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From the Vancouver Sun - March 25, 2012
Smuggler's Inn proprietor has seen it all - wink-wink, nudge-nudge
BLAINE, Wash. - The three green and white government SUVs parked nearby and the surveillance camera perched atop a 50-foot pole are the first tip-off that the Smuggler's Inn in Blaine, Wash., may cater to a more notorious clientele than adventure-seeking tourists. READ THE STORY!

 

From the Weird Crime - March 25, 2012
Cocaine smuggler caught at Smuggler’s Inn in vehicle with SMUGLER licence plate
It’s called the Smuggler’s Inn for a reason, and a Canadian woman found out the hard way that the Blaine bed and breakfast’s name is no joke to law enforcement. READ THE STORY!

 

From the Denver News 7 - March 22, 2012
'SMUGLER' Busted On Cocaine Charges Convicted Drug Runner Arrested Outside Smuggler's Inn
A convicted drug runner is busted on smuggling charges inside a vehicle with the license plate SMUGLER outside a hotel named the Smuggler's Inn. Homeland Security agents received a tip in mid-December about a cocaine deal at a Pizza Hut in Bellingham, Wash., the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.

They set up surveillance at the Pizza Hut and watched as a GMC Yukon with a driver and two passengers pulled in. The license plate read SMUGLER, according to the Calgary Herald. READ THE STORY!

 

From the Seattle PI - February 25, 2009
Exploring the border at Blaine:
U.S.-Canada crossing offers its own
tourist experience

BLAINE —
For many Seattleites, the border community of Blaine is just a figurative speed bump on their way to Vancouver, B.C., or the Canadian wilderness -- a place to get a stern talking-to by Canadian customs officials but little else.

Yet as border controls have tightened since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, some travelers have seen the physical Washington-British Columbia border as a tourist destination itself. READ THE STORY!

From the Bellingham Herald - November 10, 2007
A Security Nightmare

Lodging on the Line: Smuggler's Inn
BLAINE — Tucked in the rural countryside where rusted car bodies are buried under dense blackberry vines and paved roads abruptly give way to gravel is the Smuggler’s Inn, a bed and breakfast literally on the U.S.-Canadian border.

Rooms come equipped with night vision binoculars so guests can track the almost nightly cat and- mouse game between Border Patrol agents and those trying to sneak into the United States. Over the past three years, 105 people have been arrested in the inn’s yard. Just mowing the lawn can accidentally trip hidden sensors, prompting a flyover by Border Patrol helicopters, said Bob Boule, the inn’s operator. READ THE STORY!

 

From the Whatcom Independent - July 20-26, 2006
Lodging on the Line: Smuggler's Inn
Imagine owning an inn that is mostly in the United States, but also a little bit in Canada. Imagine 56 smugglers being apprehended on or near your property – just since 2001. Imagine Hollywood moguls knocking on your door looking for a place to stay while making movies across the road in (less expensive to film) British Columbia. And imagine Grammy winners, Microsoft and Boeing executives, and other VIPs looking for a northern getaway spot less discovered than Semiahmoo.
. READ THE STORY!

 

From Business Pulse Magazine - August, 2004
Blaine bludgeons the blues
- By Christopher Key, Bellingham Business Pulse Magazine

Just over a year ago, we reported on a new bed and breakfast in Blaine that was still in the process of renovation. Smuggler’s Inn takes advantage, in an innocent way, of the town’s shady past and has proved to be a howling success. So much so that owner Bob Boulé is building a 2,200 square foot addition that will house an office, the inn’s classic limousine and a small collection of antique cars.
. READ THE STORY!



From the Bellingham Herald - February 11th, 2004
Border-straddling B&B drops into Blaine man's life
- By Jack Kintner, For the Bellingham Herald

BLAINE - Some people gripe about the way that ads can fall out of the Sunday newspaper. Not Bob Boulé.
That's how he found the Victorian farmhouse that he's turned into one of Whatcom County's more unusual bed-and-breakfast inns, in part because the international border runs right through his front lawn. READ THE STORY!



From The Northern Light - May 29th, 2003
New bed and breakfast touts comfort, quiet and some smuggling stories
- By Rebecca Schwarz Kopf

The inn, is unique because of its location, and the stories it has to tell. Located right across from Zero Avenue in Canada, the inn sits in a known smuggling area.
The rooms are each named after a smuggler, including the likes of Joseph Kennedy (who was fond of smuggling alcohol from Canada), as well as the infamous Al Capone and historic Fairhaven’s Dirty Dan Harris. The captain’s room is the large suite that not only offers a jacuzzi with a view, but also a beautiful deck with views of Fraser Valley. READ THE STORY!

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Check-In Time: 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM Check-Out: 11:30 AM

Smuggler's Inn Bed & Breakfast
On The Border Between Vancouver, Canada & Blaine, WA USA

2480 Canada View Drive
(9910 Canada View Drive),
Blaine, WA 98230

(In 2008, we where given new Street Numbers, so this is why we have two addresses listed above. Sorry for any confusion).

  For Driving Directions to our Inn, please use
Smuggler's Inn PDF Map with exact directions,
rather than using MapQuest, Google or Yahoo Maps.
 

Reservations: (360) 332-1749
Innkeeper: Bob Boulé

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