A railroad tycoon built the house that’s now The Northern Nights Inn in 1910, and it was once the finest residence in town. It had fallen into disrepair by the time the current owner discovered it, while working as a meter reader for the electric company. Much to her surprise, the low-ball offer she made on the house was accepted. She’s been fixing the place up nicely ever since and today it's quite handsome, decorated with period furniture. Rooms are generally spacious and present an extraordinary value. Hostess Becky Chapek is a delight—and a fab source for trip-planning advice. She also rents cars sturdy enough to be driven along the unpaved Copper River Highway.