Tutka Bay Lodge rests in a secluded cove on the southern end of Kachemak Bay, nine nautical miles from the seaside town of Homer, on south-central Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Situated along a wooded isthmus, the lodge’s cabins are surrounded by shimmering tidal pools and natural estuaries, ideal habitats for a diverse array of marine life. To the east of the lodge, a rugged fjord cuts a path seven miles inland, its turquoise waters framed by the snow-capped mountains of Kachemak Bay State Park.
The lodge is located at the intersection of three ecosystems. It lies just inside the northern terminus of a coastal temperate rain forest, sits at the edge of thirteen intertidal zones, and is bordered by a 300-year-old Sitka spruce forest. The resulting landscape is a wonderland for naturalists and outdoor lovers. Brown bears are the stars on land, and the waters surrounding the lodge are rich with marine life including whales, sea lions, porpoises, seals, sea otters, urchins, anemones, and more.
The Alutiiq are an indigenous group of Alaskans who have lived on the Kenai Peninsula for over 7,000 years. The group’s culture, language, and religion have significant Russian influences, thanks to the Russian immigrants who came to the region in the 18th century. Today, many Alutiiq live in coastal fishing communities, working within modern economies while nourishing rich customs in song and dance, traditional dress, and spirituality.
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