What’s the difference between a bed and breakfast and a getaway?
For Ann Raab, owner of Morgan Hill Guest Cottage, they’re like
apples and oranges. Her Port Townsend, Wash., lodging is a getaway,
she clarified, because its specialized amenities and services give
clients more independence during their vacation than they would
find at your average B&B.
Our family of four decided to test that theory by spending a
couple of nights in the cottage, perched a few blocks above Port
Townsend but within walking distance of the town’s attractions. The
girls squealed with delight when they saw their sleeping quarters,
a loft accessible only by a ladder. I marveled at the natural light
in the 500-square-foot lair, thanks to eight strategically placed
skylights. The bathroom was roomy enough for a double-sided tub
with shower. And the kitchen was generously stocked with breakfast
and snack items and featured a microwave, refrigerator,
coffee-maker and grinder.
Raab is an architect, which explains the impeccable furnishings
and attention to detail in the cottage. What’s more, she’s a
natural hostess who is always dreaming up ways to make each guest’s
“My favorite part is creating getaway adventures, whether you’re
on your honeymoon, a family vacation or a personal retreat,” she
Her clever, playful side is evident in such add-on packages as
the two-hour Fabulous Kissing Tour around town, and she seems to
always be looking for new inspiration.
Watching our girls prowl the property’s gardens, Raab mused,
“How about a packaged family-oriented treasure hunt around town?
I’m going to start working on that.”
Perched on the eastern tip of the Olympic Peninsula, Port
Townsend begs to be explored. Stretching along a pretty waterfront,
its 19th-century shops, restaurants and hotels appeal to
21st-century visitors. Unlike many tourist towns, Port Townsend
calls to clients any time of year.
“There’s something special going on almost every weekend,” Raab
said. “Our residents really get into working together and making
We timed our visit with the annual Rhododendron Festival,
enlivening the quaint streets with a bed race, parades, a carnival,
live music and, appropriately, blooming rhodies in almost every
So what, then, is the difference between a B&B and a
getaway? By the end of our visit, the answer was clear. We had
complete privacy, but Raab was readily available to answer
questions. We ate gourmet breakfasts in our pajamas without having
to make small talk with fellow guests. In the evening when we
weren’t quite ready for bed, we picked out a movie from the
entertainment center and ate popcorn Raab left for us in
In short, it felt like our own private, well, getaway.
Morgan Hill Guest Cottage
606 Roosevelt St.
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Commissionable rates per couple are $130 per night
Sunday-Thursday, and $150 on weekends with an additional $10 per
night charge for extra guests. The cottage sleeps five. Owner Ann
Raab also operates Morgan Hill View Loft, a cozy apartment for two;
and Morgan Hill House Vacation Rental, a 2,000-square-foot
Add-on packages include the Fabulous Kissing Tour with mopeds
and a map of the town’s most romantic spots ($50 per couple); Puget
Passion provides roses, truffles, champagne, bath salts and a
massage mat with instructional video ($40); and Lunch in the
Bunkers helps clients explore Fort Worden’s trails and abandoned
gun batteries ($20 per couple with a backpack lunch).