Delta offers one-stop flights from Reagan National to Anchorage with early-September fares currently starting at $657 round trip.
WHERE TO STAY
Sheraton Hotel and Spa
401 E. Sixth Ave., Anchorage
An attractive and comfortable hotel downtown, within walking distance of several restaurants, stores, parks and the Anchorage Museum. Summer rates from $249 per night.
Homer Ocean House Inn
41751 E. Hill Rd., Homer
A B&B without the breakfast. Rooms offer a stunning view of mountains, glaciers and Kachemak Bay. $199 per night for a single room, $239 for two rooms and $299 for three rooms. There’s also a separate hotel by the bay with more conventional rooms.
Seward Beachside Bungalow
609 Monroe St., Seward
Two-bedroom house rents for $200 a night in the summer. Book online at www.go2seward.com, by phone at 907-491-3065 or e-mail .
WHERE TO EAT
Side Street Espresso
412 G St., Anchorage
Don’t miss this coffee shop, which serves espresso drinks, cookies and savory treats along with free hot chocolate and milk steamers for kids. Bagels $1.50, pastries $3, quiches $4.50. Cash and in-state checks only.
Bear Tooth Grill
1230 W. 27th Ave., Anchorage
Excellent food and beer, with a cheerful and tolerant staff. Dinner entrees are $13 to $22, and there’s a kids’ menu.
Two Sisters Bakery
233 E. Bunnell Ave., Homer
Great choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Dinner entrees $17 to $21.
3487 Main St., Homer
Offers excellent and slightly more elegant food, at higher prices. Dinner entrees $28 to $32.
The Sea Bean
225 Fourth Ave., Seward
The best cafe in Seward, this coffee shop offers excellent loose tea as well as good vegan cupcakes, along with free WiFi. Sandwiches $9.95, baked goods $3 to $5.
Alaska Nellie’s Roadhouse
203 Fourth Ave., Seward
The fish and chips, at $24 for halibut and $17 for rockfish, are overpriced and a bit soggy, but the live music is a nice touch. Dinner entrees $16 to $26.
WHAT TO DO
3779 Bartlett St., Homer
Excellent for kids, especially those of elementary-school age. Mid-May through mid-September, daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mid-September through mid-May, Tuesday-Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and all of January. Adults $8, seniors $6, ages 6-18 $4, younger than 6 free. Family rate $25.
Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center
95 Sterling Highway, Homer
Hours: May 26 through Sept. 2, daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 3 to Sept. 22, Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 23 through May 6, Tuesday-Saturday noon to 5 p.m. May 7-25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Free.
Old Exit Glacier Road, Seward
A summer 90-minute sled ride and kennel tour is $69 for adults, $34.50 for children. Tours at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Kenai Fjords Tours
1304 Fourth Ave., Seward
Offers a variety of wildlife tours. Prices depend on length of tour and what meal is served, but run between $64 and $94 for adults and $34 and $47 for kids 2-11 (younger than 2 free) for a half-day tour.
Alaska SeaLife Center
301 Railway Ave., Seward
A great place to visit with kids. Summer hours (May 12-Sept. 16): Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday-Sunday 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Winter hours (Sept. 19-May 11): daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults $20, students $15, ages 4-11 $10, 3 and younger free.