Arguably the only luxury hotel in Anchorage, and boasting downtown’s only four-diamond restaurant, the Captain Cook offers top service and accommodations for international travelers. Three restaurants, an athletic club, a full business center, and 14 shopping venues complement the 547 guest rooms. Perhaps the best features of the centrally-located hotel are its panoramic views of Cook Inlet, the Chugach Mountains, the Anchorage cityscape, and Mt. McKinley.
Named one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World in 2015, Winterlake Lodge is an oasis of stunning scenery, sophisticated comforts, and wilderness adventures. Located nearly 200 miles northwest of Anchorage, on the route of the world famous Iditarod dog sled race, Carl and Kirsten Dixon’s remote log lodge sits on 15 acres overlooking Finger Lake and the Tordrillo Mountains.
Winterlake is one of the few fly-in lodges that are open year round and can accommodate only a small number of guests at a time, allowing Carl and Kirsten to create a truly personalized experience for each guest. The lodge serves as the Finger Lake checkpoint for the Iditarod sled dog race at Mile 198 along the Iditarod National Historic Trail and is home to approximately twenty sled dogs. Behind the lodge, Wolverine Mountain offers intriguing hiking and wildlife viewing. You will be able to observe many species of Alaska birds, wildflowers, and berries that are difficult to see in other locales.
The property includes five individual guest cabins, a central main lodge, gardens, sled dog lot, and staff cabins. The hand built, knotty pine guest cabins with private baths were all made by family and staff. This remote and rustic location settles guests into wild and rugged mountains and glaciers, while surprising them with luxury comforts and outstanding service.
The main building includes a comfortable room for relaxing by the fire and viewing the lake from large picture windows, along with a dining area and large kitchen, (Kirsten has published two cookbooks—so you can expect excellent cuisine) showcasing daily meals, appetizers, and wine tasting.
Other amenities include a yoga room, massage therapy, a rustic cedar hot tub, and lakeside wood-burning sauna.
Adventures at Winterlake Lodge.
You are able to make a detailed itinerary of your day spent at Winterlake with your guide for lodge based activities. Be as physically rigorous as you like, or lay back and enjoy a lakeside glass of wine.
Optional activities for the day include:
Today, in consultation with your guides, you will enjoy helicopter-supported explorations into the backcountry by Robinson R-44 helicopter: drop into a few of Carl’s favorite fishing holes for salmon, rainbow trout, Arctic grayling, or Dolly Varden; raft down Happy River, with intriguing flora and fauna and just enough exciting water to get the adrenaline flowing; hike to a glacier ridge, traversing waterfalls, ice walls, and other unexplored terrain; or fly up to Wolverine Ridge for dinner with a view.
Esteemed as one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, this 4-star property is situated on Tutka Bay and nestled at the head of the rugged seven-mile fjord in Kachemak Bay. About 25 minutes by boat from Homer, the lodge sits on eleven acres surrounded by tide pools, natural estuaries, and twenty acres of old growth Sitka spruce, which provides a unique trail system right from the large oceanside deck. The property has a distinctly Alaskan maritime feel with the quiet cove offering a serene space in which to notice the resident marine life.
The family owned and operated lodge offers a remote, genuine, and transformative stay within Alaska’s coastal wilderness by pairing their regional expertise with guests’ envisioned objectives. Guests can launch from the deck for adventures within the region and neighboring communities by kayak, boat, plane, or helicopter, or simply drink in the views of Broken Knife peak and Grace Ridge, a perfect junction of mountain and sea.
Lodging comprises of a main cabin, six private guest cabins, a large viewing deck, cooking school, a boathouse, a sauna, and hot tub, all interconnected by a boardwalk. You’ll enjoy that all guest cabins are adorned with ocean treasures, have large living rooms, bedrooms, private bathrooms, and boast views of Tutka Bay and the Kachemak Bay State Park.
Other amenities include yoga, massage therapy, afternoon wine tastings, and cooking classes.
Kirsten Dixon and her talented team of chefs take pride in the uniqueness of the Tutka Bay Wilderness Lodge kitchens. Kristen is the published author of 2 cookbooks and a Cordon Bleu Chef, and therefore the lodge has an emphasis on culinary excellence and education.
You are welcome to join Kirsten or any of the other very talented chefs in the kitchen at any time for an impromptu wine tasting or cooking class with an emphasis on local and fresh ingredients. Highlights include Alaska wild salmon, wild local berries, sourdough, fresh-baked breads and pastries, homemade jams and jellies, and specialty hand-crafted cheeses.
You will find this deep sea fishing expedition is perfect whether you’re a seasoned angler or a novice to the sport; you’ll experience one of the world’s finest sport fishing areas. Homer is well known not just as the “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World” but also for its year-round salmon fishing and as you head out across the pristine waters of Kachemak Bay, you’ll be surrounded by the most beautiful scenery imaginable.
Kachemak Bay is home to the most productive fisheries in the world due to intense tidal fluctuations. You will spend the day fishing alongside your informative charter captain while listening to stories about this unique region. All gear is provided, as well as a specialty lunch for you to enjoy on the water. At the end of the day, your captain will clean and fillet your catch at the dock. You will be able to ship it home or take it to the lodge for the chefs to prepare.
Today you have the opportunity to enjoy the many lodge based activities at your leisure and you can choose between the various activities are listed above on June 20th.
Today you will be met by your driver at Lake Hood, Anchorage for your transfer to the Anchorage International Airport for your trip home with memories to last a lifetime!.
For more information about this itinerary, including pricing per person please contact Lisa Crawford at 954-4546-0419 or email Lisa@SitInMySeats.com