We stayed at the Fireweed Station for two nights in May of 2013 after our son highly recommended it to us. He had stayed there prior to his climb of Denali in May of 2012. There are oftentimes climbers staying there either before or after their climbs, and it's a great way to meet and talk with climbers and guides. The B and B is spotless and authentic Alaska. It is a cabin atmosphere with some "quirky" features that are endearing--such as the steps to get into bed; but it is not a "rustic cabin." For example, there is free Wi-Fi, private baths, great hot water and pressure for showers, comfortable beds, and the nice touches do not go unnoticed--soaps, coffee, fresh baked cookies, a nice selection of reading materials, comfy pillows, etc.
Tom and Hobbs prepare the best breakfast anywhere, always with fresh fruits, granola, yogurt and the some fabulous other main course on top of all that (do not under any circumstance skip Tom's pecan waffles or Hobb's homemade granola). They are included in the price of the room (which is already reasonably priced). For $25 pp, you can stay for a gourmet dinner prepared by Tom and Hobbs, using fresh produce right out of their gardens. We cannot say enough about how great the dinner was--with two or three selections for the main course as I recall.
Tom and Hobbs are also sources of endless stories of the area as well. Our conversations ranged over everything from gaming and fishing laws to local attractions to the history of the railroad and local and state politics.
Do not be put off by the distance from Talkeetna. We had a late flightseeing trip over Denali summit with Talkeetna Air Taxi, and Tom picked us up at the airstrip. They willingly drive you into town, but we then found out about a great shuttle service that added immensely to our enjoyment of the area. Tom or Hobbs would drop us off at the end of their road (only about a mile so most people could walk there if they wished), and the shuttle would stop by and get us and take us to several points in and near Talkeetna. The drivers were great and we met so many interesting "locals." We used the shuttle frequently and it was always on time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our log home was originally built in 1946 as a remote hunting and fishing lodge accessible only by the Alaska Railroad. Much more than a Bed & Breakfast, we offer a true Alaskan lodge experience, combining authentic history, modern quality and a warm welcome. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Fireweed Station Inn Talkeetna, Alaska