After a long train ride from Talkeetna, I was thrilled to arrive at my hotel in Fairbanks. After staying in places like the Hilton, I wasn’t prepared for Pike’s Waterfront Lodge. Wow! It was a marvelous combination of woodsy charm plus all the usual amenities. My family’s room overlooked the Chena River.
We were in the main building and on the second floor. Here’s a view of the central lobby area.
My daughter and I explored a new area every day. There are treasures to discover, including plenty of art. Paintings by local artists cover the walls. The food was good; breakfast was terrific with waffles or french toast! Free coffee was always available in the lobby. Did I mention the free ice cream? Yes, the hotel has the usual amenities like a gift shop and gym, but Pike’s has books!
Wandering the grounds
There’s a small building next to a patio area. Needless to say, I didn’t see patrons sitting at those snow-covered tables. Nor did I see many of my fellow travelers visit the trading post. Perhaps no one wanted to venture out through the snow.
Those posters aren’t merely decorative; this small structure has it all, even a threater playing Old Time movies. An Abbot and Costello film was showing while I was there. There’s also a billiards room. The best part is the Alaskan Library. Ooh, it’s beautiful!
I’ve always wanted one of those ladders! And doesn’t that look like a cozy nook to read away a wintery afternoon?
I’ve been told that the lodge has lovely gardens and a lawn that rolls down toward the river. What a beautiful sight that must be! Nonetheless, the time of snow and ice pleases me. To see more images from my stay, please click here.