I stayed at the Annie Mae during a camping and kayaking trip on 3 non consecutive nights between August 5th - 14th. Each evening the staff puts out appetizers with tea, lemonade and water. There is wine and beer available upon request. The meals were incredible. We had the option of freshly caught crab almost every evening as well as a local fish. There was also chicken and beef options. Breakfast was a warm your belly option of biscuits and gravy, eggs, sausage, french toast, blueberry pancakes. I HIGHLY recommend the bacon. It was increadible. The syrup served is called Spruce Tip, reddish in color and apparantly quite delicious. It is local to the area. I should mention that I have Celiac disease (gluten allergy) and they were able to accomodate it quite well. Even provided rice crackers at the evening snack hour.
On each evening we returned, the staff had already placed our bags in our rooms. After kayaking for several days the last thing we wanted to do was carry our additional luggage up the stairs to our rooms, so this was a wonderful suprise. Also, we did not settle up our bill until the end of our stay. This was also a great suprise. Instead of paying for our drinks after each stay, they allowed us to pay at the end of the week. Most folks were placed in the same room on each night, so you knew what you were getting and where your room was when the person meeting your van informed you that you would be staying in "fireweed" again.
The lodge has a phone that you can use to make phone calls to the lower 48 at no additional charge. I am not positive, but think they probably use internet calling. Cell phone reception is limited, so this is a good perk they provide. I could receive texts, but I am not sure how any phone calls would have gone. You can also have wireless access for $5 per day. I cannot comment on the performance, but a couple of folks used it with success.
Another big bonus was that the staff did laundry for us. For a charge of $15 we were given a trash bag that we filled with our dirty laundry. They washed it and it was returned to us that same evening, freshly washed and folded. There are several bikes and helments that you can take out for a spin. The local coffee shop / art gallery is about a 20 minute leisurly ride from the lodge.
Our group had Billy as our main staff person for most of our trip. He was so friendly and helpful. One of our group members got her jeans soaked and he was kind enough to dry her jeans and put it in her luggage that she left at the lodge so she could wear them when she returned. But in addition to Billy, every staff member we encountered was wonderful and helpful.
Please note that there is a "staff gratuity jar" at the front counter, and be generous. We tipped a little extra to the folks that gave us extra special attention.
This is a family owned establishment. If I got the story right, Annie Mae is Billy's great grandmother. Three sisters bought the lodge and named it after her. I enjoyed being able to support a locally owned establishment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the stunning beauty of Southeast Alaska at the Annie Mae Lodge in Gustavus at Glacier Bay. We have been serving guests for over 25 years and are one of Alaska's Premier Country Inns. We are set in a field of wildflowers on the banks of the Good River at the entrance to Glacier Bay National Park! The Annie Mae Lodge features down home comfort and hospitality, cozy country style lodging, and expertly prepared meals in the small homestead community of Gustavus. Our staff is knowledgeable and friendly and here to help you have a memorable stay away from home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Annie Mae Lodge Gustavus, Alaska