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Family-friendly Suite w/private entrance

Bedrooms 1
Space 710 sq ft
Property type bed & breakfast
Minimum Stay 0 - 2 nights


About the property

Private 710 sq ft Suite includes private Bedroom/Bath, Dining and Living Room

Our desire is to create a country feeling in the middle of the city. Our 'urban farm' includes chickens, bees, a greenhouse and vegetable gardens along with beautiful seasonal flowers. Our friendly chocolate lab, Koko, will surely greet you! No pets are allowed in the B&B area. You have the best of two worlds when staying at Gardenside B&B... your own private 710 square foot space (it really is ALL yours) where you can actually spread out and make yourself at home and at the same time have the opportunity to tap into the local attractions and offerings provided by your local hosts. How sweet is that?

More Details

Heather Johnson
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Heather Johnson

Your hosts, Heather and Doug Johnson, are excited to share their home and love of alaska with you. Doug is the fourth generation of his family to live in Alaska. Doug's family came to this great land in 1898 to mine gold in nome. Heather, on the other hand, came from the tropics. A third generation kama'aina (local) from the Big Island of Hawaii, Heather came to Alaska in 1976 and immediately fell in love with the land and its people. Together they share a love of travel and adventure and have an appreciation for what travelers need.

Heather Johnson purchased this bed and breakfast in 1959

Why Heather Johnson chose North Star

The Johnson family home was built in 1958. Doug was three years old when he moved from his 5th Avenue home to where we currently live on West 20th Avenue, which was then considered the boondocks and great moose hunting grounds. Our home was remodeled in 1998. After our children moved out to pursue their university studies, we decided to renovate a space for fellow travelers and officially formed Gardenside Bed and Breakfast in 2012.

Our spacious 710 sq. ft. executive suite has a cozy private bedroom and bath. Also, one can relax in a sitting room or take part in a meal at the dining room table.

What makes this bed and breakfast unique

We are within walking distance to downtown Anchorage and also are located in the quaintness of Spenard. Chester Creek is in our back yard, giving guests access to fabulous x-c ski trails in the winter and wonderful bike paths in the summer.


North Star Bed And Breakfast Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bed & breakfast
Building Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 710 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom includes sink, toilet and shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Gardenside Suite - 1 queen
  • Quiet gardenside bedroom with a queen bed and adjoining bathroom, dining and living area. Sleeper couch (queen memory foam mattress) available for second couple or children.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
Additional sleeping arrangements include a comfortable queen-size sleeper couch with memory foam mattress. Also, we have available sleeping mats, great for the kids and a pull out twin bed.


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(26 traveler reviews)

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Family-friendly Suite w/private entrance
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews

The friendliest B&B in Anchorage!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I along with our two adult children just arrived home from our stay at the Gardenside B&B in Anchorage. We had taken a week long Alaskan cruise previous to our stay and were so delighted when we arrived to such a warm welcome from Heather and Doug. Our oldest daughter lives in Anchorage so we wanted to stay at a location that was close to her apartment and downtown. We were able to walk or bike (thank you for allowing us the use of all 3 bikes!) to both areas. Heather and Doug are two of the nicest people and took wonderful care of us! This B&B is so comfortable and homey! We were delighted to partake in their farm fresh eggs, homemade bread, home grown Kona coffee and much more! On our last evening Doug made a fire for us in their fire pit so we could make s'mores and had a wonderful conversation with a new friend of theirs who had just come back from a trip to Denali (this will be a site to visit on our next trip) . We will definitely be staying at this location when we return for future visits! Thanks again for your hospitality!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Helping families come together is something we thoroughly enjoy! Our spacious B&B is one of its benefits and our location in Anchorage makes it accessible to many of our city's amenities. We look forward to your next visit!
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Adelaide, Australia

Excellent B&B in Anchorage Suburb

  • 5 of 5

We left the RV behind and decided to backpack through Alaska utilizing the Alaska Marine Highway (Ferry) and staying at B&B's. Our booking experience with Heather in Anchorage was straightforward and hassle free. We arrived at the airport and hired a car...................finding the Gardenside B&B was simple and we were greeted upon arrival by Heather. The B&B is the lower level of their suburban home. Access is from the street level carport via a set of external stairs to the accommodation. The large garden hosts chickens and bees; it is like a mini urban farm!

The B&B consists of a reception area, lounge/dining area and a separate bedroom. A second exit leads to the garden from the dining area via the storage/utility garage. The bicycles are stored in this storage area. Cycling around the city bike path to the park-lands near the back of the airport takes you through the earthquake memorial; a must do during your stay.

Heather and Doug were great hosts and they assisted us with some tour bookings in Denali - a big thank you!

Breakfast ingredients include the organic eggs and honey from the property - all very fresh and tasty! The location is quiet and we would say that, of the many B&B's that we stayed at in AK, the Gardenside was the best. We would highly recommend the Gardenside to visitors to Anchorage. We will certainly visit again.

John and Anna

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Baraboo, WI

Restful, comfortable location

  • 5 of 5

This B&B was perfect for us, an older couple without transportation. The room was super comfortable, plus we had use of a private sitting/dining area. The breakfast is not a cooked one, but super-plenteous with all sorts of organic fruits and grain plus the advantage of being able to eat at any time. Without a car, we appreciated the fact that a bus stop was within a couple of blocks and restaurants were also close. We like to walk and managed to get all over Anchorage. Besides, Heather is a great hostess!!! Backyard is special, too!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was such a pleasure to have you both. Thank you for highlighting the things that you enjoyed about our B&B. Hopefully, it helps others to book with us. You are both welcome back! :-))
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Santa Barbara Ca

A joyful place with delightful hospitality!!

  • 5 of 5

Heather made us feel so at home with her delicious home made bake goods and well stocked kitchen which met all our needs. This lovely apartment was most comfortable for myself, my daughter and 8 year old grandson who especially enjoyed the spacious back yard with chickens to feed , a busy bee hive to observe and a wonderful ,friendly chocolate Lab to romp with. Fabulous collection of children and adult books , toys for any ages- all made for a wonderful stay in Anchorage. Bikes were also available for our use . Marvelous trails for hiking and biking were close by.

We were visiting my son, daughter in law and new granddaughter . It was a perfect place for us to hang out -close to downtown and family. I highly recommend a stay here if you are in Anchorage. You will not be disappointed. Hopefully our next visit will give us the opportunity to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I thoroughly enjoy hosting families who are reuniting and spending time together. Thank you for your wonderful review and I look forward to your return!
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Fairfax VA USA

A delightful Stay

  • 5 of 5

My husband, our 18yr old son, and I stayed at Gardenside from June 29 till July 3rd. The place is spacious, clean, and beautifully furnished. it faces the garden in the backyard, has a separate bedroom with a queen bed, a sofabed in the sitting area and of course a full bathroom. The frig was stocked with milk, juice, flavored yogurt, pastries, and hard boiled eggs (from their chickens). Also, fresh fruit, breads, Kona coffee and above all Honey from their bee hives. Heather recommended excellent hikes, site seeing cruises and fantastic places to eat. We also met her husband Doug and gathered around their fire pit and had marshmallows and a wonderful chat. Heather was always available for anything we needed and helpful in so many ways. Thank you for making our visit to Anchorage a memorable one.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are all welcome back anytime!!! Loved having you and your family. :-)
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Pleasant and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was very clean and comfortable. the breakfast food was delicious. Heather was so very kind and generous helping us in planning our trip with her recommendations. Ate at Humpy's and the Moose Tooth while in Anchorage. Both had very good food and wait staff. Nice trail very close to VRBO

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The pleasure was mine. I hope the rest of your family Alaskan adventure was all that you desired! You are welcome back anytime.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Add $15/pp after 2persons $15 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

If you wish to make a reservation, please go to and click on the "Rates & Dates" icon. Simply follow the prompts. The calendar on our website will show actual availability. Your credit card will not be charged until your arrival date. The summer rates provided are for 1-2 persons. Add $15 for each additional person. The winter rates are also for 1-2 persons. Add $10 for each additional person during our winter months.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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