History, fun, and massive portions of food come together at this institution, which was built over 3 years starting in 1914. Current owner Trisha Costello runs the place in the spirit of the roadhouse's most famous owners, Carroll & Verna Close. It's open from 7 am until the evening; breakfast is served until 2pm and everyone sits together at big tables, family-style. Chow down on the Roadhouse "Standard" or the sourdough hotcakes—Trisha uses a starter from 1902.
Visit With Those Who Braved the Climb
Since the roadhouse is popular with climbers, you may find yourself sitting next to a team returning from their Denali climb. (If you want to sit by climbers, you'll know them by their raccoon-eyed tans.) And look around to see bits of Talkeetna and climbing history on the walls, including climbing banners from around the world, newspaper clippings of unique stories from the first dog sled team to summit Denali. You'll also find free Wi-Fi, a library, comfy couches, and occasional entertainment—local jam sessions can happen at any time. In the winter, Trisha offers pie-making classes; her pies are the best in town.
Aside from stopping by for a bite to eat, you can book accommodations at the Talkeetna Roadhouse. Choose from a variety of cozy rooms in the main roadhouse and wake up the smell of fresh baked goods from the Kitchen in the morning. Or, for a more private experience, book one of the cabins out back or the Museum Apartment at the end of the block.