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Travel Tuesday: Winter in Denali & The Denali Lakeview Inn

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Travel Tuesday: Winter in Denali & The Denali Lakeview Inn
Travel Tuesday: Winter in Denali & The Denali Lakeview Inn

After a blissful Christmas Day spent opening presents, munching on sweets, and using FaceTime to virtually hang out with family – we packed weekend bags with warm clothes and made our way to the mountains for a couple days.

We stayed at the Denali Lakeview Inn in Healy, AK. This is our second stay at this Bed & Breakfast on Otto Lake just outside Denali National Park. We can not say enough good things about this B&B. All the rooms face the beautiful lake and Alaska Range beyond. The beds are amazingly comfy, almost every room has a private deck or entrance, and continental breakfast is provided directly in your room. The only complaint we had this time was the same complaint we had last time – no protein for breakfast. I would highly recommend this adorable place for anyone visiting the Denali area in winter, spring, summer, or fall.

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Our view from the room (below) is my favorite.

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Our one full day there we drove into the Denali area and explored the ghost town and empty park. Winter drives away pretty much all the restaurants, gift shops, and tourists. We still found the winter to be a lot of fun without the hassle of so many people. The Park Road is closed just a few miles in, but most of the trails that start near the Visitor’s Center are winter accessible and have been packed down by fellow hikers, cross country skis, and snow shoes.

We followed up our exploring with a 5 mile hike on the Triple Lakes trail in the park.

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I love the mountains.

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A quick snap shot after our hike. My hair froze from the mix of the freezing air and my hot breath. We were lucky it was about 20 degrees the whole time we were there! Perfect hiking weather, and much warmer than the average this time of year.

After the hike we went to one of the only open eateries in all of Healy during the winter; Rose’s Cafe. Michael tried the Grizzly Burger, I had a grilled chicken sandwich, and we split a piece of bumbleberry pie. All recommended! Due to him finishing his ginormous burger, he even had his picture taken and added to their Grizzly Burger Wall of Fame.

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After our 5 mile hike and 5 gazillion calories worth of food, we went back to our B&B to relax. Still can’t get over this view.

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The following morning we checked out of our B&B, but had one last adventure before driving back to Fairbanks. We parked at a tiny little park next to the opposite side of Otto Lake and slid around the frozen lake and right into an…IGLOO. We have no idea who made it or why, but I’ve only ever seen one other in an ice museum. We took full advantage of our random find with a photo opp.

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I am so thankful for this 40 hour escape. I forget how necessary it is to get out of Fairbanks sometimes. When I remind myself how lucky I am to live in beautiful Alaska with mountains and stunning views just a short drive away, I feel more energized about my remaining time here.

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“The mountains are calling…and I must go.”
John Muir

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1 Comment
  • Anonymous says:

    Oh you make me miss Alaska! No fair 🙂 But seriously, your pictures are amazing. I love that place. Happy new year!!

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