At first I was a little nervous since there was miscommunication as to whether I had a reservation and Valdez was an EXTREMELY long drive from Anchorage but it was well worth it.
Had it not been for the navigation system and Rose's handy dandy turn by turn directions, I wouldn't have know I reached my destination.
Note: an SUV will definitely come in handy!
The B&B rests on the side of a hill with beautiful views. Since we came in the shoulder season, we were able to have the ocean view guest room which consists of the entire first floor of the B&B with a separate bedroom and entrance which I unfortunately didn't realize we had until the day I left.
Unfortunately Rose wasnt there to greet us upon arrival but left a nice note on the door with entrance instructions and reminder that there is a dog on the premises (who I've lovingly dubbed "THE ABSTER!").
Once you enter thru the private entrance (stairs leading toward the lower level on the right side of the main entrance) straight ahead you'll see the bathroom (with glass sliding doors) and the kitchen (stocked with tea, coffee, cereal and other things to nosh on in case you're hungry) toward your left.
Once you step fully inside you'll see the very large living room with bay windows which gives great views of the water and forest. There is also a rocking chair right outside of the house to sit and watch the water on a clear day (unfortunately I didnt get to take advantage of this since it rained). There was also a pull out couch and stow away bed available which leads me to believe at least 5 people can stay in this space. GREAT if you're traveling in a group.
The private bedroom was tastefully and simply decorated and in the closet were extra blankets and 2 robes if needed. The greatest thing about the bedroom is the view (same view from the living room) AND the fact that the blinds shut to give complete darkness. Helpful if you're not used to 20 hours of sunlight! The bed was so comfortable, down right addicting! I usually have trouble sleeping in foreign places but I slept for 9 hours which I NEVER do! (KUDOS to Rose for picking a great bed!)
Unfortunately, I felt a little sick but my travel partner got the chance to speak to Rose who gave great tips on where to view animals and where to eat.
The next morning we woke to breakfast on the stairs which consisted of fresh yogurt which crunchy apples, dried cranberries, granola and other "stuff". Honestly it looked a little weird but I'm always one to try something new and it was DELICIOUS. I'm not a yogurt eater so for me to say that, it's big. Even better were the fresh baked raisin bran muffins, home made blueberry jam (never had that before and it was AWESOME!) and coffee that was strong but didnt overpower the sense. O.J. and a variety of teas were also available but I didnt indulge.
Finally after we packed up and were ready to head out, Rose gave us a baggy of muffins for our long trek to Seward, I took a couple of pictures of the B&B and "THE ABSTER!" and we headed out!
For my first visit to a B&B, Wild Roses and Rose herself have definitely made me a fan! And while I may not experience Rose's hospitality any time in the near future, she made me look forward to future B&B stays. I honestly cannot find one single thing to complain about (and I definitely looked!).
If you're looking for a quality B&B with great views and a great hostess AND you're going to be in Valdez, definitely give Rose a call.