Capitol Hill Restaurants

The great city of Seattle is known for its many popular landmarks. The most popular landmarks are the Space Needle and Pike Place Market. However, did you know that Seattle is also known for its various restaurants and their cuisines? The best part is that they are less than one mile from Shafer Baillie Mansion. […]

Our innkeeper/potter!

 Our innkeeper, Miss Brenda Mallonee, has been charming our guest with her southern personality for many years now.  She is also an accomplished potter, her works grace the Mansion rooms and common spaces, before she became our innkeeper she gifted us with a bowl she made and that bowl has been welcoming guests to the […]

Anna’s Hummingbird

Something amazing and wonderful occurred recently at the Shafer Baillie Mansion Bed & Breakfast! An Anna’s Hummingbird ( ) graced us with her presence and choose to make her nest in the crock of the rhododendron tree right next to us. I named her Ella after Ella Fitzgerald. I think she thought she would not […]

The Best Seattle Brewery Tours to Experience

The Best Seattle Brewery Tours to Experience The fall season has arrived in Seattle and of course one thinks of October Fest and beer tastings.  Seattle has been at the forefront of beer making for decades if not a century, and it continues to grow with microbrews . Since drinking and driving is not a […]

Favorite restaurants in Capitol Hill

I’ve been asked to write a few blogs about my favorite places to eat in Seattle. I hope to write about Monsoon, Coastal Kitchen, Harry’s Bar, and several others. Why go downtown to eat when the best restaurants in Seattle are just a few blocks walk from the Shafer Baillie Mansion; my home and my […]

12 Fantastic things to do in downtown Seattle

  The downtown area of Seattle encompasses Pioneer Square ( where old Seattle was born) and part of Chinatown-International District to the South just shy of the Century Link Field ( home of the Seahawks) and stretches north towards the Space Needle to Denny Way.   The waterfront area as well as Pike Place Market are […]

Lion Hearted

For over 10,000 years, majesty, nobility and protection have emanated from lion statues, greeting visitors to homes and cities since the beginning of civilization. We like the idea of welcoming our guests and keeping them safe with the aid of ancient, mythological symbols. When we bought Shafer Baillie Mansion in 2004 we were delighted to […]

New Year! New Website! and MORE!

Celebrating 10 years since the reboot of the Shafer Baillie Mansion, we are beginning 2016 with the launch of a new website. Our 10-year-old website is like that dress you hate to get rid of because you still like it and maybe it even still fits and you get compliments on it, BUT it’s becoming […]

Volunteer Park Water Tower

One of the many perfections of the Shafer Baillie Mansion location is our proximity to Volunteer Park, the “jewel of the Seattle parks system.” Just a block north of the Mansion is the park entrance and in particular, the iconic Water Tower. This brick tower, erected in 1907, is a major neighborhood landmark as well […]