This inn is a secluded gem where you can sit on the front porch of your own rustic cabin and gaze across wide open alpine tundra, with nothing to break the silence except the howls of happy sled dogs at feeding time. The lodge is on a four-mile long panhandle of private land surrounded on three sides by Denali National Park and Preserve, and it feels like it could be a wilderness outpost at the edge of the known world. It would be a comfortable outpost, though, one where you can hang out in the lodge playing board games or singing songs around an old piano, and where you can get breakfast sandwiches and Thai food at a delightful little café. The dozen spruce log cabins are connected by boardwalks and built on short stilts so they don’t thaw the underlying permafrost. The basic models are one-room affairs, and the most deluxe cabin has two bedrooms. All have handmade quilts, small private baths, and historic photos form the University of Alaska archives. None have TVs or telephones, all the better for you to concentrate on the quiet of the surrounding wilderness. The owner is a former backcountry ranger and a one-time unofficial Iditarod contestant (he ran the race, he just never bothered to enter). If you ask, he’ll give you a free tour of his sled dog kennels.
- Frommer's Staff