Homer was the last stop on our two week Alaskan journey. We planned on staying in Homer for one night. My wife and I live by TripAdvisor when we travel, so I was (momentarily) disappointed when I called the #1 and #2 places to stay in Homer (under specialty lodging...we don't like the run-of-the-mill chain places) only to find out that they were booked. When I called #3, Homer Inn & Spa, I was delighted to hear that they had one room - the High Tide room - available for us.
I can't really say anything other than how lucky we were to have been able to find this beautiful, amazing, and gorgeous piece of heaven in Homer, Alaska. This little inn is off the beaten path and in the middle of a beautifully quiet residential area of Homer. Upon walking into the lobby, this place felt like home away from home. The scents, the music, the quiet...it caused INSTANT relaxation. We checked in a bit late, and the innkeepers had told me that they would set it aside at the checkin desk which they had done. Walking into our room, we just gasped. It was breathtaking. The view - oh my gosh - the view. I must have taken about 100 photos of the view out of our room alone. The artsy decorations, the king size bed (a rarity in Alaska, I came to find out), the lack of live TV (the inn has TV's in the rooms, but no TV channels...only DVDs - and, really, who would need TV in a place like this anyway?), and the wine glasses so beautifully placed on our bed upon our arrival were all perfect touches to what we knew was going to be a fantastic evening.
We went down to get some complimentary wine in the lobby, which was wonderful. We strolled around the grounds with our wine in hand and sat on the swinging bench overlooking Kachemak Bay and watched the setting midnight sun illuminate the Chigmit Mountains as it set in a blaze of glory. The waves were gently lapping on the shoreline below and we watched sea otters play in the water and eagles soar by. There is a hot tub right on the edge of the cliff (we didn't use it, unfortunately) and a fire pit on the grounds which would have been a really neat touch to an already perfect evening. Unfortunately, we had to get inside to plan out our day in Homer!
Thanks to a book about Alaskan boats that the innkeepers placed in our room, we immediately knew what we were going to do tomorrow. The innkeepers had handwritten in this book about how wonderful it was to visit this "artsy" place called Halbut Cove via the Danny J boat. I will review this tour separately, but let me just say that I would never have known about this INCREDIBLE opportunity had we not noticed the handwritten note in the book that the innkeepers had written. Using the [complimentary] blazing fast wifi, we were able to make reservations for everything we wanted to do the next day while in Homer.
Out of two weeks in Alaska, our greatest memory is our time in Homer, our stay at Homer Inn & Spa, and the tour to Halibut Cove on the Danny J. Great meals were had at Captain Patties Fish House and The Homestead. Check them out!
Our original plan was to stay in Homer one night, and then drive halfway to Anchorage the next day in order to have a shorter drive the following day as we had a mid-afternoon flight to catch out of Anchorage. But we decided that evening that we would rather stay at the Homer Inn & Spa one more night than make the drive halfway to Anchorage. We just couldn't pass up the opportunity to stay one more night in paradise.
My ONLY regret about this inn was not being able to use the spa services. Both my wife and I would have loved to have done that...but we just didn't have enough time. If you are traveling to Homer, you absolutely must consider the Homer Inn & Spa. It is seriously one of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed. Who knew I would find such a place in Homer, Alaska?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Homer Inn & Spa is a boutique hotel and day spa located right on the oceanfront in beautiful Homer, Alaska. The setting is nothing short of spectacular...unobstructed views of five glaciers, the wild and scenic Alaskan coastline, and a steady stream of wildlife...all enjoyed from the leisure of a beautifully landscaped oceanfront setting. All of our rooms reflect the majesty of the rustic Alaskan coastline, with a unique artistic flair in a luxury setting. As well, all of our rooms capture that beauty with wall to wall windows and oceanfront decks over the water. The Day Spa incorporates the elements of the majesty of wild Alaska into every treatment, as we celebrate the Creator's special touch on this Land! Find the ultimate in luxury and relaxation in one of the world's truly great settings...it would be our pleasure to serve you! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Homer Inn & Spa Alaska