Firstly, this not a true "wilderness" lodge. While the building and setting are impressive, it is set on a populated harbor. The only thing wild about it is its owners, who might do better sticking to their oyster farming and moose hunting than to hosting visitors to lovely Alaska. Their prices are outrageous for what they offer...skimpy breakfasts that hardly match local B&B fare, a sandwwich and two cookies in a paper sack for lunch, pasta caserole or tiny salmon for dinner, no green salads or green vegetables, no wine, beer or cocktails served (though the owners have some for their own use), and Lucinda, the cook/owner has her own steak dinners off in the kitchen. Stingy! We were not served any oysters from their oyster farm. Bathrooms have one thin tiny bath towel per guest and these are changed every other day, which means the second day theyare wet and cold. Bedrooms do not have blackout curtains. The boat they use to take guests around is an open oyster boat with no protection from the rain or wind. Interesting activities like halibut fishing or flights to the glaciers cost extra and could be done cheaper from Homer. In fact, for a fraction of the price, one cam stay at very comfortable B&B's in Homer, eat at superb restaurantrs there, and charter day excursions that can take in more than Alaska Wilderness Lodge offers. Unfortunately, we were seduced by their glamorous brochure into booking what turned out to be the worst part of an otherwise wonderful visit to Alaska.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Alaska's Ridgewood Wilderness Lodge Halibut Cove