We were very short on time and decided to opt for only one night on the island. What a mistake. We so wished we had spent at least two nights. Our visit was the highlight of our trip. The scenery from the yurts is beautiful. Sitting on your balcony watching the seagulls and occassionally getting a visit from the local sea lion (Sasha) was fun. I laid out on the pier and fished for a while in complete quiet (only 6 of us were on the island that day, 2 were honeymooners so we didn't see them much). Cooked shishkabobs and foil pack potatoes for dinner on the grill, saved the leftovers for hash the next morning. Had to cook but planned for easy meals so less stress than going to a restaurant.
My husband started a fire in one of the firepits on the rocks. Fished a little, catching 3 small rockfish, then roasted marshmallows and made smores. Went kayaking which was beautiful but a little scary since I had never been and was afraid that we were tip and there would be no help (yes, I am over cautious). The owners are a friendly, warm couple who really make sure you know everything you need to before they depart. Really like camping out on a deserted island but with all the amenities.
The cost is quite a lot per person but well worth the money ($470 a night per couple in June). If you had to pay for all the activities you can do here individually (bay cruise, kayaking, fishing, viewing wildlife, etc.), it would be a lot more costly than the price you pay per night so opt for the 2nd night, and maybe even a 3rd or 4th night stay, if you need to relax and like to enjoy nature.
Thanks Dennis and Susan for providing a place where I could finally get that relaxation that I needed. Hope to visit again one day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A unique place to stay when visiting Seward Alaska, our nightly rental cabins are comfortable accommodations in a remote setting. Our rates include a 30 minute scenic cruise to the property from Seward as well as all the equipment use including kayaks, stand up paddle boards, rowing skiffs, and more. ... more less
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