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Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 116 reviews
Great facility, views are amazing, ideal for a remote getaway
User: bruce c from: Bethlehem, New Hampshire
Published Date: Aug, 11, 2020
Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2020
Rating: 4
The lodge was great - rooms are very quaint and lodge like with few amenities (I say that in a good way as you have a real feeling of remoteness). And the food was outstanding - they really went out of their way to prepare fantastic food. And it's a great place to watch wildlife - birds, otters, whales and much more. Something felt like it was lacking though - I didn't like the rigidness of meal times, for which they were always late - and wasn't wild about 6:00 pm dinner - but that's us. Also, didn't like that there wasn't a bar, or games or books in the lodge, but that's really minor. Not wild about their COVID practices either - other places we visited were much better. Not a lot of activities on the island - you can kayak by appointment or hike, although I wouldn't recommend the hike if you're not a decent hiker. A real treat every morning though, was coffee delivered to your door at 7:00 am, and it was good coffee!
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Wonderful place to unplug and unwed
User: aksnowgrl from:
Published Date: Aug, 9, 2020
Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2020
Rating: 5
Really loved our stay. Enjoyed that our first night was just couples, our second night a family showed up and ruined the ambiance by following us around and flying a drone above us. The Staff was quick to aid however, and the nuisance family left us alone after that. The food, lodgings and overall experience were 5 star all the way. Super friendly and helpful staff. Next time we go, I think I will double check no children are booked to stay. Other than that 100% the experience/food/ambiance I was looking for. Highly recommend and will be referring all our friends and family.
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Quick getaway
User: AlaskanResident from:
Published Date: Aug, 8, 2020
Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2020
Rating: 4
Overall very good and nice quick getaway. Good food but very rigid meal schedule and limited or no meal options. Could be excellent, but designed for tourists. Would be better if there was an option to get a direct trip back to Seward instead of the 6 hour cruise that locals have probably been on before.
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My paradise!
User: ginasp0rtraits from:
Published Date: Aug, 1, 2020
Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2020
Rating: 5
20/10 it was true perfection! I can't imagine a more perfect quiet, beautiful oasis for our family! Rooms were great - everything we needed - food was out of this world! Staff friendly and went above and beyond! Start to end perfection!
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No Foxes on this island
User: Dr_KrystalY from:
Published Date: Jul, 21, 2020
Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2020
Rating: 5
This lodge is not only surrounded by beauty, but the seclusion of the lodge and staff will make your experience here remarkable and forever memorable. My fiancé and I stayed here late June in 2020. Since the trains were not running currently, the lodge was even more secluded than usual. It usually has up to 16 guests, 8 cabins, on site and when we were here, we ended up only have 4 guests there. As soon as we arrived, the staff greeted us warmly and the manager, Brandon, introduced himself and stated whatever we wanted or desired they would help achieve that or come close to it. He stated he or someone else would always be available for questions or concerns, and he did not disappoint. The cabins were beautiful and cozy. There are no outlets in the room which we did not mind as the main area has plenty available. I was able to charge my camera batteries without an issue as well. Wi-Fi worked great in this area but not in the cabins, so needing to charge your phone while in the cabin was not necessary. We stayed at the puffin cabin which had a great view of the bay and the lake just behind the cabin where we spotted river otters and baby ducks. The chef was from Vero Beach, FL which is close to my hometown. His cooking was phenomenal and kept you excited for the next meal. This is top dollar dining at its finest, no meal tasted the same and the meals were well executed. I am a self-proclaimed “foodie” and would not be this kind if not so deserved. Brandon told us about a hike, a bit on the challenging side, was available for us and explained how to get there and where to get some great views/pictures. This hike was not even recorded on my hiking app, All Trails, so I added it for others to use as a guide. Fox Island flora and landscape is like nothing I have ever seen, its damp and brittle which can make or break this hike from moderate to challenging, especially with the steep incline. On our second day there we were unable to do kayaking secondary to the tour personal being exposed to COVID, so precautionary measures were taken. Although at first this really bummed us out, we asked if they had any fishing rods which we could use to try to catch fish. Luckily, Brandon was on it, and an employee had a couple rods and lures for us to use. The chef brought us out to the “spot” on the end of the bay where the employee stated he would catch rock fish, and boy did we! (and when I say we I mean my fiancé, all I caught was seaweed and kelp, whoomph). The chef cooked the rock fish for dinner and it beyond delicious, reminded me of grouper and kind of looked like it too! We also got a show when the chef put the rock fish scraps back into the ocean and watch 2 bald eagles fight for the winnings—just WOW!! Brandon also told us if we were feeling up to it, we could jump off the dock into the frigid Alaskan waters, and you do not have to dare me to adventure. It was a beautifully warm day, and although my limbs went numb as soon as I hit the water, as soon as you get out you are instantly warm—so STRANGE for this Florida native. Every night they offered a beach fire with smores which we gladly accepted. The staff was cautious wearing masks when around guests and I never once felt unsafe. The day out you enjoy a 5-hour boat ride to explore the Fjords and see wildlife, we saw humpback whales, plenty of seals, puffins, an enormous number of seabirds, and the Aialik Glacier. The captain of the tour boat was incredibly knowledgeable about the Fjords and the boat was big enough with a catamaran style hull that allowed its massive boat to take on waves, so that I never once felt seasick. The beauty of Fox Island, the delicious food, and the attentive staff with opportunities for adventure, and the enjoyable Fjords boat tour allow me to absolutely recommend this lodge. The price is beyond worth every penny. I would ask that the lodge acquire more fishing equipment because this activity became a highlight for us both and think future guests would appreciate it as well. Stephen and I thank the staff for everything they did for us while we there and making the last bit of our Alaska trip incredibly memorable.
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