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Renfro's Lakeside Retreat
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

As others have said, I wish I had more time. The view, the furnishings, the woods/lake were all goose-bump stuff. The bed in the loft was so Alaska-ey (from my perception). Although we were only a short distance from Seward -- it was an escape from the touristy surroundings. Pictures don't do it justice.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gary G, Owner at Renfro's Lakeside Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2013

I know, you are kicking yourself for not spending more time at the cabin! My hope is that others see your review and many more like it and schedule some down time at the cabin. It is a great place to escape from the touristy surroundings and just enjoy yourself on the front porch overlooking the lake. I appreciate your candid review!

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Reviewed 3 September 2013

This was by far the nicest and most relaxing place we stayed in Alaska, and we stayed some nice places. Gary was helpful and a great host, yet also totally unobtrusive. It was as if we were alone in our private cabin by the lake. Perfect location! I will recommend the Retreat to friends that fish in Seward every couple of years.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gary G, Owner at Renfro's Lakeside Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2013

Thank you for recommending us to others! The Retreat is in a perfect location, close to the things you want to partake in, yet remote and away from the crowds. I agree with you that it is the nicest and most relaxing. No radios and t.v. - designed that way so you do not get distracted from the beautiful view set in front of you! Thanks again!

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Reviewed 2 September 2013

we rented cabin #1 for four nights. checking in with Gary was friendly and fast. he made us feel right at home. he accepted an overnight delivery for us and then delivered it to our cabin so it was there when we returned from our daily activities. he stored our fresh caught salmon in his deep freezer for a night. he even followed up our stay with a kind thank you email. out of four different cabins we stayed at, Renfro's was the only place that followed up with us after.

the cabin had pretty much everything we needed. mini fridge, stove. the table was set upon our arrival, but we never used them. we never saw or heard the people in the cabin next to us, it felt rather private.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gary G, Owner at Renfro's Lakeside Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2013

Thank you for the feedback! It lets us know what our guests truly appreciate. We do our best to ensure your stay feels like a home away from home. Little services such as delivery of items, storing fish and thank you e-mails is what we are about. If it adds just a little bit to your experience, then it was worth it.

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Reviewed 31 August 2013

The location was perfect - remote and quiet and beautiful. Gary did everything to make us feel at home. Easy drive to Seward. My husband caught a lake trout and we ate it that evening. Highly recommend!!

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Gary G, Owner at Renfro's Lakeside Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2013

I am glad that you would highly recommend us to your family and friends along with others that read the reviews. You are one of the lucky ones that caught a fish and had it for dinner! Our setting is the perfect location with a beautiful lake, remote, yet close to everything and quite atmosphere. Thank you again for taking the time to write a review!

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Reviewed 29 August 2013

The cabin was wonderful. They thought of everything. We took a paddle boat ride on the lake early in the morning. It was so beautiful and peaceful. Plus, it is close to so many wonderful things to do in Alaska.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Gary G, Owner at Renfro's Lakeside Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2013

I am glad you had a wonderful experience! We take pride in the details and try to think of everything that will make your stay more enjoyable. It is a beautiful and peaceful Retreat and we think we are in the heart of it all being close to the things you want to enjoy. Thank you for the review!

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Reviewed 28 August 2013

Highly recommend this place! Stayed for 2 nights in August and really enjoyed the peaceful lake and location. Gary was very nice and made sure we didn't have any questions that he could help out with. Thought it was a nice touch to have menus of local restaurants in the cabin. It was our first time in Seward and will go back again.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gary G, Owner at Renfro's Lakeside Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2013

Thank you for the review! I am glad you enjoyed the peaceful lake and the amenities such as the binder full of menus and local hiking trails. Please come again!

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Reviewed 28 August 2013

Gary is amazing host. We will be coming back, the lake view is beautiful from the table and the upstairs loft, what a view to wake up to each morning. Cabins are clean, well stocked, just bring your own food. Thank you Gary for an amazing week.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gary G, Owner at Renfro's Lakeside Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2013

I am glad to hear that you will return and you enjoyed the week! I have to agree with you that the view both upstairs and downstairs is the best! Thank you for noticing how clean the cabin was. We do our very best to keep them as clean as possible. Your welcome!

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Additional Information about Renfro's Lakeside Retreat

Address: 27177 Seward Hwy, Seward, AK 99664
Region: United States > Alaska > Seward
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 45 Speciality Lodging in Seward
Price Range: £83 - £118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Renfro's Lakeside Retreat 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the heart of the Kenai Mountains, Renfro's Lakeside Retreat is located on emerald green Kenai Lake. Renfro's offers 8 cabins, five of which are located on the lake and the other three are located within 100 yards of the lake in the spruce trees. In addition to the cabins, we offer 10 R.V. Sites with both full and partial hook-ups. Renfro's offers spectacular views of huge snow capped mountains and a 30-mile long lake. This pristine retreat has the feel of true wilderness and yet is located 20 miles from Seward. This means you are situated within driving distance of the things people want to see or experience while in Alaska. ... more   less 
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