Perhaps an oxymoron by some definitions, I can only describe Pioneer Ridge as rustic elegance. What was once an old dairy farm has undergone extensive repurposing and renovations to become a warm, rustic, log-cabin feeling B&B. Although there are different themes to the rooms, lodgepole pines, wooden furniture, and comfy quilts dominate the decor. We were the only guests in the B&B and had the chance to peek into all of the rooms. Each had all of the charm and warmth of a cozy log cabin, without any of the negatives of staying in an actual cabin.
What we felt really separated Pioneer Ridge from other B&Bs are the unique room options. Many had extra beds that would be perfect for families. And the Alaskan Heritage suite that we stayed in had a dropdown Murphy bed, full kitchen, and its own laundry room. This was perfect to refresh our laundry during our trip through Alaska.
You won't find a TV in any of the rooms, but we didn't even notice. Depending on whether you want to be social, seek some quiet time, or play a game, there are 3 nice common areas to gather and spend time. The main area is right off the entrance and serves as the dining area and sitting room. There is a internet-connected computer available in this room if you DO need your connection to the outside world. Down the hall is a nice game and billiard room. But best of all is the large glass cupola, up the spiral stairs. Pioneer Ridge has a spectacular view of the Chugach Mountains. Take advantage of it by spending some time sitting in the cupola with a cup of tea or coffee.
Wasilla may not seem near many of the Alaskan highlights, but if you're heading to Denali, I would highly recommend skipping an overnight in ANC and heading to Pioneer Ridge on the way there. It was about an hour drive from the airport and made the drive into Denali much more pleasurable. There is a Walmart just a mile away from the B&B to stock up on your food supplies as well. When we get back to Alaska, we'll be sure to stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A unique property, built on land which was originally a parcel from Roosevelt's New Deal, this remodeled dairy barn, has been transformed into a 10,000 sq foot, warm and inviting Bed and Breakfast. Each spacious, comfortable guest room is decorated with authentic Alaskana. In addition to the six guest rooms & cabin, our visitors have access to three relaxing common rooms The Alaska Room, The Midnight Sun Room (with a pool table, treadmill & sauna) the the Aurora room with its 365 degree views of the Matanuska Valley. Free wi-fi is available throughout the building. A full breakfast buffet is served in the morning. ... more less