Mile Zero Bed & Breakfast
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Where did the Mile Zero Bed & Breakfast name come from? Deishu, a Tlingit Indian word, meaning beginning or end of the trail. Skagway has always been the end of one journey and the beginning of another. From its earliest days, the steam ships brought the stampeders and their supplies from Seattle to the end of the inside passage. A journey in itself, but only the beginning of the trail over the White Pass or the Chilkoot to the gold fields.
The Whitepass railroad, and the Klondike highway's mile zero are both in Skagway. It is the end of the marine highway system up the inside passage. The barge lines carrying supplies to Skagway and the interior of Canada terminate in Skagway. There is lead and zinc ore hauled by road from the interior of Canada to a terminal in Skagway where it goes by ship to ports all over the world. The beginning or end, mile zero either way. For you, Mile Zero can be a new beginning or end of your own adventure.
Mile Zero was planned, designed, and built as a B&B in 1995. It incorporates all the most desirable features of both a motel and a B&B. It features spacious rooms, separate entrances private baths, private telephone, double insulated walls between the rooms for sound proofing, and handicap access, typical of some of the finer motels. It is centrally located and easy walking to everything in town, but in a residential district, which is very quiet.
Mile Zero B&B offers seven rooms so it is very congenial if you like to socialize, and very private if you prefer. We serve a very nice continental breakfast buffet, where we encourage guests from all over the world to share trail tales. Your host (Tara Bass) is a born and raised Alaskan. You can call us from our courtesy phone at the terminal if you need help getting a ride. Transportation to the trail heads, shows and attractions can be arranged. May through September we are very busy, so we recommend reserving space well in advance.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Tara for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Most are returns and Referrals, they enjoy the White Pass Yukon Route, Visiting Klondike National Park, Hiking the Chilkoot Trail, or passing through on Alaska Marine Highway.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We are known to be a a locally run, comfortable, centrally located, clean, place. Most people who have been to B&B really enjoy the amount of privacy they can choose to have if they want by using their separate entrance to their rooms from the outside, and no sharing a bathroom.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Want to visit the town and ride the train.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
It is exactly what you see on the internet, we aren't a ritz carlton, but we are 5 star Alaskan style
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Our shoulder seasons, prices are cheap, and the town is open.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Depends on the time of year. In the Summer I would say, Train, Park Service walks, hiking (if fit), Zip lining, dog sledding, tour the summit, Walk the town.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Fish, Hamburgers, and locally brewed beer
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
How many rooms does your inn have?
Do you accept pets?
- Majestic mountain views
- Spacious rooms with porches
- Buffet style breakfast
- Separate entrances
- Private baths
- Private phones
- Quiet central location
- Handicap access
- Barbeque area
Our Town - Skagway
Skagway is called the “Garden City of Alaska ” and is located at the top of the inside passage in Southeast Alaska. The town is framed by the Taiya Inlet and rugged Coastal Mountains. The Klondike Gold Rush transformed Skagway into a boomtown at the turn of the century. Today it is revisited by travelers via cruise ships, Alaska State Ferry system, air, and driving the Klondike Highway. The town looks much the same as it did a 100 years ago.
The population is 862 in the winter and triples in the summer. Boardwalks and colorful false fronted buildings line Broadway, the main business district through town. Klondike Gold Rush National Park headquarters is there, and they have excellent exhibits, talk shows, guided walking tours, and movies, that will help you learn about our history. The presence of thousands of travelers up and down the streets, and the many shops on Broadway will kindle your imagination to what it must have been like during the Gold Rush.
The White Pass Railroad has daily excursion to the summit, and Fraser. On weekends to Bennett, B.C. in Canada. Fast ferries run from Skagway to Haines and Juneau daily. Visit the eagle preserve in Haines, or fly to Glacier Bay National Park for the day. There are live shows, and music, all hours of the day and night, and most days all summer. Many visitors drive the Klondike Highway to the interior and beyond. There are all levels of hiking trails including the world famous Chilkoot trail every hiker’s dream. You can enjoy the area by historic excursions, rafting, horseback riding, bicycle tours, helicopter glacier tours, fishing, and canoeing. Winter time activities include helicopter skiing, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling. All just North of the Canadian boarder only thirteen miles from Skagway.
Our average rainfall is 27 inches and snowfall is 51 inches. The average temperature in the summer is 50 to 75 degrees and winter 16 to 30 degrees. The sun shines more in Skagway than any other Alaska Southeastern town.
Don’t get cut short. Plan on staying a minimum of two or three nights to do Skagway right.
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