Imagine a road winding up the side of a mountain to your destination for the evening. You park, get out and turn around. The extravagant beauty touches you at an emotional level as you take in one of the most pristine and breathtaking vistas you will ever see in a lifetime--ice-fields, glaciers, snow-capped mountains ringing the horizon, an exquisite expanse of ecologically rich ocean waters, and a brave little Alaska town extending out into it all far below.
Then you go inside and discover hosts who treat you as far more than mere customers. Juxia and Stephen seem (oddly enough in our increasingly corporate culture) to find genuine delight in serving their guests, going the extra mile to prepare a gourmet breakfast, offering very good advice whenever solicited, and making calls to ensure your reservations at the best halibut restaurant in town or to get the last seat on a Cessna plane flying right into nearby bear country the next morning.
They also direct you, because you asked, further up the mountain where, quite serendipitously, there sits amid flowers and plants an exquisite little Eastern Orthodox chapel literally covered, ceiling to floor, in golden beauty and sacred artistry. Perched with a commanding view of the entire region, it offers a feast for the senses and the soul. It is not in most tourist guides, but your hosts knew about it, and ensured you didn't miss it.
It would be a shame to hurry through Homer. It is a place to slow down and re-center. It would be just as great a shame to book your accommodations anywhere else than at the Halcyon Heights with Stephen and Juxia.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perched on East Hill in Homer, Alaska, only 6 minutes to downtown, this proud Alaska Bed and Breakfast/Inn will thrill you with its spectacular views of the famous Homer Spit & Kachemak Bay, the Grewingk Glacier & the Kenai Mountains, Homer itself, and more! If you've never stayed in a Bed and Breakfast lodging before, Halcyon Heights Bed and Breakfast /Inn is the place to start. Recommended by National Geographic Adventures, Best Places Alaska, Moon. MIss your dog? Pet ours for free :) ... more less
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