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Black Bear Inn

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Black Bear Inn Information


The Black Bear Inn is perfectly located on the ocean at the edge of the Tongass National Forest, just 4 miles north of the heart of downtown Ketchikan and midway between the Islands most popular Totem parks, lakes, trails, and other attractions. The Inn welcomes, guests who are looking for one night, short term or extended stay lodging. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with native plants and 100 year old evergreens and ferns that live in the forest. There are several Summer gardens and viewing decks for bird and whale watching, and viewing Alaska's magnificent sunsets. The elegantly designed suites have fireplaces, cable TV, high speed wireless, glassed in waterfront rooms with outside entrances, dining tables, refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee and teapots. All of the units overlooking the water, have outstanding views and feature very clean, private baths with quality towels, toiletries, hair dryers and many other extras. All unit bathrooms have showers. The 2 units on the first floor of the Inn also have deep soaking tubs and double sinks. Quality furniture, beds, bedding and pillows, and fine Alaska art are the trademark of every unit. 2 Vacation Rentals are available for guests who desire more privacy and space. These rentals are luxurious, romantic units with everything needed for a comfortable extended stay. The Eagles Nest Apartment has a fully equipped kitchen and its own laundry room. The Bunkhouse Cabin has a small kitchenette and an open sun porch overlooking the Ocean. There is a Large Hot Tub and Summer Kitchen on the water’s edge with tables & chairs, fire pits, grills, refrigerators, and everything needed to cook a meal. It is open for all guests to use. The Inn provides Free laundry service, tour planning and booking service, pickup, and drop-off at the ferries & docks, and off-street parking. Guest are encouraged to rent a car to get the most out of their stay. For those who do not, public bus and taxes are available.

Jim and Nicole have been married 20 years. In 2004 they decided to build a small Inn. Nicole drew the house plans and with the help of one other man, they built it. It opened in July 2006. Jim is a fourth generation Alaskan who’s great grandfather, Forest Hunt, and great grandmother, Harriet Hunt, came to Alaska in 1898 lured by news of a rich quartz strike.They owned a meat market on Front Street. Their pet bear could sometimes be seen waiting outside the store. Forest was Ketchikan’s mayor and a state legislator for years. Harriet was an avid photographer. Her photos can be seen throughout Ketchikan. They owned Hunt’s Book and Novelty Store where you could “buy almost everything you want”. It closed in 1954. Jim grew up working in the family businesses. He was a DuPont explosive distributor, float plane pilot, tugboat operator, fisherman, & environmental cleanup/recycle specialist. He is always happy to share his knowledge about Alaska’s history and the topography of South East Alaska. Nicole is a former teacher and university & hospital administrator. She has degrees in education, art, and psychology. Landscaping & interior design are 2 of her favorite pastimes.

Cleaning and safety

  • Disinfected between stays
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Contactless check-in/out
  • High-touch surfaces disinfected
  • Linens washed to local guidelines
  • Mattress and pillow protectors
  • Washable duvet covers
  • Reduced occupancy
  • Sanitised tableware


  • Baggage store
  • BBQ/Picnic area
  • Books, DVD, games
  • Free high speed internet
  • Free WiFi internet
  • Porter / concierge service
  • Wakeup call
  • Outdoor hot tub
  • Laundry
  • High speed internet
  • Meet & greet service
  • Ticketing service
  • Cleaning service
  • Transport service
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Ice machine
  • Sun loungers or beach chairs
  • Breakfast lounge
  • Housekeeping - weekly
  • Express check in
  • Express check out
  • Safe deposit box
  • Private beach area
  • Massage services
  • Kitchen/kitchenette
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Sun terrace
  • Pet(s) live on property
  • Well lit path(s) to entrance
  • Library
  • Wide entrance to property


  • On-site parking
  • Free parking
  • Accessible parking
  • Recreational vehicle parking

Business Facilities

  • Desk working station


  • Continental breakfast
  • Free breakfast


  • Check in
    16:00 21:00
    Early check-in available on request
  • Check out
    Late check-out available on request
  • Child Policy
    Children welcome
  • Smoking Policy
    No smoking
  • Pets
    Pets by arrangement
  • Parties Allowed
    Parties not allowed
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  • Road from ferry terminal (2.3 miles)

    The Inn is 2.3 miles North of the airport and ferry terminals. Turn left and head north when you leave the terminals. (If you turn right you will go downtown where the cruise ships are docked.)
    We are on the water side of the road, one mile past the stop light at the Don King Rd turn off.
    Our buildings are gray with red trim. There is a small Black Bear on top of the mailbox.
    We are three houses before the car wash. If you pass the car wash you have gone too far.
    The Inn has free off-street parking on site and additional parking for RVs, boats and boat trailers nearby.
    If you do not have a car, we are on the city bus route and cabs are readily available.
    Free Alaska Marine Highway Ferry Terminal and Airport Town Side Ferry Terminal pick up and drop-off can be provided. It must be arranged for in advance.
    The Inn is just 4 miles North of downtown Ketchikan, in the Tongass National forest, midway between the Islands most popular attractions. It is just two and a half miles from Ward Lake and the areas finest hiking trails.

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