Category Archives: Destinations

Ace Air Cargo, Flying To 18 Communities Daily

Flying to 18 different communities daily takes commitment, and that’s what we have at ACE Air Cargo.

We started out as an all-cargo airline and have been crisscrossing Alaska since 1996, delivering your mail and freight from Ketchikan to St. Paul Island to Bethel. People have come to rely upon ACE Air and ACE Air Cargo to get the job done.

And as of Feb 6, 2012,  we began offering scheduled passenger service to Dutch Harbor. We are very excited about this and want you to join us on our next scheduled flight.

You can check us out at www.aceaircargo.com.

For all your cargo, passenger charters or our new scheduled passenger service, ACE Air and ACE Air Cargo is truly your one-stop shop in Alaska. We want your business and will work hard to keep it.

Pearson’s Pond B&B, Located Beautiful Mendenhall Valley Near Juneau

Pearson’s Pond was founded in 1990 as a small bed and breakfast. Over time, Diane Pearson, a master gardener and interior designer developed The Pond into a romantic, luxury retreat.

The inn is located in the Mendenhall Valley about 10 minutes from Juneau International Airport and only 3 miles or a short bike ride from world-famous Mendenhall Glacier. The inn transitioned to Maryann Ray’s ownership in 2009, where tasteful upgrades and a thoughtful focus on guest service and hospitality have ensured the inn maintains its position as AAA’s only Four Diamond Award-winning lodging property in the state of Alaska.

Nestled in the Tongass Rain Forest alongside a glacial kettle pond, Pearson’s Pond’s gardens are the definition of serenity. Described as “enchanted” and “magical” by our guests, the garden boasts a sauna, two hot tubs, three gazebos, a small waterfall, porch swings, a campfire and more. From the dock you can enjoy time on the pond in a pedal boat or a rowboat (preferred by honeymooners) or curl up in a chaise lounge to read a book from our comprehensive library.

The inn’s casual elegance is the perfect place to relax after a day of outdoor activities. Snuggle up with a cup of hot cocoa in front of your fireplace or with a glass of wine and your honey on your oh-so-comfy loveseat. Enjoy premium cable on your flat screen TV, free movies from our DVD collection and complimentary wi-fi. Some rooms even offer two-person whirlpool tubs and eat-in breakfast bars. Breakfast, afternoon snacks and evening hospitality hour are provided daily. For dinner you can cook in your kitchenette, use one of our barbeques or enjoy one of Juneau’s many restaurants (we tell you where to find the best of the best). Each room has a fireplace, private entrance, private bath, sitting area, kitchenette, and a luxury queen bed with featherbed and 600-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets.

Our wellness spa offers a wide range of massages and hand/foot treatments and our fitness center sports everything from free weights to a full-body vibration machine. We also provide bikes, fishing equipment and kayaks for our guests’ use.

Juneau in the summer is an outdoor paradise with an amazing array of excursions. You can do everything from glacier ice climbing to ziplining and from dog mushing to whale watching. We will help you decide on the best tours for your taste through our concierge services — available on a complementary basis to our guests.

We also offer end-to-end destination wedding and vow renewal consulting services, as well as all-Alaska vacation planning services. At Pearson’s Pond, we want your visit to be everything it can be and we work hard to make sure that happens.

www.pearsonspond.com907-789-3772

Ouzel Expeditions Puts Anglers On Choice, Remote Alaska, Kamchatka Fisheries

Ouzel Expeditions has been putting anglers into remote salmon and trout fisheries for 35 years in Alaska and 22 years in Kamchatka. Ouzel was the first western guide service in Kamchatka.

We provide expert guides, tasty meals, large and comfortable rafts, upscale camps, bush flights and access to a host of great rivers. In Alaska, licensed and certified guides provide fully guided, weeklong raft trips on scenic wilderness rivers within Katmai National Park, Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, Arctic NWR and Aniakchak National Park and Refuge. Ouzel has experience on all of the famous remote rivers: Kanektok, Aniak, Nushagak, Chilikadrotna, Mulchatna, Kisaralek, American Creek, Salmon River, Aniakchak, Hula Hula, Lake Creek, Talachulitna, Holitna and Kwethluk, among many others.

All require access by plane. As everyone knows, fishing is plain and simply better in places where there is not a lot of traffic.Indeed, our experiences can change your perspective! Many a guest has told us that they “think about their trip with us every day of their life.” Ouzel features excellent fishing for five species of salmon, trophy rainbow trout, Arctic char and Arctic grayling. Beginning fisherman and families are encouraged and taught on our wilderness journeys.

When we began operating in Kamchatka in 1991, we were looking for great salmon runs but couldn’t keep the gigantic rainbow trout off our hooks. No one complained and the rest is history. Today Kamchatka is famous for its huge rainbows – we’ve caught them up to 33 inches long. Ouzel introduced catch and release angling to Kamchatka and the use of Russian helicopters to access its beautiful rivers for fly fishing. We run exploratory trips each year, hence all the great streams we float today. We are still finding and fishing new rivers that have never been fished by Westerners before. Our experienced guides, excellent equipment and years of experience make any river we float a comfortable wonderful experience.

Our camps are extremely comfortable, from our sleeping tents to our SOTAR rafts to our three hot delicious Russian meals each day. The soups and main courses are hearty and heart healthy. After breakfast you wade off downriver. Camp is packed on your raft and floats down to you. Two guests per raft fish with a seasoned, helpful fly-fishing guide who rows and works hard to make your trip a wonderful experience. We wade fish at the holes, floating and fishing our way down the river. At day’s end the rafts go ahead and set up camp. You can either ride along or wade fish into camp. We carry a satellite phone for emergency communications.

Six species of salmon return to Kamchatka while Arctic char are present all summer. Kundzha (east Siberian char) are great fighters! Salmon arrival times vary from stream to stream but generally arrive the same time in Kamchatka as Alaska. We fish for king salmon from mid-June through early July. Silvers arrive mid-August and run through October. Chum run all season long. Sockeye salmon arrive in July and August. Pinks run early August through September, but are only strong in even-numbered years.

Ouzel Expeditions’ Alaska and Kamchatka Fishing Expeditions are imitated but never equaled! Give us a call and we’ll answer any questions you may have. For 35 years we have been a family business. Contact Paul or Sharon Allred and Ouzel Expeditions at (907) 783-2216 or go to www.ouzel.com.

Embassy Suites, Anchorage

Centrally located in Midtown just minutes from shopping, Downtown, and Ted Stevens International Airport, we offer 169 luxurious suites that will allow you to stretch out and relax.

We are the newest full service hotel in Anchorage complete with flexible meeting space and Pi Kitchen + Bar serving breakfast, lunch and dinner along with room service for your convenience.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Spacious two-room suites featuring Serta Suites Dreams & Embassy Essentials Bedding

Sofa bed in the living room and 32-inch flat screen TV

Oversized work desk, ergonomic chair, dual-line phones with data port, high-speed internet service with secure in-room printing to the business center

Included are a microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker

RESTAURANTS & LOUNGES

Complimentary cooked-to order breakfast

Complimentary evening manager’s reception

Pi Kitchen + Bar serving contemporary cuisine

AMENITIES & ATTRACTIONS

Indoor heated pool and whirlpool

24/7 fitness center featuring Precor equipment and leading edge cardio and resistance training equipment

Local attractions include Anchorage Museum (2 miles), Imaginarium (2 miles), Anchorage Zoo (3 miles), Aviation Museum (1.5 miles), Coastal Trail (2 miles), O’Malley Golf Course (3 miles)

For more, see embassysuitesanchorage.com or call (907) 332-7000.

Hampton Inn, Anchorage

The Hampton Inn Anchorage is conveniently located in Midtown that puts you close to everything whether you are visiting on business or pleasure; plus we have several restaurants within walking distance.

We offer guest rooms including four Jacuzzi suites and we are proud to offer a newly renovated lobby.

Friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms, and the best value in Anchorage is what you will find at the Hampton Inn – We love having you here!

ACCOMMODATIONS

Comfortable guestrooms with either king or double beds featuring a warm Alaskan decor

Refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, iron and ironing board in every room

32-inch flat panel TVs with premium cable channels including HBO

Complimentary high speed wired & wireless Internet throughout the entire hotel

Large work desk with adjustable lighting and ergonomic chair

Premium Clean and Fresh Hampton Bedding Package

AMENITIES

Complimentary on-the-house hot breakfast buffet

24-hour Fitness Center

24-hour Business Center

Complimentary 24/7 airport shuttle service and scheduled service to downtown and area locations

Guest laundry facility

24-hour Convenience Mart

Heated indoor pool

For more, see hamptonanchorage.com/ or call (907) 550-7000.

Homewood Suites, Anchorage

Our residential style hotel offers 122 newly renovated suites designed to give you a great value plus all the comforts of home.

We are conveniently located in the Midtown area within walking distance to several restaurants and minutes away from shopping, Downtown, and the airport.

Whether staying a few nights or a few weeks, you will discover why JD Powers ranked our brand the highest in guest satisfaction.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Spacious studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom suites with separate living and sleeping areas

Fully equipped kitchen in every suite featuring a full-sized refrigerator, microwave, stove top, and dishwasher

Sofa bed in the living room and two 32-inch flat screen TVs

Spacious work desk, ergonomic chair, dual line phones with data port, and high speed internet service

Clock radio with MP3 Connection

COMPLIMENTARY AMENTIES

Suite Start hot full breakfast buffet served daily

Welcome Home reception with dinner plus beer & wine every Monday through Thursday

Wireless high speed Internet throughout the hotel

24-hour Business Center and

Fitness Center

  • Heated indoor swimming pool with whirlpool
  • Barbeque grill on our patio
  • Basketball Sports Court
  • Parking

For more, see http://homewoodsuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/alaska/homewood-suites-by-hilton-anchorage-ANCHWHW/index.html or call (907) 762-7000.

Hilton Garden Inn, Anchorage

At Hilton Garden Inn we know when you travel; you have important things to do. Whether meeting an important client or reconnecting with family, having everything you need the night before is critical to being your best on your big day.

We offer 125 spacious guestrooms including five Jacuzzi suites, and making sure you are prepared is our main focus. We are conveniently located in the Midtown area within walking distance to several restaurants and minutes away from shopping, Downtown, and the airport.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Spacious guestrooms with either king or double beds

Self-adjusting Garden Sleep System bed in our kings

Refrigerator, microwave, and coffeemaker in every room

32-inch high-definition flat panel TVs with premium cable channels including HBO

Complimentary high speed wired & wireless Internet with secure, remote printing to the business center

Large work desk with convenient desk-level outlets, adjustable lighting and ergonomic chair

Two telephones featuring voicemail speaker & data ports

Innovative, easy-to-set alarm clock radio with MP3

USA TODAY delivered each weekday morning.

MEETINGS & BANQUETS

Over 1,467 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space to accommodate up to 80 guests.

Catering and audio visual service available

For more, see hgihotelanchorage.com/ or call (907) 729-7000.

Seward Military Resort Caters To Active, Retired Military, DoD Civilians

The Seward Military Resort is open to active duty and retired military personnel, and DoD civilians. It is located in Seward, on the Kenai Peninsula which is termed “Alaska’s Playground” for good reason. Just about everything you can think of to do in Alaska can be done here.

The city of Seward is the gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park (abundant in wildlife and majestic glaciers). The drive, 130 miles south of Anchorage, takes visitors along one of America’s most beautiful scenic highways.

Seward Military Resort offers:

Lodging year-round (reservations may be made up to 365 days in advance)

RV park & campground (summer months)

Freedom Fighter’s Bar & Grill (open Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day)

Deep sea fishing (halibut – Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day)

First-class fish-cleaning and processing facility (freezers and priority overnight shipping available)

Tickets and tours (Special rates for Alaskan attractions)

Snowmobile tours to Exit Glacier (an adventure for all skill levels – winter months)

Special events (New Year’s Eve celebration/murder mystery dinner theatres – winter months)

For reservations, call (907) 224-5559 or (800) 770-1858.

And check out www.sewardresort.com!

Our motto: “You Provide Our Freedom, Let Us Provide Your Fun.”

Driftwood Lodge, Juneau

The Driftwood Lodge offers 62 modern rooms and suites in four different floor plans in downtown Juneau. All rooms have private baths, TV with cable, WiFi access and coffee makers. The kitchen units also have microwaves. Laundry facilities are available on the premises. The Driftwood Lodge also offers courtesy transportation to and from the airport and ferry terminal.

CONTACT: 435 Willoughby Avenue • Juneau, AK 99801
907-586-2280 • 800-544-2239 • F 907-586-1034 driftwood@gci.netwww.driftwoodalaska.com