Set on top of a waterfront bluff, this southern Alaskan log-cabin resort offers spectacular views of Kachemak Bay and the snowcapped Kenai Mountains.
The resort’s five cottages are situated in scenic spots throughout the property, and each has a kitchen with a full-size refrigerator, coffee pot, and microwave, as well as a 200-square-foot private deck. Nestled below the hills, the “subterranean” Bear’s Den and Wolf’s Den cottages extend out to private lawns. The Eagle’s Nest cottage’s second-story balcony offers 180-degree views of the bay.
Guests can unwind in the hotel’s communal hot tub or gather round a blazing fire pit.
Homer offers a handful of world-class cross-country skiing opportunities, including several within walking distance. The trail network at Baycrest includes more than 25 miles (40 km) of groomed trails, and there are skiing and snowshoe paths across the street from the hotel.
Wildlife sightings are a common occurrence in this part of Alaska. During scenic hikes through forests and meadows and along the beach, you could see otters, eagles, puffins, and black bears.
Known as the Halibut-Fishing Capital of the World, Homer has some seafood restaurants that serve wild Alaskan salmon and oysters fresh off the boat.