Love letters

Since 2003, we’ve received hundreds of comments from guests. Here is a sampling:

From our B&B guests:

Thanks so much for your hospitality! I’ll be back! — Fran Ulmer, former Lt. Governor of Alaska

My wife and I have just returned from a 5-night stay with Marty and Marion. It was all we could have hoped for and more. The views are spectacular, the furnishings are upscale and the hospitality couldn’t have been better. We highly recommend a stay there. — William S.

Awesome scenery! Can we move up here? — M. Alexander, Saratoga, CA

Comments from happy dinner cruise guests

Thank you so much for creating such a lovely home for us to spend the week. — Barb and Dave Snodgrass, San Diego, Calif.

A big thank you from all of us for your hospitality. We loved it. It was a perfect set-up for us. You truly outdid yourselves with the breakfast food you provided and the constant stream of homemade goodies. — The Saltonstalls

If I can’t live here, at least I can visit often! — Jill Shepherd, Anchorage, AK

My wife and I do not normally stay in B&B’s. Comfort and privacy, and allergy to feathers usually means we try to stay in nicer hotels. We were traveling with 2 other couples and the Cliff House B&B was highly recommended by the great folks at Sea Hawk Air. We took a chance and were very glad we did. Super clean rooms, privacy for all six of us, great granola, fresh baked cookies and muffins, fruit. Marion was extremely helpful. Made late dinner reservations, secured the only rental van on the island, and gave great tips on sites to see. Had a great time in Kodiak and will certainly go back and will certainly stay with Marion and Marty. Now our B&B issue will be to find one as great as this one! — GD

We don’t need to tell you how beautiful Kodiak is, but thanks for helping us to see it in all its glory. — Ron Mangelsdorf

We have had several opportunities to stay in the Owen’s B&B in the last two years. We always feel welcome and the rooms are very comfortable and attractive. Marion keeps the refrigerator and cookie jar better stocked than we have seen at any other B&B. The views and gardens can’t be beat. Their knowledge of the island has made our visits very entertaining. We look forward with keen anticipation to our next trip. — The Kuhnaus

Puffin drawing in guest bookTo experience the real Alaska you have to experience Kodiak – and there is no better place to do this Marty and Marion’s B&B. They know all the secrets, be it hunting, fishing, bear viewing or just touring. The consumate hosts! Let them help eith your arrangements. Great for a family, small group or just the two of you. And be sure to book a gourmet dinner cruise. — Art and Darla Allen


On our trip to Kodiak we had the pleasure of staying at Marion and Marty’s B&B. The Cliff House turned out to be perfect for our needs. Marion and Marty are very knowledgeable when it comes to Kodiak’s must see’s and do’s. The cliffhouse is beautiful and peaceful, along with our warm and friendly hosts, we give The Cliffhouse our highest recommendation, and we look forward to a return visit. — J and M Brown, WA

From our dinner cruise guests:

Great, even for a 20-year resident. — G. Rieth, Kodiak, Alaska

Thank you again for the lovely day trip! Everyone really enjoyed it. It didn’t seem like a tour, but like we were going out with friends! It was a view of Kodiak we would never have experienced on our own! — Rosene, Doug, Eryn, Delana, and Carol

The best birthday surprise! Food, friends and weather were beautiful and forever in our hearts. — E and J Salas, Idaho

Even better than all the recommendations! — S. Tracy, Tigard, Oregon

A class evening given by wonderful hosts. — T and S Ellis, Hawaii

Thank you! The food was excellent and the view unforgettable. — M and C Ungeheier, Calif.

Lots of sights, stories, interesting route and information. Thank you. — D. McFarland, Alaska

Dank u vorr de fyne avond en het lekkere eten. — Eddie and Annelies Braeken, Belgium

Thank you for the birthday cake and candles. — A. Braeken, Alaska

Drawings and comments in guest book

What a grand time. We’ll never be able to thank you enough. Please come and see us! — C and J Sullivan, Michigan

A wonderful evening cruise in all respects. Thanks! — D. Bryan, Ohio

Wow! All those whales! Great food, great fun! — G and D Williams, Fairbanks, AK

Five stars! — Douglas and Julianne Lovin, Saratoga, CA

I looked forward to this for a long time. It exceeded expectations! — B. Chapment, Las Vegas, NV

Beautiful cruise, excellent food and great company! — R. Ackerman, Englewood, CO

Wow! I will bring back others! — Dave Schleifer, Ontario, Canada

Great weather, great food, great view of puffins! — P. Wheelock, St. Paul, MN

Alaska tops Texas! — G and A Hoock, Plano, TX

Thank you. A delicious meal. Really enjoyed those ‘remote control’ whales! — B. Sharrah, Kodiak, AK

What a wonderful experience. Terrific! — P and B Benschotu, Kansas

Beautiful day, wonderful company in Paradise! — G and B Otto, Kodiak, AK

Unbelievable dinner and scenery. Thank you for our wedding memories! — M and J Gutt-Ohly, Flagstaff, AZ

A lovely letter (loaded with lots of recommendations and tips):

Our family of six includes 4 daughters ages 16-22. We arrived in Kodiak late on a Saturday evening to find the apartment clean and inviting, exactly as we anticipated. Marion was there to greet us and show us where things were. The bedrooms were cozy and well represented by the photos on this site. The kitchen and living area were comfortable and the fridge was stocked. Marion loves to bake surprises and more than once we were rewarded with goodies when we returned from our days events. This apartment was the perfect place for us to get away and relax for a week while we tried to “live like the locals”. I’m afraid we did sort of stand out in a good way though, and when asked where we were staying we proudly said “we are staying with Marion and Marty Owen”. That information was invariably met with admiration and comments like “then you are well cared for!”

The Owens’ are superb hosts and made us feel extremely welcome. They were never intrusive but were always very ready to answer questions and give suggestions. Mornings as we were getting ready to leave Marion would pull out one of her waterproof Kodiak maps and point out things to see and places to go along the way and then would fold the map and tell me to take it with me, “but be sure to bring it back” was always part of the instructions. She needs these maps to send with future guests. I liked the map so much that after returning hers I went down to the Visitor Center and purchased one of my own.

While on Kodiak we enjoyed walking to downtown from this property. The highlights included Sea Hawk air flight out to see the bears , as well as a dinner cruise on the yacht owned by Marty and Marion. One daughter and I were able to spend some time going out with Marion to photograph landscapes and wildflowers,this is very worthwhile if you are serious about learning to improve your photography skills. There are countless beautiful places to hike and take pictures.

Be sure to go to the WW II museum at Fort Abercrombie State Park. Recommended places to eat include Henry’s Great Alaskan Restaurant for a sit down dinner. Java Flats has wonderful sandwiches and beverages and cookies in a very quaint and beautiful setting. Monk’s Rock Coffee House is excellent for soup, salad, coffee, tea and pastries. Sparrows has wonderful pizza, if the restaurant is crowded then take it back to the apartment you will be glad you did. We were so happy with our week on Kodiak and staying in this property was the best part. — The JB family