I have lived in AK for 30 years. I can not believe it took me so long to discover McCarthy! It is rustic yet has the modern necessities - including Internet if you just can't bear to un plug!
We came here to do a rafting trip with McCarthy river tours &outfitters (also amazing!) and stayed @ Ma J's. When I booked they explained it was a walk into the past and was boarding room style - we had our own room but shared bath and showers. My partner was not crazy about the bathroom situation but it worked out just fine. In fact, I do not think I would stay any other place because of the authentic experience in an old-time (really well taken care of and very clean) boarding house. This will be on my destination itinary for all of my family and friends who visit us in the future.
A special NOTE: I have a medical devise that needs to be plugged in at night and did not realize the rooms do NOT have electrical outlets. However the staff were so accomdating and ran an extension cord to our room - and made sure it was propperly (safely) secured.
BOTTOM LINE: I have lived in both rural and urban AK - including an island & a community off the road system where everything had to be flown or barged in. McCarthy is the perfect combination of both then and now to allow you to comfortably experience Alaska in a way that Denali or a day of fishing can not do! Though I highly reccomed these destinattion experiences too! McCarthy is a must see - and you should plan for more than two days if you can.
The staff were super and the town charming. We plan to visit again next year for the 4th of July. We are already looking forward to it. Next year we want to see the glacier up close and hike to it - it was just so beautiful!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful Scenery, Fine Cuisine, and True Alaskan History all rolled into one – Perfect for a weekend gateway!Our accommodations and restaurants are in the very center of the largest protected wilderness on earth. McCarthy is surrounded by more mountains and glaciers than anywhere else in Alaska! Experience the unexpected; unique tasting menus with casual style at McCarthy Lodge. The Golden Saloon offers a hearty menu of family favorites. Our greenhouses provide fresh produce for our restaurants, our Copper River Red Salmon is wild-caught by locals. Best of all, the fully restored Ma Johnson’s Hotel is the only authentic historic hotel in the park. Spend a few minutes in the Golden Saloon and make friends instantly. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel Alaska