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Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields

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2699 Waldheim Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99709-6061
+1 907-455-6469
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This is a True Alaska experience--My favorite one

I never write reviews. In fact, I procrastinated 2 months before writing this one, but I just had... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2017
MikeGav55
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Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
I wrote a prior review commenting "we'd be back" and yes, we've been back several times !!

Mary is a most wonderful person and has become a very special friend to us. Each time we've... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2017
CarolK09
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Whitney, Texas, USA
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I invite you to visit my home, when you come to Fairbanks. I can introduce to my big , friendly huskies, (incase you need a dog- fix while you're away from your own dog) and explain what it's like out on the winter trail camping at 30 ° below zero. I will compare the camping with the routine on the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest ( I was the first woman to complete the race back in 1974, the second running.) And I will share tales of the 1,200 mile dog sled journey in Siberia, the greatest adventure I've experienced so far. Of course you'll check out the garden and go in the cabin and have some home baked refreshments, (You may have seen the cabin on the Home & Garden show) I feel so lucky to live here and I love to share my life with travelers.
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2699 Waldheim Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99709-6061

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Reviewed 6 November 2017

I never write reviews. In fact, I procrastinated 2 months before writing this one, but I just had to tell others how amazing and fun it was to visit Mary Shields. As time goes by I start to forget what I did in Alaska or...More

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Reviewed 8 October 2017

Mary is a most wonderful person and has become a very special friend to us. Each time we've visited, we've learned so much more about Mary's adventures, not only with the Iditarod and Yukon Quest, but with the camping/mushing experiences she's had over the years,...More

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Mary S, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

It was wonderful to see you once again. My puppies are growing so quickly just as fast as the nights lengthen with amazing aurora or snow. Yes, together will must pull together for the environment too and find the special wonders in nature every day....More

Reviewed 6 October 2017

My wife and I were planning to visit Fairbanks for a few days while on our AK vacation and after reading all the tripadvisor reviews this activity was at the top of our list. According to her web site "tours" ended about 15 Sep but...More

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Mary S, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

Thank you for the enjoyable fall time visit, there is now a dusting of snow. My dear puppies are growing so fast as are the nights with aurora that dazzles. Hope you can return again in the future. Mary

Reviewed 24 September 2017

What a pleasant visit with Mary, and her dogs, first outside, then up to her lovely home to talk about Alaska and dog sleding while sipping on some tea and tasting cranberry bread. The visit went over what it was scheduled for, but there was...More

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Mary S, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

Thank you for sharing a wonderful fall morning on my tour. I hope you'll join me again some time. Mary

Reviewed 22 September 2017

We were treated as valued guests in Mary's home. The pace was thoughtful, we moved from one setting to another - the garden to the dog yard to the campfire to her kitchen - and it was all seamless and natural. The mood was friendly...More

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Mary S, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

Thank you for your kind words. I enjoyed sharing this fall time together. Mary

Reviewed 20 September 2017

Our family group of 12 adults from both the East and West coasts started our vacation in Alaska with our visit to Tails of the Trail. It could not have been a better start. While certainly the opportunity to directly interact with Mary's dogs (and...More

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Mary S, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

Thank you for bringing your wonderful family together for fall time with my puppies who are now getting so big and sharing a wonderful day, and the beginning of your Alaska trip. Happy Trails, Mary

Reviewed 17 September 2017

We were a group of 12, six couples staying 2 nights in Fairbanks the beginning of September (we stayed at the fun Aurora Express B & B in Fairbanks). Our one free day we visited with Mary Shields in the morning and did the Riverboat...More

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Mary S, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

Thank you for coming to visit and I am glad to have met such a wonderful group of friends. Happy Trails, Mary

Reviewed 11 September 2017

What can we say about Mary Shields that hasn't been already said. My wife and I turned out to be the only two people on that day and it turned out to be one of the best experiences of our life. Mary is many things...More

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Mary S, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

Thank you for coming and sharing this experience with the puppies, the dogs, and the small joys of nature around my place in Alaska. As you return home, you carry about of Alaska now in your stories of this visit and your other adventures. Thanks...More

Reviewed 10 September 2017

This was an excellent choice.Mary is so inspiring and tells such good stories.Her dogs are loving and funny.One of the highlights is when she gets the guests to howl and the dogs howl back!Her cabin is delightful and warm,the bathroom is clean,her cookies are delicious.Don't...More

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Mary S, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

Thanks for coming on my tour, I always enjoy a good howl with the dogs. Happy Trails, Mary

Reviewed 8 September 2017

If I could only do one or two things visiting Fairbanks THIS is a must. Mary was so welcoming we felt like company not customers. She gave us lots of up close time with her dogs and a great storytelling time in her home. Wow!...More

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Mary S, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

Thank you form coming on my tour and sharing the puppies and big dogs. Happy Trails, Mary

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crenwick46
1 March 2017|
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Response from love2go2015 | Reviewed this property |
You can probably contact Mary through her website to ask about schedule for the summer of 2017.
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JohnI7653IE
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Response from maryshields | Property representative |
I lie about 12 miles northwest of Fairbanks. If you have a rental car, allow yourself 30 minutes to drive out, so you can enjoy the ride and see the variety of owner-built homes, and the lovely boreal forest along the way... More
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pushpasss
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Response from AlanandSara2015 | Reviewed this property |
Just give Mary a call. She will surely greet you openly and honestly. She will certainly take every chance she can get to share.
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