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“The dogs were the highlight for us”

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EarthSong Lodge - Denali's Natural Retreat
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Pennsylvania, United States
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47 reviews
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“The dogs were the highlight for us”
Reviewed 22 August 2013 via mobile

I agree with the prior reviews. It has been a unique experience staying here with our family of 4. The cabins are clean and comfortable (if colder - try to figure out the heat early on). Definitely got the cabin experience we wanted.

Henry's coffee shop has potential but wasn't open much at night due to the cooks absence. We enjoyed it for breakfast. John was working hard to keep it open for the guests which I thought was important

We had one clear morning and the view was special enough to add the pic here.

The place - and John - were at their best however with the dog kennel tour. We spent an hour with the ~22 dogs and John patiently answered all of our questions. The dogs were so friendly and beautiful - and we're are not dig owners ourselves. The kids felt this was a true highlight of our stay in denali - and I agree!

For our family - and each family is different - to make this a 5 star stay: wifi in the cabin and having the coffee shop open as a convenient dinner option.

Highly recommend.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 22 August 2013

We stayed here in June 2010 so this is a tardy review. Our first double rainbow can never forget it! It was at 10:30 at night and the sun was still shining. This is quality Alaska lodging and affordable. Would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rotterdam
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

We were met by the owner Karin who informed us that the cabin we booked was extended to include a bedroom after we booked. So the stay was off to a great start!.

The cabin itself is tastefully decorated and clean (the staff made a great effort to keep it that way). The bed and shower were great. Both owners (Jon and Karin) did everything they could to make us feel at home.

The lodge is situated only a short drive from the Denali park entrance. But far enough from Glitter Gulch. It was very peaceful and a lot is done to make the place look beautiful (potted) plants etc...

We got our Kennel tour from their daughter who clearly is a chip of the old block if it comes to doing everything to make sure we had a great time.

We bought souvenirs at the Diva gift shop.

The food (including the packed lunches) at Henry's coffee house was great (Blue berry Pie!!!) and so were the informative slides shows.

Jon and Karin were also very willing to help out with making reservations etc. The is also a large refrigerator all guests could use for there perishables (or beers). Small tings like these really make the difference.

We hope to be back soon!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lincoln
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

This was an unexpected wonderful experience. The Nierenberg's are wonderful people who run a clean operation. This will be different than any other place you will stay - truly unique Alaskan experience and good value.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 20 July 2013

Before we even made our reservation to stay in this charming lodge, Jon took quite a bit of time with me on the phone telling me about Denali National Park and what the area has to offer. We booked a cabin for two nights and he made sure our family of five had comfortable accommodations. The quaint lodge is located in a tundra area of Denali and is about 20-30 minutes from the entrance of the park (depending on traffic). The rooms were very clean and comfortable and we really enjoyed touring the kennels. We also ate dinner at Henry's next door and watched a great slide show of Alaskan photos. Our visit was perfect, we would recommend this lodge to anyone!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Zephyrhills, Florida
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

At Earthsong the owners allow guests to share in part of their lives as homesteaders here. They are skilled, informed and charming people. John's a musher, so if you don't care for dogs or dogs barking (there's a 9:30 a.m. show of the sled dogs), this might not suit you. But if you want a true Alaskan experience, this is it. We didn't want to leave!

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 July 2013

We struck lucky with our choice. This is a delightful hotel / lodge right away from the tourist trappings of the Denali Park entrance. We had travelled through torrential rain to get to EarthSong but as soon as we arrived the rain had stopped - if it had ever started as EarthSong and Healy are on the dry side of the mountains - a significant benefit. The sun's colours and the scenery in early evening were just stunning and you really feel away from civilisation - even though you still have the very comfortable accommodation. Then when you hear the family's story about how they got from nothing when they arrived to today's well appointed lodge it just adds to the atmosphere of the place.
I can only add my endorsement to all the other excellent reviews - accommodation is good, the new cafe perfect for breakfast or late evening dinner - which suited our late arrival, and the family couldn't have been more welcoming, helpful and informative.
Our greatest regret was we didn't have time to meet the extended family of dogs - they offer morning tours of the kennels which unfortunately didn't fit our schedule - never mind we'll have to return for the winter dog sled safari in deepest, darkest winter.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: EarthSong Lodge - Denali's Natural Retreat
Address: Mile 4.0 Stampede Road, PO Box 89, Healy, AK 99743-0089
Region: United States > Alaska > Healy
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Healy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — EarthSong Lodge - Denali's Natural Retreat 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Free daily sled dog kennel tours to guests. Evening slide programs. Divas of Denali Gift Shop, local crafts. ... more   less 
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