Anchorage Hotels to Stay and Play

Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city, boasting 300,000 souls who live, work, and play in the immediate “Anchorage Bowl” area. It also swells during the high tourist season between May and September, with hardly enough beds to accommodate the number of heads looking for a spot to sleep. In response to an extremely high demand, and […]

Gracious Living at Kennicott Glacier Lodge

It’s not always easy to jive luxury with convenience in the Alaska wilderness and make it accessible to nearly everyone. Location, budgets, accessibility, time — all factors in the grand scheme of Alaska family travel. In the case of Kennicott Glacier Lodge nestled within Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and the Kennecott National Historic Landmark, this rings […]

Seward’s Harbor 360 Hotel Offers Families Convenience and Comfort

Savvy moms and dads know that sometimes it pays to invest in accommodations within reach of attractions and activities. Seward’s newest hotel, Harbor 360, is a win-win for parents who strive for comfortable beds, good food, and easy striking distance of Alaska’s popular day cruise industry. Previously owned by the Holiday Inn Express chain, Harbor […]

Tonglen Lake Lodge: Artisan, elegant, and welcoming

I wasn’t expecting to like Tonglen Lake Lodge to the extent I hesitated to leave after a tour this morning. Maybe it was the freshly-baked thyme, apple, and cheddar scone that complimented my hot coffee to perfection. Perhaps it was a fresh breeze high in the spruce tops that brought a toasty 80F down to […]

Juneau’s Silverbow Inn: Boutique style, family-friendly atmosphere

It’s one blustery, wet, and snowy weekend here in Juneau, Alaska, but AK Dad, Kid, and I are snuggled up tight in the Silverbow Inn, weather be darned. After a wild ride from Anchorage, when it seemed doubtful we’d even get here (and that’s another story altogether), settling in sounded awfully good. The Silverbow is […]

A Taste of Alaska Lodge: Interior Alaska sets the table for families

Fuzzy black ears poked out from behind a snowbank as we drove up to A Taste of Alaska Lodge near Fairbanks, followed by a wiggling, licking welcome from ‘Dawson,’ an adolescent sled dog puppy with a penchant for greeting newcomers. My son, tired from an early-morning flight from Anchorage and a busy afternoon of exploring […]

Mount McKinley Princess Lodge Puts Kids on Top for Fun

It’s hard to convince the non-cruising crowd of the value found in a lodge owned and operated by a cruise line. Especially when those non-cruisers are fellow Alaskans; but I’m going to do my best. And, my best will be even better for those who do cruise, do like structure in their family vacation, and […]

Five Alaska Hotels We Love For Families

When I was but a wee traveler, my parents would pack the Volkswagen Bus with all sorts of gear and putt-putter around the Pacific Northwest in search of destinations to inspire their offspring. Most of those, I realize now, came from the size of the hotel swimming pool, taste of their silver dollar pancakes, or […]

Fur Rendezvous and Alaska’s Love Affair With Winter

It’s true, Alaskans do love winter. A good thing, too, since winter around here lasts anywhere from seven to nine months. Oh, we embrace summertime with the enthusiasm of a long lost love, to be sure, but there’s something about this frosty, sparkling-white season that brings out the best in 49th state residents. Like Fur […]

There’s No Time Like Snow Time at Alyeska Resort

With an abundance of premier  ski resorts scattered across the United States, envisioning a family vacation to schuss the snowy slopes of Alaska seems a little far-fetched, doesn’t it? The Rocky Mountains are much closer, the Wasatch much drier, and the Cascades much cheaper. Why the heck would mom and dad spend a bundle to […]