Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Lodge At Black Rapids Glacier

!WARNING! Many linky-links ahead!

Here's a quaint little place that we traveled to a couple of week-ends ago.

Actually; it's changed a bit over the years. At one time it looked like this; and later like this. It was always great spot for folks to gather and share some fun.

The original incarnation was around 1914 located on The Valdez to Fairbanks Trail. There were various roadhouses along this route for weary travelers and freighters who journeyed this rough territory at all times of the year.

Our accommodations were not nearly as rustic as the past roadhouses of this location. We stayed one night and enjoyed the hospitality of the hosts and splendor of the area.

The dining room is the perfect place to experience the Northern Lights. We weren't so lucky as to catch them this trip as they were dormant that night. Darn it!

We had a lovely dinner of baked beans and smoked ribs with salad and a peach torte. Afterward, we admired all of the various iron work and art though out the Lodge. A number of local artists and craftsmen (and craftswomen-not sure what the proper PC terminology is these days!) have donated their skill and works of art to make this a truly special and spiritual space.

We slept on great beds and departed the next day after a relaxed breakfast.

Some of the locals come by for coffee and a bit of conversation. If you call ahead, you can join the guests for dinner. The proprietors love to have a roomful of folks at the table and you needn't stay the night to enjoy the lovely view from the awesome deck.

There are plenty of nooks and crannies for reading or meditation;

and lovely views from every window. The fireplaces alone are works of art, and I can totally see myself parking my tuk-us in front of one to nap; err, I mean read the paper some long winter's evening.

We left by 10:00 A.M. on the hunt for the Wild Alaskan Blueberry. I think that we found about a half a gallon; certainly enough for some Blueberry Vinaigrette. We need to find much more, for hotcakes!

Let me just say, wild blueberries are the best thing for vinaigrette! Yum!!!

Anyway, if you're ever in the neighborhood and want to visit a beautiful place just stop into The Lodge At Black Rapids Glacier. Tell 'em Vikki sent you!

(Of course, they'll say, "Vikki who?!!)


Bob said...

!WARNING! Many linky-links ahead!

And they were all fantastic!!

I love a)old photos and b)anything to do with Alaska!!

Thanks for the great post!

kkryno said...

Thanks, Bob. It was fun, but I'm so rusty since I haven't posted in a month!

I found those photos and many more at http://vilda.alaska.edu/index.php

You'll find so many things there of great interest. They've really done a great job of compiling information from many resources. It's pretty cool!

Anonymous said...

That looks awesome. I kinda wish I was there right now.

Diane@Diane's Place said...

What a gorgeous place! I like it rustic, and that place looks grand. Of course I like it even without electricity and indoor plumbing, but sometimes a girl needs to pamper herself a bit. ;o)

Glad to see a new post from you. I was beginning to think you'd fell off the blogging wagon.

Love and hugs,


PS: I should talk. Some weeks I do well to even do my Sunday Dinner post. :-/

Jess said...

such a gorgeous place....i feel like i went with you....only i didnt..:(


have a rgeat rest of the week

Saoirse in Spokane said...

Looks like a nice place to stay and not worry what needs to be done.

No worries, whatever does not get done, can wait till tomorrow or next week.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend as well.It is alot colder here this morning, in the 40's. Fall will be close behind.

Pam I Am said...

Thanks for the vicarious vacation!

Steve said...

how did I miss this wonderful post?
great pics thanks for sharing! (I'm assuming they also had a great bar)

kkryno said...

They had some great wines and some import brews.

It was fun and the evening was quiet.

(Except for my snoring. I got the best night sleep that I've had in months!)


The Cunning Runt said...

I absolutely love Alaska, though I was only there once, for a month on Denali.

Thanks for taking us along on your visit to this totally amazing lodge!