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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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....more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
226 Main Street, Seldovia, Alaska, 99663, United States
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Good for: Couples
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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.
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.
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.