Cooper Landing Journals

The Wonderful Kenai Peninsula

An August 2004 trip to Cooper Landing by kstraveler

Duncan House Diner Photo, Cooper Landing, Alaska More Photos
Quote: When we left Palmer, Alaska, we drove to Cooper Landing, where we had reservations for nine nights at the Upper Kenai River Inn. The scenery was outstandingly beautiful all along the way.

The Wonderful Kenai Peninsula

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Overview

THE KENAI PENINSULA Photo, Cooper Landing, Alaska
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The drive from Anchorage to Cooper Landing was so beautiful! We drove beside the Turnagain Arm on one side of the Seward highway, and the lovely Chugach Mountains on the other side. Then, when we got onto the Kenai Peninsula, the scenery was even more beautiful. Most visitors to the Kenai Peninsula believe that fishing is one of the best tings to do there. There are many places to see, good food to eat, and lots of wildlife to see, so the Kenai Peninsula is a great destination for just about everyone. Quick Tips: Make sure you have your camera with you, because there are so many things that you will want to photograph. Also, don't miss Homer and Seward. They both are so beautiful and yo...Read More

Upper Kenai River Inn

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Hotel

Upper Kenai River Inn Photo, Cooper Landing, Alaska
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Our room in the Upper Kenai River Inn had its own private bathroom and a large deck that looked out on the Kenai River. The Kenai River is a beautiful aqua-colored river that is full of salmon and trout. Fishing is one of the main reasons people come to the Kenai Peninsula. Our room was comfortable and tastefully decorated. The bed was so comfortable that we didn't want to get up each morning. The area was very quiet and we felt very rested when we awoke each morning. At 8am, the owner, Peggy Givens, serves a delicious breakfast to her guests who are staying with her. I don't think she ever served the same breakfast twice and each seemed to be even better than the last one she served. Everythi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 23, 2004

Upper Kenai River Inn
18116 Sterling Highway
Cooper Landing, Alaska
(907) 595-3333

Duncan House Diner

Restaurant

Duncan House Diner Photo, Cooper Landing, Alaska
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We had a late breakfast at the Duncan House Diner. The food was very good, the coffee was excellent, and the servers were friendly and efficient. A lot of the locals eat breakfast at the Duncan House on the weekend and it was fun to listen to their conversations and see some of the gentlemen's hats. I wish I had taken my camera in with me. We thought we had made a good choice for our breakfast stop.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 23, 2004

Duncan House Diner
125 E Pioneer Avenue
Cooper Landing, Alaska 99603
(907) 235-5344

Sackett's Kenai Grill

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Restaurant

Sackett's Kenai Grill Photo, Cooper Landing, Alaska
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We dined at a table made from a tree with a large burl. The menu contained choices which leaned toward the healthy--no fried foods & lots of good choices. My husband had the shrimp scampi and I chose the chicken pecan. We both opted for the home-made soups and they were some of the very best we have eaten. The food was wonderful! We had a beautiful view of Kenai Lake, and the mountains beyond it, from our table. We had a wonderful evening. With tip, our dinner at Sackett's cost us about $80.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 24, 2004

Sackett's Kenai Grill
16201 Sterling Highway
Cooper Landing 99572
(907) 595-1827

Ray's Waterfront

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Restaurant | "Ray's Waterfront Restaurant"

Ray's Waterfront Photo, Seward, Alaska
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We had lunch at Ray's. Our booth had an excellent view of the Seward Small Boat Harbour. It was a little overcast outside, but our view of the water and mountains beyond was absolutely beautiful. We watched some of the boats move into or out of the harbour as we ate. My husband had the shrimp and chips & I had halibut and chips. We both had coffee. The food was very delicious, and the service was excellent. We would love to eat at Ray's again. (Our bill, with tip included, was a little over $35.)

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 24, 2004

Ray's Waterfront
1316 4th Avenue
Seward, Alaska 99664
(907) 224-5606

A Day in Homer

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A DAY IN HOMER Photo, Cooper Landing, Alaska
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We missed a wonderful breakfast and got up early to drive to Homer. It is about a three-hour drive from Cooper Landing. We were rewarded by seeing a bull moose before we even got to Sterling. We had been looking for moose since leaving Denali National Park over a week earlier. As we got into Homer, we saw a sign indicating a scenic overlook. We stopped and parked and enjoyed a beautiful view of Kachemak Bay and the beautiful Kenai Mountains beyond the Bay. It was a wonderful view. Because we missed breakfast, our next stop was The Duncan House Diner in Homer. We had a wonderful, but late, breakfast and then set out to explore Homer. We drove around Homer and saw lots of interesting sights. T...Read More
THE ISLANDS & OCEAN VISITOR CENTER Photo, Cooper Landing, Alaska
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In Homer, we stopped and visited the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. The Center is sponsored by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and Kachemak Bay Research Reserve. Our visit began with a wonderful film about the research being done to protect Alaska's wildlife on remote Alaskan islands. They use a supply ship to transport researchers to their various destinations, and to resupply them with needed provisions. A lot of important research projects are underway. We next visited the displays within the Center and learned a lot about the work being done to protect and enhance Alaska's wildlife. For visitors who have a whole day at the Center, there are guided estuary or birding wa...Read More
SEAFARER'S MEMORIAL Photo, Cooper Landing, Alaska
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We visited the Seafarer's Memorial on the Homer Spit. It is dedicated to those who have lost their lives to the sea. It is a very pretty place and as you stand there with the water in the background and read the poem about the sea, you can't help but feel sad for those who have perished. The location of the Memorial seems perfect to me.
CAPTAIN COOK STATE RECREATION AREA Photo, Cooper Landing, Alaska
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We heard that there are a lot of pretty agate rocks along the shore of Cook Inlet at Captain Cook State Recreation Area, so we decided to drive over and check it out. We took the Sterling Hwy to Kenai and then the Kenai Spur up to our destination. The drive was very nice because we had so much beautiful scenery to view along the way. We couldn't get lost, since Captain Cook State Recreation Area is at the very end of the Kenai Spur. We stopped at the Discovery Campground and Picnic Area. We had stopped at a deli for food in Kenai and had a picnic first. Then we hit the beach. We walked for miles and found so many rocks that they got almost too heavy to carry. Next time we go rock collecting, w...Read More
HOPE, ALASKA Photo, Cooper Landing, Alaska
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On a return trip from Anchorage, we decided to turn off the Seward Hwy and have a look at the historic old town of Hope. Gold was discovered here in 1896, and the new community was named Hope City. By 1899 most of gold had been found and the miners had moved on to other strikes. Buildings were left intact, and Hope is the best preserved gold rush community in southcentral Alaska. We thought it was a neat little town to walk around in & would have spent a lot more time there, but it began to rain fairly hard. We finally retreated to our van and used it to do the rest of our exploring. It must have been raining in Hope for some time before that, since there was a big layer of mud near...Read More