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Bowman's Bear Creek Lodge
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Hope
Reviewed June 20, 2013

We had just spent the night in our car in an RV park and were tired and sore when we happened upon Bowman's. We stayed in the "The Hobit House" and found it to be cozy and delightfuly quaint. Although i was a little worried about having to share bathing quarters with the rest of the guest there as i have never stayed anywhere you did not have your own bathroom in your room. It turned out to be not so bad ad the bathrooms were always clean, warm and free whenever we needed to use them.. The Bowman's have created a welcoming, warm, family friendly place & the meal they served was 5 star quailty!!!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 23, 2013 via mobile

If there is a better place in Alaska, then I am not as well travelled as I think. This is the place you want to own if you have an artistic flare and desire to work constantly at making a beautiful natural setting even nicer. The owners care and it shows. Very kid friendly, very adult friendly, very rustic.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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2  Thank Chuck N
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

This is a gem in a small, out-of-the-way place, one well worth making a side trip to stay. Hope and Bowman's Bear Creek Lodge are in a beautiful setting--but then many places in Alaska fit that description. What makes this place special is the hospitality, the obvious love that owners Kent and Melanie have for this remote spot, and the food. First, the food: a 5 course gourmet meal is served each night in the small dining room, which is also open to the public by reservation. There is a choice of entrees, and I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this quality dining in an intimate, relaxing setting. Unfortunately no breakfast, but good coffee.

Our cabin was small and rustic, next to the very welcome sauna. As is clear on the website, there is no indoor plumbing, but there is electricity, including electric heat, and a wood stove to boot; I'm sure that stove is welcome in the winter! The nearby bath house is clean and well-fitted; we didn't find it a problem to go there. The cabin itself was attractive, although the small porch only had one chair--and you couldn't sit on it (broken).

Melanie and Kent are free spirits, who enjoy what they do. The canoe and the paddleboat on the small pond are also allowed to be free spirits: never tied up but allowed to float where they wish. It's the kind of restful environment which we rarely get to enjoy these days.

There are plenty of activities for children on the Lodge property, with hiking and fishing for all nearby.

This lodge is reason enough to visit Hope, but the town itself, though tiny, is an interesting place. The museum is quirky, filled with memorabilia, and best of all the local volunteer staff are full of interesting stories and talk. We also enjoyed time at the local hangout and bar. It's obviously a community center and provided us an entertaining evening.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

Our family had a wonderful time at Bowman's Bear Creek Lodge. It is the perfect get-away with an easy drive from the Anchorage area. Our kids enjoyed the paddle boat, gold panning and relaxing. Melanie is a wonderful cook and her and Kent presented the most delicious dinner. It was great way to spend a couple of days in Hope.

Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

We couldn't have been more pleased with our experience at Bowman's Bear Creek cabins. Kent & Melanie were so welcoming, our girls LOVED paddling on the pond, and the setting was fantastic with an icy creek running through the area. We're not foodies but the dinner was spectacular with shrimp & rockfish from Whittier and several other delicious dishes. Even the shared bathhouse was clean, cute and well supplied. Hope was charming and had plenty to do (gold panning, hiking, and watching the bore tide). Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

Kent, Melanie and Annie (dog) are wonderful. Our cabin #5 was the perfect size for two, cozy and rustic, located right next to the bathhouse and sauna. The mattress could be a bit more comfortable, but that is our one and only reccomendation. Five course meal was delicious and excellent, one of the best meals had in Alaska. Will certainly be back. Thanks for a memorable and relaxing 4th of July.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed June 29, 2011

My adult sons and I stayed at Bowman's before a backpacking trip on the Resurrection Pass Trail. Ken was a very genuine, warm host who bent over backwards to accommodate us. All week long on the trail, the boys were talking about how delicious our evening meal was thanks to Melanie's culinary expertise. We must have mentioned there Pepper Jelly a dozen times.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank BobEWashington_PA
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Additional Information about Bowman's Bear Creek Lodge

Address: P.O. Box 147, Hope, AK 99605-0147
Location: United States > Alaska > Hope
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Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Hope
Price Range: $125 - $150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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Bowman's Bear Creek Lodge Hope, Alaska

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