Gatehouse Cabin gets Headboard!

Gatehouse Cabin Headboard

Paul built the long-awaited headboard for the Gatehouse Cabin this winter.  It’s funny how some things take so long to get done, even though they are at the top of the list! 😉 LOL

Close up of Angel Wing and Jewel

I’ve been hearing about this headboard for a long time, so I was so excited to have it “unveiled to me!”  Paul never ceases to amaze me with his crafty designs.

I love the little details he added to this headboard, like the Angel wings and small embedded jewels.

Whales Dance Across the Headboard

This headboard was built entirely by hand in Paul’s studio.

Whales dance across the headboard as the sun rises with angels watching.

Wintertime View from Gatehouse Bed

No matter what time of year, the view from bed is stunning. 🙂

Best Place to Eat in Seward Alaska! Restaurant Review

Smoke Shack Staff Attentive & Helpful

“Life’s too short to eat boring food” is the motto of the best year-round restaurant in Seward, Alaska. Owned by people who really care about the food they serve, the unique Smoke Shack, in an old Alaska Railroad car, at the corner of Port and 4th Avenues is a gem. With just 6 tables inside, their freshly prepared meals will light up your taste buds. During summer months the Smoke Shack serves all three meals; in the off-season/winter they reduce their offerings to just a breakfast and lunch menu and close by 3pm.

Eggs Benedict with pan potatoes

This not your run of the mill fare! Hamburgers are handmade and thick, served with coleslaw and a side of beans. No french fries here. The coleslaw is fresh and unique; the beans are red or baked beans. They use good bread.

Special attention is paid to all the meats they serve, hence the name “Smoke Shack.” You won’t find many seafood dishes on the menu, but often there’s a shellfish dish, like snow crab eggs Benedict. There are plenty of places in Seward to eat fish (Salmon Bake being the #1 place in the summer), but the Smoke Shack is the only place to get freshly smoked meats, fresh corned beef hash, or the best Ruben sandwich on the planet. Portion sizes are generous, and although they have raised their prices, the meals are still a good value.

I asked for "extra crispy" is why so browned 🙂

For Valentine’s Day this year (sorry it’s taken so long to post this!) we went out to breakfast at the Smoke Shack and we were not disappointed! The eggs Benedict had thick slices of delicious lightly smoked ham; the corned beef hash was fresh and fantastic, and there was more than I could finish!

Inside the Smoke Shack Railcar

The little Toyo heater keeps the rail-car comfortable in the winter; in the summer there’s plenty of covered outdoor seating. This little eatery is truly a unique dining experience year round. We hope everyone gives it a try!

March in Alaska, There’s No Predicting!

View of our waterfront cabins on March 4, 2010

View on 3/4 of Resurrection Bay Overlooking Our Waterfront Cabins


View of our waterfront cabins on March 4, 2010 

Mother Nature can be a fickle girl, so if you’re planning a visit to Angels Rest on Resurrection Bay in March, it’s best to be flexible! March for us is traditionally the month that Alaskans start traveling again after winter, taking weekends off to visit our wonderful location and scenic part of the State. This weekend we were looking forward to catching up with some long time customers from Soldotna; and welcoming some new guests who have never stayed with us before. 

Imagine my dismay as I called them both this morning, warning of blizzard conditions, high winds and avalanche danger! I was lucky to catch everyone before they got on the road, although the family from Anchorage were all loaded into the car 😦 

The safety and comfort of our guests are most important, and this time of year Mother Nature is completely unpredictable, as exhibited in these photos taken a day apart! 

So, plan ahead, so you can be sure to get the cabin of your choice; but be prepared to be flexible! We’ll hope to see you soon! 

Thank You Dear Reader,

View of our waterfront cabins on March 5, 2010

View on 3/5 of Resurrection Bay Overlooking Our Waterfront Cabins


View of our waterfront cabins on March 5, 2010