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Floating B&Bs.

From Seattle to Portland, now's a good time for a night on the water

ANY B & B THAT CAN ROCK YOU to sleep is something special. Several in the Pacific Northwest fill that bill, all of them floating. They include sailboats, houseboats, even a tug.

Each boat has its own appeal. In most, nautical elegance is the order of the day. The boats never leave their slips; most have an owner or staff member on board all night.

All the boats have libraries of books and videotapes. None has a liquor license. Meal service varies from full breakfasts through stocked refrigerators to unstocked kitchenettes. No pets are allowed; children are, where noted.


Whidbey Island. Whidbey Queen, a small stern-wheeler with fireplace, kitchen, and whirlpool bath, is moored on Lone Lake near Langley. The single cabin sleeps two. Boats and canoes are available for guest use (you can fish in this small, stocked lake). Continental breakfast includes home-baked goods. Rates are $95 weeknights, $110 weekends; call (206) 321-5325.

Shilshole Marina. The 58-foot ketch called Harmony rents one cabin per night (two, if the parties are together). Docked between Golden Gardens and the restaurant complex at the mouth of the ship canal, it's a good base for evening walks. The queen-size bunks have window views of the water; breakfast is stuffed French toast. Rates are $80 to $100 per night; call (206) 940-7245.

Lake Union (Westlake Marina). Patterned after European canal houseboats, the new Houseboat Hideaway sleeps four, includes a kitchenette, comes with a canoe, and offers great views south to Seattle. Children are allowed. Rate is $89 per night; call (206) 323-5323.

Lake Union (south end). With seven cabins for rent (four have private baths), Challenger is by far the biggest of the floating B & Bs on our list. This 100-foot tug offers a full buffet breakfast in a solarium that looks out over the southern end of Lake Union. You'll find plenty of restaurants nearby for dinner. Rates are $55 per person, $75 to $125 per couple; call (206) 340-1201.

Gig Harbor. The 100-foot Ketch Krestine is a Baltic trader built in 1903--more rustic than luxurious. Like the houseboats, this sailboat has no owner on board. Three staterooms can be rented if all on board are in the same party; otherwise, only one couple is allowed. Continental breakfast is included. Rates are $50 to $100 per cabin; call (206) 858-9395.


Commencement Bay (near Tacoma Dome). The Independence, built as a Caribbean luxury sailboat, usually rents only one cabin per night, but two can be rented if the guest couples are together. This boat is in a completely secure marina, but no restaurants are within walking distance. Breakfast is included in the rate of $65 to $85 per night; call (206) 940-7245.


Near Jantzen Beach. Columbia River House, an elegant three-story cedar houseboat with fireplace and kitchen, sleeps four. A canoe and whirlpool bath are available; massages and catered meals cost extra. Rates are $125 weeknights, $200 weekends; call (503) 283-4151.
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Title Annotation:bed and breakfast inns
Author:McCausland, Jim
Date:Nov 1, 1993
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