I wish I could give this place 10 stars because Susan and Dennis have truly earned every ounce of commendation for this little piece of paradise that they own and operate. I had pretty high expectations for this place, and yet the actual experience managed to exceed anything I could have imagined.
First off, Dennis and Susan are top notch hosts. They are so friendly, so informed, so welcoming...you don't even feel like they are business owners, it just feels like they are friends who are hosting you for the weekend. I appreciated their down to earth nature, yet eagerness to ensure you had nothing short of a spectacular time while on the island. Susan, a very talented artist, even painted a scene in which we happened to kayak through and we were able to purchase this very personal memento from our weekend, which was such a treat!
The island itself is just amazing, I have no other word for it. You are surrounded by so much uninterrupted beauty. You can stand anywhere on the property and just be in awe, day or night. We got very lucky in that we had a gorgeous sunny weekend while we were visiting the island, but I have no doubt even on a typical rainy Alaska day, you would be blown away. Not to mention the abundance of wildlife around the island. We were lucky enough to see porpoises, jellyfish, seals, sea lions, otters, bald eagles, whales, puffins, mountain goats! The perk of minimal (if any at all) cell service or other technological annoyance on the island allows you to really get lost in nature while there.
The cabins/yurts are so perfect! I can't think of a single thing I would change. Running water (hot even!), shower, toilet, electricity (not that you need it), comfortable beds with amazing views, propane stove, kitchen essentials, bbq, private decks on the water, sky lights, amazing scenery enveloping every square inch of the cabin. We loved having dinner and drinks on our deck every night and then heading to the fire pit for s'mores and visiting with other travelers. The cabins had peel away windows for ventilation as needed and propane heat as needed also. They were clean, well-decorated, comfortable, inviting...like I said, perfect.
You simply can't beat all the outdoor amenities that they supply you with. We took full advantage of the kayaks, row boats, fishing poles, local hiking, waterfall viewing, evening boat cruise, etc. While I consider this place more for relaxation than an adventure-seekers dream, you can certainly find things to entertain yourself if sitting on the deck enjoying the beauty gets dull for you (yea, right!) We had a blast on the rowboat catching rock fish just meters off the shore from the island.
Orca Island Cabins is a peaceful, beautiful, inviting, relaxing getaway for a weekend (or longer if you can.) We are hoping to make it back sometime again this summer, but if not, we have many many many wonderful memories of our time there and it goes in the record books as our favorite weekend while living in Alaska (we've lived here for 4 years.) My husband and I both had absolutely no complaints about our experience. Thank you so much Susan and Dennis for allowing us to enjoy this magical place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A unique place to stay when visiting Seward Alaska, our nightly rental cabins are comfortable accommodations in a remote setting. Our rates include a 30 minute scenic cruise to the property from Seward as well as all the equipment use including kayaks, stand up paddle boards, rowing skiffs, and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Orca Island Cabins Hotel Seward