FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. — "This boat has been a Bed and Breakfast for about 33 years. I fell in love with her about 21 years ago on my husband Eric's birthday. We stayed here just to get away from all our kids and have a lovely night and she was stuck in my heart from that minute on,” said owner Laura Concord.
15 years later, the couple found out the boat was for sale and purchased the 60-foot ketch called the Slow Season. It was built down in Tillamook, Oregon, and designed to sail around the world. Today the Wharfside Bed and Breakfast gets visited by guests from around the world and is tied fast to the docks at the Friday Harbor Marina.
There are two staterooms on the boat. One has a living area and a full bath, the other is a bit smaller, with a half bath. “They’re both very private from each other,” added Laura.
There’s a view of the ferry coming and going, and a full galley where Laura cooks breakfast for guests.
One of Laura’s favorite things on the boat is the guestbook, which has an entry from one of the adult children of Jim Violett, the man who built the boat. They wrote a bit about the history of the boat, mentioned that they grew up aboard the boat, and concluded with this: “To those who stay aboard in the future, I know that this vessel is the living embodiment of one man's dream."
Owners Eric and Laura Concord are now living that dream, as hosts at this unique B & B. "I think being on a boat is the best place to relax. I think it's an escape from the ordinary," said Eric Concord.
The Wharfside Bed and Breakfast was voted Best Bed and Breakfast in 2018's Best Northwest Escapes.