Should the following be too wordy, simply book at least a 3 night stay and you’ll be glad you did. My husband and I stayed at the Lodge for 5 nights towards the end of August. We flew into Anchorage the night before and took Grant Air to Homer. Once in Homer, we caught a ride to the Spit from a friendly local- sure makes you feel good about a vacation spot when the locals are so helpful. After lunch of fish and chips, go for the rockfish it was excellent, we boarded a water taxi to Halibut Cove where the Alaska’s Ridgewood Wilderness Lodge is located. Kevin, one of the owners, was right there at the dock to meet us with a home cooked treat for the water taxi driver. Our driver had mentioned on the trip over that he can always count on a homemade snack cooked up fresh by the other owner, Kevin’s wife, Lucinda. Kevin motored us up the steep hill to the lodge in his 4 wheel drive golf cart, no cars here. Cresting the hill just before the lodge provided a spectacular view reassuring you that you have chosen wisely a place to stay. What an incredible home. We had a large room with a private bath, large sky lights, and large picture windows to enjoy the beautiful scenery. The bed was super comfy and nice quality linens. Any room at the lodge will be extremely quiet, no street noise, no cars. We went on daily guided hikes to: alpine ridge, a 3 lake hike, hiked up to a glacier and kayaked on the glacier lake, boating to a bird rookery, eagles, moose, bear, sea otters, art galleries, local restaurant, walked around the island a bit. Lucinda is the head chef, and she prepares delicious homemade from scratch breakfasts and dinners daily, and Jessica, Lucinda’s right hand woman, also cooks and makes your daily lunch to your specifications. Sandwich, on homemade bread, chips, homemade dessert and bottled water. The guests begin their day with breakfast at the main dining table, then head out for your planned activity. One day I slept in and enjoyed being at the lodge and took walks around the area. Each room has a portfolio of activities that are included in your stay as well as activities that incur an extra fee. They take care of all the details and equipment for the day. All you need to do is bring the right clothes for Alaska, their website gives you all the details for that, and they are very accurate! Their website also has several details about the lodge and the activities that are available. The activities included in your stay kept us pretty busy. The daily gourmet evening meals are displayed on a chalk board so you know ahead of time what sumptuous feast awaits you at day’s end. The home has 2 separate living rooms where you can relax, or you can hang out in the main dining room. The large kitchen is the center pieice of the great room, where in full view you can see fresh bread, desserts, and entrees being made. The home atmosphere is something Kevin and Lucinda take pride in - which really adds to your enjoyment of staying at the lodge. The grounds of the home are luscious and well manicured. Two ponds, trees, flowers, acres of manicured lawns, and a 360 degree wrap around deck where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery any time of the day or night. Kevin, Lucinda, their son Bowman, his wife Jessica and Alyssa are all Alaskan professionals and work very hard and efficiently to make your stay at their lodge the best it can be. I’d return in a heartbeat.
- Also Known As:
- Alaska's Ridgewood Wilderness Lodge Halibut Cove
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Soak up the Alaskan wilderness with your hosts Kevin & Lucinda Sidelinger, at this intimate, timber framed lodge on Ishmailof Island adjoining Kachemak Bay State Park, part of the Kenai Peninsula Mountain Range. Enjoy three gourmet meals a day, and highly personal attention with majestic scenery, miles of beaches, and secluded salt water coves right out the front door. ... more less