on September 23, 2010
They call this area the glacier valley and given its proximity to Kenai Fjord’s Exit Glacier, the Seward Windsong Lodge makes for a perfect location to take in the beauty of Alaska while still being close to the small harbor town of Seward (just two miles away). It is easy to forget about other people when you stay at this rather small venue comprised of 180 rooms in 15 rustic cabin style buildings. We were in the "Windflower" building which was at the far end of the property, but was perfect given the large parking lot that was shared with the restaurant. Our second floor room was modestly decorated, true to the rustic lodge feeling of the area. With two queen size beds and a small sitting area, we had plenty of space. The only quirky thing that we thought was strange was that the sink and vanity was in the main sleeping area right next to one of the beds. While we’ve seen the sink/vanity outside of the bathroom itself, I don’t think I’ve ever seen it literally next to a bed. This made it difficult to wash your hands or do anything in the sink without disturbing the sleep of someone still in bed.Although tucked away between the Chugach Mountains and the Resurrection River, guests will feel they can enjoy all of the amenities of larger city type lodging. In room coffee makers, hair dryers, flat screen TV’s with DVD players and free WiFi provide the creature comforts us city-folk enjoy. In the main lodge building, where you check in/out, there was a business center with computers, a coffee bar and a gift shop.Once you have checked in, you can park your vehicle and utilize their complimentary shuttle bus service. This was particularly nice for us so that we wouldn’t have to drive the big RV into town and try to find accessible and convenient parking.There are a number of room types available at the Seward Windsong Lodge. In reviewing rates, you can generally expect to pay between $150 and $400 per night. For a standard room, the daily rack rate on our room for this time of the year was $200. As with many lodging choices throughout Alaska, time of the year will come into play on room rates. NOTE: They do close for the off-season and have not posted their 2011 rates yet, so check out their website and subscribe for more information when it becomes available. As a point of reference, for 2010 their season was May 15 through September 12.Adjacent to the Windsong Lodge is the Resurrection Roadhouse Restaurant typically featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner. Given our stay was near the end of their season, the restaurant was not open for lunch while we were there. We enjoyed the halibut fish and chips dinner on our first night while staying here. Unfortunately, we also enjoyed (and filled up on) the calamari appetizer so as good as our dinners were, we couldn’t finish all of large portion given. Dinner came to $75 including soft drinks, tax and gratuity.The next morning we had a bit of a tight schedule and the breakfast buffet seemed to be the best option at $17/person. There were a lot of options to choose from including fruit, muffins and other breads, and a hot foods area including the usual choices like scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon and sausage as well as toaster sized waffles. Juice and coffee or tea were included in the buffet price. While we had plenty to eat before they started to clear the buffet around 9:00a, we were disappointed at the dining behaviors of a large group that was bused in from Anchorage en route to the Kenai Fjords Tour (which was where we were headed after breakfast as well). Several of their guests were observed snitching food from the buffet as they stuffed ziplock baggies into purses and jacket pockets. TSK TSK TSK!I enjoyed the views around the lodge including the mountains in front of the main road as well as Resurrection River. We had hoped to see one of the resident black bears that were known to be living in the area, but that didn’t happen.
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