Lori and Jeff will make you feel at home in their lovely, rustic home. They will give you space if you want alone-time but they'll also share their life story if you ask. I recommend getting to know them, they are absolutely wonderful people and Lori is a fantastic cook! Eat as many meals as possible at the lodge, restaurants can't compete with their home-cooked meals.
If seeing or photographing the northern lights is your goal, there's no better location. Lori woke me up as soon as the lights came out and even gave me pointers on how to photograph the aurora. She also had a neat website with a webcam overlooking the area so I didn't have to stay outside in the cold all night, I could monitor it from the computer and run outside. I stayed 2 nights at the very end of the season and saw the aurora both nights for about 3 hours with bright green northern lights in every direction.
Lori also arranged a last-minute dog sled ride for me before I left. She has a strong network in the community, so definitely ask her for recommendations for things to do in the area.
The rooms are quaint but very clean with nice linens. Where else can you stay in an old mining bunkhouse?
Lori and Jeff ate lunch with me my last day and I didn't want to leave. I could never stay anywhere else after the hospitality & wonderful experience at Mount Aurora Lodge (aka Lori & Jeff's house). Thanks for making me feel like family!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rustic Bed and Breakfast in an old Gold Miner's Bunkhouse. 30 miles north of Fairbanks. Beautiful Aurora viewing, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing. Welcome to Mount Aurora Lodge stay where the ambiance is real historic Fairbanks. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mount Aurora Lodge Fairbanks, Alaska