One of the newest B&Bs near Wasilla, the Alpine Rose Inn opened in 2009, after the Rush family spent 15 years building it. Retired firefighter, master cabinet-maker, and matriarch Diane Rush led the crew; today, visitors will find her ornate woodwork throughout the Inn, from the oak cabinets and crown molding to the towel racks in the private bathrooms. And since the family now lives next door (daughter Tracy Woelfel manages the Inn), you’ll get the Alaskan B&B experience combined with the privacy of a lodge.
The Alpine Rose Inn sits on six acres, with a large grass lawn leading up to the forest and big views of Pioneer Peak and Matanuska Peak. It feels remote, but it’s just off of one of the main roads, and it’s just a short drive into Wasilla or Palmer. Stay here for country living close to town, use the Inn as a base camp for local exploration (Hatcher Pass is only 10 miles away), or make a stop here between visits to Denali or Anchorage.
The Inn has four single rooms and one suite, all of which have private bathrooms and queen beds. The suite has a king and queen and is handicap accessible. The dining room seats up to 30, and a downstairs theater room/bar is perfect for private parties, performances, or even conferences. Folks hold weddings here (there’s a large outdoor fire pit and a spacious deck), and families rent out the entire Inn for reunions.
The Inn’s exterior is modern, with clean lines and landscaping. The interior is a mixture of classic and modern: While you’ll find quilts on the beds, black-and-white historical photos, and arched doorways, there are also amenities like surround-sound, flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi.
Enjoy sunset on the deck, lounge with a book in the living room, go into town, or explore the wilderness. And make sure you check out the album documenting the building of the Inn; Diane jokes that her kids all poured concrete before high school graduation!