Anchorage Journals

Out and About in South Central Alaska

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A March 2004 trip to Anchorage by tamtbell

The Chugach Mountains seen off Otter Lake Photo, Anchorage, Alaska More Photos
Quote: A general review of the many restaurants, hotels, sightseeing, and shopping activities in South Central Alaska. This will be constantly worked on, so keep an eye out for new updates!

Alyeska Ski Resort

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Hotel | "Alyeska Prince Ski & Golf Resort"

Alyeska Ski Resort Photo, Girdwood, Alaska
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Best Things Nearby:There are several ski hills right next to the resort if you're big into skiing or snowboarding. Also, there is the town of Girdwood nearby, which also boasts some good shopping. Best Things About the Resort:This resort is geared towards family, skiing, snowboarding, golfing, and most of all, those who would like to stay active during their vacation. The mountains are beautiful and stunning, which make a great backdrop to anything you'd like to do. Resort Experience:Since I was born with bad knees that I damaged even worse with years of dancing and running as a child and teenager, I have been unable to downhill ski or snowboard as an adul...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 2, 2005

Alyeska Ski Resort
1000 Arlberg Drive
Girdwood, Alaska 99587
(907) 754-2111

Hacienda

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Restaurant | "La Hacienda"

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Within our first week of arriving in Anchorage, my husband and I had decided to leave the military base and check out some of the local restaurants. We drove through Fort Richardson and Elmendorf Air Force Base with our stomachs growling and found ourselves on Boniface Parkway, which is littered on either side with Pizza Huts, Papa Johns’, bars, pubs, and taverns. After a quick decision, we decided to make a left on Debarr Street and followed that till we saw an inviting Mexican restaurant called La Hacienda, where we pulled into the small parking lot. After being in northern New York, we had not gotten the opportunity to eat much Mexican food, so I was more than excited We entered the first set...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 1, 2005

Hacienda
6307 DeBarr Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99504
(907) 338-6109

Sea Galley

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Restaurant

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Recently, after a really long, tiring day at work and an even longer day getting my computer repaired, my husband suggested eating out, which was an idea I readily agreed with. Being 5 months pregnant has altered my food preferences, so I no longer enjoy steak or pork, so now I find myself constantly eating salads, seafood, or chicken. This, of course, limited our choices somewhat, but since we live in Anchorage, fresh seafood is not all that difficult to find. Knowing this, my husband decided Sea Galley was the place for us that evening. Upon arriving at the restaurant, which is in the same building as the restaurants Peppermill and Gilligan’s, we were greeted promptly and shown to our table ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2005

Sea Galley
4101 Credit Union Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
(907) 563-3520

Saturday Downtown Farmers Market

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Attraction

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The Farmers Market was originally started in 1992 by the Municipality of Anchorage Parking Authority and contained about two dozen vendors. The original goal was to provide visitors and locals with an open-air market where they could shop in the beautiful summer Alaska weather. Nowadays, the farmers market has become much more than that. Admission to the market is free; however, parking is not. The most convenient place to park is in the parking garage attached to the Fifth Avenue Mall. This is a great place to spend a weekend afternoon shopping for collectibles, fresh fruit, and seafood and to maybe even catch a little entertainment, as there are live bands that perform often. The Saturday f...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 1, 2005

Saturday Downtown Farmers Market

Anchorage, Alaska

5th Avenue Mall

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Attraction

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This shopper’s delight is located right off 5th Avenue and C Street and boasts five levels of stores and restaurants that are sure to please even the choosiest customer. It is open daily from 10am to 9pm; however, of course, if you want to avoid the crowds, it’s best to visit on a weekday, as during the weekends this mall becomes a teenage hangout. If you drive to this mall, make sure to bring your parking stub, because if you purchase something at one of the department stores, they will usually validate it for you. Also, another really neat thing I have noticed here is the opportunity to pay for your parking even before you drive out of the parking lot. As you walk from the mall, across the covered...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2005

5th Avenue Mall
320 West 5th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska

My New Home, Anchorage

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The Chugach Mountains seen off Otter Lake Photo, Anchorage, Alaska
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My husband and I moved to Anchorage, Alaska, during March of this year from Fort Drum, New York. We drove the entire distance in our jeep, which was a long and tiresome journey, but it was not without rewards, as we were treated to some of the most beautiful sights. Originally we were to be stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska, so we spent a few days getting ourselves acquainted with what we thought would be our new home. It was not meant to be, however, as after 5 days, we were advised that we needed to be in Anchorage the next day, so we packed up our suitcases, loaded up our cars, and early the next morning, headed down to Anchorage. It was a lonely 5-hour drive, as we were each driving a car along t...Read More