As we looked back on our Alaska trip, we asked each other which place we would like to stay again. Earthsong was the unanimous choice. It is off the beaten path. A moose strolled past as we ate our breakfast. It has a little breakfast cafe, and they also sell a decent boxed lunch. The cabins were very clean. We got to visit with sled dogs, and John gave us the inside scoop about mushing. Courtney, the manager, obviously loves her job. She was a joy to talk to. Looking out the cabin door in the morning was idyllic. What a sweet memory!
The property is not well kept up and they’re not doing a great job of keeping it clean (lots of dust in light fixtures, dirty bottom of shower curtain liner, debris in bottom of garbage can). Spaces are cramped and they could benefit from a redesign with multi function pieces to help with that. They’re not repairing/replacing things (broken tables, cushions, etc). There was no one around and we had self check in. It felt like we were on our own. For example, I ran out of Kleenex and did not know where to get more and I had no where to put my full garbages so we brought them into town and got rid of them at the gas station. It seems they are still using Covid as an excuse to provide less, but yet we paid quite a bit of money to stay there. If you can’t offer what you once did, you shouldn’t charge what you once did. The dog sled informational session was still running and we did attend and enjoyed that. My husband was exceptionally unnerved that the WiFi password had two sets of the number “666” in it as it is generally understood as a satanic reference. They might want to change that so as not to offend others in the future.…
Loved the location! Beautiful, peaceful, lovely boardwalks and gardens. Henry's coffee wasn't open yet, but Courtney provided coffee and tea in the community building, which also had a full-size refrigerator that we and other guests made use of. We loved meeting Courtney's sled dogs in the mornings, and they were great with our little kids. Our family cabin was just the right size for 3 adults and two small kids, and with the thoughtful furniture/shelving/hooks we were able to organize and stow all of our stuff and put our empty luggage in our car. I recommend using packing cubes, these worked well to stack on the shelves for our clothing. Beds were comfortable with 100% cotton sheets and ample pillows.
I had a great experience staying here and driving to and from Denali. The lodges are rustic and fun to stay in. Owner is super nice and gives a little demo of the dog kennel each day. If you have a car I highly recommend staying here.
Our family stayed in two cabins at EarthSong in July of this year (2021). We traveled all over the state, and stayed in many different places (some much more expensive and "nicer"), but among us, we all enjoyed our stay at Earthsong the most. We really appreciated the way we were treated by the staff, including Courtney (manager), who we communicated with prior to, and during our stay. She was warm and welcoming, and allowed us to spend extra time with their sled dogs (we loved the dogs - especially Basil), while she sat and visited with us. We also appreciated Scout, who operated Henry's Coffee House (and breakfast bar). Her service was great, and she was very enjoyable to talk with. The cabins were basic, but were clean and comfortable. The grouping of the cabins along the boardwalks was homey, and had a bit of a "Shire" feel. Because I had to reschedule our trip from 2020 to 2021, I had spoken with the John, the owner numerous times. I always enjoyed talking with him, and he provided me with some tips for our visit to Denali and the hiking I wanted to do there. After reading about him, the family was sorry they did not get to meet him, as he had to be away at the time of our stay. We did some dog mushing before we got to EarthSong. Having spoken with Courtney about dog mushing expeditions they offer, I am very interested in going back to participate in one of their multi-day Denali backcountry sledding trips. If we were back in the area, we would most definitely return to EarthSong.…
John treated with the best care you could ask for. He opened his coffeehouse that was closed just for us. Looking forward to going again We were treated to personally visiting their sled dogs. The cabins are very nice with seating places all around.
They do sled dog tours most mornings, you get to see the dogs up close and personal as well as the sleds. You actually get to play a little with the sled dogs. Was one of the highlights of the trip. The hotel is made up of individual cottages. We stayed in the queen suite and were very happy. FYI, we loved our stay however it is not for everyone. It is out of the way on a remote road (we saw a moose on the side of the road on one of our drives to the lodge). The road to the lodge is paved, although a little rough towards the end. Wonderful view of mountains in the distance. The cabins are a bit rustic. We liked them but definitely not modern luxury accommodations. We were happy to trade luxury for the surroundings. Bring insect repellent, there are mosquitos. There are mosquitos throughout Alaska.…
My daughter and I spent two nights in the Gold Rush cabin (2-room) in late August. We had a great time playing with the dogs on the morning we arrived and on the morning we left. The cabin was in great shape and beautifully decorated. The beds were comfy and the bathroom had some nice complimentary toiletries. It was unfortunate the coffee house was closed due to lower staffing at the end of the season but if I will be recommending this place to anyone who is headed to the Denali area. We also drove about 4 miles down the road to see Denali on a clear morning!
This is a truly special place. Do yourself a favor and stay here instead of the more touristy spots near the park’s opening (if you have a car). It is a short drive from the mouth of the park and from everything else you will want to do in the Denali area. Jon and Karin have created such a cozy and homey experience at their lodge in Healy. The cabins themselves are comfortable, charming, warm and so thoughtfully decorated. The views are awesome and the wildlife is right at your doorstep. Waking up in the morning, going to their coffee house, meeting the sled dogs and heading to the park was all so wonderful. I will recommend this to anyone I know who travels to the Denali area.
The EarthSong Lodge cabins were even cuter than pictured. Everywhere we looked were little details and personal touches by owners Jon and Karin. The manager Courtney was outstanding. We had a chance to meet her at check-in, she offered lunches for our Denali trip and did a wonderful job sharing about the beautiful sled dogs. Henry's Coffeehouse on-site is a great option for breakfast sandwiches, cinnamon rolls before heading out for the day. The cabins are clean and made with love and care. We were quite cramped as a family of four in the two-bedroom cabin, but we knew that it was a smaller space when booking. Worth it to be away from the commercial spots near the Denali entrance and to have such a unique experience.