Staying here was a great experience. As stated in previous reviews, the cabin was hand built by Jim and his superb craftsmanship shows throughout. The interior is cozy and immaculate. The cabin is located right on the shore of a beautiful lake with the snow-covered mountains of
Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve visible on the opposite side. Jim & Linda Marchini are indeed friendly and gracious hosts.
One of the highlights in staying here was getting to know Jim. He is a 40+ year Alaskan resident who has had many fascinating experiences and is willing to share his extensive knowledge of the area. Walking into his hand-built log home for breakfast is like walking into a natural history museum. Jim is willing to cook just about anything you want for breakfast but be sure and try some of his great sourdough pancakes.
After staying here we really felt for the first time that we has truly been to Alaska.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Willow Lake is a beautiful shallow water lake in South Central Alaska. Beyond the lake the world famous Wrangell Mountains of the Wrangell St. Elias National Park are visible. At mile post 88.5 on the Richardson Highway you will stay in a cozy log cabin filled with the uniqueness of Jim's artistic touch. Although the guest cabin is outfitted with all the amenities of home, you will feel like part of the wilderness while you enjoy the tranquility and view of the wildlife near this serene Alaskan lake. ... more less