Aimee's Guest House: Southeast Alaska's best kept secret!
Found Aimee's Guest House during extensive online searches for just the right small lodging place accessible to other local activities and sights that we wanted to experience. We were looking for a private, comfortable 4-night stay with a private bathroom and fully equipt kitchen (that actually had sufficent cookware and bakeware!) and found it here.
Aimee herself also offered to arrange round-trip air transportation (a small charter plane from Juneau) to Gustavus, a remote small town near the mouth of Glacier Bay, and then ground transportation (the one local taxi, in a jeep) right to the doorstep where she met us and made us feel right at home. In addition, she pre-booked 3 tours that we wanted to take (Glacier Bay boat tour to the glaciers and two private kayak tours) and included all in one charge. The per night fee for two was very reasonable (for more than two per unit would be a steal), for all its amenities.
Aimee lives off-site but a short walk away and was easily accessible if needed, once we settled in. She checked in on us from time to time, to make sure we understood the particulars of the next scheduled tour or find out how was the one we just took. Otherwise, she was non-obtrusive. Aimee truly helped make our Alaska experience one of the most memorable vacations ever taken! If ever we come back to Gustavus, we'll definitely stay at Aimee's Guest House.
Not enough can be said about Aimee and the Guest House! It was once the Salmon River Smokehouse but Aimee tastefully remodeled it into 3 spacious yet cozy guest apartments with rustic and artistic decor in keeping with the building's history. It was a delight to the eye to stay in, inside and out!
The Guest House sits on the edge of a meadow and well off the main road, on 10 acres with fabulous views of surrounding meadows, rainforest, mountains, river, and a short walk away, Icy Strait and the ocean. The main modes of transportation in this tiny remote town is mostly by bicycle and on foot. Aimee furnishes her guests with complimentary bikes and Wellingtons! (And canoes if one is so inclined.)
Even though these are provided, Gustavus is so remote and tucked snug within the rainforest that TV reception was iffy and internet signals were nonexistent at the Guest House (due to its location) but available in town a short bike ride away. Cell phones worked fine in open areas. Shelves are lined with all kinds of books and magazines. The TV had a VCR and a few videos available.