Guests who come to this sunny, comfortable inn just outside the main hub of Homer might be forgiven for doing a spin on the front-yard meadow and breaking into “The Sound of Music.” After all, owner Marcella Suydam says that guests often tell her that this spot reminds them of the Alps—and no doubt, the hills here feel pretty alive.
Home for All Seasons
Located off of Homer’s Skyline Drive—about 5 miles from the split—the inn looks out over fields, mountains and Kachemak Bay. Depending on the time of year, lupins are blooming, or bright fireweed, or all manner of other colorful wildflowers. During the summer, you can easily walk from the inn to the nearby reservoir; during colder months, you can go cross-country skiing right off the deck.
Either way, Marcella wants guests to feel at home. She took over the inn in 2012, after living in Seldovia (across the bay from Homer), and spending previous summers commercial fishing with her family out in western Alaska. She used her savings to buy this B&B and loves meeting travelers. Before you arrive, she welcomes you to email or call so she can help set up activities. She also likes to find the guests’ dietary needs or preferences, so that she can gear breakfasts to your liking—whether it’s eggs, breads, yogurt, and fruits—and stock the kitchen accordingly. All accommodations have access to fully equipped kitchens.
Inside the inn's five different options, the hickory-and-pine décor adds to the warm, sunny atmosphere. The first option is the Bear Paw, a studio apartment above the garage, which can sleep four (five if one is a small child). It has its own kitchen, bathroom with shower, a queen size bed, and a Murphy bed that converts to another queen. The second option is the Forget-Me-Not suite in the main house: it has a king-size bed, shower and a huge bathtub. The Forget-Me-Not sleeps two, but Marcella can add a small airbed for a child. Third option is The Top House which is located upstairs in the Main House. It is furnished with an adjustable tempurpedic queen bed along with two twin beds, a large-screen TV, entertainments center, loveseat and a bathroom with shower and granite countertops.
While all rooms come with TV, Internet and fresh baked goodies upon arrival, the biggest amenity for most guests is what they see when they look out the windows. It’s not just the water and mountains, but wildlife, too—more proof that these hills are literally alive. Don’t be surprised if a moose tromps through the yard, or you see owls at dusk—or even spot a bear ambling by.
Rent the Whole House
Marcella now offers complete privacy by utilizing the option of renting The Main House (which is everything but the Bear Paw), or The Whole House which includes everything. Please call her for details.