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It's a beautiful early morning and almost all of us got a hot shower. That was the start. Then out the door we go... oh, wait did we turn off the coffee pot???? Nope... u-turn and back to the house. What do you mean the code for lock doesn't work? hmm luckily the front window isn't locked. Nothing like a little B&E to get the day started. ( …
Wow... what a night. Then cleaning and packing to leave for Seward. Out the door at the crack of 10am! (that's 1pm for you CST folks). On the way out of town Kellei requests coffee... so 5 blocks down and at our first stop. Of course, we all had to get something. Now, caffeined up we're ready to roll... another 8 blocks and Kellei spies the Time Bandit store (one of the Deadliest Catch crews). Can you say U-turn? Yep, back we go and ...
Ok...I'm sitting on a bench getting free Internet in the rain waiting for my bus to take me back to the lodge, I window shopped and I'm gonna backtrack and pick up some stuff I didn't want to carry yet. It is cool,not cold, but DAMP! I can not wait to hear Wendy's story of the high seas!!!! Tomorrow we get on the boat and some luxury!!!! I love this trip, but ...
... yesterday - calvings from the Columbia Glacier). But there was the added attraction of watching the porpoises "bow riding" with the ferry a few times - fiendishly quick and hard to photograph, but I got some, shall we say, "impressionistic" shots of them (below). There were also more sightings of humpback whales, though they were more elusive than yesterday and mainly just surfaced gently at a distance. But it was in exactly the same area again (just off Glacier Island, out ...
... the first time I boarded a cruise, it’s nerve wracking, exciting, overwhelming. It’s hard to explain but that day Theresa knew exactly what I meant.
Our room is 9014. Deck 9 - there are 11 decks on this boat. We got to our room, got organized, wandered the boat looking for everything and went to the Celebrity Theatre Opening Night Showcase.
The Captain had come over the loud speakers at one point to inform us of the conditions in the Gulf of Alaska. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Miller's Landing Seward
This is a great place for people of all ages
Miller's Landing is an ecellent place to visit if you are into local history, camping, hikeing, kayaking, fishing. This place has knowledgeable staff who make sure in every way, shape, and form to help you with you vacation plans. They have great activitys for all ages. They throw pot lucks every Saturday, they have creative games (my favorite being the Slimy Silver Salmon Toss). And the employee's put on a talent show (which is very entertaning). This place is overall exciting, rustic, full of bueaty and history. They only advertise 100% Alaskan experiance. I will be going back there in the near future.
Good time at Miller's Landing
We are from Anchorage and stayed in one of the beachfront sites during the Silver Salmon Derby in August and had a wonderful time. Only issue that I had was the fact that the toilet paper ran out quickly in the bathrooms with the campground so full. I did see children walk out of the women's toilets with rolls of toilet paper so maybe that was part of the problem.
We had to leave early becasue of a family emergency and the counter staff gave us a raincheck to use in 2005. We didn't expect any kind of refund and thought that this was very thoughtful.
My grandkids thought it was great to have the dogs to play with and they spent hours throwing sticks for the dogs to fetch. We even took one of the dogs with us when we walked to Tonsina Creek to act as out "Bear" dog. The owner gave us a leash and explained the commands and we had a grand time.
We will definately go back to Miller's Landing for the Salmon Derby in 2005.
Miller's Landing is a Gem
Miller's Landing is a gem. We are from Australia and stayed there this August. It was the best place we stayed in all of Alaska. The people are friendly; there is a LOT to do; it is absolutely in the most beautiful location in Alaska right on the ocean; the store is great. Free coffee all the time and the potlucks on the weekends are awesome. We took the water taxi and loved it. Fishing is great. Kayaking is great too. We would recommend it to everyone. Bathrooms and showers are primitive. Cabins are very affordable. Camping cabins are just like state park cabins we stayed in, only better. A great deal for the price but expect rustic. They also have other cabins that are not camping cabins and also make reservations for many other cabins in Seward area that are not theirs. Very helpful staff. Very Alaskan Atmosphere. This is the real Alaska.
Shafted by Millers Landing
Cabins are a dump. They will not refund your money. Please avoid my mistake. Look elsewhere.
I called Miller's Landing concerning accomdations/cabins twice, they were busy/mix up and said they would get back to me.
I called requesting a fishing trip and they said they were waiting for the boats to come in, would it be okay to call after 9:00 p.m.? I said "yes" and waited until 11:00 p.m. and still did not hear back from them, ever.
We made the trip up there and stayed at the Stoney Creek Inn B&B, what a find! That is the place to stay in Seward, read my review there.
We decided on our last day to go and check ot Miller's Landing; We noticed the sign outside the store had a half day fishing trip listed that day, we had already gone out the day before with Northern Outfitters of Alaska (read review because Pro- Fish was the charter that brought in consistantly the big Halibut) and thought this would be a great way to kill time before our red-eye flight. The guy at the counter said he didn't know, and we had to wait until the Captain and she would be in (shortly). So I took a look around, the accomodations (cabins/campsites were shotty.
I checked back with the guy and he said he would radio her if it got to be too long, so I used the bathroom, no toilet paper, sink was peeling, filthy dirty, stunk.
Went back, the guy behind the counter was outside looking around so I asked him if he was looking for me? "No not you." He replied.
There was dog doo doo on the ground in the parking lot, an old timer/local just let him do his thing where ever, another girl came to work the store which had hot dogs mildewing in the fridge, at that point we left. We really tried to give them a fair shake, but being Labor Day weekend it is the end of the season, they have milked the tourists for all their worth and just didn't care about anyone/thing at this point.
This place is recommended in a lot of guide books. however the cabins are in bad shape. The showers and toilets are dirty, there was no heater in one of the cabins. And the whole place smells musty when it rains, and it rains a lot in seward.
The staff is not very friendly or forthcoming with any information.
The breakfast items had run out by 7.30AM.
Unless you are looking for some really cheap accomodation. or into fishing big time this place is not for you.
What a disappointment! The women's "hot showers" were dirty, smelled of mildew, had peeling paint, and consisted of three stalls with skimpy curtains and hoses coiled on the stall floor with dish sink sprayers for shower heads! The "flush toilets" advertisement meant four stalls with barely stable stools in a very smelly room, and just one sink located right at the door (you had to move aside to let people in and out) with only ice-cold water. The cabin we stayed in for two of our four pre-paid nights (no refunds) had no steps up to the porch so getting in and out meant some gymnastic step-work, using sap-filled trees for hand braces. Not as advertised and not recommended unless primitive camping is what you want.
The Captain's Cabin was suppose to be their BEST CABIN, it was awful. The sofa
The Captain''s Cabin was suppose to be their BEST CABIN, it was awful. The sofa smelled as if a dog had spent the winter on it. The dishes were dirty, the camper's bathroom had the entire area smelling like an out house. The staff was rude. A terrible experience!!!!
Competent and safe
I haven't stayed at thier cabins, though they seem comfortable, but I have used thier water taxi extensively for two summers to get to an achaeological excavation in Kenai Fjords National Park. The captain of the Micheal A (a water taxi) Sherri Miller, has a nice, calm demeanor, and her competence is obvious after five minutes on the water. No machismo, no bluster, just a sense of the water and the limits of her boat and what conditions are safe. She knows when to turn around. She keeps track of all the details and is genuinely concerned for the her clients, especially if weather has prevented her from picking them up at the anticipated time. She is thorough and helpful.
Miller's Landing is as close as you'll get to the proverbial "Real Alaska". Its a family run business. All the accoutrements like signs and bordwalks and nightly events are homey and hand-made. When its raining, you can hang out in the lodge where endless coffee is available. When the weaher is good, you can kayak or walk the trails or fish. Nice place. Nice folks.
Good People; Good Fishing
By chance we were recommemded to the the Millers by Kate's B&B. in 1999. We fished with Capt. Mike Miller for 5 days and had a wonderful time. Reguardless of weather or sea conditions Capt. Mike provided us with quality fishing and fish. In 2001, we returned to Miller's Landing and stayed for 10 days. We "camped" in one of their cabins and used Millers Landing as our base. Besides three or four days of quality fishing with Capt. Mike, we toured the surronding area, went dogsleding up on the glacier. toured the glaciers, shopped in Seward and had a wonderful time. I'm sure my two grandsons will never forget their first halibut. I know I will always treasure that trip. We also took advantage of their small boat rentals, on two ocassions we rented a skif and fished the mouths of glaciers for salmon. What fun. I was sorry to learn that the old marina was lost by fire, but I'm sure that the new will be bigger and better. Our hats off to our new found friends Capt. Mike Miller and Capt. Sherrie Miller. Hopefully we can make it to our "northern home" again this year.