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EarthSong Lodge - Denali's Natural Retreat
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Beckley, West Virginia
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“Unique lodging near Denali”
Reviewed July 7, 2014

A friend told us about Earthsong Lodge and we are so glad we were able to stay here! Jon and Karin are great hosts, responsive to needs and helpful in pointing us toward good ways to get the most out of our short visit to Denali. We loved the opportunity to meet and interact with the dogs. Jon's evening programs - photo journeys in and around the park - were a special treat and have us thinking about returning sometime in the winter for a dogsled trip! The cabin was very comfortable and homey, and the views of the mountains and peaceful surroundings gave us a taste of the spaciousness of Alaska. It was great to be away from the more congested lodging options right outside the park.We would like to return for a longer stay! Thank you Jon and Karin for your love of the land and for creating this unique space to share with others! We wish you all the best.

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Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed July 6, 2014

My husband and I, along with another couple, wanted to visit Denali following a cruise in June. When my friend said that she wanted to book here, I must admit that I was a little skeptical, but then thought: ok, adventure in Alaska, I'm in! Let me tell you: We stayed for 3 nights and it was a great experience! So much better than a hotel room in a touristy area. We had our own small cabin and it was very comfortable and all we needed. Our friends stayed in the cabin next to us. The surrounding area was uniquely beautiful and peaceful with views of the mountains and Alaskan wilderness. Jon was very helpful with suggestions about visiting Denali park and helping us book other activities like white-water rafting (another rewarding first-time adventure for me). Be sure to make time to visit his sled dogs in the morning and his slideshows in the evenings. Jon is a very interesting man with lots of stories to tell about his Alaskan wilderness adventures. Our stay at Earthsong Lodge truly enhanced our visit to Alaska and is something I will never forget! Thanks Jon and Karin! We wish you all the best!

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Lucas, Texas
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Reviewed June 30, 2014

The last thing you want to do when you visit Alaska is to stay in a standard, expensive hotel where you do not know if you are in Alaska unless you look out the window. To experience Alaska, stay in one of those lodges like the Earthsong Lodge which feature small, rustic cabins (it seems like everything is big in Alaska except the cabins). The Earthsong Lodge does have small cabins. They are clean and neat and make you feel like you are in an Alaska homestead. The lodge has a coffeehouse (Henry's) but was not open for dinner since the chef had left and the proprietors were trying to hire a new one. They did serve a limited menu for breakfast and lunch (prepared by the owner). What separates the Earthsong from other places are the owners who homesteaded in the area in the eighties. Jon is a musher and has 19 sled dogs. He gives sled dog excursions during the winter. His passion for his dogs and mushing is evident. Jon has a slide show that is presented in the evening. The show is good but could be cut in half without losing the message. What is most interesting at the show is the question and answer session with Jon. Jon and his wife epitomize the spirit of Alaska (and America) by building a successful business and a home from scratch. This is a great place to stay and serves as an excellent base for a stay in the Denali area.

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Reviewed June 25, 2014

We stayed 3 nights in one of the family cabins! There were 4 of us and the cabin was adequate in size for all of us. Jon, the owner, was very hospitable and did everything to make our stay enjoyable! Definitely make time to see his slide shows each night as they are very informative. Breakfast at Henry's Coffeehouse was great to get a kick start to exploring for the day! The sun setting at midnight was incredible ... Did alot of research and feel EarthSong is the best choice for accommodations in the area .. and avoided the tour buses and crowds! Very quant and special place!

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Groton, Connecticut
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Reviewed June 25, 2014

This accommodation was the first placed I booked on our 10 day trip to Alaska. It popped up in Lonely Planet with high recommendations and the reviews on this site also spoke highly of the place. Traveling with a family of 5 (3 teens) and this really was a good base to use when exploring Denali. We could make it to the Visitor's Center in the park in 30 minutes and loved being up on the tundra outside of the park. We had a 2 bedroom cabin which contained one trundle bed in addition to a pull out, so easily fit our family of 5. We arrived late the first night (Alaska has 20+ hours of daylight in June!), and Jon/Karen made our late night arrival very easy. We also attended the slide show one evening with Jon's Q&A session- he's extremely knowledgeable about all things Alaska and freely shares his knowledge. A definite family favorite all around- I'd stay here again.

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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed June 22, 2014

Earthsong Lodge is a special place to experience Alaska without sacrificing comfort & modern conveniences. Jon is so knowledgeable about the area, and is more than willing to share that knowledge and experience. Don't miss meeting the dogs every morning, and Jon's slide shows every evening. Henri's coffeehouse is a wonderful place to meet other travelers and share tips on Denali. We're already talking about returning in the fall or doing a multi-day sled dog adventure into the mountains in winter.

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Escanaba, Michigan
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

A great base camp for exploring Denali and the surrounding area. It was really nice to stay somewhere that wasn't swamped by tour buses. The total and utter silence was awesome, punctuated only by the howls of the sled dogs.

The coffeehouse had good coffee and oatmeal. Pass on the breakfast burrito though.

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Property: EarthSong Lodge - Denali's Natural Retreat
Address: Mile 4.0 Stampede Road, PO Box 89, Healy, AK 99743-0089
Location: United States > Alaska > Healy
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Healy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — EarthSong Lodge - Denali's Natural Retreat 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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Free daily sled dog kennel tours to guests. Evening slide programs. Divas of Denali Gift Shop, local crafts. ... more   less 
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