Michael and Kris were wonderful hosts during our stay. We booked the bunk house (I traveled with my mom and my mom's friend on this trip, and the bunkhouse can house maybe up to 10 persons), and since we were their first spring/summer guests, we had the whole bunk house by ourselves. It had a stove, fridge, towels, and coffee. Michael had plenty of water prepared in bottles for us to use. He offered to show us his own fish mill after our trip the next day, and our tour was late, so Michael made two trips to the mill just to show us. Michael would have made us a fresh salmon if he caught any. Michael and Kris and Michael prepared a nice platter of their own smoked salmons for us. Michael showed us his crafts and artwork, and even picked a stone right off his yard for my mom (who loves rocks). Kris and Michael gave us some little rocks as souviners. Michael showed us where animals usually show up, and even found us some mushrooms and cooked for us. He even tried to show my mom how he could catch the greyline just by hand. I absolutely loved their dogs, especially the husky. The husky stayed outside the house and protected us for the night. It was such a delightful stay and we would have thought Chitina is the place for a vacation until we stayed at the guest cabin. We had a lovely stream outside the bunkhouse, and saw a blackbear, goats up on the mountains in the morning. It was great! However, please note that my mom and I did not require much for housing, so if you are looking for a bathroom/shower inside the bunkhouse, you may be disappointed. There is a outhouse outside the bunkhouse, and Michael is building a shower (which will be done in 2 months according to Michael). If you are okay with spending a little more time to use the shower away from the bunkhouse, then you will be fine. Definitely beats the Kennicott lodge or the hotel/motel in chitina.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We invite you to stay with us and experience the natural beauty of Alaska.....Located in Chitina, at the gateway to Wrangell St. Elias National Park, our "Alaskan First Class Log Cabins" were built by the owners with local spruce logs including the log furniture.To begin your Real Alaskan Adventure in Chitina, our cabins are a beautiful hike from the parking area. During the short walk we may encounter grayling or an otter in our stream, perhaps an eagle soaring overhead and if we are lucky, a sheep peering down from the hillside or mountain above. From our walk to the cabins, the cabins themselves, to the outdoor plumbing, a visit with us is like stepping back into time and history for a true taste of the "Last Frontier". ... more less