The Seward Windsong Lodge makes an excellent base for anyone who wants to explore Seward and the Kenai Fjords National Park. The 180-room full-service lodge is close to the action—it’s only 4 miles from downtown Seward and 10 from Exit Glacier—but thanks to the wooded setting, vibrant wildflowers and the rushing river, you’ll feel like you’re a world away.

Set in a huge glacier valley, the Seward Windsong is spread out over 17 buildings. The cedar-log cabins, named after wildflowers, look rustic on the outside, but they offer a refined, natural style. You’ll find birch headboards on log beds, as well as spacious bathrooms and 32-inch flat screen TVs with DVD players (free movies, too). Suites add a Jacuzzi, microwave and refrigerator. Perhaps the best amenity, though, is the sound of the gentle flow of the Resurrection River from your room. No surprise, many guests say their best night of sleep during their entire Alaska trip happened right here.

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Enjoy the Outdoors

During the day, take a stroll around the property—down by the river, or along the wildflower-strewn walking paths, amidst the spruce and cottonwood forest. Watch for moose wandering through the forest in the spring. In the lobby, there’s a 24-foot-tall fireplace made of river rock, big, comfy chairs, and wi-fi, for those who need to stay connected. Visit the gift shop for hand-blown glass, Alaskan books, and art from local Seward artists.

Delicious Cuisine

And when it’s time to eat, you’ll find some of the area’s best cuisine and more great views of the river. Resurrection Roadhouse serves Alaskan specialties, such as deep-fried halibut, as well as hand-tossed pizzas, coconut shrimp, and a hearty breakfast buffet. Then relax in the Goliath Lounge, with the largest selection of Alaskan microbrews on the Kenai Peninsula.

Transportation for Adventures

When you want to venture out, the Seward Windsong Lodge has a complimentary shuttle that can take you to any of Seward’s attractions—a guided hike on Exit Glacier, a day cruise with Kenai Fjords Tours, a sea kayaking trip or a dog sledding tour. That shuttle will likely pick you up anywhere in town, too, if you flag it down.