The Wedgewood Resort in Fairbanks is part of Fountainhead Hotels, which includes the Wedgewood (and Bear Lodge, on site at the Wedgewood); Bridgewater and Sophie's Station. Wedgewood and Bear Lodge are on a quiet 100-acre setting that includes walking trails and a pond (with an active beaver colony), and is adjacent to Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, a former dairy farm that is currently a 1,000+ acre bird observatory. In addition to the tranquil setting, Wedgewood has enough self-contained amenities to make you want to stay on-site, so to us, it is a destination AND a home base for exploring other Fairbanks attractions. As others have mentioned, this complex was originally built as apartments for pipeline workers, but has of course been rehabbed into hotel guest suites. Units have a separate bedroom, full kitchen, living room, dining room, full bath and access to an outside deck. Living rooms have large flat-screen TV’s and large sofa, decorated in basic “lodge” décor (not high end, but serviceable and pleasant). Bedrooms have old-style A/C units under the windows, which we’ve had mixed luck with – they work very well, but in one of our stays (we’ve stayed on three separate occasions) the unit was a little loud.
Kitchens are equipped with everything you need to cook meals, including an apartment-size fridge, coffee maker, stove, microwave, etc. Two grocery stores are very nearby for stocking your kitchen. We always mean to save money and do this, but the Golden Bear Restaurant in the Bear Lodge has very good food, and we end up eating our meals there when not out and about in town. I’ve had the Snoqualmie Falls Oatmeal for breakfast, which takes oatmeal to another (good) level. Dinners are good too: the horseradish-encrusted salmon was cooked just right and the service has always been good.
Also on the grounds: the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum. This is a high-end gem of a museum, with beautifully exhibited restored antique vehicles. There is detailed historical information about each vehicle, as well as period clothing of corresponding era. For motor heads, this museum is heaven. If you are really into this, you could spend a good half-day in this museum. Discounted prices for Resort guests.
There is a nice gift shop in the Bear Lodge with some unusual finds, and the “commons” area on the resort grounds has a bush plane and a couple of early Alaskan log cabins to explore. Wedgewood provides a free trolley for their guests, which travels to downtown, the University, Pioneer Park, etc.
Folks at the front desk went out of their way to help me with some tech questions in the business center, as I was juggling some business with a family vacation. The quiet setting appeals to my kids, who can walk around the grounds with a feeling of safety and security.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away on 105 acres, an ideal place to experience the natural beauty Fairbanks has to offer. Surrounded by a 75 acre wildlife sanctuary and a 2,000 acre migratory waterfowl refuge, Wedgewood Resort is the perfect destination for travelers wanting a quiet getaway, but the convenience of being minutes from shopping, attractions and cultural events. The resort is the perfect base to explore Fairbanks. The spacious residential-style one & two bedroom suites are thoughtfully appointed featuring a fully-equipped kitchen and separate living and dining room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wedgewood Resort Fairbanks, Alaska
- Wedgewood Hotel Fairbanks