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Escape the everyday: New relaxing B&B opens on Dungeness Bay
For those entertaining out of town guests who don’t have the room, the GreenHouse Inn by the Bay is an ideal substitute.
Formerly a family home and bed and breakfast on Dungeness Bay, the property has new owners excited about providing superb customer service in a relaxing environment. Michele and Craig Jaeger, formerly from Alaska, purchased the inn last fall after looking several years for “the right time and the right place” to open an inn.
“It’s been a longtime dream to work with people and help them enjoy a nice setting and escape every day life,” said Craig. “We’re excited that people can look at the mountains and the water right from this location.”
The inn is at 630 Marine Drive, Sequim, and it has million dollar views to the north, overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and to the south of the Olympic Mountains. Its name comes from its green exterior and attached greenhouse, the Jaegers said. It was built in 1977 and a multi-generational family lived in it for many years. Between the inn and the Jaegers’ detached home behind it, the property is over 5,000 square feet.
“It was built with the idea of bringing friends and family together long before B&Bs were popular in the U.S., so it’s fun to continue that idea of what they had in mind for the house,” Craig said.
“We have three bedrooms with baths with an add-on suite for couples or families with an older child and all of the rooms have gorgeous views of the mountains and water from their decks,” Michele said. “Probably what’s unique in addition to the main areas is the 75-foot attached greenhouse. We also have a library/wine tasting room for people to gather, a dining/common area and upstairs and downstairs kitchens.”
“The idea is that people can gather or be by themselves,” Michele said. “I think we have the ability to support travelers’ needs from the independent traveler to full concierge service.”
“There’s the option for people to do their vacation like they want to — with other guests or more privately,” Craig added.
The inn opened in February with one bedroom and now has three sumptuous ones minimally furnished to create an open and airy feeling. Each has an electric fireplace. Colors throughout the inn are in soft, soothing earth tones, with a special focus on a calming green. You can feel your blood pressure dropping and stress evaporating as you take in the subtle hues.
“That’s just what we were going for,” Michele said.
The common area has a large dining room table and white wainscoting walls, two chairs and two couches. The adjacent library/wine tasting room has oak barrels from Olympic Cellars as tables and a floor to ceiling bookcase. There’s a north side alcove upstairs with a leather lounger perfect for reading or strait-gazing. From the northeast bedroom you can see the New Dungeness Light Station on the horizon.
Today, May 7, you can tour this classic inn from 4-7 p.m. during an open house to introduce the business to the community and to thank people in the community who have support the Jaegers in this venture.
“We’ve traveled a lot and we know what superb customer service is and that’s what we want to offer now,” Michele said.
“We want to meet travelers’ expectations,” Craig added.
Michele brings added value to the B&B experience — she’s a certified sommelier — and guests can opt for a wine education package for an additional fee. They get four wines from around the world and Michele teaches how the wines are made, where they’re from, how to purchase wine and how to pair it with foods.
“I think in the end we love meeting people who have a story and travelers love having a story to tell,” Craig said. “It’s been fun — now we’re ready to share it with other folks.”
The GreenHouse Inn by the Bay
Owners Craig and Michele Jaeger
630 Marine Drive, Sequim