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.
- 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