My family and I were fortunate enough to sneak in a quick camping trip over the recent Fourth of July weekend. By way of disclaimer, or perhaps confession, I should elaborate on my family’s idea of “camping”. First we load up the RV with roughly half of the contents of our Anchorage home and head south on the Seward Highway towards our favorite “camping spot” in Cooper Landing. Even with holiday traffic, and the obligatory stop at the Girdwood “Y” bakery for apple fritters, we made the trip in right around two hours. Okay, another confession, this “camping spot” I am talking about is really in the driveway of my brother-in-law’s house who manages and lives next door to the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge.
But not to worry, even though we weren’t sleeping on the ground with our food hung up in a tree, we did get out and explore the natural beauty that surrounds the Kenai Princess Lodge and makes Cooper Landing one of our favorite places in Alaska. We took a couple of nice walks through the forested areas that surround the Lodge, including a trail the leads down along the spectacular Kenai River. For the most part the weather cooperated and we enjoyed a couple of nights of campfires, cook outs and smores with family and friends. We did head inside and watch a World Cup quarterfinal, but it was televised in standard definition so I am going to count that as “roughing it” as well. We also walked down to the Lodge and took a quick dip in the hot tub enjoyed a fantastic lunch at Rafters. Be sure to try a pint of Princess Lodges Red if you make it there, and I do highly recommend you try to include the Kenai Princess in your Alaska vacation plans.
The Kenai Princess Lodge is nestled on 43 wooded acres in the heart of the Kenai Peninsula and features 86 bungalow style rooms with private porches, vaulted ceilings and in-room wood burning stoves. Meals are served in the Eagles Crest Dining Room or in the Rafters Lounge, both of which offer tasty selections and fantastic views over the Kenai River to the surrounding mountains. Nearby activities include nature hikes, sports fishing, river rafting, flightseeing and wildlife glacier cruises to Kenai Fjords National Park from nearby Seward. On property you will also find an RV park, general store, hot tub, conference room, gift shop, tour desk, guest laundry and various indoor and outdoor games such as horseshoes and shuffle board.
Of course it would not be the Fourth of July without a parade, and fortunately the annual Cooper Landing parade in held right at the Kenai Princess. This year’s parade was another enjoyable event with Lodge employees getting in the sprit along with local seniors and other community members. Cooper Landing is a pretty small place so usually the parade makes two full passes though parking lot. Ice cream for all rounds out the 20 minute event.
In addition to their lodge in Cooper Landing, Princess operates an impressive line of wilderness lodges in other areas of Alaska including Denali National Park, Denali State Park and Wrangell St. Elias National Park. Give Alaska Tour & Travel a call today and let us help you plan your Alaska vacation to one or more of these popular destinations.