It seems no matter where you journey in Alaska, the scenery is always majestic and breathtaking. That holds even more true on the Homer Spit in Alaska where natural beauty, outdoor activities and abundant wildlife reign supreme. But Homer is also known for world-class fishing, as it is considered one of the world’s most abundant sport-fishing destinations with catch ranging from halibut, year-round salmon to exotic yellow-eye rockfish and lingcod.
Located on the tip of the Homer Spit, Land’s End Resort has a killer view of the Kachemak Bay. That essentially makes it a beachfront hotel, with the water lapping on the pebbly shore less than 25 yards from your balcony. Enjoy the view while catching glimpses of bald eagles flying and sea otters swimming in the surf. If lucky, you may even see a breaching whale playing in bay.
Land’s End Resort offers 85 guest accommodations with features such as flat-screen televisions with satellite channels, mini-fridges, microwaves, and in-room coffeemakers. Free WiFi is available in the rooms and the public areas. Local calls are free and so is the parking. The resort is also the largest event and conference hotel in the area that offers full-service meeting facilities. What is nice is that the hotel is also family-friendly, offering a variety of lodging styles that include view-lofts and 2-room suites.
Since Homer is known as the “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World” it should be no surprise that the Chartroom Restaurant at Land’s End Resort features fresh seafood along with gourmet classics and traditional fare. There is also a bar that serves beer, wine and cocktails along with a small lounge. You can’t go wrong with fresh seafood and my absolute favorite during my stay were the crab cakes: They were so delicious that I dined on them a total of 3 times while I was there. Be sure to save room for the house-made desserts. You can’t go wrong with my favorite – the “Disappearing Peanut Butter Pie.” Enjoy your meal from inside with panoramic views of the bay or on the seaside deck when the weather turns warmer.
Wellness amenities include a beachfront hot tub, heated indoor wave pool and indoor sauna. During my stay I noted that the sauna in particular, seemed to be in constant use. Though the resort claims to have an exercise room, I couldn’t find it and was eventually told by the front desk that it had been temporarily relocated to a room that my key card would open. Upon investigation, there were only two pieces of equipment located in the room and one was out-of-order. Better to walk on the beach for your exercise.
Room rates are from $99–489 depending on lodging type and season. High season is generally May 1 through early September – just after Labor Day.
Note that Land’s End extends a 10% discount to military members, AAA members, and Alaska residents. And for those simply looking for a getaway whether for romance or adventure, ask about the Getaway Packages from $139 for two. Check the Land’s End Resort website for other seasonal specials. Be advised that the hotel recommends a l-year in advance booking for choice room picks.
Hotel review by Albuquerque-based travel & food writer/photographer Karin Leperi, who paid for six nights lodging for review purposes. (She was a participant in a wildlife photography tour led by Aaron Baggenstos of Aaron’s Tours.) All photos and text by Karin Leperi.