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.

PC: Facebook - Kelly Snow at Eagle Landing Resort

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.

Spring Fling Road Trip Checklist

Photo of Turnagain Pass,, Alaska from www.panoramio.com.

Photo of Turnagain Pass, Alaska from http://www.panoramio.com.

Happy March 1st! We made it through leap year (next time we demand a three day weekend) and now we are ready to rock and roll into all that is the season of March Madness. With only a few weeks “officially” left in the winter season, we are dusting off our hibernation hats beginning TODAY and getting ready to hit the road running. After all, the days are getting longer and the sunrises get a little more stunning by the day, so we really have no excuse to sit still any longer.

Photo from www.thealaskalife.com.

Photo shared from http://www.thealaskalife.com.

One thing is for sure, The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground is magical any time of the year. But there is something extra special about hitting the road and enjoying the vast snow-covered mountains that can be found all throughout The Kenai during the winter and spring months.

Photo from bobbacaps.blogspot.com.

Photo from bobbacaps.blogspot.com.

Now, let’s get real; In Alaska, it is possible to experience snow covered mountains all year long. But during the winter and spring months especially, the mountains seemingly glow with fresh, glistening snowy powder.

Photo from Marc Lester with www.ADN.com.

Photo from Marc Lester with http://www.ADN.com.

AND, they are right there! Right in front of your face. Popping up in mass quantities reaching far and wide, high into the sky. It doesn’t get more ‘up close & personal’ than that. And everyone knows how much we love to get Up Close & Personal on The Kenai. 😉

Photo of the Homer Spit from Scott McMurren.

Photo of the Homer Spit from Scott McMurren.

But where there is extreme beauty, extreme caution should always be taken. Alaska is a big, beautiful beast of a State and it is very unforgiving. Although we have excellent groups of people that work tirelessly to maintain our roadways all year round, it is important to be prepared for anything as our weather patterns in Alaska are often times very unpredictable. And when we talk about your safety, we mean business (hoping that this bear photo expresses how important your safety is to us). 😉

Photo shared from pinterest.

Photo shared from pinterest.

And on the topic of unpredictable, the glorious wildlife that can very regularly be seen at close distances from many roads on the Kenai Peninsula will often times cross the road or walk along the road. Be advised of this and always use caution when you observe wildlife while driving.

Photo shared from Alaska from Scratch.

Photo shared from Alaska from Scratch.

The day can start out with beautiful bluebird skies and be filled with flurries by lunchtime. With the assistance of AAA Alaska and AK on the GO, we are sharing this excellent checklist to make sure you are prepared for all of your Kenai Peninsula winter and spring road trippin’ adventures.

Photo from www.ADN.com.

Photo from http://www.ADN.com.

AAA Alaska recommends the following tips for a safer winter & spring driving experience: 

1. Put away the cell phone. Distracted driving causes accidents. Pull off the road in a safe place for photos. It’s okay to do that.

2. Renting a car? Don’t forget to ask for a power cord to allow the engine’s block heater to do its job. A must in Interior Alaska however it is not something that’s needed that often on the Kenai Peninsula.

3. Check fluid levels (oil, antifreeze) and tire pressure before you leave home.

4. Watch the sides of roadways. In Alaska, anything from dog teams to moose can appear without warning, and drivers must not assume either will stop when they see you.

5. Check windshield wipers; are they suitable for winter driving? If wipers become clogged with ice or snow, stop and clear them before continuing.

6. Refrain from using cruise control in snowy, wet, or icy conditions.

7. Make a trip plan, and leave it with a trusted family member or friend at home. Call this friend when you safely reach your destination, and upon return home. Allow plenty of time to reach your intended stop. Do not rush.

8. “Aim high,” that is, look farther than 15 seconds down the road, about a quarter mile at 50 miles per hour. Ask kids to pick a landmark ahead, and count until you reach it, that will give some perspective of stopping distance or evasive maneuverability.

9. Carry your AAA membership card at all times. Remember, the membership follows the individual, not the vehicle, so even traveling in someone else’s car, you’re still protected.

10. Check road conditions and weather before leaving home. NOAA and Alaska 511 are excellent options.

Photo from National Geographic.

Photo from National Geographic.

In addition to that great list from AAA Alaska, we also have a few road trip recommendations. Be sure that wherever you go, you wear layers of clothing and bring a good coat and boots just incase you experience rain, sleet or snow (or all of the above). As we mentioned before, the weather can change rapidly throughout the day so you want to be prepared for rising temperatures that can heat you up as well as frigid temperatures that can creep up on you and leave you a very unhappy camper if you’re not bundled up.

Photo from Loren Holmes via www.adn.com.

Photo from Loren Holmes via http://www.adn.com.

Some other items that we recommend include the following; plenty of water, food and snacks to hold you over if you get stuck on the road longer than expected, ice scraper for your windows, first aid kit, a good flashlight and materials for building a fire just incase you experience vehicle troubles and need to keep warm until someone arrives to help you. It’s always better to be over-prepared than under-prepared when staying and playing on Alaska’s Playground.

Photo in Anchor Point, Alaska from activerain.com.

Photo in Anchor Point, Alaska from activerain.com.

On the Kenai Peninsula, springtime road trips are great because they allow you to load up the kiddos, family, friends and your beloved four-legged friends and have an epic adventure by simply driving right our of your driveway and off into any direction that your heart desires.

Photo shared from animalonline.info.

Photo shared from animalonline.info.

When you set out for a day trip, we recommend getting up and on the road nice and early so that everyone in the vehicle can enjoy a STUNNING Alaska’s Playground sunrise together. Trust us, you will not regret it. Alaska is truly larger than life.

Photo shared from www.airliners.net.

Photo shared from http://www.airliners.net.

And when you get up at the crack of dawn, it’s always a good idea to stop by a local Alaskan coffee house and fuel up for the whole family. And with views like this, how could you resist? We love Veronica’s Coffee House in Old Town Kenai and the amazing blogger Alaska from Scratch captured the warm atmosphere and delicate beauty absolutely perfectly.

Veronica's Coffee House shared from Alaska from Scratch.

Veronica’s Coffee House shared from Alaska from Scratch.

Be sure to take the time to pull over, get everyone out of the vehicle together, walk a few minutes and take in an stunning view of your backyard. While living such busy lives, it’s easy to get caught up in everything and forget to appreciate the immaculate beauty that surrounds you. Slow down, breathe, and take the time to reflect. It’s true what they say… there is no time life the present! ❤

Photo of the Kenai River shared from Alaska From Scratch.

Photo of the Kenai River shared from Alaska From Scratch.

With March 1st kicking off and only a few weeks left of winter before spring officially begins, it’s time to get out of hibernation and hit the road searching for fun new adventures. If you need any ideas or suggestions for where to explore next, please remember that you can reach out to us at any time and we would be delighted to help you plan your next spring/winter-wonderland excursion. Safe travels, dear friends!

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