Plenty of B&Bs rely on the simple pleasures—homey settings, personalized service—but this cabin-based bed-and-breakfast on a five-acre organic farm takes the notion of “basics” to a new, and sublime, level. This unique property offers access to a big, help-yourself garden—teeming with produce and honeybees—as well as the natural beauty of trails, mountains and the Knik Glacier.
Feels Remote (But Easy to Reach)
Tucked away off the Glenn Highway—set between Anchorage and Talkeenta—Butte’s Bethel B&B is located in a richly fertile farming area bordered by the Matanuska and Knik Rivers, both of which flow from glaciers several miles upstream. Indeed, even though civilization is never too far away, Butte’s Bethel feels quiet and secluded. Right out your front door, is the organic vegetable farm, and within a short walk is a horse stable (where you can ride a horse, or board a wagon ride), and hundreds of miles of trails through the Knik River recreation area.
It’s the kind of place where owners Jen (a Vermont native) and Chris (a lifelong Alaskan) feel at home. Both wildlife biologists, Jen and Chris have a love of Alaska wildlife, horses, and a passion for growing their food. They bought this property as a way to live out their sustainable-living dream: they recycle, compost, avoid chemicals for cleaning, and seek to provide themselves and their community with healthy, organic, food. Along with individual guests, the B&B also hosts workshops on topics like organic gardening and zoopharmacognsy (animals ability to select their own plant remedies).
Log Cabin Leisure
But staying here is a treat all it own. The two cabins—each 500 square feet, sleeping up to four adults (one queen size bed, one full size air mattress)—come with fully equipped kitchens, bathroom (with washer/dryer), and a dining room/living room with couch, dining bar, and a flat-screen TV. Insuring a good night’s sleep, each cabin has a separate bedroom with a queen bed as well as blackout curtains, to help tamp down the midnight sun. Both cabins also feature decks that look out over the gardens, Pioneer Peak— and perhaps a moose nibbling on those organic vegetables themselves.
Breakfast is part of your rate, too, and Jen will stock your cabin with whatever basics that suit you: maybe it’s sausage, farm-fresh eggs, homemade bread, or, if you request it, gluten-free oatmeal and local fruit. Most guests typically make their own breakfast in the cabin with the supplies, but you can also have breakfast cooked for you for an extra fee.
Bring Your Dog—or Your Horse
While some hotels let you bring your dog or cat along as a guest, Butte’s Bethel B&B even lets you bring your own horses to its Bed & Barn stable. During the day, you can take your horses out to explore the local trails.
But even without your own horse, you’ll find more than enough to do here—in part because Jen is happy to help set you on your way. From the farm, you can take several hiking trails—if you don’t want to set out alone (or just want an expert eye for flora, fauna and other sights along the way). Within a few miles’ radius, you can also go on horseback rides, ATV tours, or even take helicopter tours to go dogsledding on a glacier. Back at your cabin at the end of the day, you can go out to the guest garden and pick fixings for your dinner salad—yet another special connection to the land here, and one that you’ll always remember.