May to September
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.
Memorial Day weekend to September 30
Discover cozy cabins, great food, and big Alaskan adventures at this intimate lodge that sits on the edge of the wilderness yet is super-accessible from Anchorage. It lies tucked in at the back of the Knik River Valley and at the end of Knik River Road, where Alaska’s real wilderness opens up, with mountain and river views—but without a flight or long drive. It’s the perfect place to escape for a few days, with lots of activities available from the lodge.
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.
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.
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.
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. The rate includes transportation to and from the lodge, kayaks, dinner prepared by your hosts, and access to a pantry of items to supplement breakfast, lunch, and snacking. Each chalet is equipped with its own kitchen.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
History, fun, and massive portions of food come together at this institution, which was built over 3 years starting in 1914. Aside from stopping by for a bite to eat, you can book accommodations at the Talkeetna Roadhouse. Choose from a variety of cozy rooms in the main roadhouse and wake up the smell of fresh baked goods from the Kitchen in the morning. Or, for a more private experience, book one of the cabins out back or the Museum Apartment at the end of the block.
Lee and Jess Tenhoff started constructing tough, quality yurts in 1995 and since then they have worked with the Alaska State Park system to place nine yurts across the Katchemak Bay from Homer. Each of the yurts is in a picturesque location and provides a home base for adventure.