Arguably, Alaska isn't normally a winter destination place - so when our family decided to reunion at Summit Lake Lodge I was skeptical about how enjoyable sub-zero temperatures could be...
I was blown away from the moment we landed in Anchorage - Alaska is stunning!! The rugged mountains topped with white dwarf everything around them - it is unlike anything I have ever seen.
When we arrived at Summit Lake, which is about an hour and half away from the Anchorage airport we were greeted by a warm lodge (and about five feet of snow), plowed walkways and a warm cabin.
There are two different places you can room in: the motel and the cabins. Both are adorably adorned, but if you are staying for a couple days the cabins are an awesome deal. The cabins are larger than the motel rooms and come with an HD television and are newly renovated - the motels, not to be outdone, are warm, cozy and really make you feel like you are in your own little log cabin in the woods.
I won't say much about the scenery except that it is breath taking - you can look to the pictures I posted if you need proof.
Each morning we awoke to a breakfast menu cooked to order - the food was fabulous (and included in the price)!!! After breakfast we lounged around the lodge, reading by the fire until the sun rose so that we could take advantage of the precious Alaskan winter daylight.
During the day we snowmobiled (they have four), sledded (there is an abundance of hills), cross country skied, snow golfed and even snow bowled. Although there was limited daylight, by the time the sun set we were ready to get back to the lodge for more delicious food.
Each night we arrived in the bar attached to the lodge and ate appetizers and enjoyed drinks while we waited for the bell to ring indicating that dinner was being served... I will only tell you this: I haven't eaten this well EVER. We chose from three items each night, and everything was fabulous!
I should note several things:
1. The lodge is not normally open in the winter, our very large family reunion was a special situation.
2. In the summer the owners help to set up "tour vacations" meaning they can help you plan a fishing trip or whale watching etc. - the owners Marty and June are truly lovely - you won't find nicer people.
3. Also in the summer, they have a pizza parlor and gift shop that weren't open for our use.
4. Lastly, they are on a lake (for all you summer travelers)
In summary, we all had an amazing, memorable vacation - it's hard to believe the pricing (it is ridiculously reasonable). Summit Lake Lodge is a hidden gem - they don't advertise like the big corporate lodges, but take my word for it - it will be the best money you spend if you go to Alaska!!!
For the money - the newly renovated cabins are fabulous!!!
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