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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PC: Courtney Stanley

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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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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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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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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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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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!