Unique opportunity to be away form city lights and get out inthe cold and look for aurora curtains. They are never the same and hard to photograph unless they are really bright. We saw fluttering curtains of green, pretty cool. Multi-color auroras are more rare.
64oN latitude below the Aurora Oval
Charlie's other brother lives here with his wife Niki. We stayed here for two nights upon our arrival in Fairbanks. It is very close to the Tanana River.He has over 20 dogs chained up out back. They are used for mushing.
My brother-in-law's place, North of Fairbanks. It is special because he has no running water, electricity or OUTHOUSE. How's that for luxury?
Looks can be deceiving.
Meadow View Bed and Breakfast.
Crestmont Manor Bed and Breakfast.
Meadown View runs in the mid-70 dollar/night range (cheaper with longer stays)
Crestmont Manor runs $100 and up.
Meadow View - inexpensive, and great for long term stays. There's no hot breakfast, but the host will give you the run of the kitchen, so you can pretty much fix anything you want. Fresh fruit and home-bakes goodies are usually sitting on the table each morning!
The Crestmont offers a different hot breakfast every morning, gourmet style, and because the place has more guests, you get to meet more people.
If you come in the summer you should definately camp at one of the many recreation sites. If you come in winter and you have the money to splurge a little try a cabin. But for the rest of you who don't like roughing it, we have a Comfort Inn and many home town hotels, hostels, inns and motels. If you come in the summer months be prepared to pay upwards of $140.00 US dollars a night for what you normally would pay about $45.00 US dollars for.
Campsites range between $7 and $20 US dollars per night. Cabins begin around $150 US dollars per night and often fluctuate depending on season and demand. Hotels and motels run around the same priceand can change from day to day but are generally around $100+ for summer rates and around $60 for winter rates.
Many hotels offer restaurants in there establishments. The Comfort Inn offers an indoor swimming pool and hot tub. The amneties for the others are diverse.
Before visiting Fairbanks, it is highly recommended that you make reservations, especially if you are visiting during the peak seasons of May-September.
Do not visit the Cripple Creek Resort unless you're nuts! The mosquitoes there were the size or large tennis balls!
The Polaris cost $93 for a double bed.
Cripple Creek- Huge mosquitoes and a weird saloon.
Polaris Hotel- This was heard outside our hotel room window- 'How much for a peice of ass?' That should explain everything.
Another new hotel:
Pike's Waterfront Lodge
On the banks of the Chena River, the Pike Lodge is not in walking distance to downtown Fairbanks or shopping. However, it is right next door to the Pike's Restaurant which is one of the premier eating establishments in Alaska, imho. Where else can you eat gourmet food with fine china and tablecloths while watching floatplanes take off and boats landing. All this and you can wear your finest clothes or come in blue jeans. Either way, you will not feel out of place. We took my parents there for their anniversary last year. This is not a place to go if you want a hurry-up meal. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere and the good service.
I live here so I haven't had much call to stay in any of the hotels here.Spring Hill Suites
If you want to stay here, e-mail me and I'll call them up and ask for current prices.
Built by Marriott during 2000 and 2001, it should be open soon if not already. I plan to stay here just to see what it's all about. This hotel is right across the street from Golden Heart Park which is next to the Chena River. If you stay here, you will be in the heart of Fairbanks.
Campgrounds - Prices are high at hotels during the summer - B&B's are pretty pricy too
hotels :100+ night (depending on where you stay)
BB :around 100
Campgrounds: around 10-20
hostels i think arent bad priced at around 15-30 but unsure
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