Me and my husband were married at Alaska's Ridgewood Wilderness Lodge in Halibut Cove, AK on October 12, 2011. The day was perfect, really. Sunny, Blue Skies, Full Moon, Green Grass, Beautiful View...Kevin graciously performed the ceremony and his wife, Lucinda did all the food preparations. She is a fantastic gourmet cook.
Me and my new husband felt strongly that the price we paid was too much for the short stay. We were there less than 24 hours. We paid for our own fair on Mako's Water-Taxi to and from and the fair for our one guest, my eldest daughter. This was very expensive. Then the flowers that were bought for our wedding were not given to us upon departure nor placed in our guest room, which we found a bit irritating (We paid approximately $1,600 to the Sidelingers). While the wedding cake was delicious, again, we were not given the cake to bring back home to Homer, tough we paid for the cake.
The rooms were not that private for what we'd expect on a wedding and overnight stay. We did not have blinds/curtains on the windows so it was a bit uncomfortable to say the least.
The Sidelingers are extremely pleasant & gracious people. I only wish that they would make their prices more affordable, especially to "locals."
Considering I made arrangements for my own marriage license, wedding photographer, flowers, dress, shoes and we even wrote our own vows...and the stay about 17 Hrs total...well, I'm not sure we got a bang for our buck. Would I do it again? Absolutely. But honestly, the view is obstructed and the trip to the house from the dock is a steep and winding trail through the woods...don't wear your wedding sandals until you're ready to say "I do."
- 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