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Nestled in the majestic San Bernardino Mountains and the deep emerald pines of the National Forest, Alpenhorn covers nearly two acres of soothing sylvan paradise for city slickers seeking much needed mitigation. Compete in rigorous slumber marathons in one of the spacious queen-size rooms, each docile dwelling treating weary travelers to creature comforts such as a private balcony, toasty fireplace, and private bath with a whirlpool bathtub for two. In-room VCRs and an extensive video library of every Best Picture winner from 1937–2005 allow film buffs to compare the historic mustache lengths of Clark Gable, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Angela Lansbury. Cinephobic guests can opt to marvel at the different alluring touches found in every hibernation chamber, such as the back garden view of Edelweiss and the tree growing through the middle of Rosebay's private balcony. Gourmet breakfasts fuel lethargic mornings with fresh breads and seasonal fruit, homemade granola, European-style coffee, banana brûlé, and a hot dish such as coddled eggs or apple pancakes. The competitive mountain-man eating continues throughout the day with fresh baked cookies, hors d'oeuvres and wine in the early evening, and various liqueurs and See's chocolates late at night.

3401 Richmond Ave
Anchorage,
AK
US

With its craggy mountains, monochrome tundra, and verdant valleys, Alaska itself stands as a monument to the beauty and power of nature. Focusing on the state's prehistory, the Alaska Museum of Science and Nature's sprawling collection of artifacts educates the public with engrossing and educational dioramas and displays. Among the museum’s notable exhibits is its newest installation, Ice, which delves into the profound geological changes wrought by the last Ice Age. Likewise, the Schmidt Mine exhibit lets visitors touch and pick up craggy specimens from the collection, including meteorites and fluorescent stones. Ancient mammoth bones and fearsome saber-tooth tiger jaws show patrons the fauna encountered by Alaska's first human inhabitants, whereas fully assembled dinosaur skeletons transport viewers even further back in time, way before the Jurassic Park movie came out.

201 N Bragaw St
Anchorage,
AK
US

The staff at Alaska Nails, a professional nail salon and school, paints digits in dapper shades while pampering limbs with a variety of spa services. Clients and comrades can perch on multiple pedicure chairs or in-house high wires as technicians brush coats of polish onto outstretched phalanges. Add-ons such as long-lasting Shellac, hand and foot massages, and paraffin dips soothe appendages as patrons repose near the salon's hanging tapestries. Adept artists can also scribe custom nail designs onto tips, ranging from glossy bow ties to accurate topographical maps of the moon. Alaska Nails is open seven days a week until 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.

3024 Mountain View Dr
Anchorage,
AK
US


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3101 Penland Parkway
Anchorage,
AK
US

Apogee Studios has a confidence that was built over 20 years of adjusting apertures and framing snapshots. Within the storefront studio or on location at a favorite park or busy intersection, flashbulbs illuminate high-resolution images of families, children, engaged couples, models, and other subjects in custom photo-shoot packages. A complimentary phone consultation tells muses what to wear and bring, and the fruits of each session arrive on doorsteps in the form of glossy prints or in inboxes as online galleries, which supply retouched shots ready to use in online profiles.

3101 Penland Parkway
Anchorage,
AK
US

When it comes to naming their homemade soul food, the proprietors of Hood Wings never lose their sense of humor: drink options are listed under the heading “The Drank,” and dishes bear titles such as the Big Boi burger and Yo Mama's fried chicken. The cuisine itself, however, is no joke. Anchorage Press lauds the "flaky and moist" fish inside the "lovely" tilapia sandwich, as well as the hot wings with "spice built into the batter." More than 10 sauces, ranging from chipotle raspberry to pepper-packed inferno, give those wings an extra kick, and toppings such as hot links and fried egg add a more flavorful spin to already-delicious burgers. Along with Coke products from the soda fountain, classic southern sides such as seasoned fries, corn, and green beans often accompany Hood Wings's mains.

3101 Penland Pkwy
Anchorage,
AK
US