One of the grandest homes on Capitol Hill’s tree-lined Millionaire’s Row, the historic Shafer Baillie Mansion offers the opulence of a bygone era with the comforts of a traditional B&B. The 14,000-square-foot Tudor Revival, built in 1914, is close to Volunteer Park, one of Seattle’s finest parks, and just steps from the bustling Capitol Hill business district.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Guest rooms are on the 2nd and 3rd floors and there's no elevator.
Each uniquely elegant guest room and suite features an eclectic assortment antique wood furnishings, Oriental rugs, and period lighting. The large third-floor rooms, once the home’s ballroom, feature many original architectural details. Views include the neighborhood and Queen Anne Hill.
Be sure to check out the different rooms online. Each has its own charms.
Renovated private bathrooms are each unique, featuring original elements as well as period-style tile and fixtures. Some rooms include bathtubs; others have walk-in showers.
Quarter-sawn oak paneling with ornate details in the entry hall makes quite the first impression. A stately staircase leads to the rooms. There’s also a library with leather furniture, an airy sunroom, and a mahogany-clad grand salon with a grand piano.
To ride the light rail, which services University of Washington, Downtown Seattle, and Sea-Tac, take King County Metro Bus #10 to the Capitol Hill station at E John St & Broadway E. streets.
Volunteer Park Café (10-minute walk) is a lovely spot in the park that locals flock to for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Many of the ingredients for the Pacific Northwest fare can come from the restaurant’s garden. Altura (8-minute walk) serves elevated Italian fare with handmade pastas and wine pairings in a cozy dining room.
If you’re feeling brave, Julia’s on Broadway (10-minute walk) is a quintessentially Capitol Hill spot for a boozy brunch with a drag show. The neighborhood has tons of options for drinks and nightlife that cater to every interest. At the lumberjack-chic Smith Bar serves up craft cocktails against a backdrop of taxidermy.