Spring Ski Alaska While You Still Can

This story originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News on March 28, 1017.  On more than a few afternoons this spring I’ve stood at the bottom of Hilltop Ski Area, watching my son and his friends race to be first up the lift for the 3-9 p.m. after-school session. There’s a lot to love about […]

Gifting Alaska This Christmas – It’s Easy!

The final countdown has begun, and I’m joining legions of shoppers still making decisions about Alaska Christmas gifts for their family members. With one son in the tweens and one in the over-21 crowd, it’s not as simple as taking over a local toy store for presents anymore. I want to be cognizant of gifting […]

Alaska Communications Summer of Heroes

  Pardon the interruption of summer weather and warm, sunny days <—-I’m about to melt over here in East Anchorage, by the way. Anyone have a Popcicle? Alaska Communications just called (see what I did there?) and wanted me to remind all youth between 6-18 that the Summer of Heroes nominating window will close on […]

Alaska Farmers Markets: Fresh, local, and more available than you think

This time of year, Alaska settles into the busy pace of planting and gathering, even this far north. Summer may be short in the Last Frontier, but 12 hours of daylight (or more) means a unique form of gardening and agriculture that results in amazing produce. As is AKontheGO’s style to promote aspects of the […]

Top Tips For Anchorage Winter Fun

Alaskans know when temperatures plunge and snow begins to fall, it’s time to play outside. From placid skating ponds to rugged mountaintop ski runs, the 49th state embraces winter with enthusiasm, especially in Anchorage, where access meets adventure quite comfortably. Expedia.com asked me to share my favorite snowy-day fun spots with the hope that more families […]

Flu Shot Facts from Alaska Regional Hospital

And now a word from AKontheGO sponsor, Alaska Regional Hospital. Every fall, the argument about whether or not to receive an influenza (flu) shot rolls around and around, until even those of us who thought we knew the facts become confused. We all want our kids to be healthy, that’s not up for discussion, but […]

Alaska Halloween Round Up

It’s time, it’s time! The pumpkins have been purchased, the costume box is now sitting in the middle of our family room floor, and my inbox is fairly bursting with event submissions for the AKontheGO calendar. Halloween’s seasonal push is on, friends, so heed our spooky lineup of family fun, below. Psst: Save some doughnuts […]

Alaska Moose and the Case of the Mysterious Noise

[I love sharing stories that come from regular Alaskans who, like us, sometimes forget the protocols when it comes to wild animals on our property. This story by Ashley Taborsky is a perfect reminder that we live, work, and play within the boundaries of a truly unique landscape. Do you have a story to tell? […]

Kids Corner: Alaska is a ‘berry’ fun place in the fall!

by Bryan Bearss After a great summer of blueberry or raspberry picking, it’s time to change gears and think about fall’s other recreational pursuits. As you bundle up and head outside, don’t forget to pack an extra container for a detour along the trail to harvest an autumnal berry bounty. While frost and cooler temperatures […]

Matanuska Valley Farms Are a Harvest of Family Fun

by Mariah Brasher Everyone loves July with its sunshine and warmth. Newcomers and sourdoughs alike rejoice in December’s snow and shining aurora. But – I’m here to tell you – September is one of the most beautiful and busy months in Alaska, from Fairbanks to Juneau. While it’s easy to get caught up in the […]

Family Snaps: Photo essay of an AKontheGO summer

Sometimes it’s the visual cues that provide the final “yes” to a vacation destination, and Alaska is no exception. The state’s traveling-est family (I just made that word up) has been busy this summer, and we’ve searched the photo galleries to find the best of our adventures. Now will you come visit us? ~EK Our […]