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“Road trip surprise” 5 of 5 stars
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98.5 Mile Tok Cut Off Road, PO Box 122, Tok, AK 99780   |  
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Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Tok
North Vancouver, Canada
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“Road trip surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

My friends and I were on a motorcycle adventure through Alaska. Our practice was to roll into the visitor center of our daily destination and search for a motel for the night. The Log Cabin Wilderness Lodge drew our attention because of it's beautiful brochure, but the visitor center also endorsed it as a beautiful retreat. It was out of our way by 30 miles and more than we usually paid for accommodation but with dinner and breakfast included, it was very reasonable.

As soon as we got to the property, we were in love. It was so beautiful and quaint. Jill and John are wonderful to share their family and wilderness lifestyle with their guests. We immediately decided to stay an extra day to enjoy the Alaskan adventures- hiking, shooting, hot tub, sauna, relaxing.... It was the highlight of our trip.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Murrieta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

You have to go to this wonderful Lodge to really appreciate what an amazing experience it was to be in Alaska... have breakfast ready to go at 8 am, an incredible day ahead of you.... beautiful mountains, the stream running behind your cabin, and for us, perfect weather with perfect hosts. We stayed on our way into Denali and then called again to make another reservation on our way back through Canada. You will love your cabin and the story behind John and Jill's adventure when they built their lodge and the cabins that you will stay in. Jill makes a great dinner....all very classy with two hosts that appreciate the wilderness and truly understand what it takes to "live off the grid". We guarantee you will love every minute....we did!!! Monty and Carole with brother Tony and wife Ann.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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San Rafael, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

If you really want to get away from "it all" in a true Alaskan wilderness setting, this is the place for you. If you want a warm, cozy bed at the end of the day. If you want to sit on a lovely front porch (with a glass of wine, maybe?) If you want a cozy fire that keeps your cabin toasty warm. If you want hot coffee in a thermos delivered to your front door in the morni. If you want a delicious breakfast cooked by John to start your day. If you want a delicious dinner cooked by Jill (Ask her for her fabulous lasagne!) at the end of your day. Breakfast and dinner are included in the cost. This is the place for you. Oh, there's more: John and Jill have suggestions for hikes both easy and difficult. There are trails all around. They have a thorough knowledge of the area and history. There is a shooting range for some practice rifle shooting, which was a kick for us first-time shooters. There is a wood-fired, outdoor hot tub. They have a beautiful, well-trained dog "Yukon" who escorted us on our hike. He's a guard dog, and once we were introduced into his "family", he kept watch during our hike! After all, this is the wilderness, and there can be moose and bears around. Above all, the friendliness and hospitality of the Rusyniak's is very special. After 5 minutes, we felt we had known them for years.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

we can not say enough things about our stay at the wilderness lodge. great people, great hospitality, great experience. this experience is not for everyone, but if they give it a try they would fall in love with the experience.
My husband is right, this is a paradise! Jill and John were perfect hosts, and their dog "Yukon" a Anatolian shepard was so beautiful and a great guide on our walks. Jill and John treated us like family and John cooked a fantastic breakfast, and Jill a delicious dinner! The scenery there is breathtaking, surrounded by mountains, beautiful forest, and wildlife. Our little log cabin was cozy, and every evening we watched out our window a mama sheep and her baby on the mountain.
I can only say that when my time on earth is over, and I am lucky enough to get to Heaven it is just like this little piece of Tok, Alaska like the "Log Cabin Wilderness Lodge" If you are looking for a true Alaskan experience this is a destination to go to. If we are ever fortunate to return we will certainly go there again.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Bozeman, Montana
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

I skied 200 miles to get here! John and Jill were wonderful hosts who provided everything a tired traveler (or probably even a well-rested one) could want. Delicious and plentiful meals, soft beds, cozy cabins, and a hot shower. Both John and Jill had tons of great information to share about the surrounding area and local history. All in all I would highly recommend a visit!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Anchorage, Alaska
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

John and Jill went above and beyond for the weary finishers of the week-long Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic race. Not only did they provide delicious and limitless food for the famished participants, but they had showers and warm cabins ready and cheerfully accommodated all of their needs. The Log Cabin Wilderness Lodge was a relaxing place to unwind after such an arduous event. The Classic and its participants are grateful to the Log Cabin for being such great hosts.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Fairbanks, Alaska
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

My significant other and I stayed here for 3 days and two nights during early September and it was one of the best trips we've had in Alaska. Being from Fairbanks, we wanted to getaway to a remote part of the state which is removed from the glut of tourism along the highway between Fairbanks and Seward. So, we looked to venture out east towards Tok and the mountains in that part of the state. We were very lucky to find LCWL last-minute and making a booking. Jill and John were extremely kind from the beginning while booking the cabin via email and then over the phone. Once arriving at the lodge (which is miles from any city or tourist outlet or even other local homes - a true wilderness lodge), we were walked around the property and kindly shown everything that would be available during our stay. Jill and John had even prepared the wood-fired hot-tub for our arrival! In our cabin, a fire had been lit to warm up the place in anticipation of our stay, and a scented candle was also lit in the windowsill. The cabins are beautiful furnished and decorated in a rustic, yet plush Alaskan wilderness theme. The historic and the new cabins are clean and tidy on the inside, and both are equally furnished and decorated. We enjoyed home-cooked meals in the main lodge, and Jill and John made sure we had plenty to eat - including delicious deserts with dinner. They were very kind to accommodate my partner's vegetarian diet for both breakfast and dinner. Jill and John also have a wonderful dog named Yukon and cat named Kobuk. Yukon would often run beside us during a bike ride (bikes provided by LCWL), and even traced the edge of the pond as we paddled around in the canoe (also provided by LCWL). We enjoyed peaceful walks along the various trails in the area, and did not encounter any other folks along those trails (aside from the occasional other guest). We enjoyed a soak in the hot-tub one evening and even spotted faint views of the Aurora Borealis to the north. John was so kind as to drop-off a thermos of hot-coffee at our cabin door before breakfast (leaving it on the step and not waking-us, of course).....the list of wonderful perks just goes on and on.

I would say the best thing about the LCWL are it's hosts, John and Jill - two incredibly kind people who truly enjoy treating new guests as great friends. You would be very wise to find yourself relaxing at LCWL for even one night during your travels throughout Alaska. Many former guests of LCWL who wrote in the cabin book (a notebook within each cabin for guests to sign and write a little note) had mentioned that the LCWL was the very best time of their trip in Alaska. My partner and I are from Fairbanks and thus live in Alaska year-round. Our time at LCWL was the very best trip either of us have ever taken in Alaska (aside from the numerous backcountry camping trips). If you're from Alaska and want to get-away from it all but still enjoy the comforts of home...or if you're traveling through Alaska and want to get-away from the madhouse of tourism in Seward and Denali...then travel to LCWL.....take a soak in the hot-tub, take a creekside walk with Yukon the dog, hike up a mountainside to view the wilderness of Alaska, canoe across a peaceful and quite boreal pond, ride a bike down the Old Tok Cutoff Road, or simply read a book by the fire in your cabin. And those are just the offerings of a summer-time trip. My partner and I look forward to visiting again in the winter for some Aurora viewing and cross-country skiing in the wilderness!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 98.5 Mile Tok Cut Off Road, PO Box 122, Tok, AK 99780
Location: United States > Alaska > Tok
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Tok
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come, escape the rat-race, and slip into a bit of our Alaskan Heaven Add a memorable stop to your journey through Alaska with a stay to the Log Cabin Wilderness Lodge, where your hosts, John and Jill Rusyniak, invite you to share the dream they are living.The property is perfectly named: well-maintained log-cabin accommodations in the wilderness of the Little Tok Valley, a breathtakingly beautiful area in the Mentasta. Mountains region of interior Alaska. It is the ideal location to step away from the pace, noise and distractions of your daily life, to relax and catch your breath while traveling and absorb both the grandeur and simple delights of nature.Located 28 miles south of Tok, 300 miles northeast of Anchorage, 240 miles southwest of Fairbanks and six miles from the nearest neighbors, John and Jill's 11 acres are surrounded by millions of acres of public land. Though off the electrical grid and far from the nearest cell phone tower, free WiFi service is available to visitors of at this intersection of rural and modern living.Log Cabin Wilderness Lodge is the complete package of amazing scenery and frequent wildlife sightings, comfortable buildings – some historic, some just a couple of years old – hearty home-cooked meals, a variety of activities. Moreover, a visit to Log Cabin Wilderness Lodge stands out because it includes the opportunity to experience the lifestyle and daily activities of year-round residents.John and Jill have been building toward the reality of Log Cabin Wilderness Lodge throughout their lives together and officially opened the business on May 18, 2008. ... more   less 
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