Talkeetna, Alaska… A Must Stop When Visiting Alaska
Alaska is an incredibly large state and I get asked all the time where should people go that are coming to visit. Hands down, don’t come to Alaska and not visit one of the quirkiest, most awesome towns – Talkeetna. This charming town is a 2.5 hour drive north of Anchorage. You can also jump on the Alaska Railroad as there is a train stop right in the middle of town.
When visiting Talkeetna, you just have to look up to see the majestic Mt. McKinley (Denali Mountain), the tallest peak in North America. You can see the entire Alaska Range on a clear day and it is quite breathtaking. If you want a closer look, you can hop onto a flightseeing tour that can land on the glacier plus give you a bird’s eye view of one of the most amazing views in the world.
During the summer, you can take a float tour of the three rivers that meet up in Talkeetna. You can try your hand at salmon fishing, hiking, or even visit a dog mushing kennel to see Iditarod dogs. Talkeetna is nestled in the middle of some of the most beautiful scenery in Alaska and it would be a shame if you didn’t get up there to see it.
Talkeetna is also the home of the Denali Brewing Company, the second largest brewery in Alaska. I love their Chuli Stout, Louisville Sour, Saison La Coq, and the Flag Stop is to die for. Head over to the Talkeetna Roadhouse for breakfast as it is the only way to start the day. I have a hard time visiting Talkeetna and not stopping at Mile High Pizza Pie for a slice or whole pizza. Yum!
Denali Brewing Company during a cold winter day. Still perfect time for a beer!
I have stayed at quite a few places in the Talkeetna area. If you want an unforgettable experience, you have to check out the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. Walking into the lodge you are greeted by this impressive 46 foot rock fireplace! All of the rocks are from the nearby Matanuska River and it took five workers nine weeks to build this impressive fireplace. They built the foundation under a tent at 40 degrees below zero!! The Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge is full of Alaskan pride from the beautiful birch from Trapper Creek to the white spruce sourced from the Matanuska Valley.
Seriously, this fireplace has seen me in front of it quite a few times. So peaceful, so awesome!
Sit out on the patio and take in the wonders of the Alaska range with Mt. McKinley coming out to welcome you throughout the day. There is an onsite coffee shop as well as first class restaurant that has phenomenal food. This is my Go To Place to stay when I am bringing friends and family up to Talkeetna.
Check out my post about the first time I stayed at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge and their infamous wine dinner.
Now the Lodge is about 10 minutes outside of town and sometimes, like during the Talkeetna Brewfest, I want to stay smack dab in the middle of town.
September is Talkeetna Brewfest time – my favorite time of year!
I have stayed at the Talkeetna Cabins that were created one log at a time, by hand. They have full kitchenettes and so cozy that I have to force myself to go out and see the town! They are quite large and can fit different size parties. Definitely worth giving them a call to see if they have any openings.
When I was in Talkeetna for Beer Trippin, I had the absolute pleasure to stay at Talkeetna Chalet Bed & Breakfast. This place is ultra luxury in the woods. The cabin I stayed in blew me away and I wished I had a +1 to share it with. The bed was extraordinarily comfortable and everything in the cabin was carefully selected.
They had a robust breakfast selection in the morning – no one dares leave hungry. When I stayed there, the Northern Lights were going to make an appearance in the wee hours of the morning. The wonderful owners offered guests the opportunity to use their telescopes and made the upstairs balcony available to anyone who wanted to take in the amazing view. Such a class act place, no wonder they book up so quickly. I would stay there again in a heartbeat! Here is their website for more info.
I stayed in a cabin, and they also have rooms available in the main house. Look at that view!
The next time I head to Talkeetna a friend has offered for me to stay in a rustic (i.e. has an outhouse) cabin to really get a feel of everything this area has to offer. Yep, I’m scared about that one!
Check out Talkeetna’s Chamber of Commerce as it is a great resource of everything going on in the town. Oh, and say Hi to Stubbs the Cat, the mayor of little Talkeetna since 1997. He hangs out most days at Nagley’s General Store… he can be bribed with catnip btw.
Whether you visit Talkeetna in the summer or wait until wintertime, there is always something to do in this small town. From the Bachelor Auction (um, hello) and Wilderness Woman Contest (badass women right here!) in the winter to everything possibly imaginable in the summer. For my fellow craft beer lovers, the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge has a Craft Beer Dinner with Denali Brewing Company in May. Then they end the season with a Fall Wine Dinner in August. Two of my favorite events in Alaska right there! Sign up here for the culinary events newsletter.
Remembering the Talkeetna Bachelor Auction still brings a smile to my face!
I love Talkeetna. It is my favorite small town in all of Alaska. The people are amazing, the surroundings are utterly gorgeous, and it is where I love to go to escape from it all.