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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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10 Breakfast Restaurants On The Kenai That Are Seriously Delicious

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Flickr – ltenney1225

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so really – who are we to disagree? And after eating at all of these truly scrumptious restaurants, we might even want to start eating our favorite meal of the day for lunch and dinner too. 😉

For well made recipes with quality ingredients and lofty serving sizes, you gotta’ check out these 10 breakfast restaurants on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground that are sure to blow your taste buds out of the water. Note: These are listed in no particular order, because you know – we love them all equally!

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Flickr – Clemens v. Vogelsang

1 – The Smoke Shack in Seward. Eat delicious American style cuisine in an old rail road car. You’ll have to squeeze into this tiny little spot, but the delicious food and fantastic service makes it all worth while. Visitors rave about the French toast, eggs and bacon.

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2 – Duncan House Diner in Homer is where everyone in town will tell you to go if you only have one day to eat breakfast in the “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World.” This iconic breakfast spot has been loved by locals and any visitor that ever steps food inside it’s doors since 2002. Some breakfast favorites include the Hearty Homesteader, High Tide and the packed omelets.

227769_472996722736442_1318440551_n3 – Tito’s Discovery Café in Hope is truly a hidden gem in this tiny quaint town. Visitors rave about the reindeer sausage, eggs, hash browns and the mouth watering pies. Only here will you realize that sometimes it is just A-OKAY to have a slice of pie for dessert after breakfast.

Facebook - Tito's Discovery Cafe, Hope, AK4 – Rocky’s Café in Kasilof is one of the most hoppin’ joints in the summer time. Stop by and enjoy eggs and bacon, biscuits and gravy or how about some bacon chocolate chip pancakes before heading out for a day of fishing. Visitors also love the log cabin feel and the beautiful local themed paintings and stain glass adornments inside.

Rocky's Cafe5 – The Duck Inn located conveniently off of K-Beach road in Soldotna is a local hot spot that visitors are as equally attracted to. A clean and comfortable environment with ample seating makes this place welcoming to parties of all sizes. And then you have the food; huge serving sizes, quality ingredients and most importantly – consistently excellent meals. It’s always a win-win!

Facebook - The Duck Inn, Soldotna6 – Louie’s Restaurant in Kenai has been around for over 30 years. The rustic and Alaskan atmosphere truly offers one of the most beloved spots for locals to get great food, every time. Known for their large serving sizes, consistently mouth-watering food and friendly service – Louie’s is where you go for a taste of what the locals love.

Facebook - Louie's via Bob Ball7 – Gwin’s Lodge in Cooper Landing is one of those places that have a way of making you instantly feel like you’re at home. The friendly service and the log cabin adornments are charming, warm and perfectly Alaskan. Load up on a hearty eggs, bacon and hash browns breakfast before jamming out to the Kenai River for a day of fishing or floating down the rapids.

Facebook - Gwin's Lodge8 – The Restaurant at Porterhouse Grill in Sterling is newly opened and quickly winning the hearts of anyone who walks through the doors. Locals can’t get enough of the country breakfast, omelets, pancakes and delicious French toast. This is the perfect place to stop before heading out for a day of fishing on the Kenai River.

Facebook - The Restaurant at Porterhouse Grill9 – The Chart Room at Land’s End Resort in Homer offers a renowned chef serving hearty, home-style breakfast options as well as one of the most spectacular views in all of Alaska. Visitors here can’t get enough of all the healthy and hearty omelet options, the vanilla run French toast and the pacific hash.

10659347_10152390415576903_6866737128202624558_n10 – The Anchor River Inn in Anchor Point is way more than just a place to rest your head at night. For those coming down to fish for steelhead or king salmon on the Anchor River or maybe going out on the salt to fish for halibut out of Deep Creek – you must start your day at this delicious diner. Favorites include the Fresh toast, cinnamon rolls, eggs, bacon and hash browns. YUM!

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