Alaskan cabins and lodges

May 5, 2004
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Alaskan cabins and lodges
Question: Bed and breakfasts in Alaska, a cheap airline within Alaska for a flight between Juneau and Anchorage

Mike Dobek
Kissimmee, FL
[email protected]

To avoid the park's campsite-reservations madness, try Denali Cabins.
Adventure Adviser: Not sure where in Alaska you're looking to stay, so I'll just throw out a few B&B possibilities.

If you're heading up toward Denali National Park, escape the park's inevitable campsite-reservation madness and try the Denali Cabins, about eight miles south of the park entrance. After hiking your brains out for a day or, say, five, soak your weary limbs in their two outdoor hot tubs and then crash in one of their 43 cedar cabins, complete with outrageously beautiful views. All this can be yours for a pretty reasonable $84-$124 per night. Call 907-258-0134 for reservations and info.

Another good bet is Tutka Bay Lodge, a cluster of woodsy cottages on the Kenai Peninsula. Getting there from Anchorage means either driving (225 road miles) or flying to Homer and then hopping a boat or a commercial plane to the lodge. But once you're there, you'll have plenty to keep you busy--from clamming and sea kayaking in Tutka Bay to hiking through the surrounding Sitka spruce forest. The wildlife viewing is pretty phenomenal too: Expect to see bald eagles, puffins, otters, and seals, or pay extra for a brown bear-sighting day trip via float plane.

The $275 per person, per night rate is pretty steep, until you realize that nearly everything--gourmet meals, most activities, guide service, and round-trip boat transportation from Homer--is included. For more details, call 800-606-3909, or check out our write-up in the Destinations section of our May 1991 issue. As for inexpensive flights within Alaska, your best bet is Alaska Airlines, where $102 will buy you a one-way flight between Juneau and Anchorage; call 800-426-0333 for more details.

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