VISIT AK

Skagway as seen from Burro Creek

Skagway as seen from Burro Creek

These are my favorite haunts while traveling about the great state of Alaska.  At most of these places you will find a good friend of mine!

Thank you for visiting!

SKAGWAY

Fun

Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park – so much history… 2nd and Broadway

White Pass & Yukon Route  – an unforgettable train ride!  Come in December for the Santa train if you are feeling adventurous!  2nd and Broadway

Frontier Excursions and Float tours -a great tour company with great owners, the hike and float is the best!  Ask for Chris!  2 1/2 Broadway

Alaska Excursions Tour company -the Glacier Point wilderness safari is my favorite tour, hands down!  The dog sled and zip line tours are also fun…

Days of ’98 show – A great musical of the history of Skagway and Soapy Smith, at the Eagles Aerie #25, 6th & Broadway

Hike Skagway!  -there are a lot of great hikes surrounding Skagway.  My favorites are Icy Lake & Upper Reid falls (via the Lower Lake trail), Lost lake, and the Chilkoot Trail if you are up for an intense 33 mile trek.

Food

You Say Tomato natural & organic food and goods, including many locally made products,  like Glacial Naturals of course!  21st and State street

Sweet Tooth Café is a classic greasy spoon with a historic flair.  Their patty melt on homemade rye is so satisfying!

Starfire Restaurant  -Authentic Thai food and other yummies too.  Ask for the Prik Nam Pla if you like it hot!  Dinner menu starts at 4pm.  On 4th east of Broadway

Skagway Fish Company -locally owned and focused on seafood with a big beer and wine selection.  Over looking the harbor on Spring Street (next to Harbor House)

Skagway Brewing Company    -Locally made brew and comfort food.  Find Glacial Naturals in the gift shop with SBC beer soaps & the unique Spruce Tip Beer Candle in a souvenir glass.     8th & Broadway, Year round

Drink

Red Onion Saloon -a restored old brothel from the Gold Rush days.  Get a drink from the ladies of the night, but beware of ghosts!  2nd & Broadway, Seasonal

Happy Endings Saloon a nice new bar with cozy dark feel.  Connected to a small hotel and pizza place. 4th and State St.  Year round

Bonanza Bar – has a large bar and stage area to see some good shows but pretty basic otherwise.  The Glacier Lounge is a little swankier upstairs with occasional live music.   3rd and Broadway, Seasonal

Olivia’s Garden Bistro – Have a fresh made mojito in their garden where the mint is grown.  Attached to the historic Skagway Inn on 5 & 1/2 Broadway, Seasonal

Skagway Brewing Company    -Locally made brew and comfort food.  Find Glacial Naturals in the gift shop with SBC beer soaps & the unique Spruce Tip Beer Candle in a souvenir glass.     8th & Broadway, Year round

Social Clubs – Eagles Aerie #25 or Elks lodge #431 – for members only, but great bars that are filled with plenty of locals.   And great public events too.  6th and Broadway or 5th and State respectively.  Year round

Sleep

Sergeant Preston’s Lodge – A clean lodge close to everything.  The owners are laid back too! on 6th west of Broadway

The White House – A restored turn of the century home.  A cozy atmosphere and welcoming owners.  I would ask for the room Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart stayed in a few years ago.  Whom I luckily got to meet while serving at the Stowaway btw!!!

Mile Zero B & B – A modern B & B just a few blocks from downtown.  Rooms have private entrance and the hosts are a sweet local family.  They also have a great house for rent down town on 3rd if you would like to stay for a while.

Shop

Garden City Market -join Glacial Naturals at the local artisan market with lots of amazing creations.  2015 dates: April 17th 5-7pm (tentative) at the Red Onion, then every second Saturday, June – September (that’s: 6-13, 7-11, 8-8, 9-12), at the Eagles Hall on Broadway between 5th and 6th streets.

Duff’s Backcountry Outfitters -Locally owned outdoor gear store, the split boards alway make me drool!  The sales attic is always fun too!  On 5th west of Broadway

Mountain Shop -locally owned outdoor gear store that also does great local tours and rents camping and hiking gear.  On 4th west of Broadway

The Skagway Hardware Store – If you can’t find it here you don’t need it!  Owned and operated by long-time Skagway family.  They are amazing folks that treat you like family.  Find Glacial Naturals’ products here too!  4th and Broadway, Year round

Taiya River Artworks -Locally run shop featuring fine local jewelry, art, and Glacial Naturals of course!  2nd & 1/2 and Broadway, Year round

Richter’s Curios -Locally run shop on Broadway with a great selection for the souvenir seeking traveler.  Find Glacial Naturals here too!  2nd and Broadway, Seasonal

A Fine Line -Locally run shop with lots of hand-crafted jewelry and Glacial Naturals candles!  on 5th & 1/2 and Broadway, Seasonal

Skagway News Depot–  a fabulous book store and home of the Skagway News local paper and book publisher Lynn Canal Publishing, 2nd & Broadway, Year round

Here’s a good list of Skagway business’ too

Local Artisans

Skagway Arts Council– supporting arts and culture to our small rural town.

Courtenay Birdsall-Clifford  -an amazing Anchorage raised artist. She now resides in Skagway, with the North wind at her back, fueling her brush!

Kim Long -Owner of the former 🙁 Stowaway Café.  Now planning on selling their famous seasoning blends.  I hear a recipe book is in the works!   Wasabi Salmon anyone?

Lillith Moon – “Corset” Cori Giacomozzi -works magic with upcycled fabrics, purses, and stunning corsets under the keen eye of her adorable cat, Fifi!

Pepita Borracha -Kellie creates delicious hot sauce and spices.  I cannot live without her Mexican seasoning salt.  Don’t ever turn down dinner at Kellie and Mikes!  xoxo

Jcal designs -so many things to make you smile.  Jess’ handmade cards are brilliant!

Made in Skagway -more Skagway artisans here

Info

Skagway Convention & Visitors Bureau -a great place to start

Skagway Development Corporation    check out the Made in Skagway page -9th & State

The Skagway News   -2nd & Broadway

Skagway Chamber of Commerce  -has great list of Skagway links here.

Borough of Skagway    City hall, 8th and Spring street

HAINES

KHNS radio  -serving Haines, Skagway, & Klukwan, listen online!

Haines Alaska Community Website   -lots of information here

Haines Brewing – a true micro-brewery that will be expanding soon.  Paul has been perfecting his (my favorite) Spruce Tip Ale for years now.  It just keeps getting better!   In Dalton City on the Fairgrounds, Year round

The Pioneer Bar and the Bamboo Room – The best place to party till the wee hours and have late breakfast next day.  I can personally recommend their homemade Bloody Mary, a local Haines Brew snit, and their spinach eggs Benedict for a hangover cure!  near 2nd & Main street, downtown, Year round

Dejon Delights–  amazing locally caught smoked salmon and Alaskan gifts, like Glacial Naturals!   On Portage Street, just uphill from the fast ferry terminal and cruise ship dock.

JUNEAU

Mendenhall Glacier -a idyllic glacier flowing in to a lake dropping icebergs with a webcam!  And a nice visitor’s center and a scenic walk to the glacial lake.

The Sandpiper Cafe -a yummy unexpected cafe in downtown Juneau

Seong’s sushi -my favorite eclectic, maybe even a little awkward, sushi/Asian restaurant.  The owners are very sweet and always remember us.  Located downtown.

The Canton House -our “valley” sushi spot with good Asian fare too.   Sometimes it’s hard to get out of the valley…The ferry schedule is always brutal.

UP NORTH

WHITEHORSE, YUKON Territory, Canada

Whitehorse, YT, Canada– The closest road accessible “city” for hundreds of miles.  It’s worth it, the Yukon is stunning!  I highly recommend camping near Kluane Lake.

DENALI PARK area

Denali National Park  -one the bucket list for sure!  I recommend flight seeing Denali on a nice day.  Or visiting during the fall colors if you don’t mind some cold!

229 Parks Restaurant   -a chef driven restaurant featuring local produce, a great wine list, and a beautiful handmade wood bar.  Save room for homemade ice cream!                   mile 229.7 Parks Highway

Travel

Alaska Marine Highway  -Hands down the most scenic and relaxing way to travel!  Start in Bellingham, WA or Prince Rupert, BC and float all the way up to Skagway.  Then from Juneau over to Southcentral Alaska.

Seaplanes of Alaska-  A local air taxi business that serves Southeast Alaska year round.  I recommend flying on clear days, or be ready for an adventure!

Alaska Airlines -the only way to fly into Southeast Alaska

Alaska Railroad – the most epic way to see a big part of Alaska, stretching from Fairbanks down to Seward on the Southcentral coast.

EARTH & SKY

NOAA weather– The most accurate Alaskan weather I’ve found.  Just click on a region.

Aurora forecast– This really helps to plan your late night Northern Lights watching…

Recent earthquakes–  We have a lot of little earthquakes that are not always obvious.  It’s nice to have somewhere to verify that you weren’t the only one shaking!

Alaska Volcano Observatory– keeping watch over our volcanos.

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