Saturday, June 18, 2011

Exit Glacier Lodge

On a recent trip to southeast Alaska and the Inside Passage, I had the good fortune of stumbling upon the Exit Glacier Lodge in Seward, Alaska. After being in the confined quarters of a cruise ship's stateroom, it was nice to have much more room in the spacious rooms in the Exit Glacier Lodge.

The two-level Exit Glacier Lodge is probably best categorized as a bed and breakfast featuring private bathrooms in each of its 15 rooms. Having access to free high-speed wireless internet was nice and we really enjoyed the location (bottom of Exit Glacier Road near Seward Highway) and the quiet of the place. The beds were comfortable and we slept well. The location is not only obviously convenient to the Exit Glacier, but is also convenient to downtown Seward.

The breakfast provided in the morning included waffles made as we came down to breakfast along with other items often associated with continental breakfast. The party I was with particularly enjoyed the strawberry-covered waffles and pieces of watermelon.

The rooms we were in (the Deluxe) did not have air conditioning, but this is likely rarely needed in a location like Seward because of the cool air readily available by opening the window. Indeed, I have found that many accommodations in the Colorado mountain towns have similarly not had air conditioning for the same reason.

The Exit Glacier Lodge is larger than it appears in the photographs of it available on the web because the front of it with the entrance that is featured in the photographs is the short side of the rectangular-shaped building. The rooms run from the lobby down the long side of the rectangle shape to the end and are more spacious than many of the bed and breakfasts that I have stayed at previously. The Accommodations at the Exit Glacier Lodge page shows several photographs of the lodge, of its lobby area, and of its rooms.

We had a change in plans toward the end of our Alaska vacation that led to us needing to stay a night in Seward. Because of the late changes, many of the first lodging options returned first from a Google search were already unavailable for our large group. However, all turned out well as we really enjoyed our stay at the Exit Glacier Lodge. Some of the other Seward-area accommodations are likely more popular for those who don't have access to private transportation, but we will make Exit Glacier Lodge our first choice if we are ever fortunate enough to visit Seward again.

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