10 Short And Sweet Hikes To Take On The Kenai This Spring

The days are continuing to get longer and the weather has been practically the picture of perfection. With warmer air and electric sunshine rays, the snow is quickly melting and we just can’t seem to get enough! With over two months of the spring season remaining, it’s the perfect time of year to break out of hibernation and hop on these 10 awesome trails. Remember to be aware of wildlife that surrounds area trails all throughout The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground.

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1: Exit Glacier – Seward, Alaska (2.5 miles)

As one of the most popular hikes on the Kenai Peninsula, this well-maintained trail makes it easy to get into to the serene surroundings of nature without having to go too far. The remarkable views of Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park will take your breath away. Take the 2-mile loop from the Nature Center or keep on going and make it a 3 or 4 mile trek. If you’re after a longer journey, continue on up to the Harding Icefield. For more trail information, click HERE.

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2: Beluga Slough Trail – Homer, Alaska (1.2 miles)

This 1.2-mile loop trail offers scenic views overlooking Kachemak Bay, with tremendous wildlife viewing opportunities to boot. Walk the shores of Bishop’s Beach while beach combing along the way. For more trail information, click HERE.

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3: Captain Cook Beach Trail – Nikiski, Alaska (2.5 miles)

Nothing beats a long walk on the beach, especially when you have the whole place all to yourself. That’s the feeling you get out here. Enjoy the picnic area (with a million dollar view) and then take a nice flat walk on the beach with the whole family. For more trail information, click HERE.

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4: Tonsina Creek Trail – Seward, Alaska (3 miles)

This scenic 3 mile trail will lead you from the beautiful Lowell Point beach area through lush hemlock and spruce trees on to Tonsina Creek. Stop and take time to soak in the views overlooking Resurrection Bay as you enjoy gradual elevation gain. For more trail information, click HERE.

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5: Bear Mountain Trail – Sterling, Alaska (1.6 miles)

Access this short, sweet hike by taking Skilak Lake Loop to mile marker 6.9 (accessible from the Sterling or Cooper Landing) in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. You’ll climb a fairly steep .8 miles up hill, but the view you’ll be rewarded with is way worth any pain from the elevation gain. Soak in sights overlooking Skilak Lake and the robust Kenai Mountains. For more trail information, click HERE.

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6: Keen Eye & Centennial Trails – Soldotna, Alaska (.3-3 miles)

Hike along the Keen-Eye Nature Trail with interpretive information along a well-maintained path. Visitors can take a side path down to Headquarters Lake in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Continue on to the 2-mile Centennial Trail Loop to enjoy a beautiful nature escape with plentiful wildlife viewing opportunities. For more trail information, click HERE.

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7: Hidden Creek Trail – Cooper Landing, Alaska (3 miles)

This 3-mile out and back hike is located off of Skilak Lake Loop and it is a fairly flat, winding hike. You’ll go through a variety of diverse terrain, with excellent berry picking opportunities during July and August. You’ll also wind through an old burn area from the 1996 wildfire, giving you widespread views overlooking the surrounding Kenai Mountains. For more trail information, click HERE.

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8: Calvin & Coyle Trail – Homer, Alaska (1.5 miles)

Located near to town in Homer just down East End Road, this lovely little nature trail winds through thick spruce forest with enchanting widespread meadows. The observation platform overlooking the Beluga wetlands provides tremendous birding and wildlife viewing opportunities. For more trail information, click HERE.

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9: Russian River Falls – Cooper Landing, Alaska (4 miles)

Head to the Russian River Campground to access the trailhead for this awesome hike. The whole family will love the wide gravel path with gentle elevation gain. During the summer months, this is a great place to view salmon running in the streams beneath the falls. This area is also known for its frequent bear encounters, so remember to be cautious. For more trail information, click HERE.

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10: Anchor Point Beach – Anchor River State Recreation Area, Alaska (2-5 miles)

Bring a fly rod and walk the Anchor River while fishing, or head down to the soft sandy beach to walk for a few flat miles. Soak in breathtaking scenery overlooking Kachemak Bay leading to spectacular views of mountains and volcanoes in the distance. For more trail information, click HERE. Other nearby hiking areas include Stariski Creek and Whiskey Gulch.

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If you love beach walks, check out a full list of some of the Kenai Peninsula’s most beautiful sandy shores by clicking HERE. Also, we highly recommend the book 50 Hikes In Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, which is available for purchase by clicking HERE.

If you have any questions about any of these beautiful hikes, feel free to let us know in the comments below or by visiting our Facebook page. Have fun out there, adventure hounds!

15 Incredible Eco-Tourism Adventures That You Can Have On The Kenai

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Not only do we have a multitude of exceptional businesses on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground, but the entire state of Alaska is known for having some of the best tourism outfits on the entire planet. You see, what makes these companies truly stand out from the crowd is the fact that they don’t only care about their employees and visitors from all around the world, but they are also wildly passionate about Mother Nature. With care, compassion and concern for our planet both today and in the future, these businesses stand out for their dedication to sustainability. On top of all that “feel good” stuff, each and every one of these businesses offers a truly extraordinary way for visitors from all around the globe to experience the mighty last frontier. To learn more about the program that certifies green tourism businesses in Alaska, click HERE.

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1: Alaska Rivers Company – Cooper Landing

As one of the longest established outfitters on the Upper Kenai River, Alaska Rivers Company has a solid reputation of supreme satisfaction. Whether you want to enjoy a leisurely float while soaking in beautiful views of birds and wildlife, or you want to reel in fish from sun up until sun down – they have you covered. Spend your night in a private, peaceful log cabin away from all of the crowds.

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Address: Mile 50, Sterling Highway, Cooper Landing, AK 99572. Plug your GPS in HERE for directions from your current location.

2: Alaska Stillpoint Lodge – Halibut Cove

Located just across the bay from Homer, this beautiful wilderness escape will completely captivate your mind and relax your soul. Enjoy secluded log cabins surrounded by nature with awe-inspiring views overlooking Kachemak Bay. Unlimited outdoor adventures await your active lifestyle, plus you’ll enjoy the delicious cuisine and flavorful cocktails that you’ll get to indulge in come nightfall. Stillpoint Lodge can only be accessed by water taxi or air, enhancing the feel of a private island getaway.

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Address: 46877 Stillpoint Trail, Halibut Cove, AK 99603. Plug your GPS in HERE for directions from your current location.

3: Alaska Travel Adventures – Juneau, Anchorage

Alaska Travel Adventures is basically your one-stop-shop for all types of fun and adventure in the Last Frontier. This travel agency will assist you in planning your dream Alaska vacation, from luxury cruises to independent land excursions (and just about everything in between). From land to sea, they have you covered!

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Address: 9085 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK 99801. Plug your GPS in HERE for directions from your current location.

4: Alaska Wildland Adventures – Cooper Landing

Alaska Wildland Adventures offers multiple different environmentally responsible, lodge-based, small group travel adventures throughout the Kenai Peninsula and beyond. For over 40 years they have been offering top-notch Alaska vacation packages, adventure tours and wilderness lodge experiences that are guaranteed to create lifelong memories.

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For a complete look at their website with many different location addresses, click HERE.

5: Bear Paw Adventure Lodging – Anchor Point

From comfortable Alaskan log-cabin style lodging, to awe-inspiring bear viewing excursions and epic fishing trips. If you are look for one of the most fun and memorable vacations of your life, this option is sure to deliver greatness. Their mission is to provide the finest first-class Alaska hospitality experience to their highly valued and cherished guests.

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Address: 72450 Camai Road, Anchor Point, AK 99556.  Plug your GPS in HERE for directions from your current location.

6: Chugach Adventures – Girdwood

Offering absolutely epic rafting and canoe trips in the Turnagain Arm area of Alaska’s scenic Seward Byway. Enjoy paddling around icebergs on Spencer Lake or canoeing to your hearts content up the Placer River. This experience is filled with high-energy, knowledgeable guides and non-stop fun.

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Address: 1553 Alyeska Highway, Girdwood, AK 99587. Plug your GPS in HERE for directions from your current location.

7: Diamond M Ranch – Kenai

Diamond M Ranch Resort is not only highly involved with the local community, but they are also involved in sustainable agriculture and assuring that they provide a top-notch guest experience. With an award-winning RV Park, beautiful apartment-style suites with views and lots of cabins to choose from – all on an 80 acre working ranch. This third-generation family operation is dedicated to providing a once-in-a-lifetime experience to every guest that comes through.

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Address: 48500 Diamond M Ranch Road,  Kenai, AK 99611. Plug your GPS in HERE for directions from your current location.

8: Great Alaska Adventures – Sterling & Outlying Areas

What originally began as a sport fishing destination has now become one of Alaska’s oldest and most well-respected lodging operations. Today they continue to offer first-class fishing trips in addition to bear viewing, remote sea kayaking, hiking, rafting, mountain biking and plenty of combination adventures to boot. Plus we have a feeling that you’ll never sleep as soundly as you do here!

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Address: 33881 Sterling Highway, Sterling, AK 99672. Plug your GPS in HERE for directions from your current location.

9: Jason’s Guide Service – Cooper Landing

If your summer plans consist of screaming, “FISH ON” then we recommend giving Jason a shout. As an experienced Kenai River fishing guide, he will lead you on fully-guided trips for rainbow trout, dolly varden char, sockeye, silver salmon and more. With over 20 years of experience in the area, he’ll know how to show you the time of your life.

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Address: Mile Marker 48, Cooper Landing, AK 99572. Plug your GPS in HERE for directions from your current location.

10: Kayak Adventures Worldwide – Seward

Get ready to scream, “kaw kaw!” Short for Kayak Adventures Worldwide, of course. Head to Seward to hop on your exclusive eco adventure out into the shores of Resurrection Bay. This small operation has professional, highly knowledgeable guides that will lead you on some of the most jaw-dropping adventures into the Kenai Fjords National Park and beyond.

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Address: 328 3rd Avenue, Seward, AK 99664. Plug your GPS in HERE for directions from your current location.

11: Kenai Fjords Tours – Seward

Time and time again this enchanting excursion that leads through the shores of Resurrection Bay into the glorious Kenai Fjords National Park, has been rated as the top must-do attraction in all of Alaska.  Hop on your scenic day cruise and enjoy a fully guided trip as the highly knowledgeable captain naturalizes the entire journey. Watching glaciers calving, humpback whales breaching and endless wildlife and nature viewing from start to finish. Plus, the yummy lunch and warm cookies will keep you feeling full of energy throughout the entire trip.

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Address: 1304 4th Avenue, Seward, AK 99664. Plug your GPS in HERE for directions from your current location.

12: Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge – Fox Island

Head to Seward and go across the bay to the magical destination known as Fox Island, located in the middle of Resurrection Bay. Here you will find the absolutely beautiful Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge. Enjoy a private island experience with comfortable rooms, friendly guest service and delicious dining. You’ll love the peacefulness that this secluded property offers, plus you’re just minutes away from the renowned Kenai Fjords National Park

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Address: Fox Island / Resurrection Bay, 12 nautical miles southeast of Seward, Seward, AK 99664. Plug your GPS in HERE for directions from your current location.

13: Orca Island Cabins – Humpy Cove

Where glamour meets camping, you’ll find Orca Island Cabins on a perfectly peaceful private island in Humpy Cove. These eco-friendly cabin style yurts offer one of the most wow-worthy summertime ‘glamping’ experiences throughout the entire state of Alaska. Spend the day paddle boarding or kayaking around the shores of Resurrection Bay, or enjoy whale watching, birding, yoga, wildlife viewing, beach combing or just sitting back and soaking in the award-winning views.

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Address: Humpy Cove, Resurrection Bay, Seward, AK 99664. A 45 minute boat ride to Orca Island from Seward begins your adventure in style. Plug your GPS in HERE for directions from your current location.

14: Stoney Creek Canopy Adventures – Seward

This three-hour zipline tour through the Alaskan rainforest canopy offers nothing but fun and laughter from start to finish. The guides are filled with knowledge and non-stop high energy. They will not only work hard to assure that you are safe and comfortable, but they’ll give you that little ‘push off the ledge’ when you’re needing a little extra nudge. This is a family-friendly adventure that everyone will enjoy. Soar through the tree tops and enjoy spectacular wilderness views in the distance. Plus on a clear day, you might even be rewarded with a spectacular glacier view in the distance!

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Address: 1304 4th Avenue, Seward, AK 99664. Plug your GPS in HERE for directions from your current location.

15: Sunny Cove Sea Kayaking – Seward

Hop on a sea kayak and get ready to experience a place of turquoise blue waters, tidewater and hanging glaciers, islands of protected coves and rugged cliffs teeming with whales and puffins under glorious bluebird skies. When you experience this wow-worthy adventure with such wonderful guides, you’ll get way more than just a trip into the notoriously scenic Kenai Fjords National Park. This is one trip that will captivate your heart and make you fall madly in love with The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground on a whole new level.

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Address: 1304 B 4th Avenue, Seward, AK 99664. Plug your GPS in HERE for directions from your current location.

Alaska Travel Diary: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Winter Wonderland Vacation

Greetings to all my fellow adventure lovers and fans of The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. My name is Jillian Hyland and I am an Oregon resident, hospitality professional and traveling addict with an undying wanderlust for life. I’m taking over the blog for the week to share with you my personal experiences traveling to Alaska, on the tailwind of the notoriously-snowy winter season. Before we go any further you should know one thing; it’s not as hard or overwhelming as you might think! Traveling to Alaska, at any time of the year, is absolutely spectacular and easily accessible via major airline. Once you arrive, the welcoming hospitality and over-the-top adventures will fill your heart with more joy than you’ve ever dreamed imaginable. Trust me, I’m speaking from experience!

I recently had the opportunity to take a few days off from my busy city job to enjoy a little vacation time, and as I sat down to plan my trip I couldn’t stop thinking about Alaska. I wanted to visit someplace new that I’ve never been to before, and the wildly rugged yet miraculously scenic Last Frontier was calling my name.

With a goal to unplug and get off-grid, my heart was leading me to a place that would later help me not only decompress, but also totally and completely help me reset my mind and refresh my soul. The unreal scenery, picturesque views, endless outdoor activities to partake in and the ability to observe magnificent wildlife in their natural environment – that’s what I was looking forward to.

So I did it. I took the (metaphorical) polar plunge. I booked my plane ticket and packed my bags. I set out on a solo mission to experience the majestic beauty of the 49th state, all by my lonesome. Just me, myself and the Last Frontier.

Although I was planning the trip of a lifetime without bringing anyone else along to experience the magic with me, something inside me felt brave and untamed. I was ready for this. As the saying goes, “Alaska or bust!”

From the moment I landed at the airport, I was in awe of the state’s beauty, culture and charm. I arrived in Anchorage, Alaska and made my way down to Alyeska Resort. From the moment I arrived, I was wowed by the stunning facilities.

But once I went to the front desk to check in to my hotel room, the warm and friendly service nearly made my heart explode with happiness. Throughout my stay I received perfect turndown service with yummy chocolates and bottled water each day.

Of course, in true Alaskan fashion, the magic kept on pouring in when I actually entered my hotel room and found this perfect little note. Thank you to Amy for speaking right to me with this sweet caption. Coming to Alaska was me, following my star.

For the next five days, I would turn off my cell phone and focus on being present in the moment. Each morning I would wake up and enjoy a good book and a cup o’ joe while looking out the window at one of the most spectacular winter-wonderland views of my life. I had to *pinch* myself a few times to remind me that this was all real… and not just a dream!

During my stay at the resort I utilized several amenities.  I used the pool/hot tub area, onsite grab & go café and the complimentary shuttle that the staff informed me about at check in. All of these amenities were very useful during my stay. Plus, I felt very fancy in my soft, customized Alyeska Resort robe. What a neat touch!

One of the first restaurants I tried was Seven Glaciers at Alyeska Resort. I took the tram up the mountain and almost lost my mind when I experienced pristine panoramic views that (quite literally) looked like something out of my wildest dream.

Once I got to the top of the mountain, I kicked off my dining experience with a photo-op overlooking the Chugach range. This is what winter wonderland looks like in the movies, but who would have ever thought that I’d experience it in person? Absolutely incredible!

I took a brief tour of the restaurant, posing next to all the coolest attractions (of course). Now this is what I call a wine cellar! Wow!

I tried the famous ‘fizz’ drink before ordering some food. It was a very delicious concoction and the service was top-notch. The million dollar views were effortlessly brag-worthy as well.

Alaska came with a lot of firsts for me. For one, I tried sushi for the first time ever! For some reason, I’ve never taken a keen interest in sushi – but Alaska brought out something brave and ambitious inside of me. The end result? Pretty darn delicious if I do say so myself!

One of my nights in Alaska led me to a concert at The Sitzmark Bar & Grill. I loved this place! It was laid back yet super lively and it had that quintessential locals vibe, with friendly people to spark conversations with all through the evening. I had their famous nachos during the concert, which were fantastic! I loved the intimate feel of the bar and the outdoor patio area as well.

I also attended an outdoor snowboard/ski competition one evening at the base of the mountain. This was so cool because I got to watch a phenomenal event where young kids competed in performing tricks. This was hands-down one of the most memorable evenings during my time in Alaska!

One day I went out with Glacier City Snowmobile Tours for an excursion called the Real Deal Tour. Overall, what I enjoyed most about this trip was the friendliness of the staff and the knowledge that they had about the area. It was truly such a learning experience from start to finish, which was an unexpected yet highly welcomed surprise. I also learned that locals call snowmobiling “snowmachining” – just a little insider scoop for anyone who doesn’t already know this top secret intel. 😉

We rode outside of Girdwood through Portage Valley to a place that is actually a historical part of the Iditarod trail. This was another one of those *pinch me* I can’t believe it’s real type of moments.

The tour company had a small cabin in the woods where we stopped and they served the group hot cocoa, cider and fireside reindeer dogs. Eating the reindeer dogs felt so “Alaskan!” This was definitely one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had!

I had never been snow-shoeing before, but was determined to give it a shot. So that’s what I did; I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and I rented snow-shoes for one day from the lodge. They provided me with great information to nearby trails close to the resort. So just like that, I bundled up in my warm Alaskan attire and I set out into the wilderness all on my own.

At the end of the day, I realized that I covered a whopping 8 miles in total. And you know what? I loved every single second of it!  I think my favorite part of this athletic adventure was enjoying the sheer beauty of the trail, listening to nature and taking in the quietness around me. I stopped along the way for several breathtaking photo ops and truly took the time to stop and absorb the scenic wilderness that I was nestled in.

One day I even rented a fat-tire bike to further investigate all of the intriguing trails that run for miles upon miles nearby to the resort.

I used Alpine Air Alaska, Inc. for the glacier landing helicopter tour that I booked one day. I cannot say enough how incredible this experience was! Mind-blowing would probably definitely be an understatement. The pilot made me feel safe and comfortable, and provided me with an immense about of knowledge. My mind was eased knowing that I was in such good hands, and I can’t say enough about how much I appreciated the top-notch hospitality and friendly service. Hands down, I would recommend this glacier landing tour and this reputable company to anyone interested in a once-in-a-lifetime Alaskan experience.

The aerial perspectives from the helicopter provided awe-inspiring beauty that looked like something straight out of a National Geographic magazine. Towering snow-capped mountains mixed with piercing blue glaciers was enough eye-candy to last me a lifetime. The pilot even pointed out some moose down below (which was the first time I’ve ever laid eyes on a real live moose!!!) – simply amazing.

My favorite part of this journey was landing on the glacier. While educating the group with an immense amount of knowledge on our surroundings, the pilot let us walk around and explore the glacial land on an up-close-and-personal level.

The photo-ops that followed were (again) like something from my wildest dreams. This was truly a spiritual, out-of-this-world experience that I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to partake in.

On one of my final days in town, I reconnected with an old college girlfriend and we explored with Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. This place absolutely exceeded my expectations!

We cruised around and checked out moose, bears, musk ox, deer, caribou and so much more.

The picturesque mountains surrounded us were so captivating! It was almost as if every photo we snapped deserved to be on the cover of a postcard.

We watched as kiddos screamed in delight and ran alongside the local wolf pack.

At one point in time, I’m pretty sure that this adorable moose tried to give me a smooch. SWOON! All of my dreams have now officially come true. This was way too precious. Moose are my favorite wild animals and this rehabilitation facility provides such a great way for visitors to Alaska (such as myself) to experience the fascinating amounts of local wildlife.

Although I dined at a few restaurants during my time in Alaska, the place that stood out the most was Jack Sprat. The chalet style building located near the base of the mountain had a unique, creative menu that made me want to sample everything in sight.

The food was fresh, local and tasted absolutely delicious. Plus the portion sizes were HUGE, which was nice so that I had a little something extra to take back to the hotel to enjoy later in the evening if I got hungry. The service was very lively and accommodating, while the ambiance was idyllic and inviting.

Before I wrapped up my vacation to head back to the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, I had to pose for the obligatory photo with the big stuffed bear in front of the gift shop at Alyeska. Because… when in Alaska! 😉 After such a magical winter experience, I am definitely planning on returning to Alaska in the summer! At the top of my bucket list, I am interested in doing some warm weather hiking, whale watching and biking on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. If I was able to fall in love with Alaska during the winter, I can only imagine how my adoration of this beautiful state will vastly flourish during the raved-about summer season.

Need travel trips, customized seasonal itineraries or ideas for how to make your trip to The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground positively memorable? Reach out below or feel free to send us a direct message on our website or our Facebook page. Be safe out there adventure hounds, and remember that “it’s not the life in your years – it’s the years in your life.”  Travel, explore, LIVE!

Disclosure: All photos above are copyright of Jillian Hyland with sole usage rights granted to the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council. For photo usage inquiries or content material, please feel free to reach out to Jillian directly by clicking HERE.

Celebrating 12 Incredible Businesses On The Kenai – International Women’s Day

With March 8th, 2017 being International Women’s Day, we thought we’d take a moment to honor some of The Kenai’s most beloved local businesses. Each and every one of these thriving businesses offers a truly unique and special product to the many communities throughout the Kenai Peninsula. Whether you’re looking for a delicious restaurant, a spectacular lodging experience or a once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation planned by experts – you’ll find it in the wonderful list below. Enjoy all that there is to offer on the only place in the Last Frontier known as Alaska’s Playground.

1 – Pizza Boys, Soldotna

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Located in the heart of Soldotna, Pizza Boys is a local favorite that also attracts visitors from all around the world each busy summer season. Their locally, hand-tossed pizzas will make your mouth water and you won’t be able to resist all the yummy sides. Menu favorites include baked pasta dishes, oven-roasted sandwiches, hoagies, gelato and plenty of beer and wine to go around.

Address: 44686 Sterling Highway, Soldotna, AK 99669.

2 – Grouchy Old Woman B&B, Nikiski

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Located in North Kenai on the shores of Daniel’s Lake is this charming and utterly idyllic B&B escape. Watch as the moose meander about while your rest peacefully in your own private oasis. You won’t ever forget the warm-hearted hospitality that you’ll receive in this wonderful place.

Address: 48570 North Earl Drive, Kenai, AK 99611.

3 – The Driftwood Inn, Homer

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Located in the heart of Old Town Homer is the historic Driftwood Inn. This beachy gem is filled with charm and will make you feel right at home. You’ll soon see why this sweet spot has become a favorite for adventurous families and serious fishermen and women.

Address: 135 West Bunnell Avenue, Homer, AK 99603.

4 – AJ’s Oldtown Steakhouse, Homer

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Quite simply put, this little steakhouse is seriously awesome. Nice, big portions and food that is always mouth-watering. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, but the live music nights really take the experience up a notch. Sip cocktails or shoot pool in a wood–paneled interior that is perfectly Alaskan.

Address: 120 West Bunnell Avenue, Homer, AK 99603.

5 – Angels Rest on Resurrection Bay, Seward

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Nestled on the shoes of Resurrection Bay is this magnificent waterfront lodging retreat that many refer to as ‘heaven on earth.’ Enjoy exceptionally clean cabins with a million dollar view that is guaranteed to take your breath away. As you gaze out at the picturesque landscape that awaits you, you’ll experience something that looks like a masterpiece paining. Lynda Ann Martin Paquette is the owner of Angels Rest on Resurrection Bay, and she says that her favorite part about operating a business on the Kenai Peninsula is that she “can live independently in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.” This award-winning property is truly a slice of heaven on earth.

Address: 13730 Beach Drive, Seward, AK 99664.

6 – A Cabin by the Pond, Soldotna

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A Cabin by the Pond is a majestic little cabin getaway located just steps away from the world-renowned Kenai River. The artesian pond on property attracts moose, birds and a variety of wildlife that truly make the area feel like a wilderness escape. With seven different idyllic cabins to choose from, guests that stay here fall in love with cozy cabins and the warm Alaskan hospitality. Plus, it’s located just a mile away from downtown Soldotna. Cathy Sue Sargenser owns the business with her husband Jim, and she says that her favorite part of owning a leisure business is “That’s easy.  The people!  We’re honored to have the opportunity to interact and get to know people from many different nations and cultures.” She continues on by saying that they’ve entertained guests from all around the world, many of which they remain in touch with long after they return home. Lastly, she says that “It’s fun to wake up every morning knowing it will be a new adventure and opportunity to meet new friends.  I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to do.”

Address: 34480 Airport Heights Street, Soldotna, AK 99669.

7 – Odie’s Deli, Soldotna

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Odie’s Deli is a truly scrumdiddlyumptious deli restaurant located right in town Soldotna off the Sterling Highway. Local favorites include homemade soups, sandwiches, salads, cookies, and many other mouthwatering baked goods. The soft, flavorful breads are savory soups are made from scratch daily. Plus, each week they have a yummy weekly sandwich special. They even have PubQuiz trivia nights every Wednesday at 6pm and Live Music every Friday at 6pm! Tons of fun, great service, undeniably delicious food.

Address: 44315 Sterling Highway, Soldotna, AK 99669.

8 – Main Street Tap & Grill, Kenai

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There’s always something going on a Main Street Tap and Grill in Kenai! Locals and visitors alike always look forward to Karaoke Wednesday. Plus, every Friday and Saturday night you can enjoy the awesomeness of a Live Band or DJ! Monday’s and Thursday’s they have World Tavern Poker nights. The grill is filled with seriously delicious menu options and it’s always open late. If you’re a sports fanatic, you can always catch your favorite game on one of the many flat screens.

Address: 10800 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai, AK 99611.

9 – Mykel’s Restaurant, Soldotna

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This insanely delicious restaurant offers some of the best food that you’ll probably ever eat in your entire lifetime. The menu is full of delicious steaks, seafood dishes, appetizers and salads – plus a full bar with lots of local beers on tap. They even have live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Tammy Blank is the Chef and Kitchen Manager at Mykel’s Restaurant, a.k.a. the personally directly responsible for all of the mouth-watering things that you will be scarfing down ASAP. Along with Vanessa Robinson, who is the Restaurant General Manager at Mykel’s Restaurant, both of these incredible women work hard to handle all of the behind-the-scenes action that comes with being one of the best places to eat in all of Alaska. Alice Kerkvliet has been the owner of Mykel’s Restaurant for the last 18 years. She says, “I respect and trust these women and am eternally grateful for their help in promoting the tourism industry in our beautiful community and state of Alaska. They handle all the daily responsibilities, plan for the future and evaluate our progress along the way. We love being part of Alaska’s playground here on the Kenai Peninsula!”

Address: 35041 Kenai Spur Highway, Soldotna, AK 99669.

10 – Everything Bagels, Kenai & Soldotna

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This is a new name on the Kenai Peninsula, and one that the locals have quickly fallen head-over-heels in love with. Pamela Parker and her husband started Everything Bagels in their personal kitchen in February 2016. Six months after baking our first batch of bagels, they opened there store in Soldotna with their new business partners, Brooke and John Campbell. After just six more months passed, they expanded again to open their second location in Kenai. Grab a fresh baked bagel with hand-made cream cheese and you will fall in love at first bite, we guarantee it!

Soldotna Address: 44539 Sterling Highway.

Kenai Address: 610 Attla Way.

11 – Aksala Alaska, Seward

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The team at Aksala Alaska loves to “live, work, and play Alaska.” They are passionate about the beautiful state of Alaska, and they love to share it with travelers from all around the world! Go to Aksala Alaska for lodging, transportation, plus adventures and tours from Kenai Fjords National Park to Denali National Park. “Go the local way, go AKSALA ALASKA

Address: 209 4th Avenue #1, Seward, AK.

12 – Soldotna Inn, Soldotna

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The comfortable and cozy Soldotna Inn is located right near the Y in the heart of Soldotna. These affordable rooms offer a great value close to all of the best fishing holes and hiking trails. Cindy Jackinsky is the Hotel Manager that spends her days working hard to assure that operations are running efficiently while balancing the art of guest service being the utmost priority at all times. CarolAnn Wagner is the Head Housekeeper, a.k.a the behind-the-scenes ninja that keeps the fundamentals flowing like a well-oiled machine. Alice Kerkvliet has been the owner of Soldotna Inn for the last 18 years. She says, “I respect and trust these women and am eternally grateful for their help in promoting the tourism industry in our beautiful community and state of Alaska. They handle all the daily responsibilities, plan for the future and evaluate our progress along the way. We love being part of Alaska’s playground here on the Kenai Peninsula!“

Address: 35041 Kenai Spur Highway, Soldotna.

A huge “thank you” to each and every one of these incredible businesses (and all of their extraordinarily hard-working teams) for all that you do to serve our community. Locals and visitors alike are grateful to have so many top-notch restaurant, lodging and adventure establishments to choose from on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground.

17 Wildly Entertaining Winter Events That Everyone On The Kenai Loves

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Credit: Leif Hagen

Even though winter is getting ready to (hopefully) come to a close, we wanted to break into the March Madness spirit with a compilation of exceptional winter events held right here on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. Because this time of year, we all need a little extra something to help beat those wintertime blues. Without further ado, check out some of the most action-packed winter wonderland activities on the Kenai Peninsula and get ready to fall in love with the snowy season all over again.

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Credit: Eric Teela, Flickr

1 – Seward Polar Bear Jump
The Seward Polar Bear Jump is held each year during the month of January in the beautiful town of Seward on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. This fun event was started over 30 years ago in 1986. Come out dressed in your best funny costume and plunge into the waters of Resurrection Bay to help raise money for the Alaska Division of the American Cancer Society. For event information, click HERE.

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Credit: Seward City News

2 – Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race
This fun event usually kicks off around the end of January, and is an absolute ball of a time that the whole family will get into. Founded in 1983, the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race (T-200) is a non-profit organization that generally runs every winter on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. Over the years it has grown its reputation to draw competitive distance mushers from Alaska, the lower 48 states as well as international locations. For more event information and to view the locations along the trail, click HERE.

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Credit: Clint Pickarsky

3 – Holiday Event at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage
Held in the middle of December of each year, the holiday fun at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is the perfect way to ring in the magic of the season on The Kenai. Visitors can enjoy fun animal programs, crafts, pictures with some of your favorite Christmas characters and so much more. For more event information, click HERE.

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Credit: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Facebook

4 – Frozen RiverFest in Soldotna
Held in February of each year and organized by the Kenai Watershed Forum, this fun winter event is absolutely jam-packed with chilly weather fun. This epic outdoor party offers fun for the whole family including bon fires, live music, food vendors, games and a beer garden. Simply put; this is where you need to be on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. For more event information, click HERE.

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Credit: Soldotna Parks & Recreation, Facebook

5 – Winter King Salmon Tournament in Homer
Held every year at the end of winter during the month of March, the Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament is the place where angling addicts go to reel in massive king salmon from the saltwater shores in Kachemak Bay. This one-day tournament awards tens of thousands of dollars in prize money to the largest kings caught, with the top earners being in the first, second and third place spot. This event has grown to an enormous size over the years and is one of the most anticipated annual fishing tournaments on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. In fact, in 2016 over 1500 fisherman and 480 boats competed. For more event information, click HERE.

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Credit: Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament, Facebook

6 – Taste of the Kenai in Soldotna
This is a culinary experience that is sure to delight your taste-buds and overwhelm your senses. Enjoy sampling a variety of foods and drinks from local businesses all over the Kenai Peninsula, while taking part in the raffle and silent auction.  KPTMC created this event to highlight the unique culinary experiences on the Kenai Peninsula, and it has grown to be one of the most anticipated culinary events of the year. The Taste of the Kenai is held every year in March and rotates locations in the central Kenai Peninsula area. This year it will be located at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on March 31, 2017. For more event information and to buy your tickets today, click HERE.

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Credit: The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground, Facebook

7 – Christmas Comes to Kenai
Kick off your winter season each year with this incredible event hosted by the Kenai Visitor & Cultural Center. The fun starts the day after Thanksgiving in November and includes a wow-worthy parade, fun with Santa and his elves, craft fair, bonfire, yummy goodies and hot cocoa, followed by the grand finale fireworks in the evening. This is the best way to dive right into the magic of the season on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. For more event information, click HERE.

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Credit: Peninsula Clarion

8 – Tsalteshi Trails Ski-for-Women Event in Soldotna
While the name of this fun Nordic skiing event might make you think that it’s just for women, you’re wrong! Everyone is invited to join in on the awesome outdoor action. Dress up in the wildest outfit you can find and make your way to Tsalteshi Trails on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground to enjoy a skiing event on Super Bowl Sunday. The event generally begins at 11am so you’ll be back home in time for kick-off. For more event information, click HERE.

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Credit: Tsalteshi Trails, Facebook

9 – Movie in the Park at Soldotna Creek Park
It doesn’t get more Alaskan than this on The Kenai! Grab the whole family and head over to Soldotna Creek Park to enjoy a movie outside underneath the dark winter sky. Organized by the Soldotna Parks & Recreation Department, attendees should expect to bundle up and dress for cold weather while they enjoy warm cocoa, hot pizza and unlimited outdoor fun. Each winter there are four outdoor movie events to look forward to, with varying times and dates each year. For more event information, click HERE.

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Credit: Soldotna Parks & Recreation, Facebook

10 – Homer Winter Carnival  
Alaska’s halibut fishing capital of the world is a fun destination to visit, no matter what time of year it is. The fun carnival festivities are held on the second weekend in February of each year and offer the perfect solution for beating those pesky winter blues on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. For more event information, click HERE.

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Credit: Active Rain

11 – Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival in Seward
Seward’s Nordic Ski Club offers the perfect way to get jazzed about winter from the cozy comforts of an indoor theatre. If you live in this region on The Kenai, be sure that you don’t miss this incredible viewing event with a tasty pot-luck to go along with it. For more event information, click HERE.

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Credit: WinterWildlands.org

12 – Torchlight Parade & Fireworks on New Years Eve – Girdwood
We’ll keep this short and sweet; Alyeska Resort is exactly where you need to be on New Years Eve each year. The epic fun that you’ll have both participating in the parade down the slopes and viewing the incredible fireworks show is simply unmatched. While it might not be located directly on The Kenai, we can’t say enough great things about these wonderfully action-packed festivites. For more event information, click HERE.

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Credit: Alyeska Resort

13 – Peninsula Winter Games in Soldotna
Held in January of each year, kiddos and entire families flock to the festivities at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex to burn off all that extra cooped-up winter energy. Hosted by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, there is no denying that this super-fun winter event on The Kenai is one that you will completely regret missing. Enjoy games, contests, tournaments, fireworks and so much more. For more event information, click HERE.

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Credit: Nikki OConnor

14 – Holiday Weekend in Seward  
Generally held on the first weekend in December, this fun holiday bash is a blast that Seward residents on The Kenai look forward to each and every year. This old fashioned holiday festival includes local bazaars and craft shows, fun at the Alaska SeaLife Center and a glorious Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in the evening hours. For more event information, click HERE.

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Credit: Seward.com

15 – Alaska Railroad Holiday Trains
The Alaska Railroad Holiday Train kicks off in Alaska’s largest city of Anchorage and winds down the stunningly beautiful Turnagain Arm towards The Kenai. These excursions depart on a three separate Saturdays in December and have AM and PM departure times. The experience that you will have is so magical that it will likely become a cherished family tradition. Bring the kids and enjoy sweet treats while visiting with Santa Claus and his happy, friendly elves. For more event information, click HERE.

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Credit: Alaska Railroad, Facebook

16 – Christmas in the Park in Sodotna
Gather up your friends and family and head to Soldotna Creek Park on a weekend early in December to enjoy the spectacular tree-lighting festival. Enjoy cookies, cocoa, chatting with Santa Claus, a Christmas movie in the park and a spectacular tree-lighting event at the end of the night. This is a sure-fire way to plunge yourself right into the magic of the holiday season on The Kenai. For more event information, click HERE.

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Credit: Soldotna Creek Park, Facebook

17 – Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Fat Bike Event
The first annual Fat Tire Bike Event was held in January of 2017 at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage, and we have a feeling that it’ll be around for quite some time to come. Load up the kiddos or bring a group of your friends with you and enjoy biking around the snowy grounds while observing all the beautiful wildlife. It’s impossible not to have fun at this special place. For more event information, click HERE.

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Credit: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Facebook

Did we miss any of your favorites? If so, let us know and we’ll be happy to add them to the list!

7 Itsy Bitsy Tiny Towns On The Kenai That Are Perfect For A Weekend Escape

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One of the many things that we love about The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground is the diverse terrain. Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula truly is home the most spectacular displays of Mother Nature’s distinguished artwork. While we have an obvious obsession with so of the larger towns on the peninsula like Kenai, Homer, Seward and Soldotna – these tiny gems have a special kind of hold on our hearts.

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PC: Courtney Stanley

This is the kind of feeling that is indescribable in ways that you’ll only understand if you actually visit and find out for yourself. If you’ve ever been to any of these tiny treasured towns, we’re sure that you’ll get all sorts of nostalgia thinking about memories from the past. And if you’re looking for the perfect place to have a weekend escape with your friends, family or special someone – you’ll want to check every single one of these places off your bucket list this year.

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1 – Hope

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There is truly so much to do in this tiny little town located down a long, winding road off the Seward Highway heading south on the Kenai Peninsula. Stay in a quaint lodge or cabin, explore the Seaview Café and surrounding inlet sights in the distance. You won’t be able to ignore the mountains views! Fishing is very popular here in the summertime.

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PC: Vacation Rental Pics, Hirshey Cabin

Hiking is another very popular activity in Hope. Hike the 5 mile round-trip Hope Point Trail and see stunning views overlooking the famous Turnagain Arm.

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If your travels bring you to Hope during the summertime, be sure to check out a thrilling whitewater rafting excursion with Chugach Outdoor Center or NOVA River Runners Inc. Check out the awesome YouTube footage below for a sneak peek into all the adrenaline-packed fun you’ll be in for.

2 – Ninilchik

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PC: Flickr – Cecil Sanders

In this tiny town with a population of around 850 residents, you might be surprised to learn that that is so much to do here. Fishing, hiking, beach combing, atv riding and so much more.

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PC: Sarah Elzas – Flickr

Head up to the Caribou Hills to ride the ATVs or enjoy beach combing with mind-blowing mountain views overlooking the inlet.

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PC: Dan Callahan, Flickr

It’s impossible to deny one of Ninilchik’s most popular summertime attractions; saltwater fishing! Soak in the most epic mountain views while reeling in massive halibut and slippery salmon. If you aren’t afraid of having a whole lotta’ fun, this is one incredible activity that is calling your name loud and clear!

3 – Clam Gulch

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PC: Alaska.org

This tiny little gem with less than 200 residents is a great place to go escape the crowds and soak up some peaceful tranquility.

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Spend the weekend playing at the beach, hiking or riding ATVs then prepare for a life-changing sunset view at the end of the day.

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Sit back and soak in the scenic beauty of waves crashing against the shore in Clam Gulch by peeping the YouTube video below. If peace and relaxation is what you’re after, this town is meant for you!

4 – Cooper Landing

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The charming mountain town with some of the bluest water that you’ll ever see. Enjoy fascinating snow-capped peaks and the glacial fed waters of Kenai Lake and the Kenai River.

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PC: Ian Collins, Flickr

While the renowned fisheries are incredibly noteworthy within themselves, we also love the glorious hiking opportunities in Cooper Landing. There are also lots of incredible eco-tours in the area such as rafting, horseback riding, kayaking and paddle boarding.

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PC: Dan Logan, Flickr

As if you aren’t already convinced that a weekend escape to Cooper Landing is an incredibly good idea, just do yourself a favor and watch the quick six minute video below. The fascinating drone footage will make your heart pound right out of your chest. There really is nothing more glorious than The Kenai!

5 – Moose Pass

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PC: Jimmy Emerson, DVM

The little drive-by town on the way to Seward, where if you blink – you’ll miss it. Be sure to stop by Tern Lake at the Sterling Highway junction to soak in one of the most picturesque views in all of the state.

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PC: Maria Fletcher Stark

Spend the day checking out the gorgeous Trail Lake or head into the backcountry for a backpacking trek to Crescent Lake.

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PC: Kevan Dee, Flickr

Check out the YouTube video below and enjoy seeing the most spectacular aerial footage of Moose Pass from a floatplane. It really is a hidden gem of a town just nestled perfectly in the middle of nowhere.

6 – Nikiski

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PC: Dan Logan, Flickr

This community out north on the Kenai Spur Highway is a lot more than just an oil & gas town. For starters, the voluptuous volcanic views are guaranteed to take your breath away.

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PC: Travis, Flickr

Where the gravel road ends, the epic trail riding begins. This is a locals spot that offers non-stop muddy fun from dusk until dawn. Head to Captain Cook State Recreational Area for some hiking, beach combing, horseback riding or a long walk on the beach with your dogs.

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PC: Amy Meredith, Flickr

Here’s the thing; Nikiski is heavily underrated. When you head all the way out that north road, you literally can escape into a realm of total peace and quiet. We happen to love Captain Cook State Recreation Area, partially because nothing beats the sunset views at the locale. Just check out the great YouTube video below and see for yourself.

7 – Seldovia

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PC: John M, Flickr

This idyllic little coastal town is worth the ‘off the beaten path’ trip in. Head down to Homer and hop on a boat or the ferry and make your way over the Seldovia, population 280.

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PC: Andrea Pokrzywinski

Popular activities in town include beachcombing, hiking and some of the most incredible saltwater fishing on the Kenai Peninsula. Seldovia also has incredibly charming lodging options and some delicious eateries as well.

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PC: Andrea Pokrzywinski

The utterly phenomenal YouTube video below from Seldovia Native Association Inc. will make you fall madly in love with Seldovia, if you aren’t already head over heels. Give it a quick peep and get ready to plan your 2017 vacation getaway to this coastal paradise.

That’s all for now, friends! Get out and explore all these sweet hidden gems that can only be found right here on the Kenai Peninsula.

30 Outdoorsy Alaskan Instagram Accounts That Everyone On The Kenai Should Follow ASAP

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Now that we are gliding along smoothly into the New Year, we wanted to take a moment to stop, reflect and share. Since we live in the most beautiful place in the world (aka – The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground), sometimes it’s easy for us to get wrapped up in our own little slice of paradise. But what we’ve noticed along the way is that our fellow Alaskan friends, colleagues and adventure-lovers have some of the best kept secrets in the great 49th state. So what’s all the hush-hush about? These 30 Instagram accounts are filled with so much phenomenal eye-candy that you won’t be able to contain your love affair with the Last Frontier. Fuel your wanderlust and fall head over heels in love with Alaska (again, and again, and again) after you follow each and every one of these insanely awesome pages. No matter where your travels take you this year, we know that you won’t regret putting The Kenai at the top of your bucket list.

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1 – @JohnHallsAlaska. Check out all the behind the scenes action of these fully guided small group tours. See the best of what Alaska has to offer!

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2 – @TravelAlaska. The State of Alaska Tourism Office shares incredible attractions all across the Last Frontier. You won’t be able to contain your excitement, trust us.

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3 – @TheAlaskaLife. If there was ever a doubt in your mind that living in Alaska was the definition of ‘living the dream’ – this is all the proof in the puddin’ that you need. Absolutely brilliant photography and incredible stories from locals across the Last Frontier will leave you in a constant state of awe.

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4 – @AlaskaTravel. Alaska Travel at Alaska.org will show you sides to Alaska that you only thought existed in your wildest dreams. Be sure to check out the Alaska map and start making all of your Alaska dreams come true.

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5 – @CabinLife_Alaska. Because sometimes it’s just good for the heart to follow the solace perspective of off-the-grid living in interior Alaska. Simply put, these snaps are food for the soul.

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6 – @AlaskaUltimateSafaris. Alaska bear watching and glacier viewing is just so much cooler when you experience it from the comforts of a helicopter. This unforgettable excursion is unlike anything else in the world. See a side to the Kenai Peninsula like never before.

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7 – @VisitSoldotna. Catch the latest on what life is like inside Alaska’s Kenai River City by following this great page today. The beautiful photography will make you fall in love with all four seasons on a whole new level.

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8 – @KenaiFjordsNPS. Follow all the stunning latest on the renowned Harding Icefield and get up close and personal with some of the most jaw-dropping displays of raw nature and marine wildlife in the salty shores of Resurrection Bay.

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9 – @VisitHomer. Alaska’s halibut fishing capital of the world is home to so many renowned treasures. Visit the Homer Spit, go fishing in Kachemak Bay or spend the afternoon chasing down phenomenal photography opportunities. Just about every nook and cranny of this town will delight your heart with joy.

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10 – @AkWildlife. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage is such a prized gem that locals adore and visitors are continuously amazed by. Follow them today and keep up to date on what all the cutest rehabilitation animals are doing to keep strong and happy in the Last Frontier.

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11 – @ResortAlyeska. Head to the most beloved ski town in the world where you’ll find the incredible Alyeska Resort. This resort offers endless powder play dates in the wintertime as well as some of the most epic hiking and backpacking destinations during the summertime. Hop on a trail or shred the pow, but if you’re stuck at home – follow all the magic on Insta.

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12 – @AlaskaWildland. Uniquely, responsibly and exclusively Alaskan adventures dating all the way back to 1977. For top notch tours, lodging and backcountry adventures in the Last Frontier – you need to follow these fine folks ASAP.

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13 – @JimmieJackFishing. This awesome Alaska fishing lodge is located right here on the Kenai Peninsula. Stay up to speed with what’s being caught and be sure to plan your next halibut, salmon or multi-species fishing trip today.

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14 – @26glaciers. This luxury glacier viewing tour out of Prince William Sound in Whittier was voted best in the state by locals, and after you see these jaw-dropping photos you’ll completely understand why. This is a bucket list must!

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15 – @AlaskaRailroad. The most beautiful train rides in the world lead you right to the Kenai Peninsula, you just have to hop on and experience the magic for yourself. This Insta page will make you seriously need to start planning your Alaskan adventures ASAP.

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16 – @AlaskaCollection. Formerly Alaska Denali Travel, the Alaska Collection offers the best of the best in Alaska vacation planning options. From the Kenai Peninsula, Katmai, Lake Clark, Seward, Talkeetna, up into Denali and so much more. Just start exploring and you’re sure to stumble upon something that lights a fire in your adventurous spirit.

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17 – @AlaskaBearAdventures. If adorable bear cubs roaming in the raw wilderness makes your heart absolutely explode with happiness, this page (and these tours) is exactly what you need. Head down to Homer this summer to experience the fun in person!

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18 – @TravelJuneauAK. If you haven’t noticed already, our love for the Last Frontier runs deep. So deep that our neighbors in the Southeast community of Juneau have us lusting over their gorgeous outdoor wonderland. From the sights of Mendenhall Glaciers to the lush rainforest beauty inside the Tongass National Park – we can’t get enough!

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19 – @KenaiRiversideFishing. There is just nothing like them summer nights spent out on the banks of the Kenai River fishing beneath the midnight sun. Mountains, river, trout, salmon – oh my! This guiding diary makes us get a major case of heart-eyes!

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20 – @AlaskaMarineHighway. Visiting Alaska via the picturesque marine highway is an experience unlike any other in the world. View majestic mountains towering above you out of the ocean while the occasional breaching whale pops up to greet you on the bow. Mind-blowing? You better freakin’ believe it. Only in Alaska baby!

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21 – @OrcaIslandCabins. Head to Seward and make your way out to the idyllic shores of Humpy Cove where you’ll find Orca Island Cabins. The yurt style lodging offers the most perfect ‘glamping’ experience while the eco-activities available at your disposal will charm the socks right off of you. Go whale watching via stand-up paddleboard or kayak around the bay while birding.

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22 – @SeldoviaBayFerry. Life beyond the Homer Spit in the remote coastal town is just about as scenic as can be. Literally just following the Insta page will completely relax you, but we highly encourage you to take a trip on the ferry this summer and reward yourself with the ultimate Kenai Peninsula getaway.

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23 – @great_alaska_adventures. Livin’ the dream never felt so good. Follow the ultimate outdoorsy adventures with Great Alaska team and find yourself flocking to The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground for fishing and travel fun.

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24 – @AlaskaSealifeCenter. Scientific knowledge mixed with stunning photographs helps to promote the understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. This is not only a great (indoor) place to take the family to enjoy during the chilly winter months, but it’s also an absolutely blast any other time of year as well. Caution: cuteness overload will occur in heavy doses.

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25 – @PrincessAlaskaLodges. Plan on taking a cruise up to Alaska? If so, you better start following this Insta page like right this very second. Extend your time in the Last Frontier with a land excursion package that will lead you to the most stunning Alaskan lodges in the 49th state. Trust us, the photos will do something crazy to your adventurous heart.

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26 – @DiscoverValdez. Home to the snowiest area in the entire state and the most awe-inspiring views of Mother Nature. This might be one of the most wow-worthy adventure capitals in the entire state. A huge shout-out to our neighbors for continuing to share the renowned beauty of Alaska with all of us!

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27 – @TurningHeadsKennel. We have a secret to share that we can no longer keep quiet about. We are freakin’ crazy-obsessed with dog mushing. It’s just the most incredible sport of pure resilience, compassion and power. To overcome such tremendous boundaries to then come together as a team, (wo)man and dog – there is nothing more admirable. This Insta account just lights a special spark in our hearts. You’ll see why after just one glance.

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28 – @StillPointLodge. A sweet, sweet island escape that you’ve been dreaming about all your life. THAT, my friends – is exactly what you’ll find here. The towering fjords, majestic mountains and enchanting views of Kachemak Bay will utterly blow you away.

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29 – @MillersLandingEscape. The idyllic town of Seward will lead you to a peaceful slice of paradise known as Lowell Point. The large beach area with towering mountains in the distance is like a scene straight out of a dream. Millers Landing also just so happens to be your one-stop option for lodging and recreational activities.

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30 – @InletCharters. Inlet Charters Across Alaska out of Homer is who you need to be with when you want to have a blast and catch a ton of fish. Reel in halibut or salmon, or spend the afternoon on a renowned wildlife viewing tour. Whatever you do, don’t forget to follow this crew on Insta and book a trip for the 2017 season before it’s too late!

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Safe travels to all of our dear friends out there and remember that you can always reach out to us at any time if you need help planning your dream Kenai Peninsula vacation.

 

The Kenai’s 3-Day Romantic Road Trip Perfect For A Valentines Day Getaway

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Congrats – you’ve officially made it through the first month of 2017! Now it’s time to reward yourself for all that endless hard work by taking an extended weekend escape through some of The Kenai‘s most spectacular towns and small businesses. Just encase you’re stuck working a dreaded five day work week, we kicked off this epic romantic adventure with a relaxing dinner and a million dollar view – just to assure that you completely unwind before diving into all the weekend fun. The entire trip takes six hours and includes three overnight stays at some of the most charming hospitality accommodations on The Kenai. So get ready to eat to your hearts content, sleep peacefully and spend your days playing in the most awe-inspiring paradise in the Last Frontier. Be prepared to make The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground your new favorite vacation destination.

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Day One:

Five Star Dinner at Seven Glaciers Restaurant at Alyeska Resort – Girdwood. Watch as skiers and snowboarders fly down the slopes underneath you as you devour gourmet cuisine and casually sip on fine wine. Time it right and you’ll be able to enjoy a sky-high sunset that will electrify your entire world.

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PC: Yelp – Mel W.

Chase The Northern Lights – Kenai Lake. Head south on the Seward Highway to The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. Once you arrive in Cooper Landing, you’ll be immediately blown away by the scenic beauty that surrounds you. Take an evening stroll underneath the stars at Kenai Lake and look up – you just might spot the miraculous Aurora Borealis dancing overtop of you.

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PC: Michael DeYoung Photography

Hot Tub & Riverfront View at Eagle Landing Resort – Cooper Landing. This charming riverfront spread is surprisingly open all year long, which is such a tremendous treat for visitors to the area. Book a cabin and spend the night soaking in the peace and quiet the surrounds you with the company of your sweetheart by your side.

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PC: Facebook – Kelly Snow at Eagle Landing Resort

Day Two:
Scenic Pullout at Russian River Confluence – Cooper Landing. Sleep in or get up early and seize the day. Don’t leave Cooper Landing without stopping at the Russian River Confluence to soak in the magical wintertime views of the Kenai River.

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PC: Courtney Stanley

Coffee Date at Veronica’s Café – Kenai. Head to the historic fishing town of Kenai to grab a delicious breakfast pastry and hot cup of coffee to enjoy with your sweetheart. If you’re feeling like getting some fresh air, head down to the beach and take a wintertime stroll while soaking in views of Cook Inlet and Mt. Redoubt in the distance.

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PC: Facebook – Veronica’s Café by Mike Haggerty

Local Lunch at Duck Inn – Soldotna. Grab a burger or a hot sandwich in the casual local hot spot. While you’re at it, enjoy a game or pool while sipping on a draft beer.

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PC: Facebook – The Duck Inn, Soldotna

Sweet Shopping Fun at Alaska Berries – Soldotna. The northernmost winery in North America offers so many delightful things that you’re guaranteed to love. Enjoy shopping for wines, jams, syrups, vinegar’s, vinaigrette’s and much more!

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PC: Facebook – Alaska Berries

Romantic Dinner at Mykel’s Restaurant – Soldotna. This local spot always does Valentine’s Day right. Get ready to dine on incredible food that you’ll be itching to rave about to all of your friends and family. King crab, steak, chicken, salmon, lamb and so much more.

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PC: Facebook – Mykel’s Restaurant

Night Cap at Bridge Lounge – Soldotna. Finish the night off by heading to this wonderful atmosphere where you can enjoy a drink and good conversation with your special someone.

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PC: Facebook – Bridge Lounge

Cozy Fireside Cabin at Escape For Two – Soldotna. Just a few minutes outside of Soldotna heading towards Kasilof, turn on Tote Road and it’ll lead you to this idyllic little staycation that is the perfect place for you and your honey to enjoy a nice night together.
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PC: Facebook – Escape For Two

Or… A Winter Wonderland Riverfront Retreat at Gallery Lodge – Kasilof. Head a little further down the road going south on the Sterling Highway and you’ll stumble upon this magnificent lodging option that will transport you and your sweetheart right into a winter wonderland paradise.
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PC: Facebook – Gallery Lodge Kasilof AK

Day Three:
Homestyle Breakfast at Rocky’s Café – Kasilof. You’ll love all the local paintings on the walls and artwork displays in this cozy café. The gift shop is also quite impressive. For breakfast, fill up on all the classic favorites that you’ve loved since childhood.
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PC: Courtney Stanley

Peaceful Relaxing Stroll For Two – Clam Gulch Recreational Area. After breakfast, walk it off in Clam Gulch and have a fun morning watching eagles soar in the distance while beach combing.
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PC: Courtney Stanley

Mountainside Burger Lunch at Freddie’s Roadhouse – Ninilchik. Head up into the Caribou Hills and enjoy epic mountain views while chowing down on a yummy home-style burger, just how mama used to make it.
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PC: Facebook – Freddie’s Roadhouse

Wine Tasting at Bear Creek Winery – Homer. It doesn’t get more romantic than tasting award-winning wine in the ‘halibut fishing capital of the world’. You’ll love the genuine service that you’ll find here along with all the wildly unique fruit wines. That Blueberry Zin is calling our names!
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PC: Facebook – Bear Creek Winery and Lodging

Hot Tub & Million Dollar View at Land’s End Resort – Homer. Charming rooms at the end of the Homer Spit with the most epic panoramic view overlooking the world-renowned Kachemak Bay State Park.
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PC: Land’s End Resort

Enjoy A Couple’s Massage at Renewal Spa – Homer. Because there is no greater way to end a fun-filled romantic weekend road trip than by soaking in a long sensual massage hand-in-hand with your special someone.
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Facebook – Land’s End Resort

Love the idea of a weekend getaway, but aren’t traveling through these regions on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground? Don’t worry – we’re here to help! Reach out to us and let us know if you need any help planning the perfect Kenai Peninsula road trip adventure.

10 Adventure Travel Videos On The Kenai That Will Give You Wanderlust For Life

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There is a reason why they call our stunningly beautiful backyard The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. No where else in the mighty last frontier will you find as many ample outdoor opportunities as you will on the Kenai Peninsula. Our majestic mountains will take you above it all and leave you with some of the most jaw-dropping views that you will ever experience in your lifetime. Our glistening glaciers are not only fascinating to look at, but they are also a blast to hike around and even camp next to.

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PC: Katmai National Park & Preserve – Facebook

We can’t forget about the incredible amount of wildlife that roams freely from land to river and sea on the Kenai Peninsula. It’s almost impossible to visit this renowned area without a chance run in with bears, moose, eagles, whales, caribou, seals, otters and truly so much more.

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PC: Trover.com

As January is now in full swing, we imagine that you’re probably starting to think about where your summer travels will take you in 2017. Before you go any further, we want to tell you that there is absolutely no other place in the world that you should put on your list above a visit to The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. Not only does this prominent and popular area have an unlimited amount of outdoor activities for you to enjoy, but there are also a ton of laid back excursions that visitors can embark on if they want to relax and have a less strenuous vacation.

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PC: Alaska Railroad – Facebook

Best of all? Just about any itinerary throughout the State of Alaska can easily be combined with a trip to the Kenai Peninsula. So whether you’re coming up to the 49th state via cruise ship, hopping on the Alaska Railroad or just renting an RV and ‘going with the flow’ – you’ll find all the magic you need to fuel your wanderlust for life. Not convinced? Be sure to check out these 10 awesome adventure videos and we are sure that your mind will quickly be changed.

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1 – This fly fishing video throughout the Kenai Peninsula will have you itching to flip for reds and spend your summer nights dancing beneath the midnight sun with your closest friends.

2 – Free and foggy! This fun traveling ‘van life’ video proves that the Kenai Peninsula is effortlessly beautiful, even when it’s foggy and rainy outside. There is no denying that hiking up to Exit Glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park is a magical experience, even when the skies aren’t blue.

3 – If you’re coming up to the last frontier to experience as much of the state as possible, you’ll love this father/son video that shows them traveling via RV and stopping in places such as Anchorage, Seward, Valdez, Tok, Fairbanks, Denali National Park & Preserve, Fairbanks and many others along the way. Talk about the best family bonding idea ever!

4 – It’s hard to hide the excitement that comes along with rainbow trout fishing on the Kenai River. Can you say HOG WILD? Yeah baby!

5 – If you thought that the Kenai Fjords National Park out of Seward was an incredible place before, you’ll be completely mind-blown after watching this phenomenal aerial footage. Alaska, take me away!

6 – Alaska’s ‘halibut fishing capital of the world’ from above… WOW! We are speechless. The perspective of the docks is truly brilliant. Not to mention, the drone footage capturing Dall sheep running wild across the rocky cliff faces in Seward is a complete masterpiece moment.

7 – This light and breezy video fills our hearts with summertime nostalgia. Nothing beats the joy that comes along with reeling in a salmon, steelhead or rainbow trout on the world-famous Kenai River or the less known Anchor River. Now we are ready for a night spent laughing around the campfire.

8 – This drone footage coupled with a perfectly peaceful melody captures the essence of fall on The Kenai beautifully. We love our sweet small town life and the unbelievable amounts of raw nature that surrounds us from land to sea. On another note, we could sunset gaze over Cook Inlet for a million years and never get tired of it.

9 – What stands out to us about this great footage is how ‘easily accessible’ such wonderful sights can be on the peninsula. A simple drive through town can present adorable wildlife viewing opportunities right before your very eyes (those wobbly little baby moose- aww!), whereas a sweet stroll down the docks in Seward or Homer might just mean that you get to observe otters swimming around right beneath your feet.

10 – We will finish up our list with this excellent Alaska-wide video that shows not only how beautiful places like Seward, Homer and the Kenai Fjords National Park are, but also outlying attractions such as Denali National Park, Katmai National Park, Talkeetna, Hatcher Pass and more. If you were unsure about visiting Alaska, this will change your mind in an instant.

Safe travels out there, adventure hounds! If you ever need any tips or tidbits along the way, always feel free to reach out to us directly and we will be happy to help you plan the most epic vacation of your lifetime.

16 Majestic Moments From 2016 On The Kenai

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The time has come and gone and we’ve officially said goodbye to 2016 on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. From season to season we were absolutely spoiled last year with the most epic displays of raw nature, adorable wildlife, magical mountains and glistening glacier views. We enjoyed every second of our peaceful ‘off season’ months and welcomed visitors from all around the world with arms wide open during the summer months. Here is a collection of some of our most memorable moments from the year as shared through the eyes and camera lenses of our loyal, loving fans and followers. With that being said, we are ready to make 2017 better than ever and can’t wait to share the journey with all of you, every step of the way. Wishing all of our friends out there a safe and Happy New Year!

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PC: Renee Gilbert Photography

1 – We started January off with this incredible photo of a sow and her cub enjoying some private time on the beach at Naknek Lake in Katmai National Park. It’s impossible not to fall in love with that adorable baby face staring right at you!

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PC: Ian Stotesbury

2 – February brought us so much more than just sweet nothings during Valentines Day. This phenomenal aerial view overlooking Cooper Landing left us utterly breathless. That turquoise blue color was enough certainly eye-candy to get us through the rest of the winter.

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PC: Patrick Thun

3 – When late February rolled around and we got a glimpse of this adorable photo of two young girls eating breakfast while a moose peeked inside, our hearts about exploded. This is pure joy and happiness in a single photo.

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PC: Jeremiah Frye

4 – When March finally rolled around after a long winter, everyone fell in love with this iconic sign. To us, this represents a one-way ticket to the very best place to be in all of the Last Frontier!

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PC: Prentis T. (Tom) Keener, Jr.

5 – Late March spoiled us with this enchanting nighttime view overlooking the Homer Spit. We are so enchanted by the way that the lights reflect into the shores of Kachemak Bay and the way that the mountains jolt up into the air thousands of feet above sea level.

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PC: Carl Knutson

6 – A foggy April evening in Homer turned into a very alluring photo shoot when the clouds covered the low ceiling with bits of the sun sporadically peaking through.

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PC: Lynn Anderson

7 – One of the most magical moments in May came when a full moon was spotted at sunrise overtop of a fishing vessel in Kachemak Bay out of Homer, Alaska. Again with that spectacular reflection!

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PC: Joshua Stills

8 – June is always a special month on The Kenai because it marks the official start of summer. This photo of a few happy outdoorsmen floating the upper Kenai River definitely gave us fishing fever!

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PC: Double Haul Fly Fishing

9 – When the fireweed was in full bloom in July, we were at a complete loss for words. I mean c’mon now! This is one of the most incredible sights in the entire world. The mountains in the background add a lovely dimension to the overall setting as well.

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PC: Laurel Bill Author

10 – This August photo of two moose smooching shared by Summit Lake Lodge in Moose Pass made us almost explode with happiness. These wild creatures are simply stunning when observed in their natural element.

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PC: Summit Lake Lodge

11 – When September rolled around, this rare photo of the Alaska Railroad, a boat pulling a fishing boat and a black bear lounging in a tree had us screaming with amazement. This just might be the most ‘only in Alaska’ moment of the year. Incredible!

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PC: Channel 2 Weather Team by Satrina Lord

12 – Not only did October spoil us with stunning views of fall foliage, but this picture-perfect shot of a bull moose jumping across a chain length fence to join the other neighborhood moose was completely jaw-dropping. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!

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PC: Phil Pringle

13 – Summertime might be when the rest of the world prefers to visit Alaska’s Playground, but we think the winter months are our best kept secret. This winter wonderland shot overlooking the Kenai River at the Russian River Confluence in Cooper Landing is our proof of that.

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PC: Courtney Stanley

14 – The cutest (and most ‘liked’) picture from November came when these two absolutely adorable reindeer baby reindeer came trotting across our computer screen. It is impossible to deny that this picture is the cutest thing you’ve seen all winter!

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PC: The Meta Picture

15 – We couldn’t get enough of this adorable spring bear cub after he got all muddy playing with his two siblings in the tidal flats of Cook Inlet. Is your heart melting? Ours is too!

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PC: Lisa Aikenhead

16 – Last but FAR from least is this majestic photo from our neighbors in the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan. Sunsets like this are truly a force to be reckoned with.

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PC: Carlos Rojas

Wishing all of your friends, fans and followers a safe and happy 2017! Be sure to put a visit to The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground at the tippy top of your bucket list this year. We know you won’t regret it!

20 New Year’s Resolutions That Everyone On The Kenai Should Embrace In 2017

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PC: Ragamuffin Brian – Flickr

2017 is coming in hot and we are excited to ring in the New Year in the most magnificent place in the world – The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. As the New Year unfolds, we anxiously await the opportunity to get outdoors and embrace all the natural wonders that our enchanting backyard has to offer. These 20 resolutions are good reminders that the most important things in life are those in which can not be bought. So soak up the beauty that life has to offer and remember to never take a single day for granted.

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PC: Dr. Deno – Filckr

1 – Express appreciation on a daily basis.

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PC: American Magazine

2 – Even in the toughest situations, seek to focus on the positive.

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PC: Courtney Stanley

3 – Always forgive yourself and others.

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PC: Keri Wellman – Flickr

4 – Never stop improving; always try to be the best version of yourself for you and those around you.

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PC: USDA Forest Service Alaska – Flickr

5 – Surround yourself with people that bring out the best in you.

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PC: Steve Jurvestson – Flickr

6 – Spend as much time with Mother Nature as possible.

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PC: Dan Logan – Flickr

7 – Take time every week to unplug and be present.

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PC: Christoph Strassler – Flickr

8 – Get involved with your local community and open your heart to new friends.

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PC: USDARD LAPAS photo by James Pendleton US Department of Agriculture – Flickr

9 – Go easy on yourself and remember that you are human.

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PC: Jean Guy Dallaire – Flickr

10 – Visit a place you’ve never been before.

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PC: Kelly Marcum – Flickr

11 – Find peace with being alone.

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PC: Dan Logan – Flickr

12 – Face your fears head on.

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PC: Dan Logan – Flickr

13 – Chase as many sunrises and sunsets as possible.

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PC: Courtney Stanley

14 – Get outside every single day.

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PC: Kevan Dee – Flickr

15 – Seek out untouched wilderness areas and be a trail blazer.

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PC: Dan Logan – Flickr

16 – Laugh every day, don’t take yourself too seriously and love with no limitations.

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PC: Rob Baird – Flickr

17 – Life is short; get busy living.

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PC: Dr. Deno – Flickr

18 – When you’re feeling low, let nature be your healing guide.

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PC: Courtney Stanley

19 – Fuel your wanderlust fire.

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PC: Bureau of Land Management – Flickr

20 – Work hard, be kind, stay humble.

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PC: SwanNPS – Flickr

Wishing all of our friends, fans and neighbors a safe and happy New Year! Let’s make 2017 the best one yet on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground!

Dreaming Of A White Christmas? These 25 Stunning Photos Of The Kenai Will Fill Your Heart With Joy!

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PC: Dan Logan, Flickr

If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas and you aren’t as lucky as we are (since we get to actually live in this magical place!) we thought we’d spoil you with an abundance of snowy, wintery eye-candy. The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground is exceptionally special this time of year. Every direction you look will transport you directly into a winter wonderland paradise. From towering mountain views, to peaceful river beds and busy city streets – the magic of the holiday season is simply undeniable on the Kenai Peninsula. Just see for yourself… 🙂

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PC: Leslie Richards

1 – A picture perfect day gives way to the beautifully colored turquoise waters of the Kenai River at the Russian River confluence.

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PC: Courtney Stanley

2 – Docked boats in Seward, Alaska look stunning against a snowy mountain backdrop.

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PC: Dan Logan, Flickr

3 – Riding the chair lift at Alyeska Resort up into the clouds and above the snowy mountain peaks.

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PC: Alyeska Resort, Facebook

4 – The upper Kenai River looks perfectly peaceful this time of year when all the anglers are hibernating for the winter.

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PC: Courtney Stanley

5 – A musher takes his sled dog team across an open sea of snow on the Kenai Peninsula.

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PC: Chris McLennan

6 – Even rest stops on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground get transformed into a winter wonderland paradise this time of year.

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PC: Steve Kocino, Flickr

7 – Driving on the Seward Highway can be dangerous any time of year, but during the winter months the magical snowy views make the trip totally worth the while.

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PC: Courtney Stanley

8 – As the Kenai River freezes and thaws with changing winter temps, the fascinating views get elevated to a whole new level.

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PC: Visit Soldotna, Facebook

9 – A single tree lit up with Christmas lights turns this whole area near Summit Lake into a peaceful holiday paradise.

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PC: The Alaska Life

10 – On that same note, it’s impossible to deny that a Summit Lake Lodge cabin getaway is a picturesque experience this time of year. WOW!

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PC: Summit Lake Lodge, Facebook

11 – Solitude amongst the clouds can be found on the Lost Lake Trail near Seward.

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PC: Dan Logan, Flickr

12 – Frost heaves, crisp temps and cloudy skies make for a fierce winter photo-op on The Kenai.

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PC: Shawn Biessel

13 – A group of seals take a break from swimming by resting on floating ice chunks off the Homer Spit in Kachemak Bay.

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PC: Wonderlane, Flickr

14 – The view from Slaughter Ridge above Kenai Lake takes the rewards of winter hiking on The Kenai to a whole new level.

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PC: Rusty Muffin Meanderings

15 – The Alaska Railroad knows how to ring in the holiday season in style, there is no denying that. WOW!

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PC: Kirk Alkire

16 – Spotting an alpenglow is always a treat, but it’s exceptionally special when it happens while driving through the pass.

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PC: Courtney Stanley

17 – Catching air in a magical mountain town such as Cooper Landing is an extreme way to celebrate the cheerfulness of the holiday season.

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PC: Eric Teela, Flickr

18 – Leave the big city of Anchorage and head towards The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground for a one way ticket to a winter wonderland paradise.

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PC: Jennifer Robinson

19 – The aerial views overlooking Resurrection Bay are like something straight out of a dream this time of year.

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PC: Dan Logan, Flickr

20 – So you think all the bears are hibernating? Think again! This guy is showing off his best snow dancing skills for one lucky photographer to enjoy.

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PC: NorthernLights Design

21 – Alyeska Resort looks like it belongs right on the front of a post card. This place sure knows how to make the snowy months look good!

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PC: Renee Gilbert Photography

22 – When you think about winter on The Kenai, this is the exact image that should come to your mind each and every time. Peaceful, serene and breathtakingly beautiful.

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PC: Bing

23 – The soft and serene views overlooking a wintery Kelly Lake are enough to fill your heart full of love and happiness.

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PC: Mark Pierson Photography

24 – Another one of the historic Alaska Railroad because we just can’t get enough of those brilliant blue and yellow Alaska colors against a snow mountainous backdrop.

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PC: Rmevet Photography

25 – Sixmile River Valley looking south towards the charming little town of Hope is a snowy, wintery dream this time of year.

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PC: Wonderlane, Flickr

Wishing all of our friends, fans and neighbors on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground a safe and happy holiday season!

25 Surefire Ways To Have A Holly, Jolly Christmas On The Kenai

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground! If the chilly days and heavy snowfall has you itching to get out of the house, don’t fret – we’ve got you covered! This epic list will keep you covered from outdoor adventures, to sweet indulgences, to scrumptious local restaurants, to fun community events and just about everything in between. No you won’t have a single excuse not to have a holly, jolly Christmas on The Kenai!

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PC: Sebastian Saarloos

1 – Surround yourself with those that you love the most.

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PC: Christopher Porter – Flickr

2 – Give to those in need and make your heart smile a little extra.

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PC: Wonderlane – Flickr

3 – Drive through some new neighborhoods and soak in all the sparkling Christmas lights.

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PC: Joey Tripp – Flickr

4 – But first, stop by a local coffee shop for a caffeine and hot chocolate fix. Peppermint mochas anyone?

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PC: Veronica’s Café – Facebook

5 – Grab your special someone and enjoy a walk by the river while soaking in a magical winter, wonderland view.

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PC: Visit Soldotna – Facebook

6 – Find a sledding hill and let the kiddo’s burn off all that sugar from the candy, cookie and fudge overload.

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PC: OakleyOriginals – Flickr

7 – Go wildlife viewing and show your visitors just how epic your backyard truly is.

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PC: NorthernLights Designs – Facebook

8 – Rent a hotel room for the night and enjoy some quiet time away from all the stresses of everyday life.

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PC: Land’s End Resort – Facebook

9 – Or take a weekend trip to a cozy B&B and enjoy a splendid change of scenery, without having to travel far.

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PC: Escape For Two – Facebook

10 – Take a snowy walk on the beach with your four legged companions.

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PC: songwoman – Facebook

11 – Get involved with festive community events and enjoy fun for the whole family.

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PC: Soldotna Creek Park – Facebook

12 – Cheat on your diet before the New Year rolls around! Visit some of The Kenai’s best bakeries and candy shops and indulge a little, won’tcha. Apple fritter anyone? We’ll take two!

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PC: The Moose Is Loose – Facebook

13 – Got Christmas shopping to do? Shop local! Visit some of The Kenai’s most creative boutiques, seafood processors, automotive outfits and more. Support local businesses because it just feels good!

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PC: KenaiPeninsula.org

14 – Bundle up and enjoy a snowshoeing adventure into the peaceful backcountry.

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PC: Outpost USA

15 – Or fuel your need for speed with a downhill skiing or snowboarding excursion at Alyeska Resort.

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PC: Alyeska Resort – Facebook

16 – Take a mini road trip and enjoy some of The Kenai’s most charming mountain towns that are straight out of a storybook.

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PC: Mapio.net

17 – Go horseback riding, bring the kids to pet the horses or enjoy a one horse open sleigh ride that’ll transport you straight into winter wonderland.

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PC: Alaska C & C Horse Adventures – Facebook

18 – Or load up the sled and take the dogs for a long run on the snowy trails.

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PC: Marc Lester AP

19 – It’s not Christmas on The Kenai until you’ve sat on Santa’s lap and met some of his elves!

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PC: Scene of the Crash – Facebook

20 – A white Christmas and a Northern Lights show? We should be so lucky! This is one that is definitely worth losing some sleep over!

21 – Head up to the Caribou Hills and enjoy a snow machining adventure with epic panoramic views.

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PC: Swanson Snapshot

22 – Visit your favorite local restaurants and ask for the ‘seasonal specialty’. Your taste buds just might get a major dose of flavorful nostalgia!

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PC: Yelp – Billy A.

23 – Unplugging is good for the soul! Rent a public use cabin in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and enjoy a night in the woods without any distractions. A hot fire and a yummy s’mores tastes better in the wintertime, we promise!

24 – Throw the drift boat in the water and enjoy wetting some frosty lines without all the summertime congestion.

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PC: YouTube

25 – Or find a local lake, load up with Christmas yummies, pop the ice shanty up and enjoy a day of festive ice fishing.

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PC: Alaska’s Angling Addiction, Peninsula Clarion

Wishing all of our friends, family and fans of The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground a safe and joyous holiday season!

13 Frozen Lakes On The Kenai That Are Ultimate Winter Recreation Destinations

Photo Credit: Dan Logan, Flickr

Photo Credit: Dan Logan, Flickr

Wintertime on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground is known as being the regions ‘best kept secret’. In a land that is so highly raved about and visited during the summer months, wintertime stands out for many special reasons. This season offers a delicate balance of breathtaking beauty and outdoor activities without the hustle and bustle of high volume tourism traffic. One of our go-to destinations during the winter months is a good frozen lake with sparkling fresh powder lining the sides in serene fashion.

Photo Credit: Dan Logan, Flickr

Photo Credit: Dan Logan, Flickr

These lakes offer a variety of outdoor activities including cross country skiing, ice fishing, sledding, snowmachining, snow shoeing, ice skating and so much more. Read on to see a handful of great lake options that are guaranteed to take your winter wonderland adventures up a notch!

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1 – Scout Lake. Located just outside of Soldotna, this wonderful neighborhood lake offers excellent opportunities to ice fish for landlocked cohos. You’ll love the convenient road access and the proximity to town.

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Photo Credit: Alaska.org

2 – Juneau Lake. Snowshoe or cross country ski to the Juneau Lake Cabin on the south end of the Resurrection Pass Trail and find yourself submerged in a peaceful paradise with only the sounds of nature in the distance. Ice fishing for burbot is also excellent here around January.

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Photo Credit: A Trail Called ‘Life’

3 – Tern Lake. The turnoff on the Sterling Highway when you can turn right to go to Seward or left to go to Anchorage offers a great place to go ice skating with the family once the lake freezes. The mountain views that surround you will completely refresh and revive your soul.

Photo Credit: Dan Logan

Photo Credit: Dan Logan

4 – Carter Lake. This moderately traveled trail nearest to the town of Moose Pass is an excellent place to enjoy snowshoeing and cross country skiing. You’ll fall in love with the beauty of the backcountry here, there is no doubt about that!

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Photo Credit: The Alaska Star

5 – Watson Lake. This is a small campground located on the Kenai Peninsula located at mile marker 71 off the Sterling Highway. This is a great place to take a winter walk in the woods, go ice fishing or snowshoeing.

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Photo Credit: Per Verdonk, Flickr

6 – Skilak Lake. Getting to the Kenai River can be a bit challenging during the winter months, but it can be done! Where there is a will, there is a way! Extreme outdoorsmen and woman can be found venturing across this frozen wonderland during the winter months and the sights in the distance are absolutely EPIC. Not the mention, the fishing this time of year is some of the best!

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Photo Credit: Expedition Broker

7 – Longmere Lake. Located at Mile Marker 88.9 off the Sterling Highway, this stocked lake makes it a perfect winter wonderland ice fishing destination for the whole family.

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Photo Credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Flickr

8 – Fish Lake. Drive down Swanson River Road and find yourself in an outdoor recreation mecca land. Whether you are hunting, ice fishing, ice skating or anything in between – you are sure to be spoiled with beautiful sights and peaceful sounds of nature.

Photo Credit: Courtney Stanley

Photo Credit: Courtney Stanley

9 – Kenai Lake. One of the most magical destinations in Cooper Landing is by far Kenai Lake. During the winter months this special place is an excellent spot for wildlife viewing, photography and so much more.

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Photo Credit: Frank Kovalchek, Flickr

10 – Arc Lake. Located just outside of city limits in Soldotna, this is an excellent place to bring the family and enjoy a day of ice skating, ice hockey, ice fishing or just let the dogs run around and take a walk around the lake.

Photo Credit: Courtney Stanley

Photo Credit: Courtney Stanley

11 – Crescent Lake. If extremely remote and secluded is what you’re after, you’ll love this lake. Stay in a public use cabin after spending the day snowmachining through the mountains to reach this magical destination.

Photo Credit: Dan Logan, Flickr

Photo Credit: Dan Logan, Flickr

12 – Spirit Lake. Located off of the Kenai Spur Highways and Strawberry Road in Kenai, this lake is great for ice fishing. Reel in species such as arctic char, coho and rainbow trout. This is great fun for the whole family!

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Photo Credit: Bureau of Land Management, Flickr

13 – Engineer Lake. Tucked in the foothills north of Skilak Lake, this hideaway destination a great place to escape the rat race and revive your soul. Stay in a public use cabin and enjoy some of the best wildlife viewing on the Kenai Peninsula.

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Photo Credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Flickr

Need more recommendations? Be sure to let us know if we can help you plan your adventure… we are always here to help you have fun on The Kenai!

Visit The Grandiose Turnagain Pass To Fall In Love With Winter Wonderland On The Kenai

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This designated recreation area in the 6,908,540 acre Chugach National Forest is one of the Kenai Peninsula’s most prized outdoor winter destination spots. The unlimited amount of activities coupled with the towering mountain views is like something straight off the front of a postcard.

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Credit: Remarkable Adventures

There is no doubt that upon arrival you’ll have to pinch yourself in disbelief of where you actually are.

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Credit: Skimo Life

It’s truly that incredible. The natural beauty that you’ll find here has a way of shooting right into your soul and making you fall in love with Alaska’s Playground on a whole new, overwhelmingly powerful level.

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The Turngain Pass is located just over an hour south of Anchorage off the Seward Highway, or about that same distance north of Kenai Peninsula towns such as Seward and Soldotna.

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Credit: Alaska Dispatch News

On a sunny, clear day the drive to get to Turnagain Pass in the wintertime is like a vacation in itself – absolutely enchanting every step of the way! But it can get very slick due to inclimate weather conditions, so be sure to drive with extreme caution.

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If you are someone who wants needs to fuel your need for speed during the snowy winter months, the Turnagain Pass is exactly where you need to be. Adrenaline junkies will feel right at home in this massive, wildly remote paradise.

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Credit: YouTube

To see exactly what we’re talking about, check out the YouTube video below to see just how epic the riding is in this stunningly beautiful territory.

On the other side of the pass where motors aren’t allowed, you can enjoy getting deep into the backcountry via snowshoe, cross country skis or snowboard.

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Credit: SnowBrains.com

The endless mountain views coupled with the pristine silence that surrounds you is positively breathtaking. We are willing to bet that you will never, ever want to leave. This is real, raw, rugged Alaska at it’s finest – and it’s right here on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground!

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Credit: SnowBrains.com

For an awesome up close and personal look into the magic that is skiing in Turnagain Pass, check out the awesome YouTube video below and prepare to ‘get a good feeling’ that will leave you itching to get outside and play in the powder!

If you’re lucky and find yourself enjoying Turnagain Pass on a clear winter night, you might even have a shot at seeing the bright lights of the Aurora Borealis dance above you.

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Credit: Alaska Dispatch News

To see just how mesmerizing it can be, check out the epic footage below featured on YouTube by Alaska Dispatch News. This will give you the chills, it’s truly that beautiful.

Now that you’ve completely fallen in love (just like we have) with the strikingly appealing Turnagain Pass, let’s all start doing our snow dances and hope that we get a flurry filled winter season.

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Credit: The Adventures of Amber

If you need any more tips or travel recommendations this winter, never hesitate to reach out to us – we are happy to help you have fun on The Kenai!

14 Incredible Bed & Breakfasts On The Kenai That Will Make You Feel Right At Home

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Whether you’re coming to The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground for fishing, wildlife viewing, sightseeing or anything and everything in between – you are sure to get a good nights sleep when you rest your head at one of these inviting hospitality outfits. Listed in no particular order, each and every one of these charming bed and breakfasts will captivate your heart and make you feel right at home. These places are truly just the best of the best on the Kenai Peninsula!

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1 – Buckman Bed & Breakfast of Alaska – Soldotna. 350 feet of private Kenai River frontage plus a comfortable room and a continental breakfast each morning. If seclusion and privacy is what you’re after, you’ll love this unique and picturesque place.

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2 –Timber Bay Bed & Breakfast – Homer. This place is a true hidden gem in the ‘halibut fishing capital of the world’. Drive 15 miles out East End Road and enjoy panoramic views of the bay and the mountains in the distance. Your chances of seeing wildlife are also very high here!

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3 – Tanglewood Bed & Breakfast – Kenai. With an unassuming feel from the outside, you’ll be totally blown away by the wildlife views overlooking the tidal flats. Enjoy watching moose, caribou, seals and bald eagles in the distance as you enjoy breakfast at your leisure. Bonus: this great place is just two miles from all the great shops and eateries in downtown Kenai. Location, location, location!

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4 – Alaska Paddle Inn – Seward. With private rooms overlooking breathtaking views of Resurrection Bay, you won’t ever want to leave these rustic and adorable accommodations. Enjoy neighborhood attractions such as hiking, kayaking, beach combing, wildlife viewing and truly so much more.

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5 – The Moose Is Inn – Clam Gulch. This family owned and operated B&B is just 20 minutes from the Kenai River action and conveniently located to some of the best halibut fishing in the state. Many visitors also enjoy wildlife viewing and beach combing close by.

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6 – Alaska Fishing Charters and Soldotna B&B Lodge – Soldotna. Nestled on the banks of the world famous Kenai River, you won’t ever want to leave once checking in and meeting your gracious hosts. Combine your cozy staycation with an epic fishing charter and find yourself living the perfect Alaskan dream.

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7 – Escape For Two B&B and Cabin Rentals – Soldotna. It’s impossible not to fall in love with this charming place tucked away in the quiet Soldotna woods. The lake view will make you feel peaceful and relaxed while the fireplace on the open deck will make you really escape into a staycation paradise.

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8 – The Spyglass Inn – Homer. Pat is simply one of the most incredible hosts in the last frontier. Come and stay in this cozy home away from home and enjoy activities nearby including fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, shopping, beach combing or checking out the local eateries.

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9 – Red Cabin B&B – Kenai. Located on 20 private acres and yet just five minutes away from the world famous Kenai River. If you are looking for the best of both worlds (i.e. – action and relaxation), you’ll definitely find it here. Plus the hosts are absolutely incredible!

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10 – The Hutch B&B – Cooper Landing. If you’ve never visited the charming town of Cooper Landing, you will absolutely fall in love with it after a visit here. We love the ‘down home’ atmosphere that you’ll find here and the very reasonable rates. Not to mention, you’re just minutes away from the prolific Kenai and Russian Rivers.

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11 – The Farm B&B – Seward. Quaint, quiet and reasonably priced. When you come to the farm, you’ll undoubtedly be able to get some much need rest and relaxation. This historic place was originally built in the 1920’s and when you see the way it has transformed over the years, you’ll be in awe. This place is so special!

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12 – Grouchy Old Woman B&B – Nikiski. 20 scenic minutes north of the popular town of Kenai is this charming B&B on the shores of Daniel’s Lake. This calming spot is great for groups of 10 or fewer and those who enjoy soaking in splendid views of nature and wildlife. You’re sure to be impressed by the local garden and towering trees that surround you.

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13 – Halcyon Heights B&B/Inn – Homer. With truly epic panoramic views of Grewingk Glacier, Kachemak Bay and the Homer Spit, it’s safe to say that your jaw will drop when you pull up here and are instantly made to feel like you are on top of the world. Enjoy just a handful of minutes from downtown, free internet, hot tub, large decks and private bathrooms. This is Alaska at it’s finest, folks – and you’ll love every second of it!

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14 –Daniels Lake Lodge – Nikiski. The secluded lakeside cove is enough to charm the socks off just about anyone and everyone. I mean, you’ll probably never want to leave. Enjoy wildlife viewing, private rooms, a lakeside hot tub, canoe rides and truly so much more.

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If you need any more great recommendations for places to stay or things to do on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground, be sure to let us know in the comments below or send us a private message. Have fun out there, travel warriors!

 

15 Photos That Prove The Kenai Has Magical Northern Lights Shows

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Photo Credit: CruiseExperts.com

When the Aurora Borealis is dancing in the night sky, sleep is the last thing on your mind.

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Photo Credit: Jacob Klingel

The fall and winter seasons on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground are known for offering some of the most breathtaking scenery in all of the world. What people look forward to the most is the probably spotting the Northern Lights dancing in the night sky. As the brilliant purple, green, blue and pink shades merge sporadically above and turn the dark sky into a magical light show, it’s impossible not to fall head over heels in love with the Kenai Peninsula.

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Photo Credit: Flickr – Paul Weeks

1 – The Milky Way with the Aurora Borealis mixed in and a sky full of stars is sure to keep you wide awake while driving the Seward Highway from Anchorage down to the Kenai Peninsula.

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Photo Credit: Banan Tarr Photography

2 – When you experience driving over the Warren Ames Bridge with the Northern Lights dancing atop the Kenai River, it is sure to blow your mind.

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Photo Credit: Mike Haggerty

3 – Paddling around Sport Lake in Soldotna becomes a once-in-a-lifetime adventure when the Aurora Borealis is out.

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Photo Credit: Danny Ungrue

4 – Spotting the Northern Lights over the Seward boat harbor is like something straight out of a dream. Holy magical!

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Photo Credit: Ron Niebrugge

5 – While you’re in Seward, load up the RV and camp beneath the Aurora Borealis for an epic Alaskan adventure.

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Photo Credit: Flying The Nest

6 – The northern town of Nikiski on the Kenai Peninsula has lots of beautiful lakes and pullouts that are perfect for soaking in the Northern Lights.

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Photo Credit: Vaughn Johnson Photography

7 – Or if you’re feeling a little stir crazy and like an excursion is what you need, hop on the Alaska Railroad and experience the Kenai Peninsula like you’ve never dreamed imaginable.

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Photo Credit: Ron Niebrugge

8 – The Northern Lights over the Kenai River in Kenai, Soldotna, Sterling or Cooper Landing is quite spectacular indeed!

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Photo Credit: Emily Tracy

9 – The Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church looks even more charming with the Northern Lights beaming above.

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Photo Credit: Mike Haggerty

10 – Look out on Resurrection Bay in Seward from Miller’s Landing and see the Aurora Borealis from the beachfront.

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Photo Credit: Randy Camp

11 – Head to Alyeska Resort for some after-dark skiing and snowboarding and be prepared to see the Northern Lights set your world on fire.

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12 – Camping in the RV in Seward or Homer is the best way to get up close and personal with the Aurora Borealis, sans the crowds.

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Photo Credit: Kirk Alkire

13 – Heck, even quaint little coffee shops in town offer spectacular viewing spots for the Northern Lights – if you’re up late enough.

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Photo Credit: Mike Haggerty

14 – Head down to the beach for a chilly winter campfire and let the fabulous hues of the Aurora Borealis keep you enchanted through the night.

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Photo Credit: Photographer Unknown, Facebook.com/thekenai

15 – Last but not least, check out Captain Cook State Recreation Area in Nikiski on a clear, cool night for excellent opportunities to spot the Northern Lights dancing in full force.

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Photo Credit: Vaughn Johnson Photography

Just about anywhere you go, if the lights are out, you’ll see them. Wait for a clear, cool night and get ready to go exploring on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground!

You’ll Never Forget A Stay At The Charming Seward Windsong Lodge

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When you pull up to the Seward Windsong Lodge located at 31772 Herman Leirer Road in Seward, Alaska – there is no doubt that you will be blown away after just the first glance. This seasonal lodge is exactly where you need to vacation in 2017, so be sure to add it to your bucket list ASAP.

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Not only is the lodge itself stunning beautiful, but every direction you look is filled with charming, picturesque views. And once you step inside, the warm and fuzzies will only magnify.

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The first thing you’ll notice is the warm cedar, high ceilings with exposed beams, full logs, floor to ceiling windows and gorgeous native artwork on the walls. The front desk team members will greet you with a warm smile and complete elegance, while your eyes will wander at the massive space surrounding you.

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The café and seating area is very large and will easily fit your whole family comfortably. There are also guest computers in the lobby area for you to use if you need to check emails or catch up on a work assignment while you’re on vacation.

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Quite possibly the most gorgeous part of the lobby is the impressive rock fireplace. You’ll be tempted to sit town and take a load off before heading to your room, and we say – “go for it!” Soak in all the special moments that Seward Windsong Lodge has to offer.

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The super wonderful front desk staff will give you your keys and a detailed map to help you find your room. Notice how even the keys are gorgeous? This place really leaves no stone unturned when it comes to the love little details.

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As you will find on the map above, the lodge has several private outbuilding where you will find your clean, cozy and comfortable home-away-from-home.

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We especially loved how we could drive right up to our room and be tucked away from any incoming and outgoing traffic.

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The flower baskets, towering trees and majestic mountains in the distance were also a stellar dose of eye-candy. The blue-bird skies and fall foliage also made the view especially spectacular.

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When we walked into the room we were automatically drawn to the beautiful log bed frames and the really neat Alaskan prints on the walls.

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We were also very impressed with the size of the rooms! They were large and contemporary with a warm, lodge feel. It truly was the perfect balance and everything you would ever want in a hospitality suite.

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The flat screen television, desk area and mini-fridge made out stay very comfortable as we greatly appreciated having some of our beloved creature comforts.

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The bathroom was also very clean and just the right size.

14The smell of the Bath & Body Works coconut lime soap, lotion and shampoo was divine!

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The vanity is set outside of the bathroom which was great. It made it easy for a multi-person party to swiftly navigate the logistics of getting ready to go in the morning.

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We love seeing local Alaska products in rooms when we travel, and this Heritage Coffee from Alaska’s state capital of Juneau did not disappoint one bit.

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In fact, the coffee was a certain kind of special when we enjoyed it from this incredible porch! Oh my gosh – talk about perfection. Right off the room is a little piece of paradise nestled in the woods. In the morning you can drink a cup of coffee and listen to the birds chirping in the distance. PS, check out those cute little trees carved into the porch. Again with all the little details! We were so impressed with every single nook and cranny.

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After getting settled in we decided to head over to the Resurrection Roadhouse for dinner. There is a really neat little path that will lead you right from your room to the restaurant. It just takes a couple minutes to get there and the walk through the woods offers a perfectly manicured trail.

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You can also drive to the roadhouse if you prefer that option.

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After dinner we soaked in a stunning sunset right from the lodge.

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The next morning we checked out and headed down the road to visit Exit Glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park. You can access it via road and the hike up to it is short and sweet.

5After that we grabbed lunch in town and ate at a picnic table with a million dollar view.

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In the distance we enjoyed watching boats come in and out of the harbor while soaking up the fresh air.

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With so much to see and do in Seward, you MUST add a trip to the Seward Windsong Lodge to your 2017 Alaska bucket list. As you can see from the photos above, it is pretty much guaranteed that you will have the time of your life and be pleasantly surprised from start to finish.

Have fun out there, adventure hounds and travel addicts!

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10 Restaurants On The Kenai That Serve Mouthwatering Alaska Seafood

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PC: Jessica Spengler – Flickr

With our incredible lakes, rivers and ocean access, it’s pretty much a given that you’ll find countless places to access fish on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. Although you can go out and catch your own, there is just something extra special about eating mouthwateringly delicious seafood made to perfection by an passionate, creative chef.

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PC: Ang – Flickr

All of these spots throughout the Kenai Peninsula offer something uniquely different from the next, yet they all have one thing in common; a dedication to sourcing local seafood. From salmon, halibut, cod and rockfish to scallops, shrimp, oysters and king crab. If wild, natural, sustainable Alaska seafood is the name of your game, your options are truly limitless when you check out any of these great restaurants.  For a finished product that is simply decadent, choose one of these excellent spots for your next date night out. Note: These restaurants are listed in no particular order, meaning… we love them all equally!

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PC: woodleywonderworks – Flickr

1: AJ’s Old Town Steakhouse & Tavern – Homer. Located on Bunnell, AJ’s is the place to go after a long day of playing outside in the ‘halibut fishing capital of the world’. The warm and cozy atmosphere mixed with the excellent food and outgoing service will make you want to come back time and time again.

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2:  The Duck Inn – Soldotna. Located off K-Beach road, this awesome restaurant offers a cozy and laid back atmosphere with great food that consistently delivers. The blackened salmon sandwich is a local favorite but we’re pretty certain that you’ll love just about anything you try.

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3: The Chart Room at Land’s End Resort – Homer. Located at the end of the Homer Spit is one of the best restaurants in town, the Chart Room. Enjoy fresh Kachemak Bay Oysters, Alaskan Bouillabaisse or King Crab Legs with one of the most breathtaking views in all of Alaska.  

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PC: Facebook

4: Chinooks Restaurant – Seward. Located on 4th Avenue with an enchanting view overlooking the boat harbor, this restaurant offers fabulous daily specials, delicious drinks and some of the most tasty selection of wild Alaska seafood that we’ve ever experienced. We love the pan roasted halibut, smoked scallops, smoked scallop mac-n-cheese and the pecan crusted cod. YUM!

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5: Inlet View Restaurant – Ninilchik.  Located off the Sterling Highway, this cozy little spot is a great place to pull over and enjoy a delicious seafood dinner and a couple drinks while watching the sunset in the distance. We were especially fond of the service and warm atmosphere that was experienced here.

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6: Mykel’s Restaurant – Soldotna. Located off the Kenai Spur Highway, this fantastic restaurant is a local favorite. With great service and a relaxing atmosphere, you’ll love dining on seafood favorites such as the walnut crusted salmon with raspberry beurre blanc, Kodiak scallops, garlic pan seared halibut and the tempura prawns. It’s all so mouthwateringly delicious!

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7: Anchor River Inn & Restaurant – Anchor Point. Located off the Old Sterling Highway, this neat spot is a great place to fill up on delicious food after a long day of fishing for steelhead. You’ll love the Alaskan style décor and the wonderful service!

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8: Christo’s Palace – Seward.  Located on 4th Avenue, this lovely little spot is a great place to enjoy a date night out. You’ll love the grilled halibut Portobello, seafood sauté, smoked salmon fettuccine and the stuffed baked pasta.  

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PC: TripAdvisor

9: The Restaurant at Porterhouse Grill – Sterling. Located off the Sterling Highway, this unassuming little spot is an excellent place to have a hearty seafood dinner after a day of fishing on the Kenai River. Try the colossal prawns, halibut or the surf n’ turf if you want to make your taste buds extra happy!

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10: The Flats Bistro – Kenai. This relatively new restaurant located off of K-Beach Road has a spectacular view overlooking the beautiful flats and Cook Inlet. If incredible seafood is what you’re after, try the razor clams, scallops fettuccine, king crab legs, fish and chips or the salmon.

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PC: AmericasCuisine.com

Now that you’re likely wiping the drool up off your keyboard, be sure to keep these excellent places in mind the next time you plan on eating out. For more great options or recommendations, feel free to give us a call or drop us a message below and we will be happy to help in any way that we can!

15 Festive Ways To Embrace The Fall Season With Arms Wide Open

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Fall is one of the most magical times of the year on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. The morning air is crisp and fresh, the fall foliage surrounds you down every road you drive, the sunsets are electric, the alpenglow’s are magnificent, the pumpkin flavored treats are utterly delicious and the cozy moments spend indoors are filled with nostalgic moments.

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Photo Credit: David L. Brown

1 – Get outside and spend the day hiking and soaking in the fall foliage.

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Photo Credit: Sujohn Das, Flickr

2 – Enjoy the final days of RV season and enjoy an overnighter. A mini road trip from Seward to Homer (while stopping in every town along the way) is the best way to drink life in.

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Photo Credit: State of Alaska – Michael DeYoung

3 – Wet some lines and enjoy the spectacular scenery, without the ‘combat fishing’ mayhem.

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Photo Credit: Drifter’s Lodge

4 – Take a day trip along the Seward or Sterling Highway and stop at all the pull outs to take in the epic views.

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Photo Credit: Photographer Unknown

5 – Treat your fur babies to as many outings as possible before the snow flies and their paws can’t handle the trek without booties.

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Photo Credit: Dana Orlosky – Flickr

6 – Hop on the Alaska Railroad for a day of rest and relaxation, and enjoy off-the-grid views along the way.

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Photo Credit: Tonia Burrough

7 – Rent a public use cabin on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground and unplug for the night. If you prefer to have some more frills and creature comforts, take advantage of the awesome shoulder season prices that are available now at hospitality spots all over the Kenai Peninsula.

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Photo Credit: Recreation.gov

8 – Enjoy wildlife viewing and watch as the bears fatten up before heading into hibernation.

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Photo Credit: Heidi Ho Hanson

9 – Go biking in the backcountry and cover as much (stunningly beautiful) ground as possible.

10 – Chase as many sunsets as humanly possible. Even if you loose a little sleep, you will NEVER regret it.

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Photo Credit: Anik Martin

11 – As the temperature continues to drop, use every excuse possible to make a fire and have a cozy night in. Don’t forget the snacks, movies and soft blankets!

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Photo Credit: Scott Schiller – Flickr

12 – It’s the season for ‘all things’ pumpkin spice, so indulge a little wontcha! 😉

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Photo Credit: The Moose Is Loose – Facebook

13 – If the forecast calls for a Northern Lights show, stay up late and soak it in. Being tired the next day will be worth it after you lay eyes on the Aurora Borealis in action.

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Photo Credit: Vaughn Johnson Photography

14 – If it’s chilly or gloomy, have fun by visiting places like the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage or the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward. Fun for the whole family!

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Photo Credit: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center – Facebook

15 – It’s okay to blend in with the crowd. Sometimes ‘status quo’ just feels way too good to ignore. The warm and fuzzies that remind you of childhood should be celebrated as often as possible. Soak in the magic of the season by doing all the traditional favorites that spark a major dose of nostalgia – and love every single minute of it!

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Need more ideas to keep you busy this fall on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground? Leave a comment below or feel free to shoot us a personal Facebook message.

Extreme Ziplining Fun With Stoney Creek Canopy Adventures In Seward

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There are a million and one reasons to love the charming little coastal town of Seward, but ziplining with Stoney Creek Canopy Adventures (hands down) deserves to be at the very top of that list. As you fly through the trees and gaze at gorgeous glaciers and towering mountains in the distance, you will feel your heart skip a beat from more than just the adrenaline rush of the ziplines.

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The beauty in the area is simply unmatched and the staff is undeniably top notch. If fun is what you’re after, this three hour eco-tour will have you falling head over heels in love with The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground.

15The tour starts from the convenient main strip area in Seward next to the boat harbor. You’ll find lots of tourism vendors nearby including day cruises, fishing operations, hiking, kayaking and many others.

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We parked about a block away in one of they daily parking lots. The cost for parking was $5 for the day and the walk took just a couple minutes. When we came upon the main building we were very impressed right from the get-go by the beautiful log cabin.

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As we headed inside to sign our waivers and to check in for the tour, we noticed a very impressive logo on the door. 😉 Any business who reps The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground is a friend of ours! 🙂

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After we checked in we peeped our heads around the main building to soak in the view. Bluebird skies and mountain views overlooking the boat harbor. Talk about the most incredible dose of eye candy that we’ve ever experienced! The 70 degree weather wasn’t too shabby either!

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After about 10 minutes the shuttle arrived to take us to the enchanting ziplining area tucked away in the woods, free from the crowds.

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We pulled up into an area that had a big yurt and some outbuildings. The first thing we did was check all things that ‘could fall off’ at the front desk. Next, we got suited up with our harnesses and gear.

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Next came ground school. Our two super awesome, knowledgeable and completely hilarious guides trained us on all of the basics including hand and foot placement, traversing, stopping and overall safety.

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Everyone in the group had to then individually demonstrate the ability to properly traverse on a mini-zipline located at base camp. After we all completed ‘ground school’ we gathered around for an official graduation photo. First came the group shot… “say cheeeeeeese!”

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Next came the individual shots. Say “awwwwww!” But really, we just met. New Alaska friends are the best friends!

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A different kind of shuttle bus came next. We all loaded in the back and held on tight before heading up into the trees.

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On the way up it was hard to ignore the beautiful views as we gained elevation.