Alaska’s Ridgewood Wilderness Lodge is a premier, full-service destination lodge in Halibut Cove – also renowned for Diana Tillion's Cove Gallery, the Halibut Cove Experience Gallery, and the Saltry Restaurant. Alaska’s Ridgewood Wilderness Lodge is adjacent to the Kachemak Bay State Park, Kachemak Bay Wilderness Park, and the Kenai National Fjords. This is Alaska as you imagine it – an experience rich in both flora and fauna, a unique and remarkable natural heritage, and an exceptional journey from start to finish.
Innkeepers Have Sourdough Pedigree
The Ridgewood is arguably an architectural gem amongst wilderness lodges in Alaska. The hosts of this secluded getaway are two sourdough Alaskans, Kevin and Lucinda Sidelinger. Kevin, who built the lodge using timbers from the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, created a building that complements the surrounding wilderness. The Ridgewood features 360 degree wrap-around decks with views of majestic mountains, including oceans, miles of beaches, secluded salt-water coves and estuaries, and manicured lawns and gardens surrounded by native Alaskan forest & vegetation.
Easy Access to Fishing, Beachcombing and Flightseeing
Your hosts understand that experiencing Alaska’s great outdoors and many wonders is a primary goal for those active in mind and spirit, so they have designed their activity program with numerous guided and highly personalized adventures to choose from, including hiking, glacier kayaking & wildlife viewing within the Kachemak Bay State Park where the possibility of seeing black bears, mountain goats, moose and other animals indigenous to the forest is prevalent within the State Park. For those with a passion for trout fishing in mountain lakes, one of their adventures offers a combination of hiking, kayaking and trout fishing. Wildlife Boating Tours are available where guests can see whales, sea otter colonies, porpoises, seal haul-outs and sea bird rookeries, beautiful summer beaches for beachcombing or cookouts, or deep-sea salmon & halibut fishing. As an alternative to hiking the alpine trails in the State Park, Kevin and Lucinda can arrange a helicopter to drop guests and their guide at the top of the mountain to enjoy a day of exploring the alpine meadows for mountain goats and black bears, then finishing with a scenic flight over the hundreds of miles of wilderness surrounding Kachemak Bay before returning to the lodge for a gourmet dinner.
Pioneers in Bear Viewing
A truly unique experience is watching and photographing wild Alaska Brown Bears in their natural habitat. Kevin and Lucinda built and managed the first Brown Bear photography camp adjacent to the famous McNeil River, and because of their heart-felt enthusiasm for the Bears, they offer this adventure to their guests who fly across Cook Inlet to the ruggedly beautiful Alaska Peninsula, between the southern borders of Katmai National Monument and the McNeil River. Guests spend the day watching the bears interact with each other, and feeding on salmon making their way up the streams and rivers to spawn.
With the beauty of Kachemak Bay and its abundant wildlife and the myriad of hiking trails and mountains within the State Park, Alaska’s Ridgewood Wilderness Lodge is an exceptional and unparalleled destination for anyone searching for adventure, space, beauty, and the opportunity for a truly unique experience!