Seward//Cozy rentals near town, or private yurts across Resurrection Bay
This tiny cove, 10 miles from Seward, offers a combination of unplugged bliss, cool yurt living, and a kayaker’s paradise. The two “unplugged” yurts each come with a queen-size bed and full size sofa bed, a table and chairs, linens, and a kitchenette. You get unlimited use of kayaks during your stay—and given the amount of sunlight during summer, that means you can be paddling in and out of coves at midnight if you feel like it!
May to September
Experience complete immersion in the wonders of wild coastal Alaska, and stay in spacious, bright yurts (circular, reinforced tent-like structures) on a private one-acre island. Inside, the yurts are warm and comfy, outside you'll find private decks, as well as boardwalks and fire rings. They also provide complimentary sea kayaks, rowboat, and fishing gear. All of this is just a 9-mile boat ride from the Seward Boat Harbor.
This fly-in-only lodge features two secluded chalets set amid a stunning mixture of sea, forest, and a glacier-formed lake. Enjoy guided walks, custom zodiac tours on the lake, bonfires on the beach, and relaxation at your private chalet. The rate includes transportation to and from the lodge, kayaks, dinner prepared by your hosts, and access to a pantry of items to supplement breakfast, lunch, and snacking. Each chalet is equipped with its own kitchen.
Located just outside Seward, the Abode Well Cabins are tucked back amidst four acres of trees. Of the 13 available rooms, six are King Cabins (which includes a kitchenette and sleeps up to three) and one is a "family cabin," which has a full kitchen, separate bedrooms and sleeps up to eight with two queen beds, two twins, plus a queen-size sleeper sofa. There are also six Queen Studio Rooms available, with similar amenities to the King Cabins.
Talkeetna//Cozy cabins, close to downtown Talkeetna
In downtown Talkeetna you can meet local artists, gold miners, and intrepid mountaineers, along with some of the town’s original homesteaders, like Don Devore. He and his wife Mavis offer homey lodging options at Denali Fireside Cabins & Suites within walking distance to Talkeetna’s varied activities. Their facility is sparkling clean, well maintained, and beautifully decorated.
Homer//Cabin rentals across Kachemak Bay
Otter Beach Lodges makes for an intimate Alaskan stay. Just 13 luxury units (7, 1-3 bedroom lodges and 6 efficiency apartments) make up this property in Homer, offering plenty of privacy and featuring stunning water and mountain views. Plus, the property is within walking distance of Homer’s great restaurants, as well as its art galleries and shops. It’s also close to the docks—perfect for those leaving on early-morning fishing charter trips.
The view will likely be the first thing you notice at Alaskan Suites. Set about 20 feet from the edge of a bluff, the property features incredible views of Kachemak Bay, Cook Inlet, and the mountains beyond. It’s a view you can take in from the five romantically rustic cabins, the common-area hot tub, or the campfire pit. Do as most guests do: maximize your time here by staying at least two nights.
Serenity and privacy are paramount at this intimate collection of five romantically rustic vacation rentals. Underground cabins and a yurt are just some of the unique rooms that make up this Homer property, all perched on a bluff with spectacular views of Kachemak Bay and the mountains beyond.
If you can’t decide whether you’d rather have sunset or sunrise views on vacation, Between Beaches Alaska perfect. Perched on a spit near Seldovia that offers both East and West water views, this idyllic spot also offers the chance to watch whales, otters, seals, shorebirds and eagles while enjoying the tranquility of a unique setting. Choose from 3 cabins or 2 luxury glamping tents.
Off-the-Beaten Path//Remote fly-in lodges & cabins
May – September
Experience true remote Alaska at this fly-in wilderness lodge northeast of Denali National Park. Your adventure begins as you take off in a bush plane from Healy, a town just north of Denali. Upon arrival, check into one of the 12 cabins on the property, each with its own en suite bathroom and plenty of privacy from your neighbors. This slice of wilderness is yours to explore; hike, fat-tire bike, or wander down to the pond to watch for moose. Then, enjoy the hearty meals served family style in the main lodge.
Gridwood//Just 40 minutes from Anchorage
McCarthy//Drive your own vehicle, then stroll into McCarthy
This private lodging business may be the ultimate way for independent travelers to stay in the famously just-off-the-grid McCarthy. They're located just before the footbridge leading into town, so you can park your car right by your private guest house —without the hassle of parking and having your stuff schlepped over the bridge. A favorite among locals and visitors alike, the modern guest houses have great views of the Wrangell St. Elias National Park from their decks. You will also find full kitchens, solar power and free access to a seasonal veggie garden to supplement your meals.
Denali//Stay near Denali National Park in the privacy of your own cabin
The family-run Denali Grizzly Bear Resort offers a variety of accommodations, great amenities, and amazing views of mountains and the Nenana River. And its location, six miles south of the Denali National Park Visitors Center but outside the main tourist area, means you’ll have easy park access without feeling crowded. Choose from their hotel rooms, private cabins, or campground.