Seward Journals

Alaska Experiences with the In-Laws

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A June 2005 trip to Seward by tamtbell

Rays Waterfront Photo, Seward, Alaska More Photos
Quote: What is summer in Alaska without mosquitoes, bears in your trash, and family visiting from the lower 48? It certainly wouldn't be a normal Alaskan summer! This summer, my husband's family visited, and we hoped to show them a little of the state we love so much in Seward, Alaska.

Seward Military Resort

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Hotel

Seward Military Resort Photo, Seward, Alaska
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Best Things Nearby:Within a 5-minute drive there is the harbor where all the sightseeing cruises and fishing charters are located. Also, most of the local fishermen dock here, so if you're looking for a good bargain on fresh fish, this is the place to get it. If you drive for another 10 minutes or so down the Seward Highway, you will also come to the Alaska Sea Life Center. There are a number of art galleries and other small stores as well along the way. Best Things About the Resort:Since it is off the main road a bit, you also are not kept awake at night by vehicles passing by. In fact, the most noise we heard was from the harbor when one of the cruise ships departed. A...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 27, 2005

Seward Military Resort
P.O. Box 329
Seward, Alaska 99664
(907) 224-5559

Ray's Waterfront

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Restaurant

Ray's Waterfront Photo, Seward, Alaska
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I arrived in Seward on a Friday night with my husband and my father-, mother-, and sister-in-law with a growling stomach, so after quickly checking in to the Seward Military Resort we headed down to the docks to Ray’s Waterfront, which we had heard was absolutely a must during a visit to Seward from numerous sources. This restaurant is right off the water and treats its patrons to a stunning view of the mountains, Resurrection Bay, the small boat harbor with its bobbing boats, and even a little wildlife. After giving our name and the number of our party to the hostess we waited patiently for about 15 minutes with other restaurant customers who were waiting as well and were then shown to our table. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2005

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

The Marina Restaurant

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Restaurant

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During the second night of our trip to Seward, we all decided to save a little money and head over to The Marina Restaurant for dinner. This restaurant is actually right across from Ray’s Waterfront on 4th Avenue, so it’s pretty easy to spot even though it is a little on the plain side and is also very small. It is also located on the same side of the street as the Breeze Inn, as well as a few other little stores and boutiques that are wonderful to walk along after dinner. As we approached the Marina Restaurant, it was apparent at once that this place was really busy and really crowded. One of the few waitresses quickly told us to have a seat anywhere, and they would be right with us. Unfort...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on July 26, 2005

The Marina Restaurant
1321 4th Avenue
Seward, Alaska 99664
907/224-7991

The Breeze Inn & Restaurant

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Restaurant | "The Breeze Inn & Restaurant"

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Each morning during our stay in Seward, we looked for an affordable yet tasty place to eat and each morning we found ourselves at the Breeze Inn & Restaurant. This restaurant is located right down the street from the Marina Restaurant and is very easy to spot. Saturday morning, our first morning in Seward we were really in a hurry since we had a Glacier and Sightseeing cruise that we would be going on and the Breeze Inn managed to get the five of us seated, fed, and out of there very quickly. Since we arrived so early in the morning at the restaurant we were greeted, seated and given our menus extremely promptly. The menus here offer a really great selection of breakfast entrees that rang...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 26, 2005

The Breeze Inn & Restaurant
Small Boat Harbor
Seward, Alaska 99664
907/224-5238

Alaska SeaLife Center

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Alaska SeaLife Center Photo, Seward, Alaska
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On our last day in Seward, we all decided to make a quick trip to the Alaska Sea Life Center since I had heard such great things about it. We arrived about 10am on a Sunday morning, which is a great time to visit, since there was barely anyone else there. We almost had the entire center to ourselves for about the first hour. Admission is normally $15 for adults and $12 for children, but we purchased our tickets ahead of time through the Seward Military Lodge at a discounted military rate.Upon walking through the center, I was surprised to learn that it has only been open since May 1998 and owes its existence to funds mostly provided from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Settlement. It is dedicated...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2006

Alaska SeaLife Center
301 Railway Avenue P.O. Box 1329
Seward, Alaska 99664
(907) 224-6300

Indian Valley Mine & Gifts

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Indian Valley Mine & Gifts Photo, Seward, Alaska
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On our way driving to Seward, my in-laws noticed a tourist spot off the side of the road where you could pan for gold. We promised that we would stop on the way back, so on the Sunday driving back home, we made an hour stop at Indian Valley Mine & Gifts, which is about a 30-minute drive south of Anchorage. Originally when we stopped, I remember thinking, “Oh great, panning for gold--how touristy,” but I was thankful that we got to stop since I was 5 months pregnant at the time and more than happy to stretch my legs after about 3 hours of driving. We climbed the steep gravel driveway up to where the gift shop was and you were able to pick out your bucket of dirt to pan for gold and were greeted ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 5, 2006

Indian Valley Mine & Gifts
HC52 Box 8814
Indian, Alaska 99540
(907) 653-1120

Scenic Tour Aboard the Arctic Light

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Sightseeing aboard the Arctic Light Photo, Seward, Alaska
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On our first morning in Seward, we had a reservation for the glacier and wildlife sightseeing cruise. So with our stomachs full with a good breakfast from The Breeze Inn and Restaurant, we boarded a military bus and were brought to the harbor where the Arctic Light was docked. After a quick, informal speech from our captain, we were on our way across Resurrection Bay. The day was a truly beautiful Alaskan day, as the sky was a beautiful deep glacial blue and dotted with puffy cumulous clouds here and there. The sun was warm on our shoulders and the air was cool and refreshing as we glided over the small waves in the bay.As we began to exit the bay, our captain slowed the boat every so often ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 15, 2006