About the Blue Whale

The History of the Blue Whale

The Blue Whale is an historically registered Dutch Colonial house in the North Slope Historic District of Tacoma, Washington.


In 1893 Charles and Nellie Drury hired the prominent architectural firm of Bullard and Hayward to design and build their family home, which today is the Blue Whale Bed and Breakfast. Charles was born in England in 1866. At 16 he arrived in the United States, having apprenticed as a tailor since the age of 12. After arriving in Tacoma, Charles started his own tailoring business, eventually opening additional shops in both Seattle and Portland.

Click Here to learn more about the lives and adventures of Charles and Nellie Drury.


The Innkeepers at the Blue Whale

Richard and Anem have been creating art through textiles and photography for more than 50 years. Guests can see examples of their work throughout the common areas of the Blue Whale. Anem began her sewing and tailoring career,  just as Charles Drury did, at the age of 12. A Tacoma native, Richard is an experienced photographer and a life-long audiophile (with an extensive vinyl collection).


Meals at the Blue Whale

Our on site Artisan Baker and Cook, Anem, rises early  to prepare fresh breakfasts and treats daily. Everything that we serve is made from scratch, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Visit our Menu Page to see what's available for a delicious, wholesome breakfast at The Blue Whale.


Snacks, box lunches and picnic baskets are available by prior arrangement. If you have any special requests, just let us know when booking your room.


Your Room at the Blue Whale

Visit our Accommodations Page for information on booking the exclusive master suite available to you at the Blue Whale Inn.