Sitka //Rent a lighthouse, all to yourself
Lighthouses have long inspired fascination, but getting to sleep in one is a special treat. This vacation rental ups the ante by also offering a wonderfully unique way to see wildlife and explore a tranquil island, a five-minute water taxi ride from Sitka. With two bedrooms, the lighthouse sleeps about 6. The main level has a full kitchen, living room, dining room, and full bathroom—and outside decks that wrap around the entire property.
This private lodging business may be the ultimate way for independent travelers to stay in the famously just-off-the-grid McCarthy. They're located just before the footbridge leading into town, so you can park your car right by your private guest house —without the hassle of parking and having your stuff schlepped over the bridge. A favorite among locals and visitors alike, the modern guest houses have great views of the Wrangell St. Elias National Park from their decks. You will also find full kitchens, solar power and free access to a seasonal veggie garden to supplement your meals.
Girdwood //Just 40 minutes from Anchorage
Just 35 minutes from Anchorage lies this cozy getaway with 3 log cabins—perfect for families or any traveler looking for unique accommodations with a local feel, as well as kitchens and privacy. Alyeska Hideaway is situated on a dead-end road that backs up to Chugach National Forest and its towering trees. All 3 cabins have outdoor decks with chairs; coffee, tea, and cocoa are provided; and BBQ and fire pits are available upon request.
Seward //Cozy rentals near town, or private yurts across Resurrection Bay
Experience complete immersion in the wonders of wild coastal Alaska, and stay in spacious, bright yurts (circular, reinforced tent-like structures) on a private one-acre island. Inside, the yurts are warm and comfy, outside you'll find private decks, as well as boardwalks and fire rings. They also provide complimentary sea kayaks, rowboat, and fishing gear. All of this is just a 9-mile boat ride from the Seward Boat Harbor.
This fly-in-only lodge features two secluded chalets set amid a stunning mixture of sea, forest, and a glacier-formed lake. Enjoy guided walks, custom zodiac tours on the lake, bonfires on the beach, and relaxation at your private chalet. Each chalet is equipped with its own kitchen and food is semi self-catered. Hosts provide the non-perishable staples (potatoes, grains, spices, coffee, etc.) and you bring in the fresh produce and meat you’d like to cook up during your stay! Spend a night, a week, or more.
This tiny cove, 10 miles from Seward, offers a combination of unplugged bliss, cool yurt living, and a kayaker’s paradise. The two “unplugged” yurts each come with a queen-size bed and full size sofa bed, a table and chairs, linens, and a kitchenette. You get unlimited use of kayaks during your stay—and given the amount of sunlight during summer, that means you can be paddling in and out of coves at midnight if you feel like it!
Located just outside Seward, the Abode Well Cabins are tucked back amidst four acres of trees. Of the 13 available rooms, six are King Cabins (which includes a kitchenette and sleeps up to three) and one is a "family cabin," which has a full kitchen, separate bedrooms and sleeps up to eight with two queen beds, two twins, plus a queen-size sleeper sofa. There are also six Queen Studio Rooms available, with similar amenities to the King Cabins.
Talkeetna //Cozy cabins, close to downtown Talkeetna
In downtown Talkeetna you can meet local artists, gold miners, and intrepid mountaineers, along with some of the town’s original homesteaders, like Don Devore. He and his wife Mavis offer homey lodging options at Denali Fireside Cabins & Suites within walking distance to Talkeetna’s varied activities. Their facility is sparkling clean, well maintained, and beautifully decorated.
Homer //Cabin rentals across Kachemak Bay
Otter Beach Lodges makes for an intimate Alaskan stay. Just 13 luxury units (7, 1-3 bedroom lodges and 6 efficiency apartments) make up this property in Homer, offering plenty of privacy and featuring stunning water and mountain views. Plus, the property is within walking distance of Homer’s great restaurants, as well as its art galleries and shops. It’s also close to the docks—perfect for those leaving on early-morning fishing charter trips.
The view will likely be the first thing you notice at Alaskan Suites. Set about 20 feet from the edge of a bluff, the property features incredible views of Kachemak Bay, Cook Inlet, and the mountains beyond. It’s a view you can take in from the five romantically rustic cabins, the common-area hot tub, or the campfire pit. Do as most guests do: maximize your time here by staying at least two nights.
If you can’t decide whether you’d rather have sunset or sunrise views on vacation, this cabin experience is perfect. Perched on a spit near Seldovia that offers both East and West water views, this idyllic spot also offers the chance to watch whales, otters, seals, shorebirds and eagles while enjoying the tranquility of a unique setting.
May - September
If you are looking for an Alaskan getaway that is beautiful, remote and rustic, Otter Cove makes the perfect destination. Located in Eldred Passage, a short water taxi trip from Homer, Otter Cove lets you explore this idyllic corner of Alaska by kayaking, hiking, wandering a beach, taking photos or just relaxing. You can even stay the night in Otter Cove’s cabins, nestled in the lush coastal forest off Kachemak Bay.
Serenity and privacy are paramount at this intimate collection of five romantically rustic vacation rentals. Underground cabins and a yurt are just some of the unique rooms that make up this Homer property, all perched on a bluff with spectacular views of Kachemak Bay and the mountains beyond.
Denali //Stay near Denali National Park in the privacy of your own cabin
The family-run Denali Grizzly Bear Resort offers a variety of accommodations, great amenities, and amazing views of mountains and the Nenana River. And its location, six miles south of the Denali National Park Visitors Center but outside the main tourist area, means you’ll have easy park access without feeling crowded. Choose from their hotel rooms, private cabins, or campground.