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.
One Spit, Two Beaches
Located on MacDonald Spit, Between Beaches Alaska is in one sense, self-explanatory.
On one side of the property’s lodging accommodations including three luxury cabins and two luxury/Glamping Tents, is a beach facing Kachemak Bay, while the other side faces Kasitsna Bay. The beaches are literally a few steps away from each other. It doesn’t matter which side of the spit your cabin or tent is on, you’re welcome to venture to either beach and enjoy private seating and campfire areas. If it’s windy on one beach, it will be calm on the other. On each side you’ll view stunning scenery with majestic snow-capped mountains rising in the distance and abundant wildlife.
Most guests get here by taking the short, scenic water taxi ride from Homer. The water taxi can pull right up to the beach near the cabins and you can easily walk your luggage inside. Some folks, though, take a flight to Seldovia from Homer or Anchorage. From Seldovia a complimentary shuttle service will transport you to MacDonald Spit and the doorstep of your cabin or tent.
Luxury Cabins with Stories
The property is comprised of three 12’ X 16’ cabins; each specifically nestled so that no trees had to becut down to accommodate their location. Each cabin sleeps 3 comfortably including one full and a single size bed.
Each cabin has its own personality. The Pioneer Cabin, facing Kasitsna Bay, is a cedar cabin that was built in 1959. The Cannery Cabin and Fisherman’s Cabin, facing Kachemak Bay, were recently handcrafted using reclaimed wood, doors, windows and details from a 1914 cannery in Kenai. All the cabins feature Kristi’s artwork which include handmade lighting fixtures and unique showers that look like a kelp forest accented with copper and ceramic pieces.
All cabins feature an outdoor hammock and fully equipped kitchenette: a small 2-burner stove, mini fridge, coffeemaker, microwave, and electric tea kettle as well as pots and pans, dishes, utensils, silverware as and cups and glasses. Even pantry essentials like spices, olive oil, paper products, and the all-important coffee are included. Bathrooms come with towels, soap, and shampoos. You will only need to bring groceries, drinks, and personal gear for your stay at Between Beaches Alaska.
If you’re not familiar with luxury camping, or “Glamping”, now is the perfect time to get acquainted!
Between Beaches offers two beautiful, luxury/Glamping Tents, complete with full linens and a comfy mattress(es) for a cozy night under the midnight sun. A private outdoor kitchen is provided with cook stove, utensils, cookware, plates and cups. Each tent is supplied with a heater and potable water. An outhouse is available nearby for your bathroom needs.
The Sunrise Tent is 8’X10’ and has a cozy full-size bed. The Sunset Tent is larger at 12’X14’, inside is a cozy king size bed which can also be split into two twins.
Complimentary Equipment and Amenities
Complimentary use of the hot tub and sauna, Kayaks, rowboat, life jackets, paddles and oars are included with the price of all luxury cabins and tents. Each accommodation features private beach seating areas with Adirondak chairs. Buckets, rakes and a boiling pot for harvesting yummy, plentiful mussels and clams and firewood are also provided for your use and pleasure.
Your life-long Alaskan host, Kristi, has been spending time on the property since 1968. A commercial fishing career has taken her all over Alaska’s waters, but her favorite fishery is the salmon set-nets right off MacDonald Spit and long-lining halibut.
Visit in Winter
Did you know this is one of the few places in the world where you can ice skate around giant icebergs? It’s one of the unique adventures that winter brings to the Homer area, and it’s absolutely unforgettable. It all happens up on Grewingk Glacier Lake, next to the 13-mile-long ice-blue glacier. Pack a picnic lunch and a hot toddy, hop on the water taxi, then take the hour-long hike to the lake, where you can skate around giant icebergs and in the shadow of the gorgeous glacier. Not a skater? You can also explore the icebergs and glacier caves on foot; whichever you do, you’ll get some amazing photos. Then, on your return to Between Beaches, you can warm up in the hot tub or sauna—the perfect ending to an incredible day!