Set on a bluff overlooking Cook Inlet, with gorgeous views of the smoking volcano, this B&B has a three-bedroom ranch house and a private cabin. And it’s not just a pretty view: the ocean—and endless beachcombing—is easily accessible via a wooden walkway. In fact, it’s hard to find a B&B with better ocean access.
Kathy Carlisle is the owner of this magical spot. She and her late husband, Jay, were tired of wrangling for a good camping place, so they purchased the best spot they could find and opened up the land to visitors with their Ocean Bluff B&B.
Kathy’s a terrific hostess, either when cooking up her tasty breakfasts or telling entertaining stories about area eagles and the moose that frequents the property. “Strangers are friends you haven’t met yet,” is what she always says. And once you’ve stayed here, you’re a friend.
The B&B is just 30 yards from the edge of the bluff, with large picture windows perfect for gazing out at magnificent snow-capped mountains. At one end of the house there are two bathrooms and three bedrooms, which feature beds that can be split into two twins or joined as a king. At the other end, you can read a book by the woodstove or play games at the kitchen table. The maximum capacity is 8 people, so it’s an intimate, social place.
If you’re looking for a private stay, rent the cabin, which is just 10 feet away from the bluff—you can’t get much closer to the views of volcanic mountains and ocean. There’s a full kitchen, bbq, picnic table, and deck.
Everyone gets to enjoy Kathy’s terrific breakfasts: French toast or sourdough pancakes, breakfast pies, fresh-cut fruit, hot coffee, and her signature dish—scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and cream cheese. (It’s so popular she put the recipe on her website.) And for hardcore fishermen heading to the Kasilof River or Deep Creek early in the morning, she’ll put out a breakfast for you—a thermos of coffee, muffins, fruit, and nutrient bars.
After the feast, lounge on the patio and take in the views, or go beachcombing down by the water. In late June and early July, the inlet is buzzing with Alaskans out for sockeye salmon; you can watch families pull in the fish that will feed them all winter. You can also head into town; Kasilof is just down the road. There’s access to river fishing just 10 miles away, while Soldotna is 30 minutes away and Homer is an hour’s drive.
And no matter what time of year you visit, you’ll find Ocean Bluff to be a good deal: Kathy doesn’t raise her rates during the busy months. So come anytime for fishing, relaxation, or to have a remote, quiet base for Homer adventures.
- Rooms: $110
- Cabin: $150