AKontheGO’s first-Thursday appearance on KTVA 11’s Daybreak program was delayed by a week due to the New Year’s Day holiday, but that just gave me an extra few days to find some pretty sweet places to take the family for a post-holiday getaway. Do you need one? I sure do; the combination of events, shopping, wrapping, unwrapping, and cooking was exhausting. Fun, but exhausting, as the Christmas season can often be. As a result, our family has taken to heading for the hills in January to recharge and re-energize everybody.
In a way, it’s almost better we have so little snow; our getaway agenda is definitely lighter, and we find ourselves more inclined to take a beachside walk or cozy up to our woodstove with a game of cards than power through a day of skiing or sightseeing. That’s okay, not every vacation needs to be packed with stuff. Truly, a vacation should feel restful, and if that means taking naps before cooking a gourmet dinner of homemade pizza with the kids because you aren’t rushed, that’s a beautiful thing.
Here are a few options around the state:
Miller’s Landing in Seward. Located on Lowell Point just around the corner from downtown Seward, Miller’s has opened up the Admiral’s Cottage for wintertime
guests. With a full kitchen, plenty of bedrooms, and access to a beautiful beach, this house sleeps 12, and is great for multi-family trips. Have an RV? Haul it down and camp beachside, with full hookups for your comfort. Activities include hiking, beachcombing, and a visit to the Alaska SeaLife Center, always fun for kids and much less crowded than the summer months.
Alyeska Resort. Feeling fancy? Drive to Girdwood and experience the plush, lush feeling of cozy comforters, milk and cookies, and an in-room movie. Big kids will like the ability to roam around the Grand Hotel space, with wi-fi and comfortable common areas to meet up with friends. Smaller kids will enjoy the pool and spa, and the bear-shaped pancakes in the Pond Cafe. Visit the Alyeska Resort website and click “Specials” for their Winter Family Getaway package. Even if your family members aren’t skiers, this is an excellent way to feel part of the wintertime action at Alaska’s largest ski area.
Hatcher Pass Lodge. Regular AKontheGO readers will recall my last post, extolling the beauty of the Hatcher Pass area. Want to stay longer? Consider an overnight at the lodge, enjoying their comfortable, cozy lodging with an authentic sauna, cabins, and on-site restaurant/bar. Sledding is allowed just steps away, and Nordic skiing around Independence Mine State Park is full of historic and recreational wonders.
A Taste of Alaska Lodge. Considering a wintertime visit to Fairbanks? You simply must visit this quaint former homestead now part of the Eberhardt family’s domain. Located a few miles out of town along Chena Hotsprings Road, A Taste of Alaska is a collection of log buildings, including a main lodge. We stayed in the log house during our quick visit last winter, and so enjoyed the full kitchen, spa, access to trails, and amazing views of the Alaska Range and Alyeska pipeline. Meals are available with advance notice. Great for the family who loves experiencing life in Alaska, as it once was.
Planning a vacation doesn’t always have to be about doing stuff. Sometimes, the most valuable time you spend with your kids can be in the most simple fashion. Alaska is great for that.