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B&B on Cliff Above Harbor W/ Spectacular Views of Bay

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

The Gammy Bird Inn sits on the cliffside just above the Seward Boat Harbor. Its panoramic views will keep guests amazed with watching wildlife, a busy harbor with its sailboats, fishing charters or cruise ships, or the more serene sights of Resurrection Bay and the surrounding mountains of the fjords.

The B&B is on the ground floor of this three story home, and has its own entrance. It is a short walk to the harbor or Seward's historic downtown. Hiking is just outside the front door, with easy access to the Two Lakes system.

Our home is a great location for your day of adventure in Seward whether sailing, hiking, whale watching or fishing. You can walk to the harbor to connect with most tours.

You will want to return again and again to the Gammy Bird Inn!

Keywords: Private suite with own entrance, walking distance to harbor and town, ground floor, in a quiet cul-de-sac, near hiking trails

More Details

Deborah Altermatt
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 24, 2017

About Deborah Altermatt

Randy and Deborah Altermatt have lived in Alaska since 1977. They both taught in rural Alaska and later in the Palmer-Wasilla area until they each retired. In 1994 they purchased Sailing, Inc., a sailboat school, charter company and brokerage in Seward and continue to live there managing Sailing, Inc.

Deborah Altermatt purchased this house in 1997


Seward House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1) Dinette
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Gammy Bird Inn guests are encouraged to relax on the cliff above the Seward Small Boat Harbor and enjoy the vistas of Resurrection Bay and the surrounding snow-capped mountains. While viewing the spectacular scenery from an apartment fit for any ship's captain, guests will find total comfort after a day of sailing, fishing, hiking or any other of Seward's many adventures. You may see a Bald Eagle fly by your window so closely that you will make eye contact! Watch the salmon swimming in the lagoon just below the cliff, and even spot black bear in the forest behind the house. See a unique sunset with the alpenglow on the mountains peaks in the east, and in the morning, awake to the sun coming over Mt. Alice as it lights up the head of Resurrection Bay.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

B&B on Cliff Above Harbor W/ Spectacular Views of Bay
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 9 reviews
Cleveland, OH

Beautiful Views

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place to stay while in Seward. Clean, quiet, close to everything and just a great view.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words! We enjoyed having you stay in our home. You were wonderful guests! I hope you will have another opportunity to come to Alaska.
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Nice view, convenient location and lots of noise

  • 3 of 5

They wanted us to check in before 5-6, which we thought was restrictive since we are on vacation after all. The view is nice from a cliff, but many lodgings have a nice view here. It is not a real B&B. They give you cold bagles and muffins, yogurt, cheese and some fruits just once. There are a small fridge and a microwave, dishes and utensils so that is helpful. We walked to the harbour which is convenient. The house makes terrible noise probably due to heating and I couldn't sleep well. The curtains are very thin and let light in, which made it harder to sleep especially because it is light out until about 11 and it gets light about 5 am. If you don't mind these issues, the view may outweigh the negatives.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write about your stay with us. We do ask that our guests arrive prior to 5pm, or make arrangements for a late arrival. This is our home and we do have other activities, so it can be problematic waiting for guests who come late. We like to personally welcome them and show them around the accommodations. Many guests like to check in early and then begin their Seward adventures. Thank you for checking in around 6:30. We do provide a continental breakfast that guests can eat on their own schedule. Many of our guests have early morning activities planned, and the bagels, rolls, yogurt, fruit, granola, etc gets them started for their adventures. Finally, our apologies for the noisy house. The boiler does creak when the heat is on. We hope for sunnier, warmer days during the summer when the heater doesn't have to be used! Thank you again for staying with us. We hope that your Alaskan trip is excellent.
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Great room with a stunning view!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here! The hosts were great and the room was nicely decorated with the most gorgeous view of the bay and the mountains behind! A short, couple block walk to bars and restaurants. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay Beautiful Views!

  • 5 of 5

Would definitely recommend staying here. Beautiful views, very nice room, clean. Great customer service

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful view!! Best in town!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here while visiting Seward over the 4th of July! Best spot for fireworks.. Owner is super friendly!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words. You were in Seward for the craziest night of the year! I'm glad that you enjoyed celebrating the 4th of July in Seward! We hope you'll come back again.
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Superb Place to stay

  • 5 of 5

This was excellent. The view out the window of the harbor and bay at various times of day was just wonderful as the lighting changed. Deborah had left us nice breakfast food inside the apartment frig and the kitchen was supplied so we could have our own snacks. When I spoke with her during the planning of the trip she made several helpful recommendations that very much helped us make better decisions about how we spent our time there. Best of all, when a fisherman down by the river offered us a piece of fresh caught salmon, she and her husband willingly and kindly seasoned it and barbecued it for us and truly it was the best salmon either of us had ever had. We had a nice sized bright light suite with memorable view and kind hosts. What more could one ask for?

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
130 Miles
Anchorage International
Nearest Ferry
90 Miles
Nearest Golf
125 Miles
Nearest Train
0.3 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Car: recommended

Sailing trips are available through the owners through their sailing academy, Sailing, Inc. Trips can be arranged for an afternoon, day or multiday. Call 907.224.3160.


Rates & Availability

Seward House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
May 1 2017 - Sep 18 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 11.0%

Rate for the Week of 4th of July is $200/night: June 30 - July 6, 2017.

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.
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