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Ahh Alaska, the Last Frontier. A land of salmon, Xtra Tuffs, delicious beer, and a sun that never sets. We’ve camped in the mountains, danced the night away, and bar hopped through Anchorage and Seward. It’s now time to relax and unwind in Glamping Hub’s cabin in the woods.

As I write this my eyes are straining to keep open and a full pot of tea is waiting to be gulped down. When the sun sets past midnight you find yourself out by the bonfire sipping a growler of homebrew till 2am, letting time become obsolete.

We end our camping, wedding, backpacking adventure with the perfect vacation from our vacation in Glamping Hub’s stunning log cabin just outside of Anchorage, Alaska. This lovely glamping property is a private and peaceful rental located 35 miles south of Anchorage in Girdwood, Alaska, a gateway to the Kenai Peninsula and Prince William Sound. Girdwood being surrounded by the Chugach Mountains is home to Alyeska Resort, the largest ski resort in Alaska, where guests can thoroughly enjoy an array of incredible winter sports. When the snow has melted there are great hiking and biking trails to explore in the area of this glamping property. It is certain guests will not struggle for activities and attractions to check out.

Before we settle into our cozy cabin in the heart of Girdwood, let’s take a peek at the breweries and campsites the Outdoor Junkiez founders have been enjoying. Up first was a day in Anchorage, sampling Glacier Brewery Company’s delicious Blood Orange IPA, paired with a smoked salmon sandwich and a bowl of their famous chowder. Up next was the 49th State Brewery, where Drew quickly made friends with the bartender as we sipped on their crisp Saison while overlooking the water.

Our grand finale was a must stop, Midnight Sun Brewery, located in Midtown, Anchorage. Now the reason behind Midnight Sun being a go to on our list of breweries to explore is the famous Panty Peeler. This beer is a whopping 8% Belgian Style Tripel that has made its way to the heart of Chinatown on Oahu in our favorite workplace, The Manifest. This unique beer sparked our taste buds and interest, so off we went to discover a quiet warehouse in a business / residential area of Anchorage. We almost didn’t go in due to the uninviting appearance. However, the few beers from our tour gave the liquid courage to march up the back stairs of the warehouse. We were pleasantly surprised to find a bustling brewery packed to the brim with locals and tourists getting their fix of homemade pretzels, mushroom tacos, and sampling a variety of draft flights.

Our whimsical beer and food tour day in Anchorage was the perfect introduction to Alaska. And with full bellies and warm cheeks, we tucked ourselves in for the night. We woke up extra early the following morning to walk to the Alaska Railroad Station.

We made our way from Anchorage to Seward for my good friend’s wedding via the Alaska Railroad. This form of transportation was nothing less than a fantastic way to enjoy the scenic route to Seward. Hugged by glaciers, waterfalls, lakes, mountains, and the occasional moose, we headed south on the three hour train ride while enjoying a breakfast burrito, coffee, and of course a Bloody Mary and a beer.

Our stay in Seward included a trip to Kayaker’s Cove for a bachelorette party, a beautiful backyard wedding, camping on 4th of July Beach and migrating to camp at Primrose Lake. Of course you can’t be in Alaska without setting foot on a glacier, so we added an 8 mile roundtrip hike to Harding Ice Field in the mix.

As much as we love a good night’s sleep on the ground, hiking glaciers, and building campfires, we are looking forward to a warm night in our Glamping Hub cabin before heading back to Hawaii. We can’t wait to share with everyone our experience in Girdwood, stay tuned!




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