When I was looking for an Alyeska Ski Resort cap, I stopped in the Alta House Village in central Girdwood. They did not have the cap but they were friendly and very helpful. They specialize in vacation rentals but also have a gift shop with Alaskan souvenirs (caps, tapes, t-shirts, etc.) and postcards. Their properties are located throughout Girdwood and can accommodate couples, groups and everyone in-between. All rentals are newly renovated with private baths and some include hot tubs, charcoal grills, full kitchens, and a washer and dryer.
Alta House will even rent you the whole village if your group is large enough. They are also pet friendly!
I've used these folks several times when planning get away weekends and have been happy with their honesty and selection. The valley has many private homes, cabins, condos that are second homes for Anchorage residents and they rent them out when they aren't there. From tiny one room log cabins to massive 5 bedroom executive retreats, you can find what you're looking for.
Just returned from a conference in Girdwood and stayed here because the hotel was full. So while not my first choice, it turned out to be a wonderful experience. The owners were gone so I had the house to myself. Very private out on the south edge of town. The room I had was really more of a mother-in-law apartment built over the garage. A studio with a screen seperating the sleeping area from the living room. The living room had a double fold down futon and two easy chairs. TV, stereo, and a supply of videos and books. Full, well-equiped, kitchen that was stocked with do-it-yourself breakfast food and a washer and dryer. Large bathroom with sky light. A balcony with two chairs to look out at the great view.
I never met the owners, Vic & Kathy Martin, but from the guest book it looks as if they treat their guests well and have many return visitors.
The B&B is open only from May to September. I paid $125 for the first night and 108 the the next two.
This B&B has many outstanding characteristics, but what stands out most in my mind is the cleanliness of the place and how well stocked it was. The whole package combined to make it the nicest B&B I've stayed at, and there have been many over the years.
Bud and Carol are long-time Alaskans and avid skiiers. They are warm and friendly people who enjoy life. They also own the Ice Cream Shop!
If you want an alternative to the resort, Bud and Carol are excellent hosts. And since they are skiiers, they know how to answer any questions you might have about the runs or the snow conditions.
This B & B is located near the slopes.
They also have ground floor units if you have lots of gear, or don't like stairs.
If you are planning a trip to Girdwood, and do not want to stay at the resort, the people at Alyeska Accomodations will help you find the place that is right for you.
Whatever your needs: a room, a condo, a chalet, by the night, week, month. They have ideas.
It's a surreal feeling to drive through winding winter roads in a small town in (what feels) like the middle of nowhere, to round a corner and see a massive stone structure rise up out of the landscape where cordial attendants will take your car and luggage and usher you into your secret retreat.
All 307 rooms include:
Bathrobes And Slippers • Lighted Make-up Mirror • Bedside Do-Not-Disturb Control • Mini Refrigerator • Hairdryer • Mountain And Valley Views • Heated Towel Rack • Voice Messaging System • Private Bathroom • In-Phone Data Port • Room Service • In-room Coffee Makers • Irons & Ironing boards • In-room safe • Lodgenet® In-Room Movie, Music, And Internet Television System • International Newspapers Available VIA Newspapers Direct®
Alyseka is a full service resort at the base of the mountain. In addition to the hiking trails (SEE off the beaten path), Alyeska also has a tram which will take you up the mountain, which is a must see. Also, check out the impressive lobby and the mounted displays, like this one
Alyeska is also a first class winter ski resort
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