Debbie and Gary Seims built the Peterson Bay Lodge three years ago, focused on creating a low-impact, wallet-friendly establishment. Their location on the rocky coastline in the back of Kachemak Bay provides their oyster farm with a bounty of shellfish, part of which is shared on guests' arrival. Savor fresh oysters on the half shell with martini and champagne sauces, whipped up by Gary, a splendid chef. He also makes a killer king salmon spread, in season.
Private wood-frame wall tents sleep up to four, letting you rough it without roughing it too much—there's heat and electricity, a screened-in porch, and dramatic views. A cedar bathhouse provides luxuries in the wilderness—a shower stocked with towels and toiletries, toilet facilities, and a sauna that overlooks the bay.
A shared log-cabin lodge has full-kitchen facilities, supplies, and hot and cold running water; it's a great place to read a book, lounge on the deck, or have a chat. Those not in the mood to cook (either what you bring or what you catch) can have Gary cook for them or take a water taxi to nearby restaurants—additional charges apply.
During the day, take advantage of spin-fishing and sea-kayaking equipment, take a hike, or comb the beach at low tide. Enjoy a hands-on tour of the oyster farm and pull up the accordion nets. In the evening, Debbie and Gary often hang out with their guests. They bend over backwards to make you feel at home, as if you’re among friends.
Debbie and Gary helped pioneer mariculture in the state of Alaska, learning what worked and what didn’t in the 12-plus years that followed. The Seims belong to the Kachemak Shellfish Growers Coop (Gary’s the president), which includes 17 farms in the bay. These Alaskan oysters have a growing reputation, and you’ll find them in gourmet groceries in Anchorage and on the menu at fine restaurants both in state and outside. Says Debbie, they always enjoyed having friends and family stay with them on Peterson Bay, and eventually the Seims decided to share both their oyster farm and their lifestyle with paying guests.