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Just Short of Magic

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Saved the best for last! It's a must-do in Fairbanks!

My husband, two children and I were visiting family in Alaska for the first time and had 12 days of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
chelseagarcia22
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Middleton, Idaho
Amazingly excellent intimate experience!!

Just short of magic is an engaging educational personal dog sledding experience!! Eleanor helped us... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
kristy w
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We offer dog sled rides ranging from a half-hour to one-and-a-half hours. Tour the beautifully forested Alaskan winter trails on a dog sled or drive the team. Our Dog Mushing School offers customized dog mushing lessons. Sled rides or lessons can be...more
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5157 Chena Hot Springs Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99712-3502
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband, two children and I were visiting family in Alaska for the first time and had 12 days of fantastic adventures and exploring. We were creeping up on our last day and my kids had been asking about seeing the "sled dogs." Thank goodness...More

1  Thank chelseagarcia22
Eleanor W, Owner at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

It was such a pleasure having you and your family here Chelsea!!! Thanks so much for coming and so glad you all had such a great time. We loved having the kids and of course sharing the dogs with you. You remembered so much detail...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just short of magic is an engaging educational personal dog sledding experience!! Eleanor helped us with transportation, gave us a private tour, educated us on sled dogs, introduced us to her family of dogs and answered all of our questions! She is patient, kind and...More

Thank kristy w
Eleanor W, Owner at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kristie it was absolutely my pleasure having you and your family here last week! Just loved your Dad, his humor, energy and of course the photos - a real hit here. Thank you all so much for your wonderful questions, enthusiasm and overall love of...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was with a group from the university, and we visited Just Short of Magic solely to meet the dogs and find out about mushing and dog sledding. We did not go on a tour with the dogs. I found Eleanor, the owner, to be...More

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Eleanor W, Owner at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

It was wonderful having the whole crew here last week! Thank you so much for coming and sharing your love of dogs and enthusiasm with us. It's always a pleasure having people like you here as it's win-win for everybody! Dogs and people alike :)...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just Short of Magic is truly that!!! Eleanor, the owner, has a deep passion for mushing and absolutely loves her dogs. She is incredibly knowledgeable about the sport and the care of her dogs. Eleanor made everyone in our group feel welcomed into her kennel....More

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Eleanor W, Owner at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We loved having you join us the other day! Thanks so much for coming. We do have a special relationship with our dogs and it shows in their temperaments and in the exceptional ability they have to greet literally 1000s of guests each year. They...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We took the summer tour and loved every minute of it. Eleanor is extremely knowledgeable about dogs and sledding, and she is able to convey her knowledge in an interesting and entertaining way. It was great meeting all the dogs as well. They're all very...More

Thank William D
Eleanor W, Owner at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

The dogs and I loved having you both visit last week! Even without the snow the dogs are a happy bunch and always love having people visit. Thanks for bringing all of your great questions and a friend from so far away. We hope the...More

Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

My 19 year old son and I stayed at this yurt for one night in the summer; had I known how cool our stay would be, we'd have stayed longer. We were able to experience the serenity of being on the property and of watching...More

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Eleanor W, Owner at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you Heather for coming! It was a pleasure having you and your son stay with us and of course we love sharing the dogs with everybody who stays with us. The dogs love having guests visit all year 'round, summer is no different. We're...More

Reviewed July 4, 2018

My 12 and 9-year-old sons and I visited Just Short of Magic for the summer educational tour. We really enjoyed learning about dog mushing, seeing the equipment, looking into the yurt, and, of course, petting and meeting the amazing dogs. Each dog had its own...More

1  Thank Kristen F
Eleanor W, Owner at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2018

Dear Kristen, It was truly a pleasure having you here recently! The boys were great, respectful and super fun to have here in the kennel. We loved sharing our dogs with you and of course it's always wonderful when guests have so many questions and...More

Reviewed April 24, 2018

We visited Just Short of Magic on April 6 with our two kids. We had booked a 11:30 am slot for an hour of dog sledding. We showed up at 11:30 am, and it turned out we had to be there ahead of time, a...More

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Eleanor W, Owner at Just Short of Magic, responded to this reviewResponded April 28, 2018

As the business owner, this is the only 2-star trip advisor review I expected to receive and certainly the only one I looked forward to responding to. Most of his criticisms are unfounded which will become quite apparent as you read on. My responses will...More

Reviewed April 17, 2018

My husband and I are very hard working empty nesters who are not rich by any means but we make a good living and like 90 % of people desperately need to unplug and unwind from work and life sometimes. We saved and planned to...More

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Reviewed April 15, 2018

Me and my mother went there for a 2 hour visit. The girl at the reception was super friendly and we were chatting about Bollywood movies and trashy Hollywood shows! The owner Eleanor was wonderful, taking us through the details of how the dogs are...More

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stephaniewoolsey
March 7, 2018|
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Response from Experience739593 | Property representative |
Hey there! Most folks this time of year with it being as warm as it is come back from the 30 min tour wishing they had gone longer. It is a great experience and most people if they are only doing this once in their life time... More
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Sheila P
October 20, 2017|
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Response from Eleanor W | Property representative |
Hi Shelia, Iditarod runs normally from Anchorage to Nome and does not include Fairbanks. For a few years the start has originated in Fairbanks due to low snow in Anchorage. They won't know until much later in season where... More
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NISCHITA M
July 27, 2017|
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Response from aynihealingoasis | Reviewed this property |
There is no snow in the Fairbanks area in the summer. Most of the dog sled businesses use 4 wheelers to let the dog do the runs instead. If you are looking for the authentic dog sledding experience with snow, you might want... More
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