In the heart of Old Town Homer, the historic Driftwood Inn is a favorite destination for Anchorage families and serious fishermen. You’ll find a variety of lodging options, including hotel rooms, deluxe lodges, a family cottage, and an RV park. All have great views of Bishop’s Beach and Kachemak Bay and are within walking distance of coffee shops, bakeries, bookstores, restaurants, and the Homer visitor’s center.
The Driftwood Inn is owned and operated by Adrienne and Alex Sweeney; you’ll also likely meet their three daughters—“the littlest innkeepers in Homer”—and Adrienne’s father, who runs the charter fishing trips. If you don’t have your sea legs, you can opt to take a guided hiking tour to the secluded Kachemak Bay State Park. The inn has simple, clean rooms, while lodges and cottages feature big decks, full kitchens, and plenty of space. There’s an enclosed kids’ play area, and you’ll find an “honesty jar” in the kitchen, to drop money for boxed cereals or baked goods.
And although the Driftwood has the laid-back feel of a family-run inn, it’s also professionally run—with spotless rooms, modern amenities, and a 24-hour staff during the summer. Since the Sweeneys bought the inn, they’ve added the lodges and cottage, and now offer upscale accommodations that are perfect for family reunions, business retreats, and weddings. All rooms and indoor common areas are smoke free.
This historic inn has been home to the town newspaper, taxi service, boarding house, and even classrooms—in fact, it’s where Adrienne’s grandfather went to school! This eclectic history has infused the inn with character, and you’ll find a wide variety of lodging in the 21 rooms, from tiny rooms with Pullman-style beds (the cleanest, least expensive rooms in town) to a suite with range and refrigerator.
The lodge has free Wi-Fi, coffee makers in most rooms, a cozy lobby with a fireplace (made with rocks from nearby Bishop’s Beach), and a front desk that’s staffed around the clock during summer months.
Seaside and Bluffview Lodges
Just next to the inn and overlooking Bishop’s Beach, these deluxe, modern lodges have spacious rooms, sunny decks, and large windows overlooking the mountains, glaciers, and water. You can rent a room or the entire lodge; they both sleep up to 17 people. All the rooms have king- or queen-size beds and private baths; several rooms include kitchenettes. The common area has a coffee maker, and a barbecue on the porch is perfect for grilling fresh-caught fish. If you rent the entire lodge, there’s a large, open kitchen with a gas range, full-size refrigerator, and lots of counter space. The lodges are a great place for family reunions or business retreats.
This cedar-shake, three-room cottage sleeps up to 8 and is perfect for families looking for a base in Homer. There’s a full kitchen, plus an outdoor grill for the salmon or halibut you catch. Two bedrooms are on the main level, and there’s a queen-size bed in the loft, accessed by a spiral staircase made of wood and wrought iron. The interior is bright, and the deck offers great views of the bay.
On the bluff above Bishop’s Beach, this RV park offers terrific views of the bay and puts you within a block of downtown Homer and the Visitor Center. There are free showers and Wi-Fi, coin-operated washers and dryers, plus a fish-cleaning station and freezer. Sites are 20 feet wide and 40 feet deep.