Surrounded by thick forests on the banks of the rushing Resurrection River and with a glacier on its doorstep, the Windsong Lodge is the quintessential Alaskan escape.
Located on the outskirts of the port city of Seward in southern Alaska, this charming resort is the gateway to adventures in Kenai Fjords National Park like whale watching, hiking, deep sea fishing and flightseeing over the majestic Harding Icefield.
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Amenities and dining at Windsong Lodge Seward
A grand entrance of vaulted ceilings anchored by massive wooden beams welcomes guests to the Windsong Lodge, and the sitting area surrounding the lobby’s stone fireplace is the perfect place to curl up with a good book or enjoy a coffee from the on-site Mount Hunter Coffee Co. which also serves breakfast sandwiches and snacks for a morning fuel-up.
There’s also a gift shop stocked with souvenirs, a business centre and a complimentary shuttle service that transports guests to and from Seward throughout the day.
While Seward boasts some great bars and seafood spots, it’s worth dining at the Resurrection Roadhouse which is just a few minute’s walk from the lobby and easily accessed from the highway.
Serving both breakfast and dinner, specialities include seared Alaskan halibut, seafood chowder, fresh salmon and a chimichurri-grilled cauliflower steak.
Rooms at the Seward Windsong Lodge
The Windsong Lodge features Alaskan-inspired decor in each of the cozy rooms, like wood-carved lamps and art of the surrounding area.
There are five room types that can accommodate between two to five people, and some have private balconies overlooking the serene forest, spacious sitting areas, comfortable queen size beds, TVs and a mini-fridge.
Things to do in Seward Alaska
One of the best things about the Windsong Lodge is its proximity to Seward and majestic Kenai Fjords National Park, with endless adventures right on its doorstep.
Kenai Fjords Tours
An incredible activity is heading out with Kenai Fjords Tours for a wildlife cruise to try and spot seals, tiny puffins, bald eagles, sea lions and even humpback whales.
Tours depart from Small Boat Harbor in Seward, and the 5-7 hour long tours navigate past breathtaking glaciers, coastal cliffs and cascading waterfalls in Resurrection Bay, Aialik Bay and around Fox Island.
Kenai Fjords Tours has been leading these incredible excursions since 1974, and tours include a meal and transfers to the harbor. Package rates are also available that include the tour plus a room at Windsong Lodge.
The Exit Glacier is one of Alaska’s most accessible glaciers, and the trailhead starts just eight miles from the lodge. Pathways wind through towering trees and rock formations toward the massive sheet of blue ice, which coats the mountain all the way from the Harding Icefield down to the Resurrection River.
Windsong Lodge coordinates guided hikes with a naturalist, which are available to book from May through September. Up for even more adventure? Book a guided ice hiking or ice climbing excursion, and walk right out on the ice.
Back in Seward, walk through the historic downtown (check out the eclectic Yukon Bar–cash only!), wander along the waterfront to see the Iditarod sculpture and admire the sight of snow-capped peaks, and watch the action as vessels sail out of Small Boat Harbor.
The Alaska SeaLife Center is one of the top Seward attractions, which is a non-profit research institution and aquarium. Their Wildlife Response program helps rescue marine animals around the state who have been injured or abandoned, and nurses them back to health before releasing them into the wild.
The admission fee helps support these efforts, and visitors can see animals like harbor seals, octopus and puffins up close, learn about the importance of conservation, and even spend a night with Steller sea lions through one of the education programs.
Whether your day takes you sea kayaking past calving glaciers, sailing beside coastal rainforests or witnessing the awe-inspiring sight of a humpback whale breaching, the Windsong Lodge is the perfect base for Alaskan adventures near Seward.
Globe Guide experienced Windsong Lodge in collaboration with Pursuit.
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