Guests kayak in a calm lagoon near Alaska's Pedersen Glacier.
Locals can be fussy about new construction. But one project in Alaska’s stunning Kenai Fjords National Park didn’t seem to bother the residents—black bears, mountain goats, harbor seals, and sea otters.
“They were curious when we were building, coming over to check things out,” says Kirk Hoessle, president of Alaska Wildland Adventures, which built the new Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. His staff took pains to ensure that the land wasn’t harmed, even replanting displaced tufts of moss. “Now bears walk through like we’re not here,” he says.
Guests certainly enjoy the amenities of the lodge and 16 log cabins. Canoe and kayak trips, naturalist-led hikes, and a four-hour cruise from Seward and back are included in rates ($995 for three days, two nights, all meals). The dining room’s glacier view can distract, but the kitchen meets the challenge with local rockfish, rosemary-encrusted pork, and butternut squash fettuccine. Open June 1 through September 11 this year. (800) 334-8730, kenaiglacier.com.
Photography courtesy Alaska Wildland Adventures
This article was first published in September 2010. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.