People love Talkeetna for its quaint, rustic village vibe, and for its front-row seat views of McKinley. This two-suite inn and its downstairs restaurant put you right in the middle of the downtown action—as well as a 200-yard stroll from one of the most stunning vistas in North America.
This large log building also located you within short walking distance of the local shops and sights, as well as the river and hiking trails. The two suites are located on the building’s second floor. Both offer separate bedrooms, small kitchens, satellite TV and bathrooms, but they also offer distinct advantages:
The North Suite
If you like to watch street life passing by, this is the suite for you. The bedroom has a queen bed, and the living area has a pullout sofa. The attached sunroom has a small couch and a great view of Main Street below. The kitchenette has microwave, fridge and toaster oven, and the bathroom has a shower. Sleeps up to 4.
The South Suite
Greet for families or couples traveling together, with a view outside of a park and the town’s old little red schoolhouse. The master bedroom has a queen bed, while the second bedroom has two twins; the living area has a pullout sofa and a rollaway, so this suite can sleep up to 6. The kitchen has microwave, fridge and toaster oven, and the bathroom has a full tub and shower.
While the kitchens make it easy for you to make some of your own meals, you probably won’t want to eat in your suite all the time: Downstairs is the Wildflower Café, with its excellent menu and a huge sunny deck surrounded by flowers. Chef Jerome Longo—once the personal chef of President George H.W. Bush—came here from Maine seven years ago to have fun mushing dogs, but stayed to create this friendly eatery. Serving an eclectic clientele—from loyal locals to travelers from the other side of the globe—Longo has created a menu that stresses organic ingredients, fresh seafood and inventive takes on classics (the most popular picks are the halibut sandwiches and seafood chowders). Everything on the menu is homemade—even down to the hamburger-buns and salad dressings.