Your hosts, Richard and Sue Schmidt, have been Alaskans since the early 1970's. Richard first came to Alaska in 1966 on a family vacation and knew right then
Alaska was where he had to spend the rest of his life.
Upon graduating from high school,he moved to Valdez and then to Cordova in 1972. Working in the canneries and then as a commercial salmon fisherman in Prince Wm. Sound.
In 1974 he moved to an abandoned mining town in the sound, called Ellamar, to live the Alaskan bush life.
He met his future bride there and in 1979 with a 3 year old
son and a 1 year old daughter, they moved to Seward,
bought some land and built a small cabin to raise their children in. They've been in Seward ever since and wouldn't think of living anywhere else.
Work on the B&B began in 1985 as the future family home. One board and a dollar at a time. A slow way to go.
Life happens and before we knew it the kids were grown and gone and we still hadn't finished the new house. Not
needing all that room anymore and being quite comfortable
in our little cabin we decided to turn the project into a
unique one-of-a-kind Alaskan Bed and Breakfast. With
financial help from our loving family and alot of help from
our friends (Richard's best friend, Paul Paquette, did all the
fantastic shingle work on the exterior) the B&B opened
for guests in June of 2005.
We are very proud to own a part of Alaska's history and
culture, our Sourdough start. Our sourdough first came to Alaska in 1905 when the J.P. Morgan company came to Cordova to build the railroad into the Kennicott copper mine
at McCarthy. The company cook, Beauregard, brought his
sourdough start with him from San Francisco. As was the
custom, he shared his start with many miners and trappers
heading into the interior. He also gave it to a young couple
starting a small cafe. The Pioneer Cafe served hot sour-
dough pancakes and bread everyday until the 1980's when
the owners died and the doors closed forever. A good friend of ours was the cook at the time of closing and she
got the sourdough start, named it "Beauregard" ,and gave it to us and many others. We're sure you will enjoy trying
this unique taste of Alaska's history