We stayed here in early June, 2012. We were supposed to rent the house across the street, but somehow the first people to rent if for the season, trashed it. Badly. Since the lodge is pretty small, the owners had to do some shuffling to accommodate us. They were incredibly honest and called us that morning as we were heading down from Whittier and wanted to know there was a “problem” with the house and that it would not be available but that they would figure something out. And this turned out to be a blessing. We spent the first two nights in a two bedroom unit with an incredible view of the water. We could watch otters constantly feasting on abalone and the not-so-occasional bald eagle. What a view! Bedrooms, kitchen and bath were just fine. The kitchen, living room and dining areas were quite spacious. The only complaint is that the master bedroom seemed to be below the kitchen in the upper unit and on our second morning, I don’t know what the person was doing or preparing, but from when I started counting they walked across the floor no less than sixty times! I recommend ear plugs – which I did not have on this trip.
The last night we were moved to end units in the main lodge. We were in the upstairs end unit and our teenagers were below us. Again, incredible views. Just a lovely place. Very well appointed and comfy. If I had to do it all over again, I would rent the two bedroom unit with the incredible view and living room. There were also books and games to play. I don’t recall that there was a TV – but who goes to Alaska to watch TV?
We also booked the day-long boat excursion from them. As there were just four of us in our group, we got to go on our own boat with just the four of us and the captain who was a retired teacher. The boat was small and it was crowded when we all were in the main cabin to keep warm, but the captain took us wherever we wanted. Since the boat was small – we could go fast and chase things that looked like they would be interesting—like an eagle swooping in to take a kitty white out of the air! We saw so many whales! He also took us fairly close to a calving glacier which we watched while we ate our lunches. It was one of the best boat excursions I have ever been on.
There is lots of hiking nearby – some of it through incredible wooded areas that look like forest scenes from Lord of the Rings. Just amazing. We also met the man who lives across the street and had a campfire with him and some friends one night. Alaskan campfires this time of year are really interesting, because it really doesn't get dark and there are these eagles just flying over your head – just an amazing and magical place
- Also Known As:
- Alaska Saltwater Hotel Seward
- Alaska Saltwater Lodge Seward