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Anna’s Hummingbird

Something amazing and wonderful occurred recently at the Shafer Baillie Mansion Bed & Breakfast! An Anna’s Hummingbird ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna%27s_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 …

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 also …

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 …

Meet Brenda!

Remember last time when I said the biggest news around the Mansion these days is our 3 new guest rooms on the third floor, opening in mid-May? So maybe I lied, a little. The really, truly, honestly biggest news is the latest addition to the Mansion team, our new fulltime innkeeper, Brenda Mallonee!Brenda hails most …

Brenda’s first post!

There is a longstanding Seattle tradition at St Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral a few blocks from the Mansion—a Sunday evening Compline service of plainchants that I had attended once before and found to be enjoyable… a good quiet time. Lew and Clarke, some dear friends for over a decade, were on vacation recently in Seattle and …

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 …

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