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The Ultimate Guide on Where to Stay in Homer, Alaska

The beach town of Homer is a favorite getaway spot for many Alaskans. With a 4.5-hour drive or quick, 1-hour flight from Anchorage, you can be standing on the shore of Kachemak Bay, looking for critters in tidepools and listening to water washing over the rocky beach. And it’s not only beautiful—Homer’s also famous for being a thriving artist community, having fantastic deepwater fishing for halibut, and offering fly-out excursions to see bears in nearby Lake Clark and Katmai national parks.

With so much to do and see, it’s not surprising that Homer boasts many great places to stay. Here are some can’t-miss options.

In Town, or Just Beyond

  • Ocean Shores features a water view from every room, as well as a trail down to a private beach. Most rooms have a private balcony, and you can book a room with a kitchenette.
  • In the heart of Old Town Homer, Driftwood Inn offers rooms, deluxe lodges, a family cottage, and an RV park—some of which come with views of Bishop’s Beach and Kachemak Bay. Here you’ll be within walking distance of coffee shops, bakeries, bookstores, restaurants, and the Homer visitor’s center.
  • Seafarer Suites is located on the main street of downtown Homer, within easy walking distance of restaurants and shops, and just a few miles away from all the activities on The Spit. All rooms have a full kitchen, and suites have a spectacular ocean view.
  • Baycrest Lodge is made up of pri­vate rentals set atop a 500-foot bluff over­look­ing Kachemak Bay. Most fea­ture pri­vate out­door salt­wa­ter hot tubs and all have high-end appli­ances, art from local artists, a Weber gas grill, and top-qual­i­ty and local­ly-made toiletries.
  • If you’re after a home-away-from-home feel, Paula’s Place B&B and Cozy Cove Inn are favorite local B&Bs.

Wilderness Lodges Across The Bay

If you want to unplug and immerse yourself in Alaska, a wilderness lodge is a perfect choice. These are boat-in or fly-in only—completely disconnected from Alaska’s road system. But disconnected doesn’t mean rustic. In fact, these lodges are far from it.

Relax while enjoying the rustic elegance at Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge

Relax while enjoying the rustic elegance at Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge

  • Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge, a 30-minute boat ride from Homer on the shores of the China Poot Bay estuary, has just five cabins and accommodates only 10–14 guests per week, ensuring a personal, intimate stay. The bay offers access to endless trails, beaches, and enchanting coves; it was this natural beauty that enticed founders Michael and Diane McBride to build the lodge almost 50 years ago.
  • Michael created another nearby oasis that’s even more intimate. Loonsong Lake Wilderness Lodge offers idyllic log chalets just a 15-minute floatplane ride from Homer, all surrounded by the 1 million-plus acres of Kachemak Bay State Wilderness Park and Kenai Fjords National Monument. Walk the trails, canoe on the lake, and enjoy meals prepared by the Loonsong chef.
  • Ridgewood Wilderness Lodge, in Halibut Cove, is an architectural marvel, featuring 360-degree wraparound decks with views of the mountains, ocean, and beaches, as well as secluded saltwater coves and estuaries. In between are manicured lawns and gardens surrounded by native Alaskan forest and vegetation. Your hosts at this secluded getaway are two sourdough Alaskans, Kevin and Lucinda Sidelinger, who are passionate about the activities they offer, including hiking, kayaking, wildlife viewing, and add-on excursions for fishing and fly-in bear viewing.
  • Enjoy the serenity of the intimate, all-inclusive Lodge at Otter Cove, which sits on a private beach just 20-minutes by water taxi from Homer. Family-run and completely renovated in 2022, the Lodge at Otter Cove offers five cozy, rustic cabins, 3 delicious meals a day, and a variety of activities to choose from.
  • Across Kachemak Bay, Treehouse Cove Lodge sits on a beach overlooking the shimmering waters of Seldovia Bay. Choose the Eagle's Nest Treehouse, an authentic oceanfront timber-frame treehouse which can sleep up to 4 people, or the Captain's Beach House, a timber-framed cabin just steps from your own private beach.

See the Bears

Homer is a popular jumping-off point for the quintessentially Alaskan experience of bear viewing, in Katmai and Lake Clark national parks. Alaska Ultimate Safaris Adventure Lodge is located at the apex of 15-mile-long Chinitna Bay, the southern edge of Lake Clark National Park. Cabins here are a unique blend of back-to-nature bliss and high-tech comfort, with 12-foot-high dome units set on wooden platforms with private decks and bay windows. You may see bears right out your front door, wandering through the meadow or fishing in the river. Or take guided excursions with your hosts to see even more of the magnificent creatures.

Hotels & Lodges View All

Hotels in Homer, and across the bay in Seldovia

Season: Year Round Visit website for rates

Pri­vate rentals set atop a 500-foot bluff right on the ocean, over­look­ing the shim­mer­ing waters of Kachemak Bay. Most of the homes fea­ture pri­vate out­door salt­wa­ter hot tubs and all have high-end appli­ances, art from local artists, a Weber gas grill, and top-qual­i­ty and local­ly-made toiletries.

Season: Year Round $189+ per night

This cozy, fam­i­ly-run hotel fea­tures a range of com­fort­able stu­dios and suites — some of which come with ocean views. Sea­far­er Suites is walk­ing dis­tance to local restau­rants and art gal­leries, and just a few miles away from the Homer Spit.

Season: Year Round Lodging $135+ | RV Park $65+ per night

Drift­wood Inn presents a vari­ety of lodg­ing options, includ­ing hotel rooms, deluxe lodges, a fam­i­ly cot­tage, and an RV park — all of which have great views of Bishop’s Beach and Kachemak Bay. This fam­i­ly-owned and ‑oper­at­ed inn and has free Wi-Fi, cof­feemak­ers in most rooms, and a cozy lob­by with a fire­place. And you’re with­in walk­ing dis­tance of cof­fee shops, bak­eries, book­stores, and restaurants.

Season: May 05 to Sep 29 $189+ per night

Not many hotels can say that every room has a great view, but Ocean Shores was designed that way. Each room fea­tures views of Kachemak Bay and the sur­round­ing moun­tains. Also the ocean front prop­er­ty has a nice path to our seclud­ed beach and tide pools of Kachemak Bay. Or explore the near­by town of Homer.

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Wilderness Lodges View All

Season: Year Round Summer $375+ per night | Winter $250+ per night

If you can’t decide whether you’d rather have sun­set or sun­rise views on vaca­tion, Between Beach­es Alas­ka 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. Choose from 6 cabins.

Season: May to September $1100 per adult, per night 2+ nights

Alaska’s Ridge­wood Wilder­ness Lodge is a pre­mier, full-ser­vice des­ti­na­tion lodge in Hal­ibut Cove adja­cent to the Kachemak Bay State Park. Your hosts under­stand that expe­ri­enc­ing Alaska’s great out­doors is a pri­ma­ry goal for those active in mind and spir­it, so they have designed numer­ous guid­ed adven­tures to choose from, includ­ing hik­ing, glac­i­er kayak­ing & wildlife view­ing. You can also add-on a fish­ing char­ter or bear view­ing tour during  ...more

Season: June 1 - Sept 15 $3500+ per person (private lodge, max six guests) 3 & 5 day all-inclusive packages

Your own idyl­lic log chalet —is sur­round­ed by more than a mil­lion acres of Kachemak Bay State Wilder­ness Park and Kenai Fjords Nation­al Mon­u­ment. Every day offers a first-class adven­ture. There are miles of love­ly hik­ing trails and trout fish­ing sup­plies are pro­vid­ed. You may ask the pilot to return and take you for a day of brown bear view­ing, or oth­er fly-out adven­ture! Immers­ing your­self in some of the best of Alas­ka involves just a  ...more

Season: May - September $849 - $1058 per person, per night all-inclusive 3-5 night exclusive camp buy-outs, 2 night non-exclusive stays

An epic ocean­front wilder­ness expe­ri­ence, on the beach in stun­ning Sel­dovia Bay, Alas­ka. Your hosts, Scott and Janet Ogan will help you taste the exhil­a­ra­tion of a true Alaskan expe­ri­ence in their off-grid, hand-craft­ed lodge. It’s a small, fam­i­ly run inti­mate expe­ri­ence. Their mis­sion To empow­er guests to recon­nect with their loved ones, and God’s cre­ation, through the extra­or­di­nary place, that we are stew­ards of, at Tree­house Cove Lodge.”  ...more

Season: May - September $3995+ per person, all-inclusive 3 days / 4 nights to 6 days / 7 night

Enjoy the seren­i­ty of this inti­mate, all-inclu­sive lodge, which sits on a pri­vate beach just a 20-minute water taxi ride from Homer. Fam­i­ly-run and com­plete­ly ren­o­vat­ed in 2022, the Lodge at Otter Cove offers 5 lux­u­ry cab­ins with 7 pri­vate rooms and 3 deli­cious meals a day. Choose your activ­i­ty each day from fish­ing, kayak­ing, hik­ing, and more. 

Season: May 28 to Aug 31 $7000 per person All-inclusive 5-night packages

The McBride Fam­i­ly has per­fect­ed their all-inclu­sive world-class Alaskan expe­ri­ence. Their amaz­ing local Alaskan team and pro­fes­sion­al guides will per­son­al­ize and cus­tomize your stay based on your inter­ests, the tides, and the weath­er. Your days can be qui­et and relax­ing or filled with action-packed adven­tures includ­ing sea kayak­ing, hik­ing, tide pool­ing, marine and wildlife view­ing, boat excur­sions, beach camp­fires, bird watch­ing, and more!  ...more

Season: July 1 - Aug 20 $1050+ per person 1 - 6 nights

See the bears of Lake Clark and Kat­mai Nation­al Park on their own turf at this bliss­ful­ly remote cab­in-based eco lodge. This is a glamp­ing expe­ri­ence with incred­i­ble views — both of the bears liv­ing in their own habi­tat, and of the nat­ur­al scenery that you get from your hosts, who also run Homer’s only heli­copter-based adven­ture safari company.

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Cabin & Vacation Rentals View All

Cabin rentals in Homer, and across the bay in Seldovia

Season: Year Round Summer $375+ per night | Winter $250+ per night

If you can’t decide whether you’d rather have sun­set or sun­rise views on vaca­tion, Between Beach­es Alas­ka 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. Choose from 6 cabins.

Season: May - September $849 - $1058 per person, per night all-inclusive 3-5 night exclusive camp buy-outs, 2 night non-exclusive stays

An epic ocean­front wilder­ness expe­ri­ence, on the beach in stun­ning Sel­dovia Bay, Alas­ka. Your hosts, Scott and Janet Ogan will help you taste the exhil­a­ra­tion of a true Alaskan expe­ri­ence in their off-grid, hand-craft­ed lodge. It’s a small, fam­i­ly run inti­mate expe­ri­ence. Their mis­sion To empow­er guests to recon­nect with their loved ones, and God’s cre­ation, through the extra­or­di­nary place, that we are stew­ards of, at Tree­house Cove Lodge.”  ...more

Season: Year Round Visit website for rates

Pri­vate rentals set atop a 500-foot bluff right on the ocean, over­look­ing the shim­mer­ing waters of Kachemak Bay. Most of the homes fea­ture pri­vate out­door salt­wa­ter hot tubs and all have high-end appli­ances, art from local artists, a Weber gas grill, and top-qual­i­ty and local­ly-made toiletries.

Season: May - September $3995+ per person, all-inclusive 3 days / 4 nights to 6 days / 7 night

Enjoy the seren­i­ty of this inti­mate, all-inclu­sive lodge, which sits on a pri­vate beach just a 20-minute water taxi ride from Homer. Fam­i­ly-run and com­plete­ly ren­o­vat­ed in 2022, the Lodge at Otter Cove offers 5 lux­u­ry cab­ins with 7 pri­vate rooms and 3 deli­cious meals a day. Choose your activ­i­ty each day from fish­ing, kayak­ing, hik­ing, and more. 

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Bear Viewing Lodges View All

Fly-in lodges, and boat-based bear viewing multi-day experiences accessible from Homer

Season: Jun 01 to Sep 04 $6595 to $6795 (+ internal air) 6 Days / 5 Nights

In the best way pos­si­ble. you’re out­num­bered by bears dur­ing your stay at this pri­vate fly-in wilder­ness camp. Fly by char­tered plane from Homer to Alas­ka Bear Camp on a 5‑night, 6‑day all-inclu­sive pack­age. This deluxe back­coun­try camp accom­mo­dates just 14 guests in some of the best bear habi­tat in the world. In con­trast to day trips cater­ing to dozens of vis­i­tors at a time, Bear Camp offers a rare and exclu­sive wilder­ness immersion.

Season: July 1 - Aug 20 $1050+ per person 1 - 6 nights

See the bears of Lake Clark and Kat­mai Nation­al Park on their own turf at this bliss­ful­ly remote cab­in-based eco lodge. This is a glamp­ing expe­ri­ence with incred­i­ble views — both of the bears liv­ing in their own habi­tat, and of the nat­ur­al scenery that you get from your hosts, who also run Homer’s only heli­copter-based adven­ture safari company.

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Bed & Breakfasts View All

Guests who come to this sun­ny, com­fort­able inn just out­side the main hub of Homer might be for­giv­en for doing a spin on the front-yard mead­ow and break­ing into The Sound of Music.” After all, own­er Mar­cel­la Suy­dam says that guests often tell her that this spot reminds them of the Alps — and no doubt, the hills here feel pret­ty alive.

At this year-round B&B just out­side the heart of Homer, the notion of being a guest takes on a new mean­ing. In her sun­ny two-sto­ry home, innkeep­er Paula caters to just one par­ty at a time — whether you are trav­el­ing on your own, or have up to six in your group. That means the B&B caters entire­ly to your needs dur­ing your stay — and you have easy access to quaint Homer, just out­side the doorstep.

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Fishing Lodges View All

Season: May - September $3995+ per person, all-inclusive 3 days / 4 nights to 6 days / 7 night

Enjoy the seren­i­ty of this inti­mate, all-inclu­sive lodge, which sits on a pri­vate beach just a 20-minute water taxi ride from Homer. Fam­i­ly-run and com­plete­ly ren­o­vat­ed in 2022, the Lodge at Otter Cove offers 5 lux­u­ry cab­ins with 7 pri­vate rooms and 3 deli­cious meals a day. Choose your activ­i­ty each day from fish­ing, kayak­ing, hik­ing, and more. 

Season: May - September $849 - $1058 per person, per night all-inclusive 3-5 night exclusive camp buy-outs, 2 night non-exclusive stays

An epic ocean­front wilder­ness expe­ri­ence, on the beach in stun­ning Sel­dovia Bay, Alas­ka. Your hosts, Scott and Janet Ogan will help you taste the exhil­a­ra­tion of a true Alaskan expe­ri­ence in their off-grid, hand-craft­ed lodge. It’s a small, fam­i­ly run inti­mate expe­ri­ence. Their mis­sion To empow­er guests to recon­nect with their loved ones, and God’s cre­ation, through the extra­or­di­nary place, that we are stew­ards of, at Tree­house Cove Lodge.”  ...more

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RV Parks & Campgrounds View All

Season: May 1 - Sept 30 Tent $30+, RV $70+

Ocean Shores offers amaz­ing views from all of its sites — plus, it’s warmer here than on the Homer Spit, since it’s not as windy. All sites have a pic­nic table and the side sites have fire pits. You’ll also find DirectTV, Wi-Fi, free show­ers as well as coin-oper­at­ed laundry.

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