This little hamlet at the edge on Kachemak Bay exudes charms and borders the massive Chugach National Forest, making it an ideal base camp for day trippers.
The 6.5-mile Grewingk Glacier Trail begins with a meander through spruce and cottonwood forest, but eventually gives way to open flats and a dry, gravelly glacier drainage. After crossing Grewingk Creek, you’ll climb Foehn Ridge and be rewarded with views of the icy blue glacier. Descend the ridge and cruise over flatlands to reach Grewingk Glacier Lake. Keep an eye out for black bears, which are plentiful in the area.
Trailhead: Take a water taxi across Kachemak Bay from Homer to Glacier Spit Trailhead in Kachemak Bay State Park. Arrange for pick-up later in the day or camp here and get picked up in the morning.
One of the most popular routes for local runners, the 6.7-mile Homestead Trail winds from the top of Baycrest Hill through forests, meadows and over streams to reach the city’s reservoir. The well-marked and maintained trail, which follows carless dirt roads for a few miles, is a great place to ogle Mount Iliamna and Mount Redoubt, two massive volcanoes looming on the other side of Cook Inlet.
Trailhead: Head north out of town on the Sterling Hwy and turn right on Rogers Loop Rd across from the Bay View Inn. Trailhead is 1⁄2 mile up the road on the right.
Grewingk Glacier: Take a water taxi across Kachemak Bay from Homer to Glacier Spit Trailhead in Kachemak Bay State Park. Arrange for pick-up later in the day or camp here and get picked up in the morning.
Homestead: Head north out of town on the Sterling Hwy and turn right on Rogers Loop Road across from the Bay View Inn. The trailhead is half a mile up the road on the right.
The Alaska Beach House, a cozy bed and breakfast, provides awesome views of the bay, a hot tub, and a beachside fire pit (starts at $129, two-night minimum).
The Mermaid Café, which doubles as a bed and breakfast and used bookstore, serves up tasty local food like Thai halibut chowder and veggie panini’s made with home-grown produce. If you’re spent on fish, try Fat Olive’s, where you can get solid Italian food in a pleasant atmosphere with good service. No trip to Homer is complete with a visit to the iconic Salty Dawg Saloon for a beer or bloody mary.