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

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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!

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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.

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

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!