Our Alaska adventure winds down with a Glamping Hub experience in Girdwood, Alaska. A stunning small town just south of Anchorage. It’s here where OJz founders knew they would return to the Last Frontier sooner rather than later.
When you think of Alaska, you’d think there would be ski resorts galore, full of powdery lines, warm beverages, and 18 layers to keep you warm. However, the town of Girdwood holds the only ski resort in the state, Alyeska Resort.
From Camping to Glamping, such a wonderful way to see and explore Alaska!
We were promptly greeted by Olie and Marley “Monster” (adopted from Big Island!) the owner’s dogs who patrol the property in search for sun spots to nap and always on the hunt for a scratch behind the ear. We quickly learned of Lynee’ and Patrick’s hard work over the past 20+ years to create a handful of cabins on their property. Everyone from the local Anchorage folk looking to get away for the weekend, to those traveling halfway across the globe to bask in the Girdwood beauty have found themselves in one of their cozy cabins. A stunning micro compound of log cabins that make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time to Little House on the Prairie.
Our cabin had the charm of a rustic log cabin in the woods with all the present day amenities needed to truly relax and unwind.
Being from Hawaii, even the crisp “warm” summer day temperature of 55 degrees called for an immediate serving of hot chocolate and some wool socks. After a whirlwind of a trip camping, hiking, kayaking, and celebrating our good friends getting hitched, it was so nice to sink into the leather couch, sip on a warm beverage, and take the afternoon on the slow track.
Lynne’ and Patrick add personal touches of their own Alaska adventures in the cabin with family photos fishing, skiing, and hiking. On the dining table we found a binder chalk full of activities to do in the area, hikes with descriptions and distance, and all their favorite restaurants with full menus provided. Not to mention the plethora of discounts available through staying with the Alyeska Hideaway Cabins.
When there isn’t snow to play in, Girdwood and Alyseka become a mountain biking hotspot. Trails for all levels wind through the mountains, stopping at small ponds, stunning scenic views, and if you’re lucky, a chance to see some wildlife. Drew and I quickly agreed that one day would not be enough time here, and immediately started talking of how soon we could come back for a longer stay.
During our dinner Lynne’ came by to say hello, dropping off one of her homemade blueberry breakfast cakes. We made plans to meet with her in the morning to explore the other cabins and to see their very own hiking trail just in the back of the property.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that our sleep at the Glamping Hub Log Cabin was one of the best we had during our 10 days in Alaska. Maybe it was the king size bed or the cool breeze that flowed through the window, regardless we both woke up not wanting to leave our cabin cocoon.
Eventually we made our way down the ladder stairs to find a perfect sunny Alaskan summer day waiting for us. We met up with Lynee’ as promised and took a stroll through their backyard hiking trails. She shared with us that within a month’s time blueberries would be overflowing, and come fall there are more wild mushrooms to pick than you know what to do with. Our vacation ended with a tour of other two cabins on the property, one available now that has an extra bedroom in the downstairs. The other, which is projected to be done come September is a stunning, refurbished 1960s cabin. The final touch on this cabin is to be a clawfoot tub that overlooks the forest.
The Alyeska Log Cabins are a perfect stay for couples or families. Their location is ideal for checking out the local restaurants and for a day full of skiing (or biking!) and hiking. The hospitality and kindness from Lynne’ and Patrick is was puts these cabins above and beyond any other experience. We’ve been back in Hawaii for a day, and are already researching dates and flights for our next trip!
We got to ask Lynne’ a few questions about her cabins and her family, see what she has to say about places to eat and where she and her family are off to next!
Jane (J) Each cabin has it’s own personality, could you describe in just a few words or a sentence the “feel” or experience from each cabin?
Lynne’ (L) Alyeska Cabin – (Where you stayed) tries to give the feeling that you are staying in ‘our’ cabin as we have quilts that my sister made and pictures of our family throughout the cabin. The idea actually came from the house we stay at on the Big Island – our friends have their pictures up at their place along with momentos from years passed at the home.
Placer Cabin – also a log cabin but has a new, clean, open feeling with windows strategically placed so the view is of trees from every window give the guest a feeling of being in the woods
Glacier Cabin – (log) is going to give a person a feeling of being in an older one room cabin where the bed is in the main area along with the kitchen and cozy sitting area. The bathroom will have the claw foot bathtub and a window so when soaking guests can enjoy the woods outdoors. There is also going to be a bowl and old style faucet in the bathroom to bring in the Days Gone By feel of the cabin.
J: There are beautiful photos of you and your family hanging on the walls, what are a few of your favorite outdoor activities to do with your family in Girdwood?
L: As a family we love to fish – there were photos of us Hooligan Fishing on the Turnagain Arm as well as salmon fishing up 20 Mile River. Skiing is also big on Mt. Alyeska where you see pictures of Patrick and the girls. We have great memories of taking the girls up 20 Mile to camp as well.
J: What is your favorite place to eat in Girdwood?
L: Depends on which family member you ask : ) but since I am replying to this email it is Jack Sprat! I love that they use local foods in their meals and they change out the menu to go along with the season.
J: You and your family have traveled quite a bit this past year! Where are you and your family traveling to next?
L: Oh my we must recover from the expense of the last trip and the cost of getting the third cabin up and running first! I don’t even allow the family to dream of the next destination at the moment. If I had to I would say a quick get-away for us is to head to the Big Island to our friends home as it feels like a second home to us as we have been going there since ’96. We love the secluded beach, the snorkeling, diving and relaxing while listening to the waves and the birds. The Island Life is a good life too!
A BIG Mahalo to Lynne’, Patrick, and their dogs for our cozy night in their Alyeska cabin, we look forward to another trip very soon!