Well, my significant other had been raving about Alaska for years, and I finally agreed to go. Kodiak Raspberry Island Remote Lodge was a great way for a sportsman and his more delicate companion to "meet in the middle". There was an abundance of fishing opportunities for him; and nature walks, photography, fly-out bear viewing, and peaceful kayaking for me. At the end of our stay we took a fly-out glacier landing trip together, that was truly both of our "cup of tea".
Our hosts, Birch and Tiffany, planned everything to perfection. We were outfitted for all of our excursions with all of the necessary gear. The only thing I would have added to the list of equipment was a hiking stick, as I fell down a couple of times during hikes that were a little more rigorous than I had anticipated. The overal feeling was that I was welcomed and well-cared-for.
The food was outstanding, and my only complaint was that there was too much of it. It was hard to say no to another helping of fresh King Salmon, sushi, or just about any specialty that was offered. The desserts were...oh, let me stop thinking about desert. Suffice it to say I am still trying to lose the weight I gained over this vacation. They were very generous with the food...you have to pace yourself!
This lodge is a labor of love, and it shows. It takes a lot of effort to run a lodge, and we almost felt guilty relaxing while everyone was working so hard to ensure a successful experience. A particularly delightful aspect of our stay was our hosts' children. I learned so much about various flora and fauna of the island, and other natural features including rocks and minerals, FROM THE KIDS! During our stay we got the impression that we were part of a truly happy family.
Finally, I must say I enjoyed the companionship of the lodge workers and the other guests. Socialization was encouraged, yet there was time and space for privacy and quiet relaxation. Overall, this was a wonderful way to experience all that Alaska has to offer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a peaceful, remote wilderness lodge, located on Raspberry Island in the Kodiak Island Archipelago. We specialize in and offer complete and customizable packages including: both Fresh and Saltwater Fishing, Sea Kayaking, Hiking, and Fly Out Bear Viewing. We invite you to enjoy private guest cabins, delicious meals featuring fresh Alaskan Seafood, outdoor jetted hot tub, open, comfortable main lodge, and second generation hosts, all located on the protected, serene shore of Raspberry Island. ... more less