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Dreaming of Alaska Adventures?

Travel to Alaska

If you have been trying to decide where to travel this year, and Alaska has been on your bucket list for some time, view this short video. It might help you make the decision!

When you plan to visit, consider staying at Bed & Breakfasts along the way. You will get a much truer view of Alaska than in if you settle for a brand-name accommodation found in any city, as B&Bs are run by local entrepreneurs, serve a limited number of guests at one time, and give you both the privacy and security you desire. B&Bs have amenities - ask the host! Ours has free (and very secure) Wi-Fi, breakfasts that accommodate your preferences, and free parking, among other things.

B&Bs are often located in scenic areas rather in the downtown business district. In Anchorage, nothing is far from museums and shopping, so don’t let a concept of distance limit you. Staying on the hillside, or where you can observe the waters of Turnagain Arm has a bonus: you may have a moose visit to check the B&B’s raspberries or vegetable garden!

It is best to rental a vehicle to see Alaska - most travelers want to go to Denali or Seward, perhaps Whittier or Talkeetna, and on their own schedule. You can stop at Beluga Point to Whale watch, visit the lookout or walk the trails at Flat Top Mountain, and take a side road to shop for Peter Brondz pottery

We would love to host you at Jarvi Homestay! If your party has 1 - 4 travelers, consider our two-bedroom B&B. You will have the lower floor of our home for your use - on strangers, just you and your family or friends. We book quickly, so check our calendar today for your travel dates. Prefer to talk? Call us at 907-561-3349 in Alaska (and please leave a message: I may be out of range when you call!)

Make this the year of your Alaska adventure!

The Ides of March and Booking Your Travel

Winter Trainride to Seward March is the time of year when any kind of weather might arrive on Anchorage’s doorstep. While the Lower 48 has endured massive snowfall, Anchorage has been the place to visit for temperate days and sunny evenings, great for long walks and moose sightings. When the snow has been in Alaska, taking the winter train ride to Seward, as pictured, has been a top choice of visitors.

Until the summer travel season goes into high gear, it is relatively easy to rent a car, book a B&B, get a dinner reservation, and even get tickets to the Performing Arts Center. But come late May, and places will be crowded!

So beware the Ides of March. Now is the time to get your plans made and reservations set! We have 30 B&Bs that have been inspected and are approved, of which Jarvi Homestay is one.

Never visited a B&B? If you want a private place with a sense of home, try a stay. Your hosts will give you the resident’s scoop on where to go and what to do, and will otherwise be out of your way. But when you want a recommendation, please ask.

We anticipate a great season, and hope you will stay with us!

Another Great Recipe: Bishops Bread

Bishops Bread came to me by way of a Master Gardener who lives on the Kenai. She taught me to prepare ingredients the night before, then assemble in the morning. I have made a few changes in the recipe but it is basically Rosemary’s.

Mix together:
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
1 T flax flour or other nutty flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 stick butter

After mixing, divide into two bowls, reserving 3/4 cup for topping. To this add 1/2 cup chopped pecans, walnuts, or almonds.

In large mixing bowl:
beat 1 egg
1 1/2 cups vanilla soy milk + 1 T vinegar (can substitute buttermilk)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Then add the larger portion of dry ingredients. For variety, add 11/2 cups chopped fruits (dried mango is excellent) or berries. Mix, then pour into greased 9x9 pan. Sprinkle the reserved topping, then bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until inserted tooth pick comes out clean.

Moose in Spring

Garys Moose Moose Alert!
This female moose came to the porch of a naturopathic doctor today - was she seeking medical advice? Like many, she is due in about six weeks. What a great time to visit Anchorage and look for mamas and newborns. Mid-May to the end of June is the prime time for these events.

The moose wander neighborhoods such as the one in which JarviHomestay resides. Young moose often stop traffic crossing the streets in search of tasty shrubs and bushes! Once a moose finds a happy spot, she (or he) will tuck legs under, lay down, and nap. We often find one sleeping near the park up the street, or near the bluff.

And no matter how many moose we see, Alaska residents always stop to admire the next one. You will too!

Our Professional Association is So Cool!

The AABBA, our professional association, is up up to date with its new FaceBook page. Want to follow for tidbits on things to do in Anchorage? Follow the AABBA.

Alaska Botanical Gardens

Garden Art The Alaska Botanical Garden provides visitors with a surprise: how many times has a visitor remarked, “they can grow plants that large in Alaska?” Yes! The gardens amaze visitors with their variety and vitality! Plan a walk to several of the specialty gardens including the Herb Garden. Each year, the Herb of the Year is featured - 2010’s choice is Dill. Bring the kids, reminding them not to pick, just look, smell, and even touch (gently!) Pets are asked to remain at home, and to decrease the interest of bears, please avoid bringing food, too.

There is an amazing peony collection that has been enhanced recently. The perennial garden is robust, and the newest garden is developing well - its first full year of growth is on display!

Consider becoming a member to support the ABG - you will be richly rewarded each time you visit. This weekend, the annual Garden Art Show is on display with amazing works by local artists.