While moose have been vacationing in the Alaskan wilderness for years, their intimidating antlers and notoriously poor tipping habits have given mammals a bad reputation. Dispel the myth of mammalian stinginess with today’s Groupon to Knik River Lodge in Palmer. Choose between the following options:
- For $96, you get a one-night stay and breakfast for two June 1–September 15 (up to a $193 value).
- For $61, you get a one-night stay and breakfast for two May 1–31 (up to a $122 value).
Knik River Lodge makes roughing it in Alaskan back country accessible to adventurers without forsaking modern amenities. Located about 40 miles outside of Anchorage, Knik River Lodge’s private log cabins nestle quietly among owls, moose, show-tune-singing squirrels, and a backdrop of unspoiled Alaskan landscape. Each lodge sports its own deck, hypoallergenic down duvets, and bathroom complete with flushing toilet and working shower that compliments good posture for a nominal fee. A continental-style breakfast ($7 value/person) fortifies boarders for a day of exploration, and local, organic ingredients keep the dining experience wild, but won't bite diners back. Visitors can upload pictures of their adventures on the high-speed wireless Internet, brag to friends across mobile-phone coverage, and watch Alaskan mountaineers roughing it during a time devoid of wireless Internet with the en-suite TV and DVD player. Lodgers can book any cabin clad with either a king bed or a queen bed and a twin bed. Though this Groupon is valid for up to two people, a third or fourth guest can stay for an additional $10 per person (depending on availability).
With untouched Alaskan wilderness stretching outside the lodge and Knik Glacier just minutes away, explorers can embark on a multitude of adventures at an added cost. Trailblazers can defy the majestic scenery with inventive travel methods such as helicopters, dog sleds, and kayaks. Knik River Lodge can organize tours for venturers upon request.
Hotel rates may vary throughout the season. This Groupon reflects prices as they were available April 16–18.
Knik River Lodge
Not every hotel keeps an on-site helicopter, but Knik River Lodge has a chopper on deck for flight-seeing tours that show off the surrounding Alaska wilderness. Located about one hour southwest of Anchorage, the inn manages to be both isolated in woods teeming with mountain goats and moose yet convenient to the big city. Likewise, its 15 cabins let guests rough it without sacrificing luxuries such as down duvets on king-size beds, free WiFi, and private decks overlooking the surrounding mountains.
Housed in a yurt, the hotel’s on-site restaurant draws inspiration from African safaris. Candle lanterns provide the ambient lighting, and the menu emphasizes its muscovi duck and beef wellington. As the restaurant gets its produce, meats, and seafood from local sources, the menu also changes based on seasonable ingredients, but the selection of local beers and wines remains a steady staple.
In addition to the helicopter tours, other activities available through Knik River Lodge include bear-viewing and wildlife photography outings. Join an Iditarod musher and his dog team in glacier dog sledding, a distinct Alaskan pastime. Participants dash over snow-covered mountain slopes with plenty of opportunities for taking photos and pointing confused Tour de France bikers in the right direction.