Tutka Bay Lodge: The Experience

Located in Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, United States

Tutka Bay Lodge was built on a peninsula where old-growth forest meets the waters of Kachemak Bay—a place where guests can step outside their cabin and turn inland for an invigorating hike among Sitka spruce, head out to the boathouse and launch a kayak right from the dock, or join a stimulating outdoor yoga class overlooking the bay and surrounding mountains. Whichever direction you turn, you’ll experience the unspoiled beauty of the Alaskan wilderness.

Expert guides and naturalists enhance lodge excursions, providing guests with intriguing information on the area’s wildlife-rich waters and woodlands. Mealtime also offers insight into this fascinating ecosystem—many of the ingredients found on the restaurant’s menu come straight from the bay and surrounding forests.

Things to Do

The following experiences are included in the cost of your stay.

Boating

Glide down a fjord in a kayak or rowboat, discovering secret coves and secluded islands. Or journey into the open water on a speedboat for whale watching or an after-dinner sunset cruise.

Fly Fishing

Cast a line into the bay from the lodge’s main deck, fishing for greenling, cod, and flatfish. Then join the chefs in the kitchen for help with preparing your catch.

Clam and Mussel Harvesting

Wade through the bay at low tide, digging for clams and plucking mussels from the rocks for an evening feast.

Culinary Classes

Benefit from the instruction of top chefs during a cooking class in the lodge’s Wilderness Kitchen. Forage ingredients from the surrounding wilderness and prepare them in a repurposed crabbing boat that was originally a WWII-era troop carrier. The specific culinary topics rotate, but all lessons teach techniques in “frontier fusion” cuisine.

Tide Pooling

Explore the beach’s tidal pools when the water levels are low, exposing intertidal species that are not visible during high tide.

Marine Life Viewing

Seek out all manner of marine life in the wildlife-rich waters that surround the lodge. Watch for whales, sea lions, porpoises, and seals; witness sea otters dive for urchins and clams; discover sea stars, chitons, and mussels at low tide; and observe frilled anemones in the garden under the lodge dock.

Hiking

Venture inland on foot to explore Alaska’s old-growth forests, glacial lakes, alpine meadows, and pristine waterfalls. Popular hiking options include the Tutka Lagoon Trail, the climb to Grace Ridge in Kachemak Bay State Park, and the two-mile trail on the lodge grounds.

Mountain Biking

Bike the old Seldovia logging road, a 12-mile trail that runs through old-growth forest.

Local Life

Get a taste for life in small-town Alaska on a visit to Homer or Seldovia by checking out their artist enclaves while gallery-hopping.

Cultural History Tours

Tour local settlements and islands, including Seldovia, Yukon Island, or the Herring Islands, to learn about the area’s rich cultural history. Visit archaeological sites and unique museums, and discover vibrant modern-day cultures.

Wellness Program

Rejuvenate your mind and body by participating in the lodge's wellness program. Practice yoga in complementary classes held on the beachfront deck, visit the sauna, or enjoy a relaxing massage.

Deep Sea Fishing

Sail into open waters with your rod and reel to fish for salmon and halibut. Each guest may choose between a complimentary deep-sea fishing trip or a bear-viewing excursion. Additional excursions are offered at an extra cost.

Bear Viewing

Take a thrilling helicopter ride to Katmai National Park and Preserve, and spend time on the viewing platforms observing grizzly bears fishing and interacting with their environment. Each guest may choose between a complimentary deep-sea fishing trip or a bear-viewing excursion. Additional excursions are offered at an extra cost.

Optional Activities and Experiences

The following experiences are offered at an additional cost.

Glacier Excursion

Soar over Tutka Bay on a helicopter ride, landing on Grewingk Glacier in Kachemak Bay State Park. Upon touchdown, opt to take a short hike to a small lake at the foot of the glacier and paddle among the ice floes in a kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Time permitting, choose to float the river from the glacier to the confluence of Kachemak Bay.

Additional Excursions

One deep-sea fishing or bear-viewing excursion per person is included in the room rate. All subsequent excursions are offered at an extra cost.

Food and Drink

Celebrated chef and lodge co-owner Kirsten Dixon has been using Tutka Bay as her personal test kitchen for years, experimenting with natural ingredients from the surrounding wilderness and perfecting her distinctive "frontier-fusion" fare. Guests have the opportunity to sample local flavors that are masterfully layered in creative dishes, like fresh sockeye salmon atop wild mushrooms and truffle gnocchi. Guests who are interested in delving deeper into this unique culinary world can join lodge chefs for a hands-on cooking class in the Wilderness Kitchen.

Before dinner each night, guests are invited to a tasting of fine wines and cheeses in the main lodge.

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