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Alaska's Ridgewood Wilderness Lodge

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46514 Sidelinger Trail, Halibut Cove, AK 99603
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#2 of 4 Specialty lodging in Halibut Cove
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Soak up the Alaskan wilderness with your hosts Kevin & Lucinda Sidelinger, at this intimate, timber framed lodge on Ishmailof Island adjoining Kachemak Bay State Park, part of the Kenai Peninsula Mountain Range. Enjoy three gourmet meals a day, and highly personal attention with majestic scenery, miles of beaches, and secluded salt water coves right out the front door.
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46514 Sidelinger Trail, Halibut Cove, AK 99603
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Anchorage Intl Airport117 miSee all flights
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CSnyder wrote a review Nov 2019
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A water taxi (extra expense) brings you from Homer to a cove in a well-populated hamlet nearby, with homes along the ridges and waterline. The house is one of many; and is essentially a large private home, so it is like staying at an Air BNB with the host family on site. Interesting setting, but not wilderness, and not a lodge. The father and son who run the enterprise sit with the guests at breakfast and dinner, and the father leads each meal with prayers. The wives cook and serve the meals but don’t sit down. The meals are served at set times, and there are no choices in foods (in other words, you’re staying with a family, not in a hotel or lodge). Lunch is a sandwich with a choice of cheese or cold cuts, and a cookie, in a paper bag. No alcohol, though you can bring your own. There is a cafe nearby where you can purchase lunch and dinner. You may also be led to a gallery where you can purchase local art. The father and/or son are the guides for the activities. The father carried a gun strapped across his chest, though we saw mostly tourists, not bears or moose. The room had a stunning view; no curtains or blackout shades. The toilet, sink and stall shower were right in the room, not in a separate bathroom. We shared a room; with all costs combined, we paid about $2,000/day for two people. The fees include activities, but since you won’t have activities on arrival day, essentially we were paying $2,000 for the first night (dinner and the room). If you are going to spend that much money, I would ask very specific questions about the accomodations, meals, etc. to make sure it is what you’re looking for. When you stay at Ridgewood Lodge you are essentially visiting the Sidlinger family. As a houseguest, you have an obligation to respect the host’s rules, boundaries and needs. It feels awkward to criticize one's hosts. Yet, like a hotel guest, you pay a great deal to be a ‘guest.’ Given what I now know about the area, I’d stay in a more comfortable inn/hotel or BnB in Homer, with more privacy and dining options, and charter day excursions (to see bears, for example) in the wsurrounding wilderness.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Room Tip: the large room upstairs has a great view, but the toilet is right in the room
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Angie B wrote a review Sep 2019
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What can i say... We felt like family. When we arrived the men greated us at the dock, took us up by four wheeler. The 2 boys welcomed us at the door, then in the kitchen the women greated us. After getting into our rooms we were asked if we'd like to go on a hike, which was not too long and not the easiet.. But it was well worth it for the views. Theres no city lights or sirens so the peace and quiet with the view just takes ur breath away. They have coffee constantly which is freshly brewed each time. For dinner we had fish, veggies, rice, beet salad. My son is 12 and ate every bit. She doesnt cook the same thing twice even if u love it, only to out do herself in the next meal you will love. Breakfast was amazing, eggs wrapped in bacon with freshly made jam ( i could have just eatten by the spoon full) and i can keep going on about food but i think you get the point. We headed out in the morning to go fishing after sleeping like babies in the comfortable beds. The owners son took us out, at first he comes off like hes real strict and just doing a "job" but then after the instuctions and we were out on the water hes like the best traveling human google you could ask for. The son new soo much about the island, the history of alaska, the birds, otters, sea lions, whales, eagles, trees, coal, you name it. He was so enjoyable to have as a guide that when we go back we will be going fishing again. Its was my son and i along with a couple that had never fished before, he took us to all the places he had caught fish before and nothing was biting, and he didnt give up. He took us to one last place and we caught a king salmon. Even though he knew that his mom had already had dinner planned and probably already started to make it he offered to have it cooked for dinner. We finished up fishing and he gave a final wrap around tour of the sea and bird island along with the camp where his parents met. The human factor that came out was so nice to see, we laughed all day. We headed in and he made sure if anyone wanted to watched how the fish was cut and cleaned they could.. Or just take a pic before it was cleaned. We headed back to the house and his wife and mother always welcome u with a contagious smile. They had a little snack made and fresh coffee and we sat and talked for a litter before dinner. Dinner again was amazing and she made a gravy like sauce for the salmon that again could have been eatten by the spoon full. The son sat up and talk for a few hours with us before we had to head to bed because we were heading out early in the morning. We woke up to the daughter ( again smiling ) and along came the mom smiling as she says good morning. The dad wakes up early too and is the most athletic older man you can imagine, he also is the one who takes you back to the dock to head into homer. The only thing i would have changed about my trip, would be to stay with them longer. They will be the reason we look back on our trip and smile. Thank you to all of them
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Leliana wrote a review Aug 2019
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The lodge is very comfortable and clean. Incredible view, special place to be. Lucinda, Kevin, Bowman, and Jess make everything to make us well. Homemade, nice and tasty food prepared by Lucinda, Friendliness and absolute efficiency of Jess, Kevin and Bowman always focused on presenting to the guests all the best of Alaska way of life, nature, places and activities. Unforgettable week ... Not to mention Chase (son of Jess and Bowman) who was an amazing companion of my 7 years old daughter, great guy, missed you ....
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Date of stay: July 2019
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jakkv wrote a review Aug 2018
San Ramon, California92 contributions21 helpful votes
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Usually when you return from a trip from Alaska you start to talk about the amazing mountains, incredible wildlife, or the life altering halibut you caught. The Ridgewood Lodge takes Alaska to another level. Kevin, Lucinda, Bowman, and Jessica welcome you as family, and make your Alaskan experience beyond expectations. By the end of the day of our arrival we felt like we were part of their family. My wife, and two daughters (18/20) joined us on the trip. The Ridgewood Lodge is located on the quaint Halibut Cove Island. This island is magical. It is surrounded by huge mountains, and has a beautiful harbor that takes you back in time. It is super quiet, has very few people living there, and has lush greenery and foliage. You may see a bald eagle hunting a fish in the harbor area. When we arrived we saw a small Black bear on the shore looking for food. Meals are a highlight at Ridgewood Lodge. Lucinda and Jessica prepare meal that rival or even best the most amazing scenery you will experience there. We had local Halibut, Salmon, and a variety of amazing cooked from scratch breakfast delights. My wife was able to coordinate with Lucinda and Jessica, amazing Vegan cuisine for my daughter, who is strict vegan, which boggled her mind. Each day we would pick an activity option that the Ridgewood Lodge has specially created for its guests. They have a variety of tours of the local waters via boat, hiking to glaciers, wildlife viewing, fishing, kayaking and more. These tours are legendary. Bowman led most of them for us, and was way too much fun. He made sure everyone was safe and having a great time in the wilderness. Along the way you will see Eagles, Puffin, Seals, Otters, Bears, Glaciers, Islands, and so much more. Definitely do the boat tour, and the hike up to the Grewingk Glacier. It think in the end, the icing on the cake at Ridgewood Lodge is Love. These people love their guests, not as guests, but as family. This place is for people who love the wilderness, love to have a great time with others, and who love to be around people who will love you back. This was a bucket list trip for our family, and we hope to return to visit our Alaskan Family again in the near future. Book this trip, you will not regret it.
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Jenni wrote a review Jul 2018
Eagle River, Alaska4 contributions1 helpful vote
My sister and I were delighted with this lodge as soon as we set our eyes on the grassy, rolling hills of the grounds, two small lakes, flower and vegetable gardens, and children playing. The interior of the lodge continued to amaze us with the high ceilings and large windows, the creative décor, and a cozy room. Our hosts, Kevin and Lucinda, welcomed us like family and shared their vast knowledge of the area. Kevin immediately led us on an interesting walk of the bay. The next day he took us on a lovely boating, hiking, and kayaking adventure. Lucinda fed us elegantly and well, and, with the rest of their family, made it a very comfortable stay. We arrived as guests and left feeling like friends.
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Is Alaska's Ridgewood Wilderness Lodge located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the center of Halibut Cove.