LODGE INFORMATION AND ITINERARY
Information: Winterlake Lodge offers seclusion and spectacular scenery.
Trimble and Hayes Glacier, as well as the entrance to Rainy Pass can all be seen
from the lake. The lodge offers many opportunities for hiking and wildlife
viewing with many species of Alaska birds, wildflowers, and berries that are
rarely seen in other locales. The lodge is also located on the National Historic
Iditarod Trail. During the race in March it serves as one of the sled dog race
Lodge setting and accommodation: The main
lodge offers a comfortable main room for relaxing by the fire and viewing the
lake from large picture windows. There is a cozy dining area and large kitchen
for the preparation of the lodge's signature gourmet cuisine. Facilities also
include a large meditation yoga room, hot tub on the main deck, and a
wood-burning sauna. These are the sites of a wellness program that includes
massage therapy. There are 5 guest cabins on the property, each with private
bath, including a family cabin with 3 sleeping rooms.
Dining: Lodge owner and renowned chef Kirsten Dixon offers world-class
culinary classes at the lodge with visiting chefs and specialized culinary
programs throughout the year. Gourmet meals are served from a daily menu. In
keeping with tradition, Alaska regional cuisine is featured. You are welcome to
come into the kitchen at any time and help cook if you like! Special dishes may
be made on request. The lodge also offers frequent lakeside barbecues of Alaska
salmon and King Crab.
Activities Included: A daily
activity sheet is posted in each cabin and a daily menu of meals is posted in
the main lodge. Daily activities may include a cooking class; an interesting
half-hour narrated walk with your guide; a tour of the lake by canoe; kayaking;
mountain biking; berry picking; following the tracks of wolves, otters and moose
(in the winter); and dog mushing on the National Historic Iditarod Trail (in the
The main lodge also has a library for a day of quiet relaxation as
well as yoga classes, a staff masseuse and outdoor hot spa. One 60-minute
massage is included with a minimum 2 night stay.
Excursions: Winterlake Lodge has a dedicated helicopter on site for optional
guided helicopter excursions (not included!). Heli-hiking, wilderness fishing,
river rafting and glacier sightseeing are easily accessible from the lodge.
Day 1/Arrival: Depart Lake Hood in
Anchorage for a
scenic 50-minute flight by float plane.
Your lodge hosts will meet you on arrival. After an orientation at the
lodge you can plan your daily activities.
There's time in the afternoon for outdoor activities. Overnight
Winterlake Lodge. Dinner.
2+: Activities include hiking
and exploring from the lodge. Overnight(s) Winterlake Lodge. Breakfast, lunch,
Departure Day: After breakfast you depart on the
scenic flight back to Anchorage. Tour ends on arrival.
Day 1/Arrival: Depart from
Anchorage's Lake Hood via ski plane for your one hour flight to Winterlake
Lodge. After welcoming you to the lodge, the staff will will provide a short
orientation and take you to your comfortable cabin. A daily activity sheet and a
menu of the lodge's award-winning meals are posted around the main lodge. The
rest of the day is at your leisure to enjoy one of the many activities or simply
relax and unwind. Dinner.
Days 2+: Each day is free to
enjoy all the activities included with your stay. Be as physically rigorous as
you like, or lay back and enjoy a fireside glass of wine. Activities include dog
mushing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, yoga, meditation and
massage. Guides are available to make your stay more comfortable and your
activities more fun. Lodge owner and renowned chef Kirsten Dixon also offers
daily cooking classes in the spacious kitchen. There is also an extensive
naturalist and video library, and a collection of board games. Breakfast, lunch,
Departure Day: After breakfast, depart on a
scenic flight back to Anchorage. Tour ends on arrival. Breakfast.