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Local Flavor

Seward is a bustling community packed with local restaurants, small businesses and exciting outdoor activities. It can be hard for a vacationer to decide where to go and what to do. Here are just a few of our favorite local hotspots.

Eateries (and Drinkeries!)

If you’re like us, you need a little caffeine in the morning to get your motor running. Luckily there are plenty of options for you in Seward. For a divine coffee experience, check out the Resurrect Art Coffee House. It’s housed in a historic church and filled with art, so it’s stunning to look at and the drinks are, well, pretty heavenly. If you like a little internet with your coffee you can also visit The Sea Bean Cafe which offers high-speed access as well as gluten-free and vegan menu options and craft microbrews from Anchorage’s Midnight Sun Brewing Company. Hey, you’re on vacation! No one’s going to judge you if you have a coffee in one hand and a beer in the other. And of course there’s Nature’s Nectars, owned by Cedar Bourgeois (seven-time winner of the Mount Marathon women’s race) which serves up equally delicious hot coffee and cold smoothies.

For the best breakfast in town, definitely hit up The Smoke Shack, which is located in a funky repurposed train car. The restaurant is small, but the portions are generous and delicious. It’s so good in fact, it may be hard to resist sticking around for lunch and dinner, too! You’ll want to walk off your eggs benedict and breakfast burritos though, so instead consider heading out to the Kenai Fjords National Park and checking out Exit Glacier. After a few hours of exploring the incredibly scenic vistas, you’ll no doubt have worked up your appetite again. Luckily you’ll be a stone’s throw from Exit Glacier Salmon Bake where you can dine on incredibly fresh seafood and choose from a vast array of Alaskan beers on tap.

Rather stick a little closer to Summit View? There’s plenty of good eating and drinking just a short walk away. Woody’s Thai Kitchen serves some of the best, most authentic Bangkok-style Thai cuisine you’ve ever tasted. They meld fresh local ingredients and traditional family recipes into something incredibly special. In fact, you’ll find fresh, local ingredients all throughout town. Chinook’s Bar and Grill and The Cookery in particular are both utilising local and sustainable ingredients to serve food that is modern and innovative, and yet unfussy. And of course, what’s a vacation without a little nightcap at the end of the day? We love how close we are to Seward Brewing Company. You can watch the brewing process, and then enjoy a pint of their house-crafted beer right at the bar or with dinner. Then be sure to wind up your night at the Yukon Bar, which offers up a real dive bar vibe with plenty of fun, music, and vibrant local color.

Outdoor Activities

Seward is known for its natural beauty. When you come to visit you are spoiled for choice when it comes to outdoor activities. Obviously Kenai Fjords National Park and Exit Glacier are some of the most well-known sites. We also have some personal favorite hiking spots, including the Harding Ice Field Trail and Lost Lake Trail.

And of course you can always turn to the professionals to help you discover beautiful local spots. The folks at Adventure 60 North can help you arrange anything from gold panning to ziplining and everything in between, and Exit Glacier Guides are the premier company for hiking and climbing guides. Want to experience sea life up close and personal? Join the talented guides at Sunny Cove Sea Kayaking for tours through the bay, to the islands, and even near glaciers.

Finally, our friends at Major Marine Tours provide incredible marine wildlife tours as well as a view of glaciers from a whole new perspective. And we’re not their only fans - President Obama enjoyed one of their cruises on his 2015 visit to Seward.

Arts and Culture

For over a century, Seward has been home to a challenging race at breakneck speeds. The Mount Marathon Race is a proud local tradition that now welcomes elite athletes from all over the world. The documentary 3022 Feet (featuring music by Driftwood and Rabbit Wilde) provides a great perspective on the iconic race by following several racers from Olympians, to locals who have been participating for decades, to up and coming star athletes like Allie Ostrander.

One of our very favorite groups to come out of the local arts scene is Seward phenoms Blackwater Railroad Company, a collective of insanely talented writers and musicians. The rollicking folk-rock group is quickly making a name for themselves across the country. They ended 2015 by launching their first major U.S. tour which included a gig playing at the US Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting. Their tour continues now, and we’re keeping a close eye on their Facebook page to see what amazing things are coming down the pike for them next. If they happen to play in your area be sure to check out their lively show. It’s a guaranteed great time.

Educational Family Fun

For a decade now, the nonprofit Alaska Sealife Center has fulfilled its mission of generating and sharing scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems right on the shores of Resurrection Bay. Alaska’s only public aquarium and ocean wildlife research center features is a unique experience: not only can you enjoy educational curated exhibits and learn about research and rehabilitation efforts inside the center itself, you may even get to see puffins, sea lions, octopus and other sea life in their natural habitat. The outside of the Seward Community Library and Museum is beautiful to behold with its shimmering blue-green-purple-teal iridescent tile facade, but the inside is also full of heart. More than just a library, it’s a place for the community to meet up year-round for movies, game nights, open houses and assorted other library programs and exhibits. Come for the books, stay for the kinship and camaraderie. Still worried about missing out? Be sure to visit our friends at the Seward Chamber of Commerce for more valuable trip-planning info.

Deals For Summit View Guests

Our hardworking booking agent Debra is based in Seward and has great relationships with many local businesses. Because of those relationships she has managed to secure some great discounts for our guests at Major Marine Tours, Kenai Fjords Tours, and Ididaride. Visit our Contact page to find out how to get in touch with Debra and book your stay at the Summit View Lodge.