It's hard to imagine a more relaxing spot than the Black Bear Inn. Its waterfront backyard has plenty of seating, so guests can enjoy hours (and hours) watching ships go by, and the hot tub and the outdoor cooking area with multiple grills provide the perfect way to decompress from a day of exploring. The views of the Tongass Narrows from inside this bed-and-breakfast are equally fine, and the four rooms all have plush furniture, comfortable beds, and porches or balconies.
In lieu of group breakfasts the kitchen is stocked with fruit, baked goods, and other items, and guests can eat at their leisure. The easygoing owners, Nicole and Jim Church, offer up as much (or as little) conversation as you're comfortable with. Ask about the old photos in the rooms; if you're lucky, you'll hear tales of Jim's great-grandparents, who moved to Ketchikan in 1900. The Black Bear also has a top-floor one-bedroom apartment for rent, as well as a two-bedroom cabin.