I’ll say it up front: “I LOVE ALASKA!” And I especially love sharing it with pretty much anyone that will listen. Fortunately, Alaska is on many bucket lists, so a lot of people are looking for information, ideas, and a local perspective as they dream about, plan, and then visit this amazing place.
Exploring such a massive area takes some thought and planning. The links and guides below are a great way to start molding your Alaska dreams into reality. This section will continue to expand when we find great restaurants, hotels, websites, and other points of interest as we discover Alaska, so check back often!
Rest assured that I won’t recommend anything that I haven’t found to deliver consistently outstanding service or products. Of note, I am not compensated by any of the sites/companies below, they are just my favorites.
- Fish & Chips: Swiftwater Seafood Cafe, Whittier. We eat A LOT of fish and chips here, plus Jeff makes killer ones at home. These are the best I’ve had and warrant a drive to Whittier just to get some. The halibut/shrimp combo basket is bomb! Open seasonally in the summer, the owner’s also own the ice cream shop on the boardwalk. (My kid’s favorite food in Whittier.) Another amazing option in this category is Thorn’s Showcase Lounge, Seward. Think Vegas meets the last frontier. And don’t forget to order a bucket of ‘Butt’ (halibut).
- Pizza: Moose’s Tooth, Anchorage. Everyone will tell you to go there and with good reason. You don’t get to be the number 1 restaurant in Anchorage unless you are that good.
- Mexican Restaurant: This is a TOUGH one as Mexican food is our family’s favorite ethnic cuisine! Our favorite is La Fiesta in Palmer. It’s a little dive of a place, and just serves good, solid Mexican food…nothing fancy there. It’s worth a stop if you need a break from seafood.
- Sub Sandwich: Krazy Moose Subs (Yes more moose) located in Wasilla. Filling sandwiches on fresh baked bread. Get there earlier in the day as it can get busy!
- Restaurants to try in Girdwood: Always a raging debate but if I don’t have my kids, I choose Jack Sprat or the Double Musky Inn. Both eclectic, both pricey. If I have the kids, it’s Chair 5: they like it, they eat it, they’re full, I’m happy. (Side note, the pizza at Alyeska Resort is surprisingly good, we order it for room service with some creme brûlée. Don’t judge.)
- More coming soon from Fairbanks, Talkeetna, Homer and beyond!
- Angel’s Rest, Seward. I go to Seward 1-2 times a month for work and play, usually staying at the Harbor 360 (only pool in town, kids love it, decent continental breakfast) or camping. Jeff and I found Angel’s Rest when we went down on short notice. Located on Lowell Point, it’s a small operation owned by a retired couple that consists of 3 oceanfront cabins, and 4 additional rooms across the street. We stayed in Cloud 9, and it was one of the most peaceful evenings I’ve spent here in Alaska. They contain kitchenettes, but don’t expect WiFi or Cable, the real entertainment is a front row seat to Resurrection Bay.