Alaska is wild and storied, built on the backs of adventurers, pioneers and American homesteaders. What if we told you that there is more to Alaska than simply a historic gold rush, tall mountain peaks and bobbing icebergs? We are pulling back the curtain on everything from a thriving food scene to luxurious and remote wilderness lodge experiences, and sharing with you some of our latest (and greatest) experiences across The Last Frontier. This is Alaska – uncovered.
Famously touted by Vogue Magazine as having America’s ‘most interesting food scene’, Southeast Alaska and its capital city of Juneau have raised the bar for Alaskan fare. How better to have an immersive experience when traveling than tasting your way through your destinations? From The Rookery’s Alaskan scallop ceviche, tossed with coconut couscous and squid ink adobo to the Fettuccine al Burro topped with black truffle noodles and mozzarella butter at In Bocca Al Lupo – you won’t be going hungry in Juneau. Wash it all down with 50 Fathoms Gin from Port Chilkoot Distillery, made with local spruce tips and hand harvested juniper berries. Allow us to introduce you to the flavors of Alaska with Gourmet Juneau, complete with a cooking class, private chef-accompanied whale watching tour, and Mendenhall Glacier exploration.
Luxury Meets Wilderness in Alaska’s Halibut Cove. Nestled deep in Kachemak Bay State Park, Halibut Cove’s pristine surroundings are your home base as you explore Alaska’s first state park by both land and sea. From the smallest creatures in the cove’s shallow tidepools to the curious seals and killer whales witnessed on whale watching trips, marine life is abundant in this region of Alaska. Active days are spent kayaking glacial lakes, saltwater fishing or flightseeing to view bears, with your evenings providing respite – and spent dining on gourmet fare, soaking in a cedar hot tub or indulging in a massage.
Alaska is synonymous with bucket list travel, be it watching grizzly bears sparring over salmon or soaring to new heights flightseeing over Denali’s tall peaks. Some of our favorite Alaskan bucket list experiences can be found on our Whales & Wilderness Retreat, a ten-day journey that takes travelers from strolling the shores of Gustavus to flying high over the vast tundra valleys of Denali. Using traditional Alaskan bush planes, riding the Alaska Railroad’s GoldStar Dome Train, and enjoying the comfort of private drivers – this journey is a collection of preeminent Alaskan experiences so impressive they may just claim a spot on your next bucket list.
Close in Distance – But Nothing Like Home
Vast, mysterious and magical – Alaska offers guests other-worldly escapes deep in America’s most northern reaches. Pristine landscape and wide-open spaces mean travelers have room (quite literally!) to unwind, explore and experience firsthand the life-changing imprint that Alaska leaves on you, long after you’ve returned home.