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GETTING THERE

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

907-276-8700

www.sheraton.com/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

888-353-3294

www.homeroceanhouse.com

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

sewardbeachsidebungalow.com

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

907-258-9055

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

907-276-4200

beartooththeatre.net

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

907-235-2280

www.twosistersbakery.net

Great choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Dinner entrees $17 to $21.

Mermaid Cafe

3487 Main St., Homer

907-235-7649

www.mermaidcafe.net

Offers excellent and slightly more elegant food, at higher prices. Dinner entrees $28 to $32.

The Sea Bean

225 Fourth Ave., Seward

907-224-6623

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

907-224-4782

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

Pratt Museum

3779 Bartlett St., Homer

907-235-8635

www.prattmuseum.org

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

907-235-6961

www.islandsandocean.org

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.

Seavey’s Ididaride

Old Exit Glacier Road, Seward

907-224-8607

www.ididaride.com

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

888-478-3346

www.kenaifjords.com

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

907-224-7908

www.alaskasealife.org

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.

INFORMATION

www.akonthego.com/blog

www.go2seward.com

J.E.

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