Alaska is not known for having many resorts where you might check in and then just stay put, but Wedgewood Resort does just that, offering the perfect balance between staying in contemporary, accommodations, but also communing with nature.
A Wilderness Setting—That’s Close to Town
Located outside of the downtown traffic in a naturally wooded environment, the resort’s residential-style buildings spread out across 30 beautifully landscaped acres, situated next to both a 75-acre wildlife sanctuary, and a nearly 2,000-acre waterfowl refuge.
That said, you’re not cut off from the shopping and attractions of Fairbanks. Wedgewood is just one mile from downtown—an easy trip on the free Around Town Express - and just a few minutes from two malls and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Room to Spread Out (and Eat)
Open year round, the Wedgewood is an all-suite resort— 305 one and two-bedroom, residential-style suites measuring up to 950 square feet, making it a great choice for families, or anyone who wants to set up a home base for stays of a week or more. Your suite kitchen is fully equipped with a full-sized fridge, as well as a cooktop, oven, microwave, and enough dishes, utensils, pots and pans to make yourself at home and serve real family dinners in the dining room.
A Destination Unto Itself
Aside from its new fitness center, the Wedgewood Resort offers plenty of unique resort perks too. The grounds are home to the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, which showcases a large collection of fascinating autos—such as the last remaining 1920 Argonne—along with an array of authentic vintage fashions. You’ll also find the Alaska Activity Island, where you can listen to stories from a lifelong Alaskan and the Taiga Center, showing Alaska movies nightly.
You could easily spend your day, though, just exploring the resort’s natural sights. Walking paths meander through the beautifully landscaped 30 acres, punctuated by flower gardens, or you can explore the old miner’s cabin at the activity island. But the biggest two attractions include the resort-owned, 75-acre Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to over a 100 different song birds and waterfowl, several kinds of small mammals like red fox and even a beaver hut.
Or, you can take the nature trails to the famed, state-owned bird reserve—Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, which is home to both seasonal birds and some year-round denizens, such as owls and chickadees. Every fall, thousands of migratory Sandhill Cranes descend on the refuge before heading south for the winter
Your up-close interaction with nature need not end at night, either. If you’re staying here anytime close to northern lights “season”—even early or late summer—be sure to ask the front desk for an aurora wake-up. When the Aurora Borealis light show is visible Wedgewood Resort is a great location for taking photos and watching the brilliance of the dancing northern lights.