It's pricey, but it's Alaska, and it's worth the trip if you like something a little off-beat, a bit rustic, but really interesting. Like some others on the list here, I booked the Aurora Odyssey package, a package that makes life very easy. The hot springs pool is sensational at night, when nearby shrubs are covered with ice and snow and voices emerge and disappear in the steam. The kennels are great fun to visit when the dogs are pulling the sleds, the food is terrific (especially the tomato-basil soup with lettuce and basil from their own greenhouses), the beds are really comfortable, and there's NO wi-fi service! You're away from it all. They run highly organized snow-cat trips to a nearby hill to search for the elusive Northern Lights. But most interesting? the owners' commitment to renewable energy. The resort gets almost all its power from geothermal generators. (They can't run the snow-cats on geothermal yet, but they ARE hoping for hydrogen!) More than three nights might get a little dull, but there's plenty to do for two full days there.
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- Also Known As:
- Chena Hot Springs Hotel Pleasant Valley
- Chena Hot Springs Resort Alaska/Pleasant Valley