Great stay at Gakona Lodge... Interesting place to stay, lots of Alaskan character. Staff is wonderful, new owners are down to Earth young couple who have served their country and now are trying to make this beautiful gem even better. Wish them all the best in this adventure!! If you like rustic, homey, quiet, clean and comfortable cabins, this is the place for you. The whole grounds especially the bar and dining room just radiates character and charm. The continental breakfast was delicious, we did not eat in the dining room. Chatter in the bar with some of the locals was a treat. If you are looking for marble counters, shiny mirrors, wait staff dressed in black and white, and curt unpleasant staff - this place is NOT for you. Otherwise, check it out. A real treasure. Good luck Cliff, enjoyed talking with you.
Rustic, feels like Alaska... I couldn't find a hotel in Copper Center or Glennallen so I looked at the map and saw a town called Gakona. Booked our stay at the Gakona Lodge and I am glad we did. It is a historic site with a main cabin with check-in, a cabin with the bar and a cabin with the restaurant. There are a few more cabins for overnight stays. All next to a beautiful river running behind it. We met the owners who are a young retired military family with four very small kids. They are making a go of in in Alaska. He runs the property and she cooks the meal in the restaurant. Our cabin had two small bedrooms and bathroom, small kitchen and living room. You can imagine being an Alaskan pioneer living in the woods. We sat and played monopoly until 1 am enjoying the family style cabin with the sun out all hours. We overslept and missed breakfast but since there was a kitchen we made grilled cheese sandwiches with our lunch supplies. All great.
Real Alaskan, rustic experience with all the modern amenities... Stayed here with my husband on our way to a camping trip in the Alaska Range. Love the historic grounds - lots of character and charm with beautifully decorated room and cabin interiors. We stayed in the main lodge. Great location - the Gakona river runs right outside the lodge and the world famous Copper river is across the road. Richardson highway (with access to Glennallen, Copper River fishing, Denali highway and Paxson) nearby. The young couple that just bought the place last year are wonderful hosts and are really accommodating. They run different excursions for those who are interested. Bottom line: great place to stay, clean, comfortable, full of Alaskan character (and some interesting regular guests who are Alaskan characters :) This is the real deal - if you want to experience the real Alaska, I highly recommend this place.