Gifts of the Season

The Season’s Twelve Days


The Twelve Days of Christmas are real and they stretch to January 6th. Missed the gift exchange of the first day? There are more opportunities to show you care.

How about a gift certificate for two nights at a B&B? Friday and Saturday nights at Jarvi Homestay would make a great getaway for someone attending a concert or theatre. And what about First Friday weekends? Couple that with a Saturday hike and a Sunday trip to the Museum for a refreshing get away.

You can
check our calendar - or contact us. Then check the ADN Events calendar for an overview of happenings. We’d love to see you!

The Gift of Travel

We posted this a while ago; still the idea is ‘now’!

This holiday season, consider giving your loved ones the gift of an unforgettable experience—Alaska. The Last Frontier offers a variety of vacation options for every interest, and at any time of year. Consider a cruise package—many companies offer early booking deals—for the family or that special someone who has always dreamed of venturing north. Alaska's Native culture coupled with gold rush and World War II history is sure to astound and delight any history buff, while adventure seekers will find a lot to keep their heart pumping, like bear-viewing or a trip down the world's longest zip line. A host of family-friendly activities are perfect for a vacation with the kidsfrom national forests to dog mushing or even a visit to Christmas headquarters in North Pole. So make your list, and give the present that truly keeps giving: a lifetime of memories from a trip to Alaska.

Now is the time to peruse the
Anchorage Area Bed and Breakfast options - including Jarvi Homestay. This listing includes only those B&Bs that have pased the annual peer reivew (more in-depth than regulatory requirements by a long shot!). You can view pictures, check their calendars, and even make reservations on line. The Association also has a Hotline so that if you want to talk to someone in Anchorage, you can discuss your needs with someone at 907-272-5909 (office hours -9.00 GMT or Alaska Time).

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

GarysMoose 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!

Alaska Travel as a Holiday Gift

Giving the Gift of Alaska Travel....

Teachers, Coming Through Anchorage?

Teacher, are you traveling through Anchorage this summer, perhaps coming from your rural school or going back out? We think you would enjoy a few days at JarviHomestay and offer a plan for you. Just should your school affiliation for a discounting room rate! We will greet you with fresh fruit and other tasty treats, then let you rest before shopping, movies, pedicures, or what ever is on your list of things to do. Just ask -- we honor you for your contribution to Alaska!