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Heather and Doug

Heather and Doug Johnson are delighted to share their Anchorage home and love of Alaska with you. Doug is the fourth generation of his family to live in Alaska. Doug's family came to this great land in 1898 to mine gold in Nome. Heather, on the other hand, came from the tropics. A third generation kama'aina (local) from the Big Island of Hawai'i, Heather came to Alaska in 1976 and immediately fell in love with the land and its people. Together they share a love of travel and adventure and have an appreciation for what travelers need.

Doug’s consulting business keeps him engaged and fulfilled. He is passionate about helping organizations succeed and flourish, from the early stages of entrepreneurship and development throughout the lifecycle of the company. He also loves innovation and the application of technology. He helped bring a breakthrough eco-conscious technology to Alaska, which uses ocean and river currents to produce clean, predictable electricity. When not working, Doug is an avid skier, traveler and private pilot.

Heather has a deep love of family and people. As a former teacher and then pioneer of Alaska’s only Waldorf School, she devoted herself to to its development. She now volunteers with different organizations in the community and spends time tending to her gardens and bees. Always up for a good adventure, she is fun-loving and attends to her guests with care.

Our Vision - The World Comes To Us

SunsetTravelers from all corners of the globe land on our front step. We love hosting our guests, hearing their stories and sharing our knowledge of Alaska. Our desire is to create a relaxed feeling in the middle of the city. Our "urban farm" includes chickens, bees, a greenhouse and vegetable gardens along with beautiful seasonal flowers. We are well-equipped to handle visiting families with children of all ages. The backyard is perfect for romping around.

We will do our best to make your stay pleasant and filled with the warmth of our hospitality.

What Our Guests Are Saying...

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We love the Gardendside B&B! What a truly wonderful home base to have whenever we are in Anchorage. S.B., Colorado

Doug and Heather are great hosts. This B&B is a lot more comfortable than any other ones we visited. The hosts make a difference with their kindness and thoughtfulness. M.K., Florida

So peaceful, we did not want to leave! Thank you, everything was perfect for our family. We would love to stay with you again on our next visit back. Heather, you are so kind, we can not wait to meet Doug on our next trip. The boys enjoyed meeting the chickens and your scones were memorable! B.K., Colorado

Thank you so much for your warm reception! P.C., China

Thank you for your generous hospitality! Your B&B is so inviting and comfortable. The stocked fridge is so nice. The mountain bikes and trails were an added plus. We will share our experience with others traveling to Anchorage. Our only regret is that we could not stay longer. K.B., Arizona

Thank you so much for the wonderful accommodations on such short notice! It was a pleasure for us to stay here. Everything was very neat, clean and super comfortable. Your hospitality and delicious scones will not be forgotten. We all loved Koko and the chickens. G.F., California

Thank you so much for everything: the recommendations, the time you spent with us giving us tips, the mountain bike use, the hospitality, the wonderful breakfast -- a perfect start in Alaska! S.H., Switzerland

I loved that you stocked your refrigerator with organic food and we gobbled up your delicious homemade goodies! Everything was so comfy and homey. We will recommend you to all who might visit Anchorage. B.W., Ohio

Simply above and beyond. D.B., Hawaii

Thank you so much for the great and friendly stay in your house. The apartment had everything, it's a beautiful place! T.H., Germany

Thank you so much--we were so comfortable in your delightful space. The surroundings couldn't be lovelier! We want to come back again! J.G., California

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Your Private Suite Awaits...


The Johnson family home was built in 1958. Doug was three years old when he moved from his 5th Avenue home to where we currently live on West 20th Avenue, which was then considered the boondocks and great moose hunting grounds. Our home was remodeled in 1998. After our children moved out to pursue their university studies, we decided to renovate a space for fellow travelers and officially opened Gardenside Bed and Breakfast in 2012.

Our completely spacious and private well-appointed 710 sq. foot suite provides ample room for up to 4 persons to feel right at home. This executive suite is completely yours with a cozy private bedroom and bath with the option of a comfortable queen sofa couch for a second couple or children. Also, one can relax in the living room or take part in a meal at the dining room table.

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Coffee Bar

Our hearty and mostly organic continental breakfast includes homemade baked goods, bread, oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, fruit, tea and fresh Kona "Blue Sky" coffee from Heather’s cousin’s farm on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Fresh garden eggs from our happy hens upon request.

Our artesian well offers cold delicious water, guaranteed!

Gardenside Bed and Breakfast Rates*

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Anchorage Alaska BnB Assc

Summer rates (May 1 - September 15)

Summer Rates 1-2 people
Nightly $ 150.00
Weekly $ 945.00

Add $15 per day for each additional person over 2 people

Winter rates (September 16 - April 30): Two night minimum

Winter Rates 1-2 people
Nightly $ 100.00
Weekly $ 630.00

Add $15 per day for each additional person over 2 people

*12% Municipal bed tax not included in rate.

House Rules:

Check in: After 4 p.m.

Need to check in late, no problem. Ask and we'll tell you about our no-hassle "Late Owl" check-in procedures.

Check out: 11 a.m. Please be prompt.

Payment Policy:

DEPOSITS: 50% of entire stay to hold reservation; balance due 14 days prior to arrival for all summer bookings.

Refund Policy:

Deposit is refunded (less $25 processing fee) with 14 days cancellation notice prior to scheduled arrival date.
Cancellations within 8-13 days will receive 50% of deposit.
Cancellation 7 days or less prior to arrival date or "no show" will forfeit deposit.
Deposit fully refunded if we are unable to confirm your reservation.


Gardenside Bed and Breakfast
515 West 20th Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99503
(907) 952-7124

We are conveniently located within walking distance of many of Anchorage’s finest restaurants and attractions. Our property overlooks one of Anchorage’s jewels, the Chester Creek green belt with its beautiful bike and ski trails, which are only 10 blocks from downtown!