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Willow Lake B&B
Ranked #1 of 10 Copper Center B&B and Inns
Reviewed September 7, 2013

Struggling with what to say about this B&B. It is a beautifully constructed log cabin in a glorious spot, just steps away from an amazingly spectacular lake with snow-capped mountains as a backdrop. Couldn't be more ideal and certainly the property was build and is maintained with much love and attention from the owners. We enjoyed our one-night stay here in the cabin with these views on our way to McCarthy a couple of weeks ago. But, and here's the difficult part, the owner graciously gave us a tour of the main house, again a masterpiece of log construction to show off all his trophy dead animal displays. It's our personal taste, of course, but we are of the convinction that animals should remain wild and alive in their natural surroundings and that hunting is not a sport but rather a slaughter. Man with a gun is not a fair game in our book. So be prepared and be warned, if you decide to stay here. There are hundreds of dead animals shot around the world, like zebras, grizzly bears, wolves, etc. on display in the main house. On the food side, the hostess was away during our stay and the host tried to provide some breakfast staples for us (since we had an early morning departure to fly into McCarthy) but these were unremarkable. In summary, beautiful spot in a very nice, cozy cabin but did not match our philosophy of the animal kingdom.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank RiaPB
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WillowLakeBB, Owner at Willow Lake B&B, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2013

First I would like to thank you for your stay.
I will say I feel a little disappointed that you downgraded us on cleanliness, comfort and value because of differing views on hunting etc. We did try and make it clear on our web site of our hunting and trapping lifestyle. We have no intention of offending anyone and therefore do try and be upfront on what to expect.
We offer a full breakfast at our home or a Continental Breakfast in the cabin. Sorry you found that lacking.
I do hope your trip to Alaska was enjoyable.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We stayed at Willow Lake B&B for 3 nights in June 2013 and had a fantastic time. The [hand-built by the owner, Jim] log cabin was absolutely beautiful with everything you need for a short stay in a stunning location. The cabin is literally steps away from the lake shore and the view across the lake to the mountains in Wrangell-St Elias National Park is superb! We opted for the continental breakfast served in our cabin every day and we sat and ate it watching the ducks and swans on the lake. The cabin was exceptionally clean and comfortable, and very cosy. Jim & Linda are very hospitable (and their dogs too!) and we would definitely recommend Willow Lake B&B to anyone considering a stay in this area.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank PASAR
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WillowLakeBB, Owner at Willow Lake B&B, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2013

Thank You! We enjoy hearing that our guests love our little piece of paradise as much as we do! Hope some day you will return!
Linda

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Reviewed July 20, 2013

We spent 5 nights at Willow Lake cabin toward the end of our month long trip to Alaska and I am so very glad that we did. The cabin is situated on the lake with the view of the mountains of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, but I didn't know that I could wake up to the sight of the mountains from my bed! I could even lie in bed watching the sunlight shining on the mountains at sunset. What a place to enjoy your Alaskan experience!
And Linda's homemade breakfast is out of this world. Don't miss her scrumptious pancakes, rhubarb bread, homemade jam..yummy..yummy.yum. I also enjoy the talks we held. What a lovely host.

We went on a flight tour to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, glacier and wildlife viewing on the Lu-Lu Belle from Valdez, drove around to take in the view of the Wrangell mountain range from every angle I could think of. The cabin is well situated for that. We will stay here again if we ever come back to Alaska.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Thank M P
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WillowLakeBB, Owner at Willow Lake B&B, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2013

Dear Mone, What a kind review you gave us. Thank you so much. I am so happy you enjoyed your stay! We definitely enjoyed your time here with us. I hope you will return some day and from your past travels I think that might happen. I love the B&B just because of meeting folks like you! Linda

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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Great cabin near a beautiful lake. Hosts were very friendly and helpful with local sightseeing options. We really enjoyed our visit to Liberty Falls and would not have visited it if our hosts had not recommended it. They also provided a lovely breakfast.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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WillowLakeBB, Owner at Willow Lake B&B, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2013

Thanks for your kind words. We enjoyed your stay and are happy you had a great trip!

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Reviewed October 11, 2012

Wonderful handmade lakefront cabin. Comfortable and clean. Very friendly and helpful hosts. We feel like home. Shure one of The best places to stay in Copper Center. Good place to visit McCarthy & Kennicott.

Stayed: September 2012
Thank Bernd R
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

Staying at the Willow Lake B&B was a great choice. We found the owners to be friendly and helpful. By talking with them we learned a great deal about this area of Alaska. Jim also gave us an itinerary of possible things to see along the Richardson Highway to Valdez. We found this very helpful. The spots where we stopped were very beautiful. We say eagles, moose and even a black bear fishing for salmon. The cabin was fantastic (built by the owner) and very comfortable. It had everything we could possible want. There was a beautiful of the snow covered mountains of Wrangell-St Elias National Park. We definitely return to this beautiful location.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

In a 2 week inland trip to Alaska, this was hands-down the best place we stayed in. Jim and Linda are the most wonderful and knowledgable hosts, the cabin is private, extremely well appointed with every comfort and many personal touches (the m&m dispensing moose was our teenage daughter's favorite). The view from the window rivals that of scenic viewpoints on the road, and the location is unbeatable for daytrips to McCarthy-Kennecott, Valdez, etc. Not to be missed!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Willow Lake B&B

Address: Mile 88.5 Richardson Hwy, Copper Center, AK 99573
Location: United States > Alaska > Copper Center
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #1 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Copper Center
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Willow Lake is a beautiful shallow water lake in South Central Alaska. Beyond the lake the world famous Wrangell Mountains of the Wrangell St. Elias National Park are visible. At mile post 88.5 on the Richardson Highway you will stay in a cozy log cabin filled with the uniqueness of Jim's artistic touch. Although the guest cabin is outfitted with all the amenities of home, you will feel like part of the wilderness while you enjoy the tranquility and view of the wildlife near this serene Alaskan lake. ... more   less 

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