The ambiance, service and food at Majestic Valley are top-notch. The owners of Majestic Valley Lodge are to be congratulated for hiring a fabulous young couple to manage their facility. When I called to make reservations, I was treated with genuine warmth and hospitality. I explained that our rafting trip had been kicked back from morning to afternoon, and we’d need to check in early if possible, grab some food, and then drive back down the Glenn for our rafting trip. I was told no problem, and they’d have a sack lunch for us.
Despite checking their website, we were not sure what to expect, but the lodge is an incredibly beautiful log structure, well-maintained inside and out, in a gorgeous valley off the main road. A big friendly dog ambled up to our car, and we found the hostess in the big commercial kitchen. This gal was born to host but is taking a break from college back east. She had a warm greeting and two bag lunches with our names on them, like the kind of lunch you wish mom had made for you back in school: turkey and crisp bacon sandwiches, homemade shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate and dusted with pistachio, chips, a big orange, some trail mix and a cup of fresh penne pasta salad. We ate outside on the grounds and that simple meal was so nice.
Our room in the main lodge had been recently updated: granite countertop on the bathroom vanity, radiant heat in the flooring, two massive beds very high off the floor (that was a little funny), Dish TV with limited channels, and a nice shared common area with coffee pot and use of fridge.
After an afternoon of white-water rafting nearby, dinner was as good as we’d hoped. The chef (and husband of our friendly hostess), prepared a meal that kicked the butt of anything I’ve had at the better restaurants in downtown Anchorage, and also from my years of living in other cities in other states... The Copper River salmon was perfectly prepared, with a crusty glaze and side of the most perfectly dente asparagus and snap peas I’ve ever had. Mashed potatoes and the veggies had a most perfect garlic butter sauce. Creamy cheesecake made just that afternoon for dessert, all served in the main hall with views of the valley and mountains. They made a big fire in the fire pit after dinner, where a few guests gathered to enjoy the evening.
There are two cabins on the grounds, and a bunkhouse (the original lodge) with its own common area. The bunkhouse was older but charming, and the cabins have a split set-up so that the beds are separated by the bathroom. And yay to indoor plumbing (each accommodation has its own private bathroom). Breakfast was also good, and the huge porch was a nice place to sit in the morning sun. Sorry we could not stay for halibut dinner that night. We’d return again anytime, and now prefer this establishment to Alyeska Hotel for a short out-of-Anchorage overnight (or more) trip.
True, they don’t use room keys, but you’re in the wilds of Alaska; your stuff is safe. There are a number of trails, rafting, glacier hikes, and so forth in the area, plus a landing strip next door (quiet the entire time we were there).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Majestic Valley Lodge, mile 114.9 on the Glenn Hwy, is located at a convenient stopping point along the scenic Glenn Hwy (half way between Palmer and Glennallen) and the elevation is just under 3000 feet. The 7000 square foot hand scribed log lodge overlooks two spectacular mountain ranges: the Talkeetnas and the Chugach. Hiking trails abound; arrange for flight seeing, glacier trekking or river rafting. Free Wireless. Satelite TV. Beer and wine bar. Advance reservation for creatively prepared dinners using fresh ingredients and Alaskan seafood. Full course breakfasts are available and may be reserved upon check-in. The chef and staff provide wonderful meals with the individual's dietary needs in mind. The coffee pot is always ready to brew that freshly ground cup of coffee w/ creamer for those guests that enjoy kicking back on the covered porch to watch the wilderness unfold. Adjacent to the lodge is a small bush airstrip, so watching the planes come in for landings is also eventful. Rooms range in price and ammeneties, but all rooms are very clean, pet and smoking free. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge Alaska/Glacier View