Fairbanks Journals

Loose Ends - Food & Sleep

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A September 2010 trip to Fairbanks by MilwVon

Rivers Edge RV Park & Campground Photo, Fairbanks, Alaska More Photos
Quote: This journal features the places where we slept and dined while staying in Fairbanks on our recent Great Alaskan Adventure. I've also included a "Why Fairbanks in March" article to round out my writing on Fairbanks.

Alaska Salmon Bake

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Restaurant | "Not To Be Missed!"

Alaska Salmon Bake Photo, Fairbanks, Alaska
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Throughout our travels in Alaska we saw advertising for "salmon bakes". Back in 2006 we even went to a restaurant called Phyllis’ Café & Salmon Bake, which as I recall was OK but not spectacular. The salmon bakes that you will find around the state are a throwback to the old days; a family style buffet dinner of Alaska’s bounty from sea and land. I was especially happy we were able to take in the Alaskan Salmon Bake in Fairbanks . . . on their last night of their 2010 season. It was a glorious summer night; perfect for the outdoor picnic atmosphere that is the Alaska Salmon Bake. There are a lot of picnic tables throughout a small wooded area, as well as out on the lawn between th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 29, 2010

Alaska Salmon Bake
Airport Way & Peger at Pioneer Park
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
907/452-7274

Comfort Inn Fairbanks

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Hotel | "Great (AARP) Rate - Decent Location"

Comfort Inn Fairbanks Photo, Fairbanks, Alaska
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This was a bargain I scored through AARP nearly a year before our trip. With a rack rate of over $150 at the time of our trip, we were lucky to have it for just $65+ tax/night for the first night and $72+ tax/night for the second. While the location isn’t great given its proximity to the airport, it is definitely a good location for most visitors to Fairbanks. It is an especially great location for those coming to town to visit in March during the International Ice Art Championships or the Open North American Championships (ONAC) sled dog races. For us, it worked out to be a good landing place upon our arrival into Fairbanks . . . and for the night before our departure home at the end of our great...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 30, 2010

Comfort Inn Fairbanks
1908 Chena Landings Loop
Fairbanks 99701
(907) 479-8080

Gallo's Mexican Restaurant

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Restaurant | "What? No Pitchers??"

Gallo's Mexican Restaurant Photo, Fairbanks, Alaska
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On our last night in Fairbanks we were both hankering for Mexican food so after our Riverboat Discovery tour we set about finding one. I had read about "good Mexican food" but didn't really know the name or location of such a restaurant. While Fairbanks has spread out a bit and has a few new retail areas spring up around the borough, I thought "How tough can it be to just cruise town and find one?" Well it took a bit more work that I expected.Being pretty familiar with the downtown area, I headed in that direction first. Up and down Second Avenue (the start/finish line area for the ONAC every March) and then Cushman (the main cross street) . . . nothing. From there I head out to wher...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 2, 2010

Gallo's Mexican Restaurant
60 College Road
Fairbanks, Alaska
(907) 455-9225

Pike's Landing Restaurant

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Restaurant | "'Famous' Sunday Brunch - Now We Know Why"

Pike's Landing Restaurant Photo, Fairbanks, Alaska
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Thanks to the internet, I've been fortunate to have met some really wonderful Alaskans both "online" and in person. Photographer extraordinaire Susan Stevenson of North Pole is one such person I'm happy to call my friend. We first got together ironically here in Wisconsin when she was visiting family earlier this year. On this trip, schedules worked out for us to meet with our spouses for brunch on our last full day in Fairbanks. She suggested one of their personal favorites, Pike's Landing, and we're so glad she did!Pike's Landing is located at the Pike's Lodge right on the Chena River. Many people will cruise up and dock riverside to come to Pike's for an overnight or perhaps a grea...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 2, 2010

Pike's Landing Restaurant
Pikes Waterfront Lodge, 1850 Hoselton Road
Fairbanks, Alaska 99709
907-456-4500

River's Edge RV Park & Campground

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Hotel | "Enjoyed Our Last Nights Camping Here!"

River's Edge RV Park & Campground Photo, Fairbanks, Alaska
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Given that their website indicated that the end of their season would be September 10th, we felt especially fortunate to have been able to book our last two nights in the RV here. The location was perfect right in town on the Chena River, yet out enough to have that "in the country" feel while camping. We were actually assigned a "premium" site right on the Chena River. It was very nice, with a great view. At $35/night (Good Sam rate) for full hook-ups, including sewer, cable TV, WiFI, a dumping station and on-site laundry; we were very happy.Perhaps the best value-added option afforded to guests is the transportation assistance they provided or coordinated for guests. On the night ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2010

River's Edge RV Park & Campground
River's Edge Resort, 4200 Boat Street
Fairbanks, Alaska 99709

Why Fairbanks in March?

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Aurora Borealis 3/15/07 Photo, Fairbanks, Alaska
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OK so if you've read my reviews from this trip with any attention to detail, you've noted the reference to coming to Fairbanks in March. Sure it's cold (on one 11 day trip, it didn't get above zero degrees Fahrenheit until my last day in town) and dark (around seven or eight hours of daylight), but this city comes ALIVE in March! As much as I thoroughly enjoyed our time here this summer (or was it early fall?) . . . I simply love Love LOVE Fairbanks in March.First and foremost in my book . . . the aurora borealis, aka northern lights! This is what first brought me here in March 07 and again with friends in March 08. The crisp cold and clear night skies are perfect for viewing (and phot...Read More