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Winterlake Lodge
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Winterlake Lodge offers seclusion and spectacular scenery, including views of the Trimble and Hayes Glacier and the entrance to Rainy Pass. Located on the National Historic Iditarod Trail, the lodge offers many opportunities for hiking and wildlife viewing. The area is home to many species of Alaska birds, wildflowers, and berries that are rarely seen in other locales. Winterlake lodge is in fantastic yet remote location for an Alaska wilderness vacation with a easy 1-hour flight from Lake Hood in Anchorage.

With its wellness program, cooking classes, and wine tasting, the Winterlake Lodge offers a unique Alaska lodge experience with luxury. Guided activities at the lodge include hiking, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, bird watching, and of course dog mushing in the winter time. This lodge is the perfect getaway for couples, families, and groups of friends. Great for anyone who loves the outdoors and wants to get away from the busy day to day life.

Winterlake Lodge's main building offers a comfortable common room, for relaxing by the fire and viewing the lake from large picture windows. There is also a cozy dining area, large meditative yoga room, hot tub on the main deck, and a wood burning sauna. Enjoy your Alaska lodge vacation, with first-class amenities wilderness style!


LODGE INFORMATION AND ITINERARY

INFORMATION

Lodge 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 check points.

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.

Fine 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 winter).
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.

Helicopter 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.

ITINERARY - SUMMER

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.

Day 2+: Activities include hiking and exploring from the lodge. Overnight(s) Winterlake Lodge. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. 

Departure Day:  After breakfast you depart on the scenic flight back to Anchorage.  Tour ends on arrival. Breakfast.

ITINERARY - WINTER

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, dinner.

Departure Day: After breakfast, depart on a scenic flight back to Anchorage. Tour ends on arrival. Breakfast.


Tour Highlights

  • Premium lodge at the foothills of the Alaska Range
  • Fine dining
  • Wellness facilities

Tour Includes

  • Roundtrip flights between Lake Hood (Anchorage) and Winterlake Lodge,
  • Overnight at Winterlake Lodge
  • All meals during stay at lodge
  • Guide service
  • 1 hour complimentary massage
  • Use of lodge equipment.

Rates do not include fishing license, alcoholic beverages, gratuity.

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