One of Port Townsend’s most remarkable bed-and-breakfast inns sits inside Manresa Castle (651 Cleveland St., 360/385-5750 or 800/732-1281, www.manresacastle.com, $109–229 s or d), a unique 1892 castle-hotel with antique furnishings and bay views. Each room is unique, with one-of-a-kind antique furnishings and lavish linens. A spacious tower room set within the castle’s turret is a favorite among honeymooners.
Explore the private English gardens and then settle into the comfortable rooms at Bishop Victorian Guest Suites (714 Washington St., 360/385-6122 or 800/824-4738, www.bishopvictorian.com, $135–225 s or d). Rooms feature period decorations, Victorian lighting, fireplaces, and kitchenettes. A continental breakfast is included.
Ann Starrett Mansion (744 Clay St., 360/385-3205 or 800/321-0644, www.starrettmansion.com) has nine rooms ($115–175 s or d) in the 1889 mansion and two in a separate cottage ($179–225 s or d). A gourmet breakfast is served.
Stay in a lovely turreted Queen Anne at The Old Consulate Inn (313 Walker St., 360/385-6753 or 800/300-6753, www.oldconsulateinn.com, $99–210 s or d), overlooking Port Townsend from atop a high bluff. Once the office of the German Consul, this 1889 beauty has fireplaces in two parlors, a large billiard and game room, and playable grand piano and antique organ. A gazebo encloses the hot tub. Eight guest rooms all have private baths. A gourmet breakfast is served.
Three short blocks from downtown, the elegant Ravenscroft Inn (533 Quincy St., 360/385-2784 or 800/782-2691, www.ravenscroftinn.com, $109–210 s or d) features wide verandas with sound and mountain views in a custom-built B&B. The eight guest rooms have private baths, and two suites have fireplaces and tubs. Elegant gourmet breakfasts will get you out of bed, guaranteed.
James House (1238 Washington St., 360/385-1238 or 800/385-1238, www.jameshouse.com, $145–210 s or d) is known for the dizzyingly elegant decor of its antique-laden guest rooms. Most offer commanding views of the town, as well as private baths and a relaxing garden that looks out on the water. There’s also a secluded bungalow with two beds ($250 d).
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition