As the American gateway to the Pacific Rim, Anchorage is truly a special place like no other. Snowmobile virgin powder and fish untouched waters by day, then party the night away at clubs in the City – all before the sun goes down. In the land of perpetual sunshine, it’s nearly impossible to have a dull trip.
Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, Business Review Canada has the top places to stay and eat, and greatest ways to blow off some steam.
Where to Stay:
Enclosed by the picturesque Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet, the Hotel Captain Cook is a cozy retreat surrounded by unparalleled views of Alaska’s rugged wilderness. As an established landmark, the hotel recently received a platinum award for the 2011 Best of Alaska awards, chosen by readers of the Anchorage Daily News. Here, guests are treated to a heady mix of metropolitan luxury and natural beauty. Richly-colored hardwood floors and oil paintings invoke a sense of old world décor, while unique touches like teak furniture and granite bathroom countertops elevate the 547 rooms and executive suites to a world-class level of comfort.
Opened in 1965, the Hotel Captain Cook is Alaska’s only member of 620 Preferred Hotels and Resorts, a worldwide organization of the finest independently owned and managed luxury hotels and has become a favorite accommodation of celebrities and dignitaries.
For business travelers looking for a swanky meeting place, the hotel houses 14 conference rooms as large as 9,000 square feet, featuring amenities like fireplaces and bars. Guests can check out the four award-winning restaurants and shops in the hotel, and since the Hotel Captain Cook is located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, nearby attractions are just steps away.
Where to Eat:
With Alaska’s unique solar calendar – summer visitors will be treated to almost 20 hours of daylight during the month of May – a hankering for bacon and eggs is bound to strike at some odd times during your visit. Snow City Cafe, a locals’ favorite and voted “Best Breakfast” by the Anchorage Press nine years in a row, has the hearty food you’re craving with an all-day breakfast.
Weary travelers will perk up when they dig into the Tundra Scramble, enticing diners with a taste of the wild – ground reindeer sausage. Vegan and gluten-free options are available and locally-sourced ingredients are used as often as possible.
With a belly full of good food, you’ll be ready to tackle any one of the countless numbers of adventures Alaska has to offer. Take your pick!
Northern Lights Anchorage Alaska
What to Do:
An abundance of wildlife including moose, reindeer, whales, even enormous salmon, draw visitors to Anchorage. As the only U.S. state with three species of bears – black, brown and polar – embarking on a bear viewing tour is a no-brainer. One-day guided fly-in tours begin in Anchorage and offer an up-close, personal look at the gentle giants in their natural habitat, not tossing a plastic ball around a pen. Favorite destinations include Katmai National Park and Kodiak Island.
Come fall, Alaska’s Northern Lights streak across the sky in breathtaking multicolored ribbons of light. To catch the aurora borealis during optimal viewing hours, many local hotels provide a “northern lights wake-up call.” Viewing this once-in-a-lifetime natural wonder will be worth rousing from your slumber, and after it’s over, you can rest your head on that plush pillow and dream of tomorrow’s adventure.