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A Quick Visit To Chena Hot Springs

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A March 2007 trip to Chena Hot Springs by MilwVon

Aurora Borealis 3/15/07 Photo, Fairbanks, Alaska More Photos
Quote: During my week in Fairbanks, I carved out two days/one night to take in Chena Hot Springs and the Chena Hot Springs Resort.

A Quick Visit To Chena Hot Springs

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Overview

Arriving at Chena Hot Springs Resort Photo,
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Chena Hot Springs Resort is located approximately 60 miles from Fairbanks in Alaska’s interior region. It is in a remote location which makes a complete Alaskan immersion vacation possible. Since I made my trip to Chena Hot Springs in March to coincide with the aurora borealis forecasts, I had the opportunity to explore the winter activities of the resort. Chena Hot Springs Resort is a four seasons resort, however. If your interests include sled dog mushing, cross country skiing, snow machining or viewing the northern lights; March is a wonderful time of the year to visit! With daylight lasting nearly 12 hours, it is possible to take in a lot during your stay. In the summer, there are opportunities to...Read More
Inside the Yurt Photo,
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Chena Hot Springs Resort really caters to the aurora viewing tourist trade. I recall seeing a television show that featured the snowcoaches used by the resort to transport guests up a steep 2.5 mile hillside to a viewing area at the summit. As I watched that day, I thought “Now there is something I must see and experience in my lifetime.” With my trip to Fairbanks planned around the University of Alaska – Fairbanks Geophysical Institute’s aurora forecast, I was committed to making the side trip to Chena Hot Springs to view the northern lights.This tour is available to guests and non-guests alike. The price is $75 per person for the four hour experience. Folks gather at the resort’s activities ...Read More

Sled Dogs at Chena Hot Springs Resort

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Story/Tip

Passenger Sled Photo,
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Chena Hot Springs Resort has a very nice kennel facility where guest can visit to see sled dogs, young and old. There are some 100 dogs housed here, including around 70 that belong to the resort. The rest are owned by the musher who provides lessons on dog sledding at the resort. It was also fun to see the young puppies, ranging in age from three days to three months. The three month old puppies were housed in an outdoor pen, while the very young litters were inside with their momma dogs.Here at Chena Hot Springs Resort, winter guests have a number of outdoor options including taking a sled dog ride, with someone else driving the sled... or they can mush the two-mile trail on their own. M...Read More
The Four Poster Bed Photo,
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The art of ice sculpting is synonymous with Alaska and particularly Fairbanks. During my visit to Chena Hot Springs Resort I took the hour long tour of their Aurora Ice Museum which features the work of award winning artist Steve Brice.As you enter the museum, the first thing that you will probably notice is that they must keep it very cold inside to assure that the quality of the exhibits are not damaged by warm air. They keep it at approximately 20° F and while that may feel balmy when compared to the outside temperatures that are consistently below zero, you will want to be sure to be warmly dressed. I found it very interesting as I looked at the construction of the building itself, as from...Read More
Outdoor Hot Tub Photo,
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Chena Hot Springs Resort was developed around the hot springs that were discovered in the late 1800s. In fact, the resort celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2005! It is said that prospectors came from miles around to soak in the hot mineral springs found here. With the air temperature hovering around -10° F during the day, the steam could be seen rising from the Hot Springs Rock Lake, creating ice formations all along the edge on the rocks that border the lake.When you arrive at the swimming area, you will enter a bathhouse type changing room. Lockers are available for a quarter so that you can protect your clothing and other belongings. There are also bathrooms and showers here. If you cho...Read More
Flightseeing Plane Photo,
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As I mentioned in the overview, Chena Hot Springs Resort is a year round resort with activities available for people of all interests and abilities. In addition to those which I’ve featured here in individual reviews, guests and visitors to Chena Hot Springs Resort can take in a massage in the massage cabin... take a flightseeing tour to the Arctic Circle... or enjoy a casual nature walk on the main trails throughout the 440 acres of the resort. All of these activities are available year round.There are also a lot of seasonal activities based on the weather and outdoor conditions. During the winter, the resort also offers cross country skiing, snowmobile tours and horse drawn carriage ride...Read More

Chena Hot Springs Resort Restaurant

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Restaurant

Chena Hot Springs Resort Restaurant Photo,
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I cannot express how much I enjoyed the dining area of the restaurant. It was warm and cozy, with a large fireplace providing additional warmth to the room. Service was outstanding, and the meals superb. While standing in line waiting to be seated, I got into a conversation with two people staying at the resort as part of a tour group in from Fairbanks. They invited me to join them for dinner... what a nice gesture! Our server was Vladimir, who was very attentive to our needs and was patient given the fact that we were gabbing more than we were thinking about supper. Once we ordered, our salads or soup came out almost immediately. I had the homemade vegetable soup which was very robust wi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 21, 2007

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Fairbanks, Alaska 99711
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