For Fall Family Fun, There’s Always Hope

*This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News 10/4/2016. Gold was on our minds as we drove the Seward Highway south toward the small community of Hope. Not the kind one mines, although that is there too. No, we were looking for the colorful signal of a season that appears to be lingering this […]

Experience Playful Luxury at Stillpoint Lodge

There’s a quote that goes something like this, and it fits Stillpoint Lodge to a T: “The human spirit needs places where Nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.” I forget who first said these words, but I think about them every time I visit the tiny floating village of Halibut Cove, […]

Across the Bay Tent and Breakfast: Family-friendly and full of fun

Eagles chattered a welcome from the treetops as our boat slowly made its way into the sheltered refuge of Kasitsna Bay. A 30-minute ride across yawing Kachamak Bay from Homer had deposited our party of six onto a rocky, shell-strewn shoreline for a weekend of marine-based fun at Across the Bay Tent and Breakfast Adventure […]

Hooking Kids on the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

This article originally appeared in the Tuesday, May 3 issue of the Alaska Dispatch News.  When I first approached my family about driving to the small town of Homer to attend a birding festival, I received a look of incredulous trepidation followed by a solid minute of silence. “Birds?” my son asked. “Why can’t we […]

Day Cruising Alaska’s Early Season: What you need to know

For those who follow the AKontheGO Instagram account, I have no doubt Saturday’s posts were a bit on a dreary side. It’s not anybody’s fault, really. Spring in Alaska, and particularly along coastal areas like Seward, is often windy, wet, and gray. Very, very gray. We know better than to expect April to feature blue […]

BREAKING: Alaska SeaLife Center Mourns Passing of ‘Woody’

Some sad news from our friends at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward this afternoon. “The Alaska SeaLife Center is saddened to announce the passing of Woody, a 22-year-old male Steller sea lion who was one of the Center’s original residents. Woody was humanely euthanized Monday following a rapid decline due to age-related complications. Since […]

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 […]

There’s no place like Homer: Touring the end of the road

by Bryan Bearss Dorothy clicked the heels of her ruby slippers to get back home to Kansas, but if you’re looking for family fun and outdoor learning, slip on a pair of XtraTufs and head down to Homer, Alaska. On the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, 230 road miles from Anchorage, Homer may seem […]

Explore Seward’s Resurrection Bay With Kenai Fjords Tours

by Bryan Bearss Note: This was (gasp) Musher Bryan’s first foray into day cruising Resurrection Bay in Seward. He’d never see a whale, nor spotted a sea lion lounging on a rock. Below are his impressions from a rookie day cruiser’s perspective.  Here we are, standing on the doorstep of summer in Alaska. Everyone, it […]

Miller’s Landing in Seward Takes Advantage of a Snowless Winter

Miller’s Landing is typically a summer hangout for Alaskans. Known as the place to whoop it up after spending a day fishing, hiking, kayaking, or beachcombing Resurrection Bay, Miller’s provides families with the sort of laid-back atmosphere to which many of us have become accustomed. Folks mingle on the front porch overlooking the busy bay, […]

Fall Rafting With Kenai Riverdog

*GOOD DEAL ALERT*  What does a dog have to do with river rafting? A lot, especially if you’re Porter James, self-proclaimed “Top Dog” of the so-named Kenai Riverdog Adventure Rafting and Photography company based in Cooper Landing. AK Dad is away, and I hated to waste last weekend’s sunny autumn weather, so I packed up […]