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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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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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.

How to Try a Different Local Beer Every Night in Alaska

By On June 22, 2012 · 5 Comments

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A breakdown of the microbrew scene in central Alaska, from south to north.
    “EVERY TIME BUDWEISER SHEDS A PERCENT of distribution, there’s 25 more breweries that can open up and operate successfully…”

I’d asked Sassan Mossanen, co-owner of Denali Brewing Co. in Talkeetna, if he worried that the relative explosion of microbrew operations in his state and around the country could oversaturate the market. He continued as I made my way through a 12-sample flight.

    “…And that’s what’s happening. And the more that happens, the more people will realize they can have whatever kind of beer they enjoy drinking, made by their friends that live right in the community they’re in. And we can all operate successfully with each other and have more choices. So I see it as a win-win.”
Many draft menus are exclusively local — something I think speaks to the quality, solidarity, and staying power of Alaska’s microbrew scene.

There are 20+ microbreweries in Alaska and counting, several of which have opened in the last three years. After the first few nights of my 10-day trip, it became clear that I’d probably be able to try a different local beer every time I sat down to drink. And so I did.

A couple cool things to note: Breweries themselves (i.e., not brewpubs) are loose with free samples, with the maximum they can serve you on the premises per day being 36oz. That’s four samples + two pints, or 20 samples + one pint. Also, should you need to do so, you can take as many as 10 growlers to go per day.

What follows are the breweries, brewpubs, and bars I got to on my trip. For more, check this mostly up-to-date, if unfortunately designed, listing of the state’s microbrew operations.

Kenai Peninsula

Homer Brewing Company
1411 Lake Shore Dr., Homer
(907) 235-3626

Homer Brewing has been going since ’96 and has survived solely on the patronage of the city’s 5,000 residents. The only place they distribute is to the Saltry, a restaurant across the bay in the tiny artist-community of Halibut Cove, and even then it’s only a keg or two at a time, and the Saltry has to come pick it up.

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The brew menu consists of five mainstays and a handful of seasonals. I sampled and enjoyed the Old Inlet Pale, Red Knot Scottish, and Odyssey Oatmeal Stout. They’ve also got sweet swag: beer can-shaped pint glasses and growler drying stands, among other merch.

Kenai River Brewing Co.
241 North Aspen Drive, Soldotna
(907) 262-BEER

Didn’t make it to their facility in Soldotna, but ran across their taps in several of the bars further down the list. Their Breakfast Beer (a stout) and Sunken Island IPA seemed to be widely distributed. I can recommend both.

Kenai River has a reputation for being more experimental in their recipes, and the brewery will be on my itinerary whenever I get back up there.

Kassik’s Brewery
47160 Spruce Haven St., Kenai
(907) 776-4055

It feels easy to get lost driving up to Kassik’s. The brewery and store / tasting room is located in the Kassiks’ backyard on the northern outskirts of Kenai, and has been since 2004.

The dude pouring samples the day I visited was happy to let me taste all 10 standard and specialty taps — the IPA, Orion’s Quest Red, and mixer of Vanilla Cream + Roughneck Stout were winners.

It’s worth a visit just to browse the bottle art for beers with names like Morning Wood IPA and Beaver Tail Blonde Ale.

Resurrection Roadhouse
Mile 0.5 Herman Leirer / Exit Glacier Rd., Seward
(907) 224-7116

Like the other two bars I stopped into in Seward (Salmon Bake and Chinooks), the Roadhouse’s draft menu is pretty much exclusively local — something I think speaks to the quality, solidarity, and staying power of Alaska’s microbrew scene.

The Roadhouse distinguishes itself by having the most taps, as well as being connected to the upscale Seward Windsong Lodge, situated just north of the main town on the road to Exit Glacier and the banks of the Resurrection River.

Anchorage

King Street Brewing Co.
7924 King Street
(907) 336-KING

King Street’s IPA kept showing up on bar menus, and I kept drinking it. The brewery in south Anchorage is one I regret not making it to.

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Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria
3300 Old Seward Highway
(907) 258-2537

This locals’ favorite is located in the strip-mall landscape of Midtown, just off the Seward Highway — which means not too many tourists, but you’ll still have to wait for a table, even at 9:30 on weeknights (they’re open till midnight in the summer).

The brewery associated with the pub used to go by the same name, but they’ve recently changed it to Broken Tooth, presumably to avoid confusion / stop hungry people from showing up at their brew factory in the Ship Creek warehouse district.

Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
8111 Dimond Hook Drive
(907) 344-1179

Midnight Sun’s three-year-old facility, set in an industrial wasteland maze on the southern edge of town, is another hard one to find. But it’s worth it once you do. Tasting room and a little restaurant called the Loft is upstairs, while all the brewing takes place down below and in the adjacent warehouse.

Their menu is pretty extensive, with standards like the Sockeye Red IPA and Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter, plus some really weird specialties: kiwi-flavored Auckland Wit Bier, pomegranate-syruped Alpenglow…not sure what’s going on there.

Check out Alaska Trail Guides, which runs bike tours of Anchorage combined with tastings at Midnight Sun.

Sleeping Lady Brewing Co.
717 West 3rd Avenue
(907) 277-7727

Find this one attached to the Snow Goose Restaurant (not to be confused with Snow City, an awesome breakfast joint) in downtown Anchorage. The brewery gets its name from the 4400ft Sleeping Lady (Mt. Susitna), which is visible across the Knik Arm of Cook Inlet from Snow Goose’s gigantic outdoor deck.

The night I was there, they were out of my first two beer choices, but the Portage Porter was a decent drink. Note to vegetarians: There ain’t much for you on the menu.

Glacier Brewhouse
737 W. 5th Avenue, Suite 110
(907) 274-BREW

These guys poured my first and last pints in Alaska. Both were the IPA. If you’re a whiskey drinker, try the Beam Stout.

Glacier’s central downtown location means it sees heavy cruise group traffic, and you’ll probably have to wait for a table. I found, however, that early on there’s plenty of room in the bar area, and after 8-ish the dining room clears out.

Talkeetna

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Denali Brewing Co.
13605 E Main Street
(907) 733-2536

The private brewery tour I got from co-owner Sassan Mossanen was a beer trip highlight — 12 samples, including several small-batch, onsite only beers, plus a walk-through of their original brewing outfit and attached Twister Creek Restaurant.

Brewer Boe Barnett mixes finesse and intuition with a traditionalist’s take on flavor and balance. Denali’s IPA isn’t like any other mentioned in this piece — I felt like I could clearly taste every ingredient that went into it. The Louisville Sour, Tinderfoot von Scotch Ale, and Chuli Stout were other standouts for me.

A couple days after I visited, I heard on the radio that airline Era Alaska is offering free samples of DBC’s Single Engine Red on their flights throughout the month of June. Sweet.

Denali area

49th State Brewing Co.
Mile 248.5 Parks Highway, Healy
(907) 683-BREW

Probably the newest operation on this list, 49th State opened shop last year in Healy, about 10 miles north of the main Denali resort area. The property has a huge amount of outdoor seating space, fire pit, campground, concert stage, and is the resting place of the “magic bus” recreation used in the filming of Into the Wild.

They’re still at single-batch stage — the tasty Baked Blonde when I was there — though they pour other AK beers and “over 100 whiskeys,” according to the website. Open till 4AM in the summer.

If you’ve arrived in Denali by train or otherwise don’t have a car, DineDenali.com has a shuttle service (used mainly by resort employees) that makes stops at the resorts and restaurants and runs to 49th State and Healy. Costs a buck one way.

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Prospectors Pizzeria
Milepost 238.9, Parks Highway, Denali National Park
(907) 683-PIES

Owned by the same group of guys as 49th State, Prospectors is across from McKinley Chalet Resort in the “town” of Denali. They’ve got 49 beers on tap — many of them local — and a bartender who knows them all.

Fairbanks area

Silver Gulch Brewery
2195 Old Steese Highway, Fox
(907) 452-2739

Denali was the farthest north I got on this trip, but I was able to try the Old 55 Pale Ale from this rather elusive brewery on tap on Prospectors. Definitely tasty enough to warrant the 20-minute drive from Fairbanks if you’re there.

[Note: My accommodations and activities on this trip were arranged and paid for by the State of Alaska Tourism Office.]
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Featured Town on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground

Anchor Point, Alaska – North America’s Most Westerly Highway Point

“North America’s Most Westerly Highway Point” stretches along the Sterling Highway, atop the bluffs overlooking Cook Inlet, and winds down through the pristine Anchor River Valley. Anchor River offers a wide variety of fishing opportunities beginning with King Salmon in the spring, continuing with Dolly Varden and Silver Salmon in the summer and cumulating with Steelhead in the fall until freeze up.

Not interested in fishing? May we suggest beachcombing, a favorite activity of residents and visitors alike. Visit our neighboring community of Nikolaevsk, a Russian village inland a few miles; enjoy our art studio and gift shops, or take in a motor cross race. Be sure to come by our Visitor Information Center and mini-museum.

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Homer Alaska –  At “The End of The Road” – The Adventure Begins!

Homer, also known as the “Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea” is accessible by road or daily flights, located on the shores of beautiful Kachemak Bay and surrounded by glaciers and mountains. A home base for great fishing, kayaking, bear viewing, hiking, foodie and art vacations, Homer can make every Alaska vacation dream come true!

Nestled among rolling hills, this seaside – and truly seagoing – community has many unique attractions. Home port to the “Time Bandit” of Deadliest Catch fame, Homer’s museums, art galleries, fine dining and deluxe accommodations all help to fill your visit with memories of a lifetime.

Famous for its access to Bear Viewing, Homer has many great companies with some of the best guides on the planet!

The Homer Spit (“spit” is a geological term) is the second longest in the world and was recently named as one of the best 100 beaches in the United States. Not for swimming, but for the incredible views and wildlife to be found along its entire length!

With many types of outdoor activities and outfitters offering guided and unguided access to the wilderness areas of Kachemak Bay and beyond. Homer is quickly becoming “The Ecotourism Capitol of Alaska”!

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Featured Town on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground

Kenai, Alaska – Where the Kenai River Ends and Adventure Begins


The Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center features major summer art exhibitions, Free summer interpretive programs, lots of exhibitions and visitor Information.

The city of Kenai is located in the heart of the Kenai Peninsula and boasts wonderful views of the Kenai River, Cook Inlet, miles of sandy beaches, two mountain ranges and four active volcanoes. Discover the rich experience.

What awaits you: breathtaking wilderness, majestic wildlife, outdoor adventure, cultural heritage and most of all, some of the friendliest people in the world. Kenai’s culture and history that coexist with its modern growth characterize Kenai, the largest and oldest city on the peninsula. Let your travels bring you to the city of Kenai, and find out what others have come to know.

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