Picture this: you step out of the Fairbanks airport in late December. You’re welcomed with crisp nostrils and fog leaving your mouth with every breath.
Even with the 4 layers of clothing you have on, your breaths get shorter with every minute you spend outside. Soon enough, you’re in your rental car and driving through the pitch black calmness of Fairbanks at night.
Finally, you arrive at a cabin at the end of a long, windy, slippery road. You step outside – there’s the frozen nostrils again. You plug in the car (because that’s a thing you have to do in Alaska’s winter), walk to the cabin, open the door, and warmth instantly runs through your body.
You’re met with the most cozy-looking bed and breakfast complete with a coffee nook and extra blankets.
That feeling you can probably imagine – that feeling of “I’m home, I’m warm, and I’m safe” is exactly what you feel the moment you step into A Taste of Alaska Lodge.
This bed and breakfast is everything you could ever want a bed and breakfast to be. In my opinion, it’s the best bed and breakfast in Fairbanks and really the only option when you’re traveling through Alaska. Here’s why:
The Owners Clearly Care
Time and time again, it was obvious that the owners of the lodge were in love with the property and what they do for a living. When we arrived our first night, it was after check-in had ended. So, they left our key with a handwritten note by the front door for us to find our way to our room.
Every morning, they made us a delicious breakfast and took care to make sure everyone had what they needed. Kory (the owner) even walked around to chat with the breakfast-goers and give advice on what to do that day.
They’ll even serve dinner if you ask them in advance. Austin and I did this one night and the owners’ son helped serve the dessert. It was just too cute and we almost felt like we were part of the family.
It’s a Great Place to see the Northern Lights
The lodge is just far enough away from downtown Fairbanks that it has little to no light pollution. This makes it SO much easier to see the Northern Lights. This is one of the main reasons we visited Alaska in the dead of winter, so we were hoping to catch a glimpse of them at least once.
We ended up seeing them two different nights we were there! It was incredible.
Pro tip: give Kory your phone number when you check in. He’ll give you a call when they’re out so you can run outside to see them. This is yet another testament to how much they care about their guests’ experiences.
However, we decided to park our butts outside starting at about 9-10pm and wait with the rest of the guests to see if we’d see the lights. Conveniently enough, the lodge has a heated yurt out back, so you’re not stuck in the cold for hours on end. Luckily for us, the lights came out within an hour or two and then we could head back inside and warm up.
The Options of Community or Seclusion
The lodge has a main building with several rooms of various sizes if you want to really feel like you’re at a bed and breakfast. We were able to go upstairs in our socks for breakfast, run up for coffee when we needed it, and say hi to our fellow BnB mates.
However, they also have two separate cabins that you can stay in without anyone else around. These are awesome for families, group trips, or if you just want to spend some uninterrupted time together. I think options like these are the best thing a best and breakfast can offer to accommodate as many people as possible.
Activities Right On Sight
Whether you visit in the winter or summer months (I prefer the winter – here’s why!), they’ve got a bunch of things to do right on the property. My favorite would have to be dog sledding in the winter. Whipping through the snow-covered pine trees is one of my favorite memories of Fairbanks!
If you want to read more about what to do in Fairbanks – this is the post for you!
Here, you can look through some of their winter and summer activities. This is one of the best things that a bed and breakfast can offer in Fairbanks because in the winter, it’s sometimes difficult to get places if you don’t have the right vehicle and if the roads aren’t in great condition. We could cozy up in this BnB, partake in their activities, and be totally occupied for a while!
How to Get There
This post wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t add in some planning logistics – that’s just the travel planning nerd in me! And luckily for you, the best bed and breakfast in all of Fairbanks is only a short 30-minute drive from the Fairbanks international airport.
I highly recommend renting a car when visiting Fairbanks because most things are spread out and A Taste of Alaska Lodge is on the outskirts of downtown. If you don’t want to do this, though, you can always opt for Uber or a taxi service.
I promise, it’s worth the trip
A Taste of Alaska Lodge isn’t sponsoring this post in any way, shape, or form. I am just truly that much in love with this BnB and want to share it with you so you can have just as great of a time in Alaska as we did.
When we were first researching for this trip, we came across several nice hotels in downtown Fairbanks which were relatively inexpensive. Then, I came across this bed and breakfast in the outskirts of Fairbanks! I told Austin is was clearly the best option, but it was also a little on the pricier side.
We both hesitantly, but excitedly decided to splurge and we are so glad we did! You truly get what you pay for in this situation. We could not have been happier with our stay and when we make it back to Fairbanks one day, you better believe we’ll be staying here again.
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