My boyfriend and I will be in Talkeetna the 2nd week of April. He is taking a Ski Plane/Glacer Landing/Mountain Flying course that will last about 3 days. Luckily because of this, we will be able to do some flightseeing and ice fishing. We will have 5 days to explore after his course is over but will be on somewhat of a budget. We are renting a car but I understand some highways and roads will not be open, limiting exactly where we can go. Unfortunately we will have missed all of the dog sled races and festivals that would have been nearby.
I have already been to the Kenai Peninsula so I was hoping to explore other places. He has been to Fairbanks but I have not. He really liked it there and is willing to go back and explore some more. We would love to stay in a rustic type cabin with a wood stove or fireplace but I have not been able to find one as of yet. Off the beaten path is fine with us but again not sure if that is possible due to road conditions. We will not have sleeping bags/cookware, etc. so that kind of leaves out the Natl and State Park cabins. We don't really want to have to leave our car and hike real far to get to a place to stay.
We also would like to check out some historic buildings and authentic old saloons, if they exist. It would be great to run into a musher and dog team that didn't want to charge us $400 for a quick spin. We REALLY want to hang out with locals and hear stories and really get a feel for the place. We are contemplating a 6 mo. to a year stay at a later time if we really like what we find.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to what we might be able to see and where our time would be best served? Any fun and unusual places with colorful characters? We like hot springs too but Chena looks fairly expensive. I appreciate any feedback you may have. Thanks!!!