Friday, April 27, 2012

Frank's, our favorite neighborhood restaurant!

We are so lucky, our Seattle WA Bed and Breakfast is surrounded by lots of wonderful restaurants, at many price points, and we have certainly eaten at most of them many times. But inevitably one has got to be your favorite. Every time guests ask us, "So what is your favorite restaurant in the neighborhood?" We quickly reply "Franks!" As it is officially known, that is Franks Oyster House and Champagne Parlor. I went there last week with friends for a spur of the moment outing. As always we chose a restaurant in our Seattle neighborhood and as always Frank's did not disappoint.

Great food, great cocktails, nice bar space, nice restaurant space, walking distance of the Inn, locally owned and operated by caring involved owners. What is not to love?

Now it is worth noting that I do not like oysters and I do not drink champagne, but this is still my favorite restaurant near our Seattle Bed & Breakfast. My husband does eat the oysters, and has had a glass of champagne and says I have to tell you that both are great!

Me, I go for a craft cocktail, goat cheese deviled eggs as appetizer and then an entree. The menu does change often with the seasons, but the fried chicken is always fab. Last time out my friend had what she described as the "best trout" she had had in a long time. YUM she said as she cleaned her plate.

Dessert...3 words: Chocolate Whiskey Cake. But one of these days I am gonna go in just for the Kir Royal Float......cause yep, you can just go in for dessert if you want!

Check out the menu at Frank's Oyster House here.

Did I mention this place is a 5 minute walk from the Chambered Nautilus Bed and Breakfast Inn, our Seattle Bed and Breakfast?

Owner / Innkeeper
Chambered Nautilus Bed and Breakfast Inn

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Remodeling: Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend

seattle wa bed and breakfast tub
Saying goodbye to an old friend is just what it felt like at our Seattle WA Bed and Breakfast when this little guy went away.

I know it is just a clawfoot tub but still it will always have a special place in my heart. When we first bought the Seattle B&B (almost 16 years ago), and remodeled the Crow's Nest bathroom for the first time, I painted this tub a lovely teal to match the scheme of the bath at that time and I had fun doing it!

But times change, guests change, plumbing changes, and sometimes remodeling is just in order. So this sweet little tub is off to the folks at the Seattle RE Store (a great place that recycles and facilitates reclaiming building materials, helping us all stay greener) to find it a new home and we are making big changes to the Crow's Nest Chamber's bathroom. Out with the clawfoot tub/shower and in with a new walk-in, custom tiled shower. I always knew there was space for a great shower in there! Oh and we raised the ceiling too, something we know our tall guests will appreciate. It always was a little tight in that bath but no more. Our contractor, the wonderful John Brown and associates have raised the ceiling, created a wonderful new space and are working on a great walk-in tiled shower in the Seattle bed and breakfast bathroom.

So thanks to all our tall guests over the years who have ducked in the shower while enjoying a stay in our fabulous Crow's Nest Chamber. Those days are now over. While it is still a little sad to say goodbye to the tub.... I hope you like the changes. Pictures will come soon, it is not quite ready for the unveiling yet!

Owner / Innkeeper
Chambered Nautilus Bed and Breakfast Inn

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Seattle Public Transport makes getting to our Seattle Inn a breeze!

Getting to our Seattle Bed and Breakfast from the Seattle-Tacoma Airport ( known as Sea-Tac) has never been easier. Now that Seattle's light rail system has been up and running for a long while, every time I come home from a trip I take public transportation back to the Inn. It saves me money and allows me to save a little fossil fuel on the trip home. This is so easy I thought I should tell you all how it works. The trip involves taking the light rail from the airport to downtown - to the Westlake Stop at the end of the line. Once downtown you can either grab a cab to the Inn (as of this writing it will run about $20) or hop on a bus that will take you within a short walk.

Once you have landed, get off the plane and head to baggage claim. Of course public transport works best if you don't have a lot of luggage, but head to baggage claim even if you are a carry-on only person. There you will see signs guiding you to Link Light Rail. You will go up an escalator, over a sky bridge and into the parking garage. It's cool but covered these spring days - so no rain worries. Keep following the signs and in about a 10 minute walk you will be at the light rail terminal. You can buy tickets at the kiosk there.

The tickets have a few options. The light rail from the airport to Downtown will cost you $2.75 per person and you get a paper ticket. Alas, this will not transfer so the bus from downtown will cost you another $2.50. Now....If you plan to use public transport while you are in Seattle (and it is very easy to take the bus from our Inn to most Seattle attractions) then I would recommend that you buy an ORCA card at the kiosk instead of a paper ticket. The card will cost you $5.00 can use it on the light rail and on the bus, and you can put as much money on the card as you think you will use while you are in town. With the card the trip from the airport to our Inn will cost you about $3.25. To help you figure out how much to put on the card....a trip from our Inn to downtown and back will at most cost you $5.50 total per person at peak time ($ 5.00 non peak). Besides you will look like a real Seattleite when you get on the bus and just "tap" your ORCA card to pay!

So now you have your ticket, you can just get on the train. The airport is the end of the line so all departing trains are headed into town. Hop on and settle in. You will be on the train for about 35-40 minutes. Part of the ride is above ground so you can take in the views and sights right away. As you approach downtown, the train will go into a tunnel. To come straight here, take the train to the last stop at Westlake. Once at Westlake you can take the escalator up to street level and grab a cab or continue on with public transport.

After departing the train, taking the bus is simple. You do not have to go anywhere at all. You are right at the bus stop for the 71, 72, or 73 bus (buses and trains run in the same tunnel downtown). One of these buses comes about every 10 minutes but I think the most I have ever waited is 5 min. You get on anyone of these - the 71, 72, or 73 express buses - and get off at 45th street and University Way. The bus will stop just past 45th street. I am always amazed at how quickly the express buses get you to the University of Washington neighborhood, known as the U-district, in Seattle.

You tap your ORCA card as you get off, walk back to 45th street and hang a left. Stay on the left hand side of the street, and keep going until you reach 22nd Ave NE. Take a left. You will pass the main entrance to UW at 17th Ave, and Chambered Nautilus is at 5005 22nd Ave NE. There is a sign out front and, of course, the big blue colonial house does kind of stand out!

Next stop, our living room, your comfy room and of course we will be there to welcome you with a smile! We will have tea, cookies, and treats, all out and ready for you!

Joyce Schulte
Owner / Innkeeper
Chambered Nautilus Bed and Breakfast Inn

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Remodeling the Ravenna Suite: part 1, the bathroom

seattle bed & breakfastOK, how many of our guests remember this at our Seattle Bed & Breakfast?! Yep it is the now infamous (and gone) pink tile in our Ravenna Suite at the Chambered Nautilus Bed and Breakfast Inn. Infamous because not many inns were brave enough to have pink tile - yes original pink tile directly from the 1950s - in one of their bathrooms. Well, we were and we hope you all have enjoyed and cringed a little at it over the years. After all, some of you have stayed in the suite many times.

But this year was the year we redid the Ravenna Suite at our Seattle Bed and Breakfast. From top to bottom, we redid everything from the ceiling (added some soundproofing up there) to the floors. We completely refinished them, and did something to almost everything in between creating an updated modern and oh-so-much-lighter-and-brighter suite for you at our Seattle Inn.

But, this post is about the bathroom. Gone is the pink tile; in is the black and white tile, a gleaming white tub, new toilet, and best of all a bright new color. Oh yeah, and a new sink and well, this bathroom, it just makes me smile!
seattle bed and breakfast

Owner / Innkeeper
Chambered Nautilus Bed and Breakfast Inn

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