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Spent today touring the downtown and eastern areas of Sitka. Started at the National Historical Park, famous for its totem poles. Turns out that the park was not created for the totems, but rather the totems were created for the park. The local native tribe is the Tlinget (pronounced, roughly, Klinket, but that initial "k" sound is guttural, made …
Woke up this morning to gorgeous sunny skies. Sitka looks entirely different in the sun—for one thing, it is surrounded by mountains we couldn't see yesterday, and now it looks MUCH bigger. We spent the morning hiking through the Sitka Historic Park, which is associated with the Tongas National Forest. We hiked the Mosquito Cove Trail, a hike …
We did very little today, other than transfer from Anchorage to Sitka. Got the shuttle driver talking about Sarah Palin (much to Tim's disgust, but I was curious about the hometown viewpoint). This chick (about 22--a baby when Sarah was running for VP) was totally enamored. She considers herself a personal friend of the Palins (dubious), and calls …
... Swirls of white clouds fill the valleys between jagged black mountain peaks. This may still be Canada, but it's awesome. So sleepy but more afraid that I might miss something. Landing in Sitka was a brake squealer. Airport is on a tiny island, and the short runway starts and stops where the water begins. Sitka is Alaska's 4th largest city - all 9,000 people, 14 miles of roads, rain 60-70% of the time. Today it's 65 degrees, ...
... hunter-gatherer community – the people so proudly love their country and lifestyle – happy folk, enjoying a privileged lifestyle given the amazing environment they live in - young folk I met all felt strongly about staying in Sitka and not moving away – other than for college.
Peg, a fellow B&B guest kindly donated an Oregon football jumper to Keith (as we were convinced it would be Keith’s bag lost …because his had ...
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Pros: Nice facility, comfortable beds. Made us a to-go breakfast for our 4:30 a.m departure. Keep snacks (but not drinks) available all the time.
Cons: Owner talked for one sold hour upon our arrival, before we ever got to the room. We were left to find the room ourselves. Breakfast very plain, but plentiful. Table not set; serve yourself buffet style, collecting dishes and silverware. Bus your dishes back to the kitchen. Internet service quite poor--down completely for half the time we were there. House inconveniently located if you have no car; there is a bus, but it runs only once an hour. You can walk to downtown (1.2 miles to the center of town; 1.5 miles to the National Park), and the walking is not scenic; just through neighborhoods. Uphill all the way back. Owner somewhat bossy. No shoes allowed in house; strict instructions about where to leave the key on our early checkout--repeated three different times. The owners are friendly, but more managing than welcoming and NO special services--carry your own bags, get yourself out of the house when you leave, and so on.
None of these problems is, in itself, particularly awful, but given the price we paid, they are unacceptable. When I booked the room, 8 months in advance, I was told that the only room available for all three nights was the suite, by far the most expensive room in the house. I had a hard time believing that this was true--I think the owner simply wanted to ensure that her most expensive room was rented first. My choice was to take it or choose another hotel. This was highly reviewed, and as it was a special occasion, I took it, but I would not do so again. This house may be much more satisfactory if you can get one of the cheaper rooms, but I recommend trying elsewhere.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.