A Few of Our Favorite Things
In addition to rain drops on moose noses, here are a few of our favorite things to do in Homer and around Kachemak Bay.
Wildlife Tour to Seldovia – Puffins, Sea Otters, Whales & more!
One of the most affordable ways to enjoy the bay is the Rainbow Tours wildlife tour. You’ll see Gull Island seabird rookery, an amazing sea otter colony, and have a very good opportunity to see whales up close. Sail to the village of Seldovia with its great restaurants, hiking trails, and historic Russian church. It’s an adventurous and relaxing way to enjoy Kachemak Bay at its most spectacular. If you visit the Seldovia Village Tribe Museum & Visitor Center, make sure you see the Alaska native doll collection inside the gift shop that our neighbor Gert Seekins donated.
Drive to the End of the Road
Anchor Point, north of Homer, is the farthest point west you can drive on continuous highway in North America. Then the road literally ends about 20 miles east of Juneberry Lodge. It’s worth the drive. As you go farther up the bay, the mountains and glaciers get closer for some spectacular views.
CAUTION: Do NOT go over the cliff to the beach. That’s too adventurous.
Highlights along the way include Fritz Creek General Store (abt 4 mi on the left) – great deli and baked goods. The beef brisket sandwich is heavenly. The Homestead Restaurant (across from the General Store) is white-tablecloth fine dining Alaska style.
Homer has no shortage of good eating. A few of our favorites are:
- East End Rd — Wasabi’s, one of Homer’s best, is right at the end of our road; The Bagel Shop, less than a mile from the lodge, is GREAT. You can order sandwiches online for your fishing trips or bear viewing.
- Pioneer Avenue — Café Cups, Cosmic Kitchen
- Old Town — Fat Olives, AJ’s Oldtown Steakhouse & Tavern (check to see if Hobo Jim is playing and go!), Two Sisters Bakery (sticky buns! but also serving dinner)
- On the Spit — Little Mermaid (reservations are a must and worth it!), La Baliene Cafe (offering the freshest organic & local ingredients possible, also to-go lunches), Captain Patties
Tide Pool and Beach Walks
Nothing beats a beach walk during a minus tide to see what the sea reveals. Check the local tide table to see if you will visit during a minus tide. Plan a beach walk or book a guided tide pool walk with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies across the bay or on the Spit.
Homer is the arts capital of Alaska. A stroll down Pioneer Avenue takes you to galleries like Fireweed Gallery and Ptarmigan Arts Cooperative featuring the many fine artists who work here. Visit Bunnell Street Arts Center in Old Town. Cross the bay to Halibut Cove for more art (and great food!).
Great to Know
- Homer Chamber of Commerce – great visitor info
- Homer Public Library – public access computers, scanners, printers
- Homer Trail Map — for running, walking & hiking in and near town
- KBBI Public Radio — 890AM — for those of us who can’t live without it!
- Homer News — published every Thursday with weekly calendar of events. A must for getting the most out of your visit.