We have had the opportunity to spend time at Ridgewood Wilderness Lodge on different occasions, and would like to thank them for a remarkable environment they offer and share.The family environment along with nature and active rest, gave us a true Alaskan experience. Its a nice niche easy to get to, yet far enough away to enjoy the ocean, mountains and all they have to offer with experience for the adventures. Exceptional food, a true taste of Alaska, why we keep going back to the Ridgewood wilderness lodge.
The Sidelingers made this portion of our Alaskan vacation absolutely amazing! They were instrumental is helping us find the perfect activities that we were interested in and then to make all of the necessary arrangements. They communicated with us throughout our booking experience so that we had no surprises and knew just what to expect all along the way. Their very comfortable home accommodated our family with ease from delicious meals, well packed take-away lunches and easy pickup/dropoff from Homer. We highly recommend the Ridgewood Lodge and are grateful to the Sidelingers for making us feel so much a part of their wonderful family!
Alaskan views and Alaskan hospitality!! Incredible meals. The Sidelinger family may be the best part. Felt like part of the family right away. We had a large family and friends dinner. Kids are welcomed here and love it. Great experience in an awesome lodge!
My family and I (7 of us in total) had a wonderful stay here and I would definitely recommend it! The only thing to note is that you are staying in the family's home which is extremely spacious (and beautiful!) and spending a lot of time with the family. So if you are someone who wants more privacy during your trip, it might not be the place for you. But we absolutely loved it, they were all so welcoming and SO knowledgeable about the area. Would definitely recommend it, it's a wonderfully unique experience.
From the minute we were scooped up by the Sidelingers in Homer, we felt like a part of their family. Jess planned terrific adventures and Lucinda prepared exquisite meals. The beauty of the Island and the warmth of the family make this Lodge a special place for exploring the Homer region.
My father and I had a fantastic trip to the Ridgewood. We spent 2 days charter fishing and were picked up directly from the dock just a UTV ride down the hill. The food was fantastic and there is ample opportunity to explore the island or venture out further. One of my favorite activities after a long day of fishing was enjoying a drink on the front porch catching up with my dad with the Kenai Mountains in the background.
It was so nice to e-mail and share what we wanted and the crew at Ridgewood Lodge made it happen. From the pick up from, The End of the Road in Homer, AK to the boat ride on Kachemak Bay to the buggy ride up to the The Ridgewood Lodge in Halibut Cove was a view and experience that blew our minds. The guides were respectful and knowledgeable, the sit down meals around the vast table is in my top five places to eat. What blew us away, was the way they made us feel like their family.
What an incredible way to experience Alaska! The warm welcome of the Sidelinger Family and breathtaking views of nature were such a joy to experience. The host family is so knowledgeable of the area as they have lived here for three generations now. Our first excursion was a fishing trip where we quickly limited on King Salmon and Halibut. After we limited on these we still had time to whale watch and saw several tails diving into the ocean! The next day Kevin led us on a beautiful hike through the saddle of the mountainside toward a glacier lake. We were able to float on this beautiful lake with huge chunks of glacier ice and take in all of the history of the area. The next day we took a small plane into uninhabited national forest and were able to see several bears, a wolf, swans, a moose, eagles, snowy volcanoes and unimaginable scenery. This was followed by charming hikes through Halibut Cove, meeting locals who are friends of the Sidelingers, and numerous stories of the history of the area which were so fun to learn about. The lodge has so many personal touches and every piece in the lodge has a story. Kevin, Lucinda, Bowman and Jess are intentional with everything they do. Each meal was family style and prepared with so much love. My husband and I have stayed in several 5 star resorts all over the country....this was so much more than a sterile hotel or resort. This was an experience that we will treasure and will never forget.…
Alaska is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on earth. The majesty and beauty of this wilderness needs to be experienced alongside hardy Alaskans who have lived off the land for many decades. The Sidelingers, three generations of hardy souls, are the hosts you want. They will welcome you into their beautiful home/lodge, feed you three gourmet farm to table meals each day, treat you like family, and expertly and personally guide you as you experience this land they call home. We caught our limit of king salmon and halibut, hiked into a glacier and kayaked a glacier lake, took a plane into the back country soaring around the top of a volcano, and sighting wolf, moose, and bear. We landed on a sand beach in order to get close up views. Fantastic! The Sidelingers island is absolutely charming with trails through the woods, hardy neighbors in the occasional cabin, boat docks, otters playing, tide pools galore, eagles overhead, a lighthouse, and even a floating post office where you will likely chat with some of the neighbors. The Ridgewood Lodge is as immaculate as it is warm. This is not the Hilton, but SO much better.…
Although the Lodge and Halibut Cove are beautiful, and there are lovely hikes and animal viewing, this is not the place to go if you want private time with your family. Kevin and Bowman are at all meals and it is hard to go for a walk by yourself as they like to accompany you. They say grace with meals - this is not my family tradition - and no one asked if we were comfortable with their tradition. They controlled the conversation at meals where only the men of their family were seated while the woman served. If you like this kind of thing you will be happy there but we had wanted private time with OUR family.
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