Saturday, May 25, 2013

What have we been up to at our Seattle Inn

Remodeling rooms is what we have been up to here at our Seattle Inn!  Over the last couple of years we have made quite a few changes to the Inn, the suites are boasting some fine new bathrooms, fresh new colors and drapes, and some new windows and furniture to complete the look. The Crow's Nest Chamber has a fabulous new tiled walk in shower, the Garden Chamber bath has fresh new white tile, and the Sunrise Chamber has a new mellowed look and updated feel.

remodeled Seattle Inn

When can you see these updates to our Seattle Bed and Breakfast you ask?...the answer is soon.  This week Mark and Mathew of Jumping Rocks Photography were out taking pictures of all the new updates and they'll be on the Chambered Nautilus Bed and Breakfast Inn website soon.  Getting ready for a photo shoot is no small deal and its a lot of work and a lot of fun.  This pic shows us all ready to go with our flowers and props. Photo shoots help us finish off the decorating, getting everything just right.

Even better than a photo is coming and staying in the new room yourself, feedback from guests so far has been great and we look forward to hearing from the rest of you on your next visit to our Seattle Bed and Breakfast.

Joyce Owner / Innkeeper Chambered Nautilus Bed and Breakfast Inn

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Favorite Pacific Northwest Trail in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Fall is beautiful here in Seattle: it is my favorite time of year for hiking a Pacific Northwest Trail in the Alpines Lake Wilderness as the temps are a little lower, the bugs are a little fewer, and the crowds a little thinner, especially during the week. 

So yesterday we headed out for the perfect fall day. After a yummy breakfast at our Seattle WA Bed and Breakfast, we hopped in the car and set off north for Highway 2. After about an hour and a half drive we were at the trailhead for the Tonga Ridge hike, one of our favorite hikes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, near Seattle. 
pacific northwest trail
the beginning

This is the perfect hike, not too long (6 1/2 miles round trip to Sawyer Pass), not too high (elevation gain only about 500 feet) and chock full of views, views, and more views. Snow capped mountain peaks, huckleberry bushes (yes they are ripening in the fall, and yes you CAN eat them), wildflowers, we still saw some Indian Paintbrush, lupine, the beginning of fall color, and lots of white flowers (that I don't know the name of), then to top it off a beautiful meadow at the end, a great place to sit in the sun and eat lunch. We don't provide lunch at our Bed and Breakfast in Seattle (We always serve breakfast!) but there is a great deli at the grocery store in nearby University Village where you can get all you need for a hiking lunch. I am convinced that lunch ALWAYS tastes better outdoors on a hike and is especially yummy when you are sitting in a beautiful meadow or by an alpine lake to eat it.
Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Pacific Northwest Trail
MORE views!!!!
Pacific Northwest Trail
Huckleberries: YUM
For the more adventurous, there is about a mile and a half side trip up to Mount Sawyer that can be done, and I hear the views are really stupendous from up there. We passed on it this time, as the views we were already seeing were pretty spectacular.  If you like a lake as a destination, then there is a side trail to Fisher lake, pretty secluded and makes the hike out and back about 9 miles. We were after a leisurely day with a nice meadow lunch, so we passed on the side trips. Search the Washington Trails Association for all kinds of great hikes in and around Seattle.

On the way back to our Seattle Bed and Breakfast, we took in another Pacific Northwest tradition and ended the day with a stop at Zeke's Drive In for burgers and fries for dinner. I have been ending outdoor adventures off Highway 2 at this great spot for more years than I can count. Eating out at the red picnic tables was the perfect end to a perfect Pacific Northwest fall day, just a short day trip from our Seattle Bed and Breakfast.

Perfect end to a hike in the Alpine Lakes Wildnerness
Dinner at Zeke's, the perfect end to a perfect Seattle hiking day.

Joyce Schulte
Owner / Innkeeper
Chambered Nautilus Bed and Breakfast Inn

Monday, June 25, 2012

Parking at the Chambered Nautilus Bed and Breakfast Inn

Parking . . . I know hum-drum; however, the past few weeks one of the questions our readers and guests have been asking about is parking at our Seattle Bed and Breakfast.

Is it available?  Answer: YES! Will I be able to find a spot? Answer: YES!

How do you find parking near a large university in Seattle, WA?   Once you arrive at Chambered Nautilus, the first question most guests ask is the following:

What do all those signs mean? Answer: We have it all taken care of for you!

These are all good questions for anyone traveling, planning a trip, and spending time in a big city.

So here is the skinny:

Seattle bed and breakfast
Parking in front of the Chambered Nautilus
The parking available at our Seattle, WA Inn is street parking. However, the parking is controlled by a permit process, and this is actually effective! We provide a permit to our guests at check-in to park on our street. There is no charge to you; we simply ask that you give it back to us when you leave, so we can provide our next guests with the permit. Requiring a permit keeps every student in town from parking on our street and makes sure that there is parking for the residents (that would be me) and our guests (that would be you) on the street.

In the rare event, such as UW graduation week, that the street might become congested, we have a back-up plan in place for you. We park out front on the street of our Seattle bed and breakfast AND we rent a couple of parking spots very near the inn; thus, we can always find you a spot nearby the inn to park your car. I often tell guests that I have the power to magically create parking spots at the Chambered Nautilus, and we are happy to do so.

We offer a 24-hour loading and unloading zone right in front of the inn for your convenience, where you can park for 30 minutes on arrival, departure, or at other times.

Seattle WA inn
We have a Zone 6 Permit for you!
So if you will have a car to park at the Chambered Nautilus Bed and Breakfast, park on the street, anywhere you choose, or in the loading zone, and ignore the multitude of signs. All the signs say that you are not allowed to park unless you have a zone 6 permit, and in a matter of minutes, you will have a zone 6 permit once you check-in. You will not only receive a zone 6 permit once you check-in, but also a smile, warm welcome, and fresh cookies.

Remember: you don't need a car when you are at our inn! Within walking distance, you can enjoy and discover restaurants, shops, a beautiful park, and a bus stop are all within steps of our Seattle Bed and Breakfast Inn.

Owner / Innkeeper Chambered Nautilus Bed and Breakfast Inn

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