as the double coconut or coco de mer near the Indian Ocean. It can weigh up to 44 lbs. and may take 10 years to develop. A single seed may be 12 inches long and nearly 3 feet in circumference. The smallest seed comes from the epiphytic orchid found in tropical rain forests and totals about 35 million seeds per ounce! That’s right, one seed weighs about one 35 millionths of an ounce. Orchid seeds are dispersed into the air like minute dust particles or single-celled spores, eventually coming to rest in the upper canopy of rain forest trees.

Our professional seed counters.
” Because the month is 10, the temperature is 61, I have 4 grandchildren and I picked 122 apples and 92 pears, it’s obvious Pumpky has 289 seeds.”
” If Pumpkinstilskin weighed 108 pounds and the Anchorage Inn has 7 rooms, I’ll guess 756 seeds.”
” Mary says pumpkin has 7 letters. Pumpkinstilskin has 15 = 715 seeds. That wasn’t hard.”

Pumpkinstilskin sat proudly on our front lawn, patiently awaiting the arrival of Nov 11th. One year, 2006, my pumpkin “Brooklynn” was so dense that it only had room to produce 21 seeds. My first pumpkin “Wylie” which was my biggest ever, had 427 seeds. We had 22 folks send in their guesses this year. They ranged from 21 to 5,555 seeds.
Together, our visiting son, daughter-in-law and 3 grand daughters, opened Pumpkinstilskin by first removed his crow-pecked, sunken and scarred area and then peeked in. And what did we see??? A bright orange interior with only a few visible seeds! Portion by portion, As the sky grew darker and raindrops began to fall, I quickly cut out 1-2 lb sections. Just like a well lubricated pumpkin machine, we quickly bagged sections, scooped out slippery seeds and stuff and ran for shelter before getting too wet.

Into the kitchen we took our bucket of orange slop and began the slimey job of searching and counting. Well, Pumpky had 264 seeds. Our winner, the closest, without going over, was Ed and Judy V. with a guess of 247. And the closest to the total was Wendie N. and Mike B. with a guess of 268 to win honorable mention. Good job everyone.

What do you do with 108 pounds of pumpkin? Our son said we ought to make pumpkin pie. We all love pumpkin pie, so why not? So we gathered up 2 big chunks and went to Google. We found our instructions and the whole family got involved and like a well lubricated pumpkin pie machine we began. It wasn’t difficult but it was time consuming. After 3 hours we had made 2 pies included their crusts and they were delicious. This will be a family tradition I’m sure! The rest of the chunks went to our local farm to feed the cattle in exchange for some cow pies for next year’s garden.


World travelers since we last spoke have been Ireland and Canada.

Returning Guests that have been awarded Anchorage Inn discounts since our last INNformer totaled:
3rd & 4th visit           reservation for the 10% Pancake discount = 6
5th thru 9th visit       reservation for the 12% Omelet discount = 1
10th thru 19th visit   reservation for the 15% Quiche discount = 0
20 or more visits      reservation for the 20% French Toast discount = 2
That’s quite a turnout of Pancake patrons!!!!

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

Dave and Dianne

November 20, 2011 Posted by | INNformer Newsletter, Life at the Inn | Leave a comment

Phase 2 – Pumpkin Contest!

Update – We have a winner!

Pumpy weighed in at 108 pounds! The closest guess was 100 pounds and was submitted to Dave through a response to his INNformer newsletter! Congratulations to the winners of the FREE night’s stay at the Inn!

Thank you to all those who participated!!


Robin was the lucky winner of our “Name the Giant Pumpkin” contest, with the name “Pumpkinstilskin.”  Farmer Dave decided to nickname him “Pumpy!”

Now we are ready to

Guess Pumpy’s weight at the Harvest Carnival

weigh-in on October 8!

These great photos of Dave with his giant pumpkin were taken on September 17, with Pumpy measuring 68″ around. Pumpy is quite small for his age because he has not had much sunshine. He did, however, survive the “bird attack” — you can see on top where the bird ate a hole in his side. But Farmer Dave’s careful nursing helped him pull through and keep on growing!

Not much longer until the contest on Oct 8th at the Coupeville Farmers Market.

We are opening up to the public the chance to to guess what Pumpy’s weight will be at weigh-in on October 8.  The person who guesses the closest wil get a FREE night’s stay at the Anchorage Inn B&B, so put on your thinking cap and send in your best guess!

Your choice of any room (excluding the Crow’s Nest Suite, Discovery and Calista Cottage) at the Anchorage Inn, depending upon availability. Reservation should be made for a visit anytime between Oct 1st, 2011 and May 30th 2012.

Sue for Farmer Dave and everyone at Anchorage Inn

September 20, 2011 Posted by | Dave's Giant Pumpkin, Life at the Inn | 7 Comments

We have a winner!!

Congratulations to Robin Castiglione!!

Robin is the happy winner of our “Name the Pumpkin” contest, and has won a FREE night at Anchorage Inn!

At Robin’s suggestion, Dave’s pumpkin now proudly wears the name “Pumpkinstilskin.”

Congratulations to Robin from all of us!!

Honorable mention — and a night’s discount of 20% — went to:

Rob and Sandy – Pump Zilla

Paula – Orange Crush

Guests of the Inn – Cinderella’s Coach

Guests of the Inn – Captain Chubby

Congratulations, and thanks to everyone for participating.

Sue (for Dave and Dianne, and everyone at the Inn)



September 4, 2011 Posted by | Dave's Giant Pumpkin, Life at the Inn | Leave a comment

Community Yard Sale

We had a great time at the Community Yard Sale in Coupeville hosted by Inn Assistant Lynda. Although I came home with more than I took!

Dianne, Lynda and Chris hard at work setting things up!


Hmmmmm there MUST be a spot here somewhere to put this!
Dianne sets up for the sale.


Dianne and Chris… still hard at work!


Unexpected guests arrive!


Exhausted after the sale is over, but still having fun!
(L to R) Lynda, Dianne, Brianna, Dave, Chris

(Photos and post by Sue)

August 7, 2011 Posted by | INN Out and About, Life at the Inn, Photos | Leave a comment

INNformer #129

INNformer #129       July 17

Hello Mainlanders, Islanders and those in between,

Time Rightly Spent. So you roll out of bed, stretch, yawn, pour the coffee, collect the paper from the sidewalk, flip on the early show, and watch young men and women being far too cheerful as they report the weather and some community goings-on. Yet most of the morning’s information is a rehash of what you heard before you went to bed and, worse yet, most of the news is bad. Your mind flashes back to your stay at the Anchorage Inn B&B and you realize that you’re back in the old grind. Don’t be depressed, just find your bootstraps and pull yourself up …. You’ve got the latest INNformer to read.

Happy birthday everyone. We had a perfect 4th of July with clear skies, a mild sea breeze and comfortable temperatures on your island. A panorama of fireworks could be seen in every direction across Penn Cove and as far away as the mainland. The aroma of BBQ’s and the sound of anxious celebrators could be detected all day long. At the breakfast table we all sang our national anthem, including our visitors from Canada. Quite an honorable sound I must say! This is a great place to celebrate a birthday, hint, hint.

Pumpkin Update: As of the 16th of July, I have 2 hardy plants stretching their broad leaves towards the sky in an effort to find some sunshine. 2 days ago was our 7th day this summer with clear skies. It rained yesterday and half of today. One plant has been producing flowers but they’re too close to the root of the vine to accept. Should they produce a pumpkin, this “Atlantic Giant” would pull the plant right out of the ground. July 10th is the standard date to choose a pumpkin from your patch and snip off the others. Well needless to say, the season is behind schedule this year for all pumpkin growers so we’ll have to hope for at least a successfully pollinated flower by the end of the month. I put a boy and girl flower together yesterday, so cross your fingers.

World travelers came from far and wide. We had 3 separate couples in a week arrive from the Netherlands (Holland). These Dutch visitors were here for art classes, visiting friends and just traveling the earth. When I asked our first couple to sing their national anthem, we learned that the words included a devotion to Germany which, due to history, his family didn’t feel comfortable doing, which is understandable. His wife, from Spain, said she’d sing hers, but the best she could do would be to hum it because the anthem had no words. How interesting! We also had guests from Ireland, Australia, Bulgaria and Canada.

Returning Guests that have been awarded discounts since our last INNformer totaled:
3rd & 4th         reservation for the 10% Pancake discount = 6
5th thru 9th     reservation for the 12% Omelet discount = 6
10th thru 19th reservation for the 15% Quiche discount = 1
20th or more   reservation for the 20% French Toast discount = 2

The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority has announced the sailing schedule for the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain for the summer of 2011. The schedule marks the 22nd summer that Lady Washington has toured Puget Sound area ports. Ports of call are:

  • Aberdeen: July 1-5
  • Anacortes: July 9-10
  • San Juan Islands (Expedition Voyages Family and Youth Camps): July 11-15
  • Anacortes: July 16-18
  • Bellingham: July 20-August 1
  • Blaine: August 3-7
  • Coupeville: August 11-14 They will enter Deception Pass on slack about 2:30PM 8/11. (Time could change). Expect cannon fire from under the bridge.
  • Brownsville: August 16-21
  • Port Orchard: August 23-24
  • Tacoma: August 26-28
  • Gig Harbor: August 30-31
  • Olympia: Sept. 2-5
  • Kirkland: Sept. 8-12 (Lady Washington only)
  • Aberdeen: Sept. 16-28

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

July 18, 2011 Posted by | Dave's Giant Pumpkin, INNformer Newsletter, Life at the Inn | 1 Comment

Happy Birthday, Dave!

Happy Birthday,  Dave!  Hope you have a wonderful day.

Wish I could be there to celebrate with you but this is the next best thing.

From your blogger lady… Sue

Click here for your birthday song!

July 6, 2011 Posted by | Life at the Inn | Leave a comment

Coupeville Patriotic Puzzle

Do you like jigsaw puzzles? Check out this one I just created of a lovely July floral display in downtown Coupeville! (Note: You can change the size and cut when you click on the link.)

Click to Mix and Solve

July 4, 2011 Posted by | INN Out and About, Life at the Inn | 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

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

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

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

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

Welcome to our Home

Welcome to our home, your Anchorage, with all it’s warmth, comfort and shelter from with-INN.

24 years ago the Lord planted the seed of innkeeping within our hearts. For the next 11 years we dreamt, planned and searched for the perfect inn. 13 years ago we found it and it has changed our lives forever. After all that time we now have 39,000 new friends, have founded the Coupeville Lodging Association, teach our own ‘Innkeeping 101‘ course, and received the honors of best ‘breakfast’ in the Northwest, best B&B in the Northwest and now one of the top 10 B&B in the USA. We owe our success to tens of thousands of travelers, returning guests, a fine staff and to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Dave and Dianne

April 11, 2011 Posted by | Life at the Inn, Photos | Leave a comment