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Within the Wild

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Within the Wild
It’s hard to describe the unique natural world of Alaska in words. The Within the Wild luxury lodge adventure is designed to bring travelers into intimate contact with Alaska’s backcountry. Enjoy spectacular flightseeing from Anchorage to the Alaska Range, home to North America’s tallest peak, Mt McKinley. Your wilderness home is the Winterlake Lodge, owned and operated by hosts Ca rl and Kirsten Dixon.

Nestled in the Alaska Range along Alaska’s historic Iditarod Trail, Winterlake Lodge offers remarkable floatplane- and helicopter-assisted adventures, hiking, sportfishing, nesting swans and loons, and a wellness program that includes massage and yoga. Tutka Bay Lodge, adjacent to Kachemak Bay State Park, is home all summer to a resident population to humpback and orca whales, sea otters and puffins, and is near Katmai coastal area, which is home to one of the world’s largest brown bear populations.

Expert naturalist guides and expedition leaders accompany travelers on daily excursions from the lodge. Experience award-winning cuisine, enjoy daily wine and cheese tastings, and participate in culinary sessions. As part of a commitment to a healthful and restorative lifestyle, complimentary wellness programs including massage and yoga are available. Within the Wild luxury lodge adventures are perfect for Alaska travelers seeking an upscale and intimate experience surrounded by nature and wildlife. Custom trips are available; please call our Alaska travel experts.
read more It’s hard to describe the unique natural world of Alaska in words. The Within the Wild luxury lodge adventure is designed to bring travelers into intimate contact with Alaska’s backcountry. Enjoy spectacular flightseeing from Anchorage to the Alaska Range, home to North America’s tallest peak, Mt McKinley. Your wilderness home is the Winterlake Lodge, owned and operated by hosts Carl and Kirsten Dixon.

Nestled in the Alaska Range along Alaska’s historic Iditarod Trail, Winterlake Lodge offers remarkable floatplane- and helicopter-assisted adventures, hiking, sportfishing, nesting swans and loons, and a wellness program that includes massage and yoga. Tutka Bay Lodge, adjacent to Kachemak Bay State Park, is home all summer to a resident population to humpback and orca whales, sea otters and puffins, and is near Katmai coastal area, which is home to one of the world’s largest brown bear populations.

Expert naturalist guides and expedition leaders accompany travelers on daily excursions from the lodge. Experience award-winning cuisine, enjoy daily wine and cheese tastings, and participate in culinary sessions. As part of a commitment to a healthful and restorative lifestyle, complimentary wellness programs including massage and yoga are available. Within the Wild luxury lodge adventures are perfect for Alaska travelers seeking an upscale and intimate experience surrounded by nature and wildlife. Custom trips are available; please call our Alaska travel experts.
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Day 1 - Anchorage to Winterlake Lodge

Day 2 - Helicopter Wilderness Exploration

Day 3 - Tutka Bay Lodge

Day 4 - Katmai & Return to Anchorage


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Day 1 - Anchorage to Winterlake Lodge

You will be met at your hotel for complimentary transfer service to an air carrier at Lake Hood. Depart Anchorage at 8:00 a.m. (departure time is flexible) for a scenic float-plane flight to Winterlake Lodge. Depart from Lake Hood, the world’s largest floatplane lake and land on Finger Lake, the location of an Iditarod checkpoint. Winterlake Lodge is situated approximately one hour by air northwest of Anchorage.

Catch a glimpse of Mt McKinley en route to the lodge. McKinley is the highest peak in North America. Check into your cabin and join your hosts Kirsten and Carl Dixon at the main lodge for a brief orientation to the activities and facilities, then plan your days with your guides. Options include: hike the Iditarod Trail, canoe or kayak around Winterlake, extended hike to Red Lake, receive a massage, take a hot tub soak, join in the stretch and yoga classes and take a cooking class in the kitchen.

Lunch is served at 1:00 p.m. in the main room. After lunch, join your hosts for a stretch class, meet the sled dogs, enjoy a garden tour or take leisurely walk along the Iditarod Trail. In the late afternoon, take a cooking class in the kitchen with Kirsten, then enjoy wine tasting and appetizers in the main lodge bar and dinner at 7:00 p.m. After dinner, there is an evening education program on Alaska in the wellness room or fly-casting lessons on the lake.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Winterlake Lodge
MEALS:
lunch and dinner

Day 2 - Helicopter Wilderness Exploration

Early morning gentle yoga class at 6:30 a.m. (optional of course). If you are an earlier riser, you can take advantage of the earl- morning serenity by observing Winterlake's resident swans, black bears and loons by kayak. Breakfast is served at 8:00 a.m. After breakfast, meet your helicopter pilot and guide for a day-long adventure outing via a Robinson R-44 helicopter. In the afternoon, you may enjoy lunch on the river or back at the lodge – your choice. Activity options include: Glacier trekking or ice climbing, whitewater rafting on the Happy River, sport fishing for Alaska salmon and/or trout in season, hiking the ridge for spectacular view of Mount McKinley, and flying the Iditarod Trail by helicopter to the next checkpoint. End your day of adventure with a nice soak in the hot tub and a dip in the lake!
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Winterlake Lodge
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Tutka Bay Lodge

Board your floatplane for a scenic 60-minute flight from Winterlake Lodge south over Cook Inlet to Tutka Bay Lodge. Land right at the lodge dock. Check into your cabin with views of Grace Ridge and Tutka Fjord. Meet with your guides to plan today's activities. Options include: kayaking around the bay, whale-watching and hiking in Kachemak Bay State Park.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Tutka Bay Lodge
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Katmai & Return to Anchorage

After breakfast, board a floatplane to travel to the Katmai Coast. The flight from the lodge to Katmai is a scenic flight, crossing the Cook Inlet and a large, beautiful section of Katmai National Park, passing volcanoes, glaciers and waterfalls. You will have several hours with the guides, who will give you a briefing on bear safety, and then spend time viewing bears playing on the beach and fishing in the river. Enjoy a pack lunch prepared by the lodge chefs. Return to Homer in the late afternoon for your 40-minute Era Jet flight back to Anchorage.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast and lunch

Itinerary Notes

We may occasionally alter itineraries slightly for safety, or to take advantage of weather, wildlife and unplanned discoveries. Our ability to be spontaneous makes our style of adventure travel unique.

Arrival & Departure

Typical lodge departure times are 8:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m., but alternate departure times can be arranged. This trip may require additional overnights in Anchorage. Our experts can assist with any additional hotels or transfers.
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Prices listed are per person for double occupancy, unless noted otherwise. Contact the experts at AdventureSmith Explorations to book a departure.

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Included

Kenai Borough tax and Mat-Su bed tax; All water taxi travel between Homer and Tutka Bay Lodge; All air travel between Anchorage and Lodges; One day helicopter adventure of your choice; One day guided bear viewing adventure on the Katmai coast; All meals, snacks, coffee, tea, house wines, and assorted appetizer beverages ; A 50-minute massage per guest at each lodge; 2 stretch/ yoga classes a day at each lodge; 1 cooking class each day; Extended cooking school on Friday, Saturday and Sundays; Accommodations in private cabin; Wireless internet service; L’occitane amenities in room; Daily housekeeping and evening turndown services; All guided activities from the lodge; Use of adventure gear; Photos of your trip taken by lodge staff, on a flash drive.

Exclusions

Airfare to and from Alaska, fishing licenses (available for purchase at the lodge), halibut or salmon fishing from Tutka Bay Lodge, some alcoholic beverages, gratuities. Deep-sea fishing excursions, additional helicopter adventures, flightseeing trips and other excursions are at an additional cost.

Families & Children

Children 12 years old and under are 2/3 the adult rate.

Payment & Cancellation

A 50% deposit is required to confirm your reservation. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Balance is due 60 days prior to your arrival at the lodge. A full refund is available prior to 60 days of arrival, less a $100.00 administrative fee. Cancellations less than 60 days before arrival are non-refundable regardless of the reason. Published rates represent a 3% discount for payment by cash, check or bank wire transfer.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

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