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“Try something you will never forget in Alaska, go to the Caribou Lodge”

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Caribou Lodge Alaska
Reviewed 15 October 2013

Would you like to try something different and educating in Alaska, not just the tourist things?
Then book some days at Pam & Mikes at the Caribou Lodge next to Talkeetna !
You will be in the Wilderness, a beautiful changing place where you will see wildlife, hear about living in the wild and just enjoy being away from it all. Pam & Mike will make sure you will have a very good time, days you will never forget.

Many thanks to Pam & Mike

Best regards Dinah West

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Mike N, Owner at Caribou Lodge Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2013

Our many thanks to you for coming! We hope to see you back some day, pleasure would be ours. It always nice to have folks who have a feel and appreciation for this wilderness where we live.
Keep us posted on how it's going, London is a world and life away... our best to you!

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Reviewed 9 October 2013

We spent five days in 2011, with Pam and Mike in Caribou Lodge, we loved being there.
So when we in 2013 had the opportunity again to visit them and Caribou Lodge, we were never in doubt
If you like simplicity, intimacy, tranquility and regularity, this is the place.
Lovely walks adapted to everyone's pace, good food and pleasant educational company

We give our best recommendations

Regards

Ann-Marie and Carl-Erik Lønnquist

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Mike N, Owner at Caribou Lodge Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2013

It was our pleasure to have you all again, and meet the addition to the family! Thank you for coming. Pleasure was ours! Keep it touch and stay warm over there!!

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Reviewed 23 September 2013

A great place to go, especially in the fall. The tundra colors are magnificent and views of the Alaska Range superb. Mike and Pam love to share their lifestyle and they provide a top notch experience.

Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Mike N, Owner at Caribou Lodge Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2013

Thanks for your review! Your stay was pretty short, glad you enjoyed it and come back when you can stay longer! The fall colors are about gone here now, snow creeping down the mountains toward us, we hope YOUR ready for winter down there. Thanks, hope to see you again....

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Reviewed 5 September 2013

This was an incredible experience. So close to nature and yet feel homely, safe and secure. This is an experience that we never thought to do but have certainly not regret it. Want to get away from all the hustle and bustle of this crazy world, stay a couple of days at this quiet and stress-free place. Mike and Pam will bring you back to nature where everything began.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mike N, Owner at Caribou Lodge Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2013

We appreciate you coming in and spending sometime here with us, pleasure was ours to have you! Glad you "unstressed" enjoyed it and yep I do think we live in different worlds.
Maybe...our trails will cross again someday...

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Reviewed 1 August 2013

The stay at Caribou Lodge was my best experience in Alaska! I appreciated to learn a lot about life in the wilderness. The hiking tours with Mike were wonderful, he showed and explained me plants, in the quiet we observed black bears, moose, caribou, beaver, eagle.... Back at the lodge, Pam regaled us with varied and excellent meals. The hosts, Pam and Mike, are open, warm-hearted and interested people, who offer the guests a familiar atmosphere. The rooms are cosy and clean, also shower and outhouse. I recommend a stay at Caribou Lodge to people who like to immerse into the quiet and the wild nature. I hope to return to this beautiful place one day! Thank you very much, Pam and Mike!
Judith H., Basel, Switzerland

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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Mike N, Owner at Caribou Lodge Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2013

Thank you for coming in and spending some time here with us, most happy to have had you here and we would look forward to having you back! The pleasure would be ours, anytime. Some folks come here and see the place, the country, some folks take a bit of it with them. Stay safe in your travels and keep in touch!!

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Reviewed 16 July 2013

We've traveled throughout the world and our Caribou Lodge visit sparkles as an experience of a lifetime....and we've had lots of life. We enthusiastically recommend Caribou Lodge to anyone who wants an unforgettable travel experience. Not only is the location unparallelled, but Mike and Pam were the best hosts imaginable. We second all the previous posted reviews and then add some. For being so remote, the accommodations more than met our expectations and the tiny inconveniences of being so far from civilization were more than offset by the unspoiled wilderness beauty. I was a little apprehensive about getting so far from the "comforts of home", as we are of an age where "roughing it" no longer holds its appeal, but my concerns were squashed the moment we arrived. The unmatched undisturbed vistas leading to the base of Mt. McKinley and surrounding mountains are spectacular in topography, as well as color. We had unimagined wildlife experiences, including bear, caribou, moose, beaver, otter, birds galore, and even sighted a rare mature snowy owl from our private cabin window in the midnight dusk. Our meals were incredible: Pam is a culinary magician who catered the food to her visitors. When she became aware that my husband couldn't consume any sugar she baked him his own bread and "spoiled" him in a way I refuse to try to replicate. Mike's ability to cater, entertain and educate such a varied clientele was remarkable. In addition to being a sensitive and responsive host, he is the remarkable mix of story-teller, professor, court jester, and musician. In a matter of minutes he can move from wilderness guide, to slapstick humorist to calming balladeer. He is also quite an entertaining writer (which he disputes) as his facebook entries and lastfrontiermagazine.com articles can attest. Caribou Lodge also has a worldly clientele, which we thoroughly enjoyed. During our stay we met couples from the Netherlands, Thailand, and Germany, and Mike and Pam brought us all together beautifully. We are so lucky to have such a spectacular gem within our country. We can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mike N, Owner at Caribou Lodge Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2013

Well, I'm finally a little speechless. I wanted to respond with something like..."Is that the best you could come up with?" But my better half (3/4's) out voted me and said many people who do not know us, will not understand your sense of humor. So, I did it anyway. Our sincere thanks to you for coming, our thanks for your kind words, we will try to live up to them and we will see you next trip! Thank you!!

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Reviewed 15 July 2013

We were in Alaska for three weeks. Anchorage and Fairbanks were disappointing, Denali national part was good but crowded with tourists and tour buses. I came to Alaska to find peace and quietness... Until we arrived at Caribou Lodge. It is not only the quietness and nature which made this place so amazing, it is also the stories Mike tells and the food Pam cooks.

The walks in surrounding areas were million times better than Denali, the view is equally stunning, but minus all the tourists and tour buses.

I understand now why many people keeps going back to Caribou Lodge, because I will definitely be one of them :)

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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Mike N, Owner at Caribou Lodge Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2013

Without question...we will be looking forward to seeing you back. Most folks fit here pretty well, some folks very well and appreciate all that the Alaskan Bush has to offer. Thanks for making it so easy, and fun for us as well. We will see you next trip!!!

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Address: P.O. Box 706, Talkeetna, AK 99676-0706
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Region: United States > Alaska > Talkeetna
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 18 Speciality Lodging in Talkeetna
Price Range: £569 - £571 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Caribou Lodge Alaska is a wilderness lodge that is only accessible by small aircraft. Located on a remote lake in an amazing setting above treeline just southeast Of Denali National Park. We are closer to Denali than the Park entrance or headquarters. Caribou Lodge is completely surrounded by Alaska's wild country. The Lodge offers a unique opportunity for guests to not only experience the awesome wilderness of Alaska, but to learn about living in it as well. Life in the Alaska wilderness is quite the adventure and is an experience we enjoy sharing with the world. Small and personal, a "Denali Park without the crowds", Caribou Lodge offers daily guided hiking, extended backpacking trips, kayaking and more, a relaxed learning experience in the Alaskan bush. Come enjoy true Alaska wilderness. ... more   less 
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