Heart of Alaska – Wilderness Lodge Retreat

The Alaska wilderness lodge retreat is the ultimate Alaskan experience. A three-lodge program with stays at Winterlake Lodge (named one of America’s best by Travel + Leisure magazine), Tutka Bay Lodge, and Redoubt Bay Lodge, provides lots of opportunity for enjoying pristine Alaskan backcountry—walk on a glacier, check out the Iditarod trail, sportfish by helicopter, spot bears, and more. Everywhere, hikes and sea kayaking allow access to exquisite landscapes and chances to spot wildlife such as whales, sea otters, moose, bears, and wolves. Float planes deliver you from one perfectly rustic lodge to the next, and days offer endless opportunities for communing with nature—either from the lodge with wine glass in hand, or through physically rigorous activities.

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The Itinerary

Day 1

Upon your afternoon arrival at the Anchorage Airport, board an ERA Aviation flight bound for Homer. There, you will transfer to Homer Harbor, from where a water taxi will deliver you to your remote lodge for the night. Accommodations are at Tutka Bay Lodge, Cabin.

Day 2

Enjoy the many activities available at and around the lodge, including hiking, clamming, fishing, wildlife viewing, birding, ocean kayaking, cooking classes, and much more. (Or, for an additional fee, take a helicopter tour over the Harding Ice Field.) Accommodations are at the Tutka Bay Lodge, Cabin.

Day 3

Paddle among the small coves and inlets around Tutka Bay Wilderness Lodge, hike up a mountain for a breathtaking panorama of Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet, tour the coast by boat, or just take in the scenery from the deck. Late afternoon, you will board a floatplane that offers spectacular views of the Cook Inlet en route to Redoubt Bay. Accommodations are at Redoubt Bay Lodge, Cabin.

Day 4

Engage in any number of activities at the Lodge, including sport fishing, bear viewing (the area boasts one of the densest bear populations in the state), hiking, and kayaking / canoeing. Late afternoon, board another floatplane bound for Finger Lake, 200 miles northwest of Anchorage. Accommodations are at Winterlake Lodge, Cabin.

Day 5

A full-day allows you to enjoy any number of activities at Winterlake Lodge: hike along the historic Iditarod Sled Dog Trail, or along Wolverine Ridge, which offers views of Denali; go kayaking or canoeing; take a yoga class or therapeutic massage; or enjoy a cooking class with the resident chef. Accommodations are at Winterlake Lodge, Cabin.

Day 6

Today’s adventures are supported by a Robinson R-44 helicopter—allowing you to explore the pristine backcountry surrounding the lodge. Your options include sportfishing, rafting on the wild Happy River, hiking to a glacier ridge, glacier trekking on a rarely-visited section of the Alaska Range, and dining on Wolverine Ridge. Accommodations are at Winterlake Lodge, in a Cabin.

Day 7

The better part of the day is spent at the Lodge, where you can enjoy more active adventures, or simply revel in the serene surroundings one last time. Late afternoon, you’ll board a floatplane for Anchorage and Lake Hood. For dinner tonight, we leave you to dine on your own, choose from one of our favorite restaurants. Accommodations are at the Hotel Captain Cook, in a Junior Suite.

Day 8

Your driver will transport you from your hotel to Anchorage Airport in time for your outbound flight. Safe travels!

The Route

 

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