Seldovia Travel Guide

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Seldovia Things to Do

  • Chainsaw Massacares!

    Seldovia has an odd tradition of a chainsaw carving contest. Guys rev up and slice through wood logs, then set to work and polish them off to create these wonderful sculptures, which are then displayed throughout the town. If you happen to be there in time for the contest, make a day of watching it all go down.

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  • Books and Coffee!

    Fenske's Warehouse Books and Coffee is not like normal. It sits right on the slough of Seldovia, so you can sit on the wide covered deck and watch the tides move in and out. And the interior is packed tight with books, mementos, and miscellaneous right to the brim. It is a funky little place, which I say in a very positive way. Find a used or new...

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  • Enjoy the Slough

    The slough on the edge of town is quaint portion of the village of Seldovia, one of the older parts of town. This waterway undergoes through a dramatic tidal change, and at low tide it is nothing spectacular. But as the water rises, this tranquil heaven is brought into perspective. The homes and businesses are all built on stilts over the water to...

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  • Red Mountain

    One of the more remote hiking sites in Seldovia, but still accessible by vehicle from the town, Red Mountain sits about an hour's drive away from the town. It is a cirque, a depression made from glaciers long ago, and most of the time there is still snow up in the higher places of the cirque. A creek runs down the hill, though not deep enough for...

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  • Otter Bahn Trail

    This delightful little trail at the edge of Seldovia is a great starter hike, or filler for an idle afternoon. The trail was created by students of the town, originally named the "We worked hard so you better enjoy it" trail. The trail starts just past the school, and winds up and down through a wonderful forest, filled with Devil's club and ferns....

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  • Berry Madness

    The town of Seldovia seems to be Berrytown USA. Several species of wild Alaskan berries grow there in abundance - the salmonberry (a relative of the raspberry), the blueberry, and the crowbery (a berry unique to polar regions of the world). Some of the berry fields are proprietary, and so I can't divulge their location, but suffice to say there are...

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  • Walk Back From Outside Beach

    It is not a long walk back from Outside Beach. It is all on roads but you can still see some beautiful scenery, including the Tidal Slough, Irene Lake, Seldovia Slough Lagoon, and even the City Cemetery.

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  • Visit the Old Russian Church

    Take the small road up the hill off Main Street (just past the Crab Pot - the building with the red roof in the middle of the first pic) and visit the old Russian Church. It looked locked but maybe there are times you may go inside. The views are good from the bluff.

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  • Walk the Old Boardwalk

    The 1964 earthquake dropped much of the Seldovia harbor area by 4 feet and destroyed much of the historic boardwalk. An L-shaped piece a few hundred feet long remains. It is a quiet area with a few old homes and the Seldovia Rowing Club B&B.

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  • Visit the Wood Carvings

    The Seldovia Chamber of Commerce sponsored the First Chainsaw Carving Contest in Seldovia on May 25-29, 2006 (scroll down a bit if you go to this link). They are now located at various protected places around town:Angel – by Toby & Elaine Craft located outside Seldovia Fuel & HardwareCat Hat – by Paul Comolli located in the Library HallDragon – by...

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  • Seldovia Inside Beach

    The Inside Beach is just a few blocks from downtown, so you can walk there easily. It is a small beach but pretty with views of Lookout Point and Camel Rock.

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  • Outside Beach

    Outside Beach is on the Kachemak Bay. You may drive there or walk the Otterbahn Trail to get there. The picnic area on the beach had a shelter, volleyball net and restrooms. There are wilderness park sites for tents and RV's on the east end of the beach. I timed it well when I walked the Otterbahn Trail and the tidal slough was low when I had to...

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Seldovia Hotels

  • Sea Parrot Inn

    226 Main Street, Seldovia, Alaska, 99663, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

Seldovia Restaurants

  • Under the Sea Parrot

    I thought we would eat at the Mad Fish which was the closest to the dock, but it wasn't open,So we went to Perry's Cafe which at first I thought from the sign was the Sea Parrot. The locals just called it "The Cafe" They had broccoli cheese soup and ham and cheese sandwiches and that was about it, unless you looked at the children's menu which had...

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  • Excellent Seafood!

    MadFish is right in the downtown area of Seldovia, and offers up a great selection of fare. Most of it comes locally, from the halibut and salmon and oysters which live right out in the bay. It is a small establishment, friendly service, with a great view overlooking the harbor. The last time I was there I had the fish and chips. These aren't your...

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  • Alaskan-Sized Breakfast

    This place is right near the water, with big paned windows letting you see the beautiful bay residing in Seldovia. Fast, friendly service, this place serves up all sorts of classic American fare. Delicious, hearty, what more could you want in a restaurant? We went there for breakfast, and they had a good selection of breakfasts. The Alaskan had 3...

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  • Coffee Shop with Eclectic Taste

    This coffee house is not like normal. It sits right on the slough of Seldovia, so you can sit on the wide covered deck and watch the tides move in and out. And the interior is packed tight with books, mementos, and miscellaneous right to the brim. It is a funky little place, which I say in a very positive way. Find a used or new book, grab a cup of...

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  • Best Restaurant Breakfast I Had in...

    It was getting close to 11 AM when the first tour boats start to arrive, so I decided to have an early lunch before I went walking. The Tide Pool was already pretty busy when I got there but I was lucky and got one of the tables with a harbor view again. The Tide Pool Special breakfast ($9) looked so good that I decided to have a late breakfast...

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  • Get a Java Jolt in Seldovia

    Evidently the electricity came back on downtown in the early morning hours (it had gone off around 5 PM the windy day before). However, it was still off at the Bear Paw B&B the morning of my second day. I had gotten up early and had my blueberry muffins and juice. Later around 10 AM, the electricity was still off and Laurel was dying for some...

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Seldovia Nightlife

  • by extremist Written Jul 12, 2004

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    I walked down the main front street and heard music from one drinking establishment called the Linwood, only 300 people live in Seldovia and there were maybe 3 cars parked outside the bar.

    Dress Code: Local watering hole

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Seldovia Transportation

  • The Alaska Marine Highway System

    The other way to get to Seldovia is by ferry, which is handled by the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS). This boat only goes by Seldovia twice a week, on Sunday and Tuesday afternoon, so it is not ideal for all your travel needs. ut if you take it, it is a nice adventure. It takes longer than flying, but it gives you a chance to look out over the...

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  • Homer Air

    There are only 2 ways in or out of Seldovia: water and air. For air transport, the easiest and rather efficient way to get to Seldovia is from Homer, via Homer Air. This little outfit takes you on a small Cesna-like shuttle (not sure if that is the exact plane, but a 6-person capacity, single-prop plane) from Homer airport to the small Seldovia...

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  • Seldovia Airport

    You only take a boat or fly to Seldovia. The three main boats are the M/V Tustumena Ferry, M/V Discovery and M/V Rainbow (in order of size). Since the weather was windy and the waves large, my M/V Discovery cruise got cancelled and I flew over on Smokey Bay Air. It is only one of the several air charter services available. It uses the small airport...

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Seldovia Shopping

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    by AlbuqRay Updated Sep 9, 2007

    I did not actually shop at any of these places (just took pics). Laurel seemed to prefer the Main Street Market for most of her shopping. It is owned by the Seldovia Native Association and has a full service grocery store, liquor, video rentals, fishing supplies, cappuccino, snacks, hot dogs, and hot pretzels. You may buy your fishing/hunting licenses or get a tidal table there.

    The Crab Pot has a cafe, groceries, film, fishing tackle, and an Aleutian Fine Art Gallery. I probably should have tried the Alaska Tribal Cache and Herring Bay Mercantile, but I thought I would find better deals in Bethel. LOL, now I am not sure that is the case.

    Main Street Market Crab Pot Grocery, Cafe and Art Gallery Alaska Tribal Cache Herring Bay Mercantile

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Seldovia Warnings and Dangers

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    by AlbuqRay Updated Sep 9, 2007

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    Although I never saw one, evidently Seldovia has plenty of bears. They are black bears and not the large brown bears. Unfortunately sometimes tourists feed them and they get used to getting things from humans. Then they can cause problems. Near the Bear Paw B&B in south Seldovia they were having a problem with a bear trying to get into houses. The police chief was trying to trap and release it elsewhere. The trap was closed when I went by the first evening, but it was empty and had just been closed for the day. I noticed that most people have dogs. That also helps keep the bears away.

    Neighborhood Bear Trap Side View Front View Closed But Nothing in It

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Seldovia Off The Beaten Path

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    by AlbuqRay Written Sep 9, 2007

    As you are walking up north Main Street, you will see the small bay where the City Dock is located. The M/V Tustumena ferry docks there. Lookout Point is on the other side of the bay. I think it has a small lighthouse. Wish I knew the name of the snow-capped mountain in the background of that pic.

    City Dock Lookout Point
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Seldovia Favorites

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    by AlbuqRay Written Sep 8, 2007

    Favorite thing: The large tides not only affect the harbor but also Seldovia Slough and places up the slough like Fish Creek. When the tide goes out it can trap salmon in the water holes that are left.

    One Side of Seldovia Slough at Low Tide Other Side of Seldovia Slough at Low Tide Seldovia Slough at Fish Creek Salmon Trying to Get Up Fish Creek Three Kinds of Salmon in the Pool
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