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EarthSong Lodge - Denali's Natural Retreat
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

We had a group of 10 who were staying for 2 nights at Denali. At first we looked at the traditional lodges, but they seemed a little common and the prices were amazingly high. Then we stumbled upon Earthsong lodge.

WOW.

We booked 4 cabins per the owners recommendation to split up the people and couples appropriately. They are SO cool! CLEAN, log cabins that had all the amenities, comfortable rooms and even free wi-fi at the coffee shop.

They house dogs, so a couple times late at night we heard them howling, it was really neat to listen too. It is a non-smoking property (fortunately we didn't have any smokers with us) so everything smelled clean and fresh. Did I mention how clean everything was? That's a big deal with us.

The surroundings are beautiful and the cabins are really appointed nicely. It's hard to imagine but the owner built them all himself, so every one is a little different and interesting.

There's just one tip I can offer. If you've booked a trip on the buses of Denali, make sure to leave at least 45 minutes before your departure time. It's not far away, but you need to arrive at least 10-15 minutes before or your seats will be given away. Also if you want to eat breakfast at Earthsong, book the Denali bus after 9:00, because they only serve breakfast at Earthsong between 7:00 am and 9:00 am.

Did I mention the price? For our group, it averaged $80 per person, per night. (Keep in mind there were 4 couples and the two singles shared a room/cabin with 2 beds.) We had one friend who stayed at the big commercial lodge and his room was dank, depressing and $380 per night. We stayed in bright, comfortable log cabins!

Room Tip: If you have a larger group, tell the owner the mix of singles and couples so he can best suggest the cabins to rent. Also, if you're sensitive to sounds, book a cabin furthest away from the dogs so when they talk at night, you don't hear them. (But it was something we LOVED.)
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank KeyWestLocalCouple
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

We stayed one night in one of the cabins and in four weeks of travel, the EarthSong was one of our favorite places. After reading the reviews, we chose it because it was away from the heavily touristed entrance to Denali. The 16 mile drive was so worth it. The cabin was small, but cozy and completely adequate. The views of the mountain range were spectacular. Having the restaurant just a few steps away was an added convenience. The night we were there a local band sang and played nice mellow ballads. John and Karen were perfect hosts. The romantic story of how they met was published in a magazine and is hanging in the restaurant--or just ask them to tell you. We enjoyed the tour John gave of his kennel and all his working dogs. If we were to return to Alaska in the winter, it would be to take one of his dog sled expeditions. This place was Alaska at it's best--not fancy or pretentious, just down to earth and real.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank NewYorkCityJoan
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The coffeehouse is a nice addition to the property with good food and a nice place to meet with people. John and Karen are great hosts and have put alot of love into their property. My family loved visiting the sled dogs and hearing about how they live.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank carolc80
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

Located high in the hills edging Denali, the views are beautiful. Clear night sky, evening sunsets, morning sunrises are all spectacular. Cabins are small (no TV or internet in rooms) and close together, but very clean, comfortable and well-appointed. The property gives wide open vistas of mountains. Great mushing dogs onsite and informative/interactive kennel tour available. Also interesting free slide shows of owner's experiences available in evening, along with meals (not included in cabin price). Breakfast/dinner available. Place is located at end of paved road where Into the Wild trip occurred (began?). Owner has interesting stories of his Alaskan life and many trips into Denali.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank octobersky1023
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Reviewed November 9, 2011

My wife, daughter, and I were here for several days and enjoyed our stay very much. Jon took great pains to make sure we were well taken care of, even after our flight was delayed and we didn't arrive 'til after 11 pm (when it STILL wasn't totally dark yet!). The cabins are small but lovely, obviously built with love and care, and still seeming new. Earl's cooking at Henry's coffeeshop (on the property) was a delightful surprise, and though the location is a bit far from the Denali park entrance, this place felt much more like an Alaskan vacation than the big hotels down in town. The collection of maps and magazines upstairs at Henry's are worth a look too. All in all, during a two-week tour of Alaska, this was our favorite place to stay.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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4  Thank Jlstcui
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