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Gustavus contains some of Alaska's best remote accommodations, more than we have room to describe here. Most accommodations are "Gustavus style," which means they charge a daily per-person price for rooms, breakfast and dinner served family style, brown-bag lunches, bicycles, and some other outdoor equipment and transfers. They also book and charge for fishing, sea kayaking, hiking, and Glacier Bay tours. It's expensive, but it's a carefree way to visit. Another set of accommodations charges less but leaves you on your own for lunch and dinner. Before choosing the less costly, a la carte approach, consider your dining options. Except as noted, rooms in Gustavus don't have phones. Some of the inns do not have licenses to serve alcohol; if that's a consideration, be sure to ask before you book your stay. There's a liquor store with limited hours, or you can bring your own.

Besides the lodgings described in full, we can also recommend Homestead Bed & Breakfast, near the center of Gustavus at 17 Faraway Rd. (www.homesteadbedbreakfast.com; tel. 907/697-2777), where a family opens two bedrooms and a comfortable common room to guests hoping to visit on a relative budget. A full breakfast is included in the summer rate of $135 double, as well as bikes, satellite TV, and Wi-Fi, and the Homeshore Cafe or Gustavus Inn are nearby for other meals.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.