My husband and I arrived at Soaring Eagle on a beautiful day. John Burns was waiting for us with a cart to carry all our luggage to the cabin. Music was playing and fresh flowers were on the counter. The refrigerator was stocked with chicken kabobs, steaks, hamburger meat, wine, beer, soda, and all the condiments that you would need. The pantry was well stocked too. The view overlooking Cook Inlet was breathtaking and the sunsets were postcard worthy.
Not so good, but could be fixed easily:
John then went over our schedule for the week. One day was planned with different excursions for my husband (he wanted to go Halibut fishing and I wanted to do a sightseeing cruise). The problem was that my husband had to be in Homer (a 35+ minute drive) at 6 am and I had to be in Homer at 10 am. We asked John if other people were doing any of the same things so that maybe we could coordinate rides, but he said no, everyone had a different schedule. That turned out not to be true. I met a couple from Soaring Eagle on my sightseeing cruise and my husband fished with another guest from Soaring Eagle. There are several cabins (perhaps 7?) and no one had an opportunity to meet and possibly plan to coordinate excursions. This could be easily be corrected if the Soaring Eagle had a meeting place for the guests to talk about what they did or what they had planned.If you stay there, expect a long drive (as much as three hours for us to see Seward and go on the Kenai cruise to see the whales and glaciers) to get anywhere but small stream fishing.
We booked our stay in March for a late August stay. The first of May, we had a family situation that forced us to cancel our trip. I had flight insurance for the airline, but did not have cancelation insurance for the stay. When I wrote John, he said he would happily refund our money (the initial deposit of $1325 plus a second payment of $1325) if he could rebook. A month later I contacted John and he said that he had two possibilities for booking but that people usually book well in advance. I contacted John five weeks later to ask if the cabin was rebooked. He said that he did not expect at that point to see it booked. That he was sorry. So I asked if we could at least have one of the payments of $1325 back. He wrote back that he 'already lost the second half of your package price' and that an agreement was an agreement. Since he would not give anything back, my husband and I decided to bite the bullet and ask if our reservation was still open. He said it was so we went on the trip. While there, we met a couple who booked at the Soaring Eagle but was placed somewhere else for that week because they were told 'it was overbooked'.
We would never consider going back.
- Also Known As:
- Soaring Eagle Lodge Anchor Point, Alaska