Thursday, March 23, 2017

Girdwood and The Hotel Alyeska

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LODGING: The Alyeska Resort in Girdwood

Hotel Alaska tramway


The Bore Tide Deli after a short tram ride up the mountain. We purchased a package that came with free tram tickets, otherwise you can purchase tickets that give you credit for a meal at the top. Check the ticket booth for details. The deli serves pretty much what you'd expect - soups, salads, sandwiches.

The Aurora Bar and Grill. Also a restaurant associated with the resort, we've had mixed experiences at here. The first time was so-so, the second time we only went because we couldn't get a reservation at Jack Sprat and we were hungry. It was great. Good food, good service. We left really happy.

WHAT WE DID: We tried to go cross-country skiing on the Winner Creek Trail. This trail is not only in an avalanche zone, it's NOT for beginners. Ha ha! For the time being we'll stick with the Moose Meadows.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017


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We stayed at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. We booked a mountain view room which meant amazing views of the Alaska Range including Mount Foraker, Denali, and Moose's Tooth. There's a large room in the east wing where you can either sit and enjoy the view or play board games or put together puzzles (provided) on the scattered low tables. This was our childrens' favorite part!

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Day one we drove the short distance into Talkeetna (the lodge also has a free shuttle back and forth) to walk around town. There were some gift shops open and we did a little souvenir shopping for friends Outside. The Heritage of Alaska Gift Shop has a small, wood-carved downtown Talkeetna scene which is a fun thing to check out. We also walked to the end of the street to look at views of Denali from the currently frozen over Susitna River.

Day two we drove the opposite direction to Talkeetna Lakes Park for some cross-country skiing. There's a day use fee parking lot (the Comsat trailhead) where we started out from. There's a map of the groomed trails at the trailhead (or you can see one here), we started on the Mink trail but found our way to Talkeetna Lake where we skied on a groomed trail over the ice. There was some bonus views of Denali peeking over the trees from there too.


There were two places we ate at which we LOVED. First was Twister Creek for dinner, which is Denali Brewing Company's brewpub. The atmosphere was great, very "old Alaska" and the food was yummy, too. The girls and I shared a pitcher of their root beer while Andrew tried some of the beers.

We stopped at the Flying Squirrel Bakery - Cafe after skiing for some drinks and a snack. We were so excited to see that they had several pastries which were gluten and dairy free, and more importantly they tasted GREAT. They also had vegan options for those with other dietary restrictions. I had the rhubarb ade which I highly recommend and the girls had dairy-free steamers which came in mugs that made them feel very fancy. Next time we're in Talkeetna we're going back to try their pizza, they have a wood-fired pizza oven and it smelled like heaven in there.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Girdwood Day Trip


Girdwood, Alaska


Stopped in at Alyeska Resort
Cross-country skied around Moose Meadows
Shopped for art at the Girdwood Art Co-op


Jack Sprat 


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Fur Rondy Carnival


Fur Rendezvous Carnival in Downtown Anchorage, Alaska


Went on rides and ate a lot of yummy food at the food carts set up around that area. It's not a huge carnival but it has rides for kids of all ages and we've always found the people running the rides to very nice and helpful.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Fur Rondy Sled Dog Races

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Downtown Anchorage Alaska


It's a 10-day event culminating in the Iditarod Ceremonial start, so usually end of February through the beginning of March.

There's also a lot of Fur Rondy activities going on so there's no shortage of things to do. Food carts, craft booths, the carnival, and other activities. Click here for more information and a schedule.

One of these years we'll make it to the Ceremonial Start too. . .We have been to the official start in Willow, this year it will be held in Fairbanks. It is so much fun I hope if you're in the area you can attend!