The call of the wild is like a call from an elderly grandparent: though you can’t quite make out what’s being said, you feel better about yourself when you answer. Pick up nature's phone with today's Groupon: for $50, you get a one-night stay (a $90 value) and a $10 grocery card at Alaska Dacha in Hope (a $100 total value).
Alaska Dacha takes guests trekking into the region's scenic frontier and gold-panning past with the amenities of a modern hotel firmly in tow. While exploring the numerous hiking and biking trails speckled throughout the picturesque forest, marvel at the indigenous wildlife as they roam, graze, and abscond with picnic baskets. After a day spent rambling outdoors and supping around the barbecue pits, guests can peacefully unwind in one of the three hotel rooms that house one queen-size bed or a pair of twin beds. The room's kitchenettes boast fridges, microwaves, complimentary java, and a lack of rifts in the space-time continuum. Revel in the majestic blue glow from satellite television sets and Internet connections before rinsing off smudgy paws inside room showers and available laundry facilities. One room, bookable for an additional $20 fee, comes with a jacuzzi for relaxing muscles sore from hiking or break dancing in the wild. Four-legged friends are also invited to accompany their bipedal chaperones at pet-friendly Alaska Dacha.
Cash in the $10 grocery card for baked beans or other types of beans at Dacha's rustic convenience store for a self-prepared breakfast in bed. Built upon the site of Alaska's first gold discovery, Dacha is serviced by an 1897 post office brimming with stories about how it had to face winters as a young edifice, walking to school uphill both ways in the snow without central heating or fancy wall studs.
19842 Hope Hwy.
Hope, Alaska 99605