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A July 2010 trip to Alaska by lwrbva

Alaska Scenic Railroad Photo, Alaska, United States More Photos
Quote: Trip to Denali then south to Seward, Homer, and Soldotna

Getting there

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Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park Photo, Glennallen, Alaska
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Our flight to Anchorage reminded us of when airline flying used to be fun and exciting. The captain descended below a cloud layer so we could keep our view of the magnificent Wrangell St. Elias National Park. This park can only be accessed by plane or boat. It has enormous glaciers, steep rocky cliffs, and massive snow fields as far as the eye can see. We took several pictures and they turned out well. The approach to Anchorage was also impressive in that the runway extends right to the edge of a cliff, so the airplane is over the water until just before touchdown. Even though we were tired from a long day of travel, we gathered the energy to walk from our downtown hotel to the Glacier Bre...Read More

Ramada Anchorage Downtown

Hotel | "Walking distance to Alaska Rail"

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The Ramada Anchorage is walking distance to Alaska Rail and to shops and restaurants downtown, which allowed us to put off getting a rental car. They have a shuttle service to/from the airport, which was useful so that we didn’t have to get a rental car, but it was every bit as bad as the other reviews we’ve read online. After waiting 40 minutes, the shuttle almost drove past us since they don’t keep track of how many people have actually called asking for the shuttle. They wouldn’t let us make a reservation (which their web site instructs you to do) because they say that they have a continuously operating shuttle to/from the airport during the summer.As far as the room, our air conditioner d...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 30, 2011

Ramada Anchorage Downtown
115 East 3rd Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
907-272-7561

Glacier Brewhouse

Restaurant | "Good beer and great peanut butter pie"

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Three out of the four of us liked it. I didn’t care for it – any of the three times we went. The food is outrageously expensive for pub food. They don’t really have burgers or traditional pub food. They have a lot of salmon and halibut, and it is expensive. The pizza was not particularly good. I’ll admit the fish was prepared well; I just object to the price (and I don’t like beer so it didn’t have that in its favor). Richard thought the beer was great, but my dad ended up preferring Alaskan Brewing Company beer rather than the Glacier Brewhouse house beers.The desserts were a hit all around, though. Richard LOVES the peanut butter pie. The bread pudding was also phenomenal. The crème...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 30, 2011

Glacier Brewhouse
737 West Fifth Ave
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
(907) 274-2739

Alaska Scenic Railroad

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Attraction | "Well worth the price"

Alaska Scenic Railroad Photo, Alaska, United States
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This was a great trip. It is a well-run operation, and the staff is very nice. They put airlines to shame. Even their baggage handling is amazing. They get the luggage to people’s hotels in Denali, and they get it off the train quickly back in Anchorage. The scenery was beautiful and varied, and we saw moose and birds and salmon from the train. The train passed through thick forests, along streams and rivers, and open areas affording views of mountain ranges. There were clearly drier areas with very different vegetation and other areas of ponds and marshes.The "adventure class" (PC for economy) was comfortable with much more room than an airplane, and had large, clean windows afford...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2011

Alaska Scenic Railroad
411 W 1st Ave
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
(907) 265-2494

Anchorage to Denali

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Stopped at Talkeetna Photo, Alaska, United States
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The rooms were big but basic. The breakfast buffet was minimal. They had a waffle machine, a few apples and oranges, cereal and hard boiled eggs. We caught the Alaska Railroad to Denali after breakfast. Checking in for the train was very straightforward, and the luggage handling much more straightforward than at any airport. When we boarded the train, we found that our car was not very crowded at all, although some of our neighboring passengers ended up being fairly obnoxious. The train ride was splendid. We saw a cow moose with a calf in the brush, we saw magnificent views of the Chugach Range, the Alaska Range and Mt. McKinley, and we saw a myriad of rivers, streams and lakes. We stood outsi...Read More

McKinley Chalet Resort

Hotel | "Great location with easy access to park entrance"

McKinley Chalet in Denali Park (Town) Photo, Denali, Alaska
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We booked the room as part of an Alaska Rail/Denali hotel package. The hotel met us at the train station, transferred our bag automatically all the way to our hotel room door, and bussed us to the hotel. The room was comfortable with a separate bedroom and sitting room. The bedroom had a twin and a double bed. The sink was in the bedroom, and the bathroom contained a shower and toilet, no tub. It is located within walking distance to a number of restaurants, and several restaurants offer free shuttle service to/from the resort. It is about 3 miles from the park, and there are sidewalks and trails the whole way. The resort also offers a free shuttle bus service to/from the visitor’s center at th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 30, 2011

McKinley Chalet Resort
MILEPOST 238
Denali National Park 99755
907-683-8200

Denali Park Salmon Bake Restaurant

Restaurant | "Texas in Alaska"

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For a group Texans, the Denali Park Salmon Bake was like walking into a typical Texas roadhouse (not the chain). The country music was playing, the tables were wooden picnic tables, and the beer and food was good. The biggest difference was the salmon and halibut on the menu. Everyone enjoyed their meal.Their menu offered box lunches, but when we tried to order them for the next day, they told us to go to the grocery down the street to get a cheaper lunch. Kudos for that too.They also run a free shuttle to many of the area restaurants. We used that service, and it was a great help to my parents as the Salmon Bake is the restaurant farthest from the McKinley Park Chalet Resort. The sh...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2011

Denali Park Salmon Bake Restaurant
238.5 Parks Hwy
Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska 99755
907-683-2733

North Face Lodge

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Hotel | "Really expensive but well worth it!"

North Face Lodge Photo, Denali, Alaska
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The experience starts with meeting the buses at the Denali Park train depot. The bus drivers are experienced and knowledgeable guides, who actually lead the hikes during the stay. (Their driving capabilities are pretty impressive too!) Admittedly, we had unbelievable weather during our stay, which may have affected our impression of the Lodge. We saw grizzlies with cubs, bull and cow moose, caribou, wolves (from a great distance), Dall sheep and lots of waterfowl from the bus heading in and out of the park.The Lodge itself is very near the end of the park road, close to Wonder Lake, and has a view of Mt. McKinley that is breathtaking. We sat at meals looking out the window at McKinley! The...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 30, 2011

North Face Lodge
1.5 miles from Wonder Lake
Denali National Park and Preserve 99755
(907) 683-2290

Inside Denali

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Bear Burrito Photo, Denali, Alaska
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Richard got up early and went running. Again. There was easy access from the Resort to the Denali Park Entrance area via sidewalks and trails. He did a loop trail (about 7 miles) through the park entrance area and as he got to a clearing he nearly ran into moose! Although they were initially startled and moved away (he moved away as well), they went back to grazing. He got some great photos of a cow and calf. (Yes, he took the camera running.) He said that they sounded like horses eating. It was an amazing experience seeing such large animals so close.We ate breakfast at the buffet at the restaurant on site, which had really good breakfast! We had pancakes and sausage and scrambled eggs...Read More

Life at North Face Lodge

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Dall Sheep (Rams) Photo, Denali, Alaska
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Day 4The dinner bell summoned us to breakfast. The food was wonderful. Each morning there was a warm cereal (different each morning), cold cereal, and a plated breakfast. The staff took real pride in each meal and explained what we were being served as the food was brought out. After breakfast, the day’s field trip options were described, and we had to select from the Strenuous, Moderate or "Naturalist Foray" options. The Strenuous option was described as "destination oriented," presumably meaning that come hell or high water you were going to get there. At the other end of the spectrum, was the Naturalist Foray, which was described as a "vehicle-based excursion." Having said that, ...Read More

Back through Denali

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Us in front of McKinley again Photo, Denali, Alaska
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Amazingly, the bad weather had blown off, and the clouds were clearing. Our last day in the park was going to be another with great views and great photos. We left our bags by the door when the breakfast bell rang (as instructed the night before) and headed to our last breakfast at North Face Lodge. Breakfast, as always, was delicious, then we boarded the bus for the ride out of the park.We stopped by Wonder Lake and Mirror Lake for pictures and stopped again when we came across a 2-year old grizzly walking down the road. We got some very good photos of that bear. We had many more fabulous views of McKinley as we wound our way out of the park. Near the end of the road, we saw our first car...Read More
Potter Marsh Photo, Anchorage, Alaska
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Dad and I took the hotel shuttle to the airport and picked up our rental cars. While we were getting the cars, Richard went for another run on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail – a bike path that goes from downtown Anchorage, along the coast, and past the airport. The trail goes through a wildlife marsh before climbing along the cliff near the airport. There are signs advising on how to deal with a moose encounter, but Richard didn’t see one. He did see several red-necked grebes at the marsh.Laura’s parents loaded up their car and headed off toward Seward. Richard and Laura loaded up their car and headed to the Potter Marsh just outside Anchorage. We saw red-necked grebe, bald eagle, Arctic t...Read More

The Beach House

Hotel | "Best Value"

The Beach House Photo, Seward, Alaska
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Unlike nearly every other accommodation and activity on our entire trip, The Beach House was truly a good value. It was not expensive and was nice. It was actually less expensive than most of the hotels in town, and it comfortably slept 4.We had house #2, which had a downstairs bedroom and an upstairs loft – both queen beds. There was a large living/dining/kitchen area. It had a full kitchen, full size fridge, and was stocked with dishes and pots/pans. The bathroom is small, but it is a full bath. There is also a small enclosed porch area for boots and raingear. There is a barbeque or fire pit out back, which is shared with the other houses, but we didn’t use it and can’t really comment o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 30, 2011

The Beach House
14065 Beach Drive
Lowell Point, Seward 99664

Adventure Sixty North

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Attraction | "Glacier kayaking"

Adventure Sixty North Photo, Seward, Alaska
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When we arrived, they had gear ready for us, including boots and rain jackets. That was nice because it kept our usual rain gear from getting smelly from the boats. They shuttled us to the boat harbor, where we caught a water taxi to Ailik Bay. We stopped a few times on the way out to see humpback whales and other wildlife. When we got to the bay, our guide (Joel) set up the kayaks and gear while we watched a black bear nearby.Joel was friendly, skilled and knowledgeable. We enjoyed kayaking and chatting with him as we went. He gave us some refreshers on our paddling since it had been awhile. We were able to get close to a glacier and watch it calving with big chunks of ice falling off in...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2011

Adventure Sixty North
11421 Seward Highway
Seward, Alaska 99664
907-224-2600

Adventure Sixty North Photo, Seward, Alaska
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Richard and Laura went on a day trip with Adventure 60 North. We took a boat out to the Aialik Bay and kayaked around the bay and near the glacier. The boat, the "Weather or Knot," took several separate groups out to the bay for kayaking. Our guide, Joel, pointed out wildlife from the boat along the way. We saw puffins and a humpback whale and Dall’s porpoise. We saw Stellar sea lions. Joel pointed out features of the geography too.The boat crew and kayak guides unloaded the kayaks from the boat. While they did that, we walked over to a small rise and watched a black bear in the tall grass not far away.After a safety briefing, we paddled off the beach and along the shoreline towards...Read More

Hiking Exit Glacier

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Harding Ice Field Photo, Alaska, United States
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Laura and Richard drove into the Kenai Fiords National Park for a day of hiking. The park’s only road ends at the visitor center near the base of Exit Glacier. There are several shorter walks around the visitor center that go up near the glacier. A much longer walk climbs up the mountain to the base of the Harding Icefield. We took this trail and were treated to some incredible views of the glacier, the valley, and the surrounding mountain ranges. It was quite impressive getting a view of the glacier from above. We stopped for a break and saw some dots out on the glacier. We got out the binoculars and saw some hikers far away making slow progress up the ice sheet. On the other side of the glac...Read More

Harbor Street Creamery

Restaurant | "Not much of an impression"

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This place served ice cream (big surprise for a creamery) and was located in the Seward Small Boat Harbor. Like the bakery next door, the place really didn’t leave much of an impression. If you’re in the mood for ice cream, it may be worth a stop, but I think the chocolate store in downtown Seward is a better dessert option.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2011

Harbor Street Creamery
Seward Small Boat Harbor
Seward 99664
(907) 224-8818

Kenai Fjords Tours

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Attraction | "Orcas, and Humpbacks, and Puffins, Oh My!"

Kenai Fjords Tours Photo, Seward, Alaska
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We took the Northwestern Fiord Wildlife Cruise. This is the longest wildlife cruise available out of Seward Harbor. It goes to the northwestern fiord deep within Kenai Fiords National Park. It then loops outward to the Bay of Alaska, passing by many different islands en route. The captain of the boat customizes the route based on where wildlife has been recently spotted. We most definitely did not take a direct route in our out and that was fortunate. We saw two different pods of orcas, one very close to the boat. We saw humpback whales on several different occasions during the trip. Other mammals we saw included sea otters, sea lions, harbor seals, and mountain goats. The harbor seals were e...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2011

Kenai Fjords Tours
Small Boat Hbr
Seward, Alaska 99664
(907) 224-8068

Seaplane Flying in Moose Pass

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Moose Pass Photo, Alaska, United States
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Richard, already a single-engine land pilot and flight instructor, took a sea-plane lesson in a Piper Super Cub on floats. Located in Moose Pass (about 30 miles inland from Seward), Alaska Float Ratings offers seaplane instruction for pilots, as well as sight-seeing flights for everyone that tour around the Kenai Peninsula. Seaplanes provided an entirely different kind of flying experience. Getting into the small plane (even by single engine standards) was way more involved than opening the door and stepping in. A good part of my first lesson was spent learning how to balance on the float and pull myself into the small front-seat cabin. The instructor sat in the back. After my struggle getting i...Read More

Trail Lake Lodge Restuarant

Restaurant | "Yummy halibut quesadilla"

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Moose Pass is a small community on the Seward Highway about 30 miles before reaching Seward. Trail Lake Lodge is right off the main road and is easy to find. Richard stopped for lunch in between a few seaplane flights at the dock just down the street. The menu included standard fare, with an emphasis on local seafood. I can’t say I’ve ever tried a halibut quesadilla before, but can still say that this one was great. The halibut was well prepared and nicely complemented the soft cheese and salsa. They also had homemade pies and I can highly recommend a slice of the chocolate peanut butter pie.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2011

Trail Lake Lodge Restuarant
Mile 29.5 Seward Highway
Moose Pass
800-865-0201

Bakery at the Harbor

Restaurant | "Not bad, but disappointing"

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We got very ordinary sandwiches that were passable as trail food. The place is open for breakfast and lunch and the sandwich line was long in the morning. I suppose they can’t be held responsible for the screaming kid rolling around on the floor. If you need a lunch to take on the trail, this place will work, but it’s probably not worth going out of your way for. We always hope the local, small business will stand out, but the massive,chain grocery store had better food. They weren’t as good as the Safeway sandwiches we were provided on our kayak trip.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 1, 2011

Bakery at the Harbor
1210 4th Ave
Seward, Alaska 99664
9072246091

Lombardo's Eatery

Restaurant | "Standard fare"

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Wanting a relatively quick bite to eat, we picked up two pizza’s from Lombardo’s to take back to the Beach House to eat. The pizza was fine – nothing to write home about, so to speak. The crust was relatively thick for a thin crust pizza (not deep-dish). The tomato sauce was good, but again, no special tang or bite to it. The cheese was a little too thick for my liking. Since I get cheese pizzas, that seems an odd complaint, but the cheese was so thick that I felt like I might as well just take bite after bite out of a mozzarella ball. Richard’s was a meat pizza. It wasn’t greasy, which is always positive mark for pizza, in our view. The food was fairly fast, though, and wasn’t too expensive, ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 1, 2011

Lombardo's Eatery
306 North Harbor Street
Seward
(907) 224-5055

Salmon Bake Restaurant

Restaurant | "Good food and beer - rustic setting"

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We all enjoyed the food here. It is a rustic cabin, with exposed wooden beams and wooden tables and chairs. Drinks were served in Mason jars. The food was excellent; they have salmon as you might expect. There were other options, though, and the ribs and halibut were good too. The line was long, but the wait wasn’t bad at all. It is a little ways outside of town on the Exit Glacier road. They had a lot of Alaskan microbrews on tap and the ubiquitous Alaskan Amber in bottles. Just a fun, friendly place with good food.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2011

Salmon Bake Restaurant
Exit Glacier Road
Seward, Alaska 99664
(907) 224-4752

Crab Pot Restaurant

Restaurant | "Crab - what else?"

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The King crab is the highlight here. You can choose your crab and meet it before it meets its end. You can even hold it and get your picture taken with it (put on the wall). You’ll have to take your own picture if you want to keep it. They do not have a liquor license. Other reviews online discuss wine/beer, but those must be old reviews.The crab is good, and this is a stop worth making. It is expensive, though, and they were only accepting cash when we went. The "ambience" is odd. In some ways, it looks like it might have once been set up like a fancy steak restaurant going for a romantic atmosphere with thick plush carpet, and a maroon and black color scheme with dim lighting. Now, th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2011

Crab Pot Restaurant
303 Adams St
Seward, Alaska 99664
9072242200

Breeze Inn Restaurant and Lounge

Restaurant | "Awful"

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My parents ate here, so I’m not speaking from personal experience. They said that the food was awful, and the service was worse. Go someplace else.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 1, 2011

Breeze Inn Restaurant and Lounge
The Breeze Inn
Seward, Alaska 99664
(907) 224-5238

Seward to Homer and Beyond

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We left the Beach House and Seward in the morning, en route to Homer and the Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge. The drive traces a good part of the Kenai Peninsula, a fairly rugged area with thick forests and mountains meeting the sea. There are plenty of good spots along the way for hiking or picnicking. We didn’t have too much of a chance to stop though, as we had to catch a water shuttle in Homer. We ate lunch at Odie’s Deli in Soldotna and then continued along to Homer. We had been advised by Sadie Cove that we should get fishing licenses and bait in Homer to have for our time at the Lodge. To keep a King Salmon, it’s necessary to have a separate stamp on the license. They were fairly expensive, ...Read More

Sport Shed

Attraction | "Basic service"

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We got our fishing licenses here, and they filled out the paperwork needed. That was the extent of the helpfulness of the staff. The guy who "helped" us didn’t really want to answer any questions and clearly hoped we would just sign the form and leave. We also got herring to go halibut fishing here, but again, they weren’t terribly helpful or friendly when we asked for assistance with what type of bait we should get.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 1, 2011

Sport Shed
3815 Homer Spit Road # A
Homer
(907) 235-5562

Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge

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Hotel | "Not all it’s cracked up to be"

Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge Photo, Alaska, United States
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Sadie Cove is a quiet BIG cove across the Katchemak Bay from Homer. "Cove" sounds like a small protected inlet, but this is actually a fairly large (and deep) body of water. It is affected by tides and wind and can get quite choppy. The Wilderness Lodge is located at the bend in the cove and is run by Randi and Keith Iverson. The Lodge advertises that the following activities are available at the lodge: kayaking, hiking, and fishing from the floating dock. These activities are available -- to some degree, some of the time. We kayaked to the end (inside) of the cove and saw lots of starfish, pretty waterfalls, waterfowl, and a sea otter. It was a nice kayak trip, but after looking at...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 30, 2011

Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge
Kachemak Bay State Park Box 2265
Homer, Alaska 99603
(907) 235-2350

Sadie Cove

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Sadie Cove Photo, Alaska, United States
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After breakfast, Richard got ready for a trail run along the trail leading from the back of the lodge. It was only supposed to be a few miles to the end and we understood it to be fairly well-maintained. It was for the first few switchbacks, but I quickly gave up the idea of a run and settled into a hiking pace. About a mile in, the trail practically disappeared and it became a bushwhack. As it turned out, it was built by connecting between game trails. Animals are of course much more adept at maneuvering through thick brush and low overhang. Progress was extremely slow and I was well aware that the conditions had all of the makings of a sudden bear encounter. I yelled out continuously and was ...Read More

Mako's Water Taxi

Attraction | "What a racket!"

Mako's Water Taxi Photo, Homer, Alaska
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The service was functional. The staff was friendly. The prices were atrocious. Prices are per person. Imagine taking a taxi across town and paying per person! The pricing scheme makes no sense, other than that it clearly is a scheme to bring in the dough. Perhaps the other water taxis are equally ridiculous.We took the taxi from Homer to Sadie Cove and back, and we also took it from Sadie Cove to Seldovia and back. The price quoted changed several times for the Seldovia trip, but what we ended up paying was $75 per person round trip for a 15 minute (each way) boat ride.We also saw a guy walk up, who asked about a ride the following day, and was told that if he showed up and paid the...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 1, 2011

Mako's Water Taxi
Kachemak Bay
Homer

Soldotna Alaska Bed & Breakfast Fishing Lodge

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Hotel | "Fishing Charter Service"

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The lodge arranges salmon charters. We did not stay at the lodge; we just used their charter service. We arrived early to pick up our bagged lunch and rain gear. The Lodge provided heavy yellow rain coats and waders. They also had boots, but a couple coming in from fishing said that we wouldn’t need them. (We didn’t.) The rain coats were mostly helpful to keep warm, as the wind was quite chilly on the river. Richard and I had Dan France as our King salmon fishing guide. We thought he was a pretty good guide. He took us down river first, and when we weren’t getting a bite, he took us to lots of different places to try out. Even though we weren’t getting a bite, he continuously tried d...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 30, 2011

Soldotna Alaska Bed & Breakfast Fishing Lodge
399 Lovers Lane
Soldotna 99669
907-262-4779

Holly House Bed and Breakfast

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Hotel | "Best find"

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We reserved our lodging in Soldotna rather late in the season (May for a July stay), so only one of the two guest rooms was still available. Laura’s parents took the room and all of us benefited from this choice. The owner George built the house and the fishing dock. It was a beautiful 3-story house on the Kenai River. The 2nd floor had a large guest kitchen and dining area where breakfast was served and guests were allowed to use the kitchen for other meals. The large outdoor grill was also available. George’s hospitality went far beyond what we could have expected. Even though Laura and Richard were not staying at the house, we were still invited to fish from the dock, provided loaner fishing...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2011

Holly House Bed and Breakfast
220 Small Circle Street
Soldotna, Alaska 99669

Alaska Canoe and Campground

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Attraction | "Cheap fishing gear!"

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We really wanted to give them an amazing rating, and we can in most respects. The prices are phenomenal, even for the lower 48. In Alaska, the prices are unheard of. The gear was in good condition, except for one rod that was missing a piece. We rented a canoe (car-top gear to carry the canoe and life jackets were included in canoe price), pontoons for the canoe, 2 rods, ice chest, and a "tackle box." They seemed to have much more gear available, so our reservation probably wasn’t even necessary. The tackle box was laughable; it was about ½ in deep and 4X6 inches. You can imagine what it had and did not have in it. We bought pliers, bobbers and a few other "essentials" that weren’t included. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2011

Alaska Canoe and Campground
35292 Sterling Highway
Sterling, AK
907-262-2331

Alaska Seafoods Direct

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Attraction | "Your Fish Sent Home"

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This was by far the largest fish processing outfit in the area. It didn’t look to be a fly-by-night operation like many other fish processing places we saw. They’ll clean, filet, vacuum seal, and flash freeze fish that people have caught themselves. There’s also an option to have your fish smoked. It’s an efficient operation. When you arrive, there’s an outdoor area to check in where they weigh your fish and examine its condition. Since they charge by the pound, you pay a bit less if you’ve already cleaned the fish. It’s possible to fish for multiple days and add fish to the same order each day. They’re open late, so you can fish and then drop off your fish at the end of the day. When your or...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2011

Alaska Seafoods Direct
35722 Kenai Spur Highway
Soldotna
(907) 262-6070

Bear's Den Restaurant and Bakery

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Restaurant | "Bakery? Are you kidding?"

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This was the worst food of the trip. No question about it. Richard’s pasta was drowning in sauce. My food was ok but certainly not worth the $27 for a basic entrée. The prices were high. Service was passable but not really good. But the truly shocking thing was dessert. They use the word "bakery" in their name. They have a variety of "cream pies" available for dessert. The pies were individual pies – not a good homemade style slice of pie. The crust was awful. Any frozen grocery store crust would be better. And the filling…ugh. Richard’s was "chocolate". I suppose it bore some slight resemblance to the chocolate pudding they served in the high school cafeteria, but it wasn’t partic...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 1, 2011

Bear's Den Restaurant and Bakery
45015 Kalifornsky Beach Rd
Soldotna, Alaska 99669
9072626546

Odie's Deli

Restaurant | "Enormous sandwiches"

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We stopped here for a quick lunch on our way to Homer. They have fresh baked bread, and it is a pretty typical deli other than the size of their sandwiches. I would love to see the pans they use to bake bread. The "half" of a sandwich is slightly larger than a normal size of bread! The soup was lacking in flavor. Service is fast food style – order at the counter, pay, wait for them to call, and sit at ordinary fast food restaurant tables. Nothing fancy, but more than enough food.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2011

Odie's Deli
35228 Kenai Spur Highway
Soldotna, Alaska
9072603255

Sterling Needle Bed and Breakfast

Hotel | "Comfortable, friendly B&B￿"

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We booked in Soldotna late, and most places were already unavailable. Thank goodness! We happened upon Sterling Needle B&B online, and it turned out to be a great place to stay. The rooms are bedrooms in a house – all one level (no hauling luggage upstairs). The bathroom was really neat! They had essentially converted a large closet into a bathroom. The sink was in the bedroom area, and the shower and toilet were in separate halves of the closet behind a sliding mirrored door. Ingenious, and it provides a private bath, which can be hard to find in a B&B.Breakfast was served on our schedule. It was served at a bar by the kitchen, and they served eggs, biscuits and gravy, pancakes ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 30, 2011

Sterling Needle Bed and Breakfast
355 Fairway Circle
Soldotna 99669
(907) 262-3506