I visited Ma Johnson's Hotel in the beginning of summer. I had recently gone through a break up and needed the most remote location possible. As SOON as I arrived, I knew I had chosen correctly. The people here have a genuine interest in your well-being and go out of their way to make sure you have fun. After all, you are visiting the largest area of wilderness in the WORLD, and it can be rather daunting. The hotel staff are knowledgeable of the area, even though they themselves, didn't grow up here. The rooms are incredibly clean, and meant to be cozy, and that they were. Too many people nowadays, put focus on the rooms being large and fully equipped with a bathroom, TV, cable, etc. The point of Ma Johnson's is to meet the other guests, have FUN, and be part of the charming town. There is a very kept parlor for all guests to enjoy, and I met plenty of great people also staying in the hotel. There is so much to do, that I found myself only in the room for sleeping. That being said, the walls are thin, but you are so exhausted from the days activities, I hardly noticed.
The fine dining restaurant, The McCarthy Lodge, is a real treasure. The chefs behind the menu are extremely gifted at creating and executing a menu that foodies from ALL OVER should be excited about.
The Golden Saloon also serves food, which is done well, and to my experience, quite fast. You can really tell that the people behind all of these places actually care and want to see you enjoy everything, down to your perfectly paired glass of wine. Not to mention a very local and SUPREME collection of brews, spirits, and bubbly.
There is a grocery store in town, that provides fresh fruit, yogurt, granola bars, and most importantly, ICE CREAM (which you could tell the locals really appreciated).
Overall, it was a stellar experience and I have FULL intention of returning as soon as possible.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful Scenery, Fine Cuisine, and True Alaskan History all rolled into one – Perfect for a weekend gateway!Our accommodations and restaurants are in the very center of the largest protected wilderness on earth. McCarthy is surrounded by more mountains and glaciers than anywhere else in Alaska! Experience the unexpected; unique tasting menus with casual style at McCarthy Lodge. The Golden Saloon offers a hearty menu of family favorites. Our greenhouses provide fresh produce for our restaurants, our Copper River Red Salmon is wild-caught by locals. Best of all, the fully restored Ma Johnson’s Hotel is the only authentic historic hotel in the park. Spend a few minutes in the Golden Saloon and make friends instantly. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ma Johnson's Hotel McCarthy, Alaska