Once you Travel Homer Alaska, a place of the most incredible, majestic mountains and water-filled views in the world, with one visit to this quaint, charming town, you’ll want to move to Alaska too.
You guys…I promise, you don’t want to miss this post. I am *so* excited to share my final (and favorite) Alaska destination with you! Welcome to the incredible Homer, Alaska. In order to enjoy the beautiful place, you will need to find some money and other essentials that are popular for travelling abroad with such as a credit card, warm leggings, a puffy vest, a waterproof jacket and a long sleeved top.
If there was one destination that literally took my breath away, it would be Homer, Alaska. If I didn’t have a family that I loved at home, I could imagine myself just calling a friend, asking them to send my belongings, with plans to move in, right where I was.
A journey through these photos will help you understand why Homer needs to go on your bucket list as a must-see destination at least once in your lifetime.
Homer is the ‘home” to thousands of striking Bald Eagles, soaring proudly over the mountains and waters of Homer, as you see in the photo below.
From the deep, dark, turquoise blue waters, whales gracefully crest the surface, while playful seals quietly rest, flat on their back, in the calm of the water.
Nature, here, is peacefully relaxed and undisturbed.
This quaint, charming, homey little town welcomes you and will amaze you with it’s nearly 360 degree peninsula view, it’s never-ending winding, majestic mountains, and it’s gorgeous, deep blue, rich waters.
One visit here, and you’ll never want to leave.
Homer, Alaska sits on the point of the stunning Kachemak Bay at the end of the Sterling Highway, 200 miles south of Anchorage.
It’s here, where you’ll want to be prepared to slow down, take your time and give your eyes time to take it all in.
Slightly off the beaten path as you make your way toward downtown, you can’t help but be enamored with the charm of a boat graveyard.
Alone, and long ago abandoned, these aged and weathered boats whisper to you, as they yearn to tell their most embellished fishing story. If you’re interested in fishing yourself, you can have a look at the best boats to go fishing in and take inspiration from the stories these boats could tell you. It’s really important that you’re carrying the correct fishing equipment if you do decide to go fishing. However, if you’re not planning to go fishing and instead you’re wishing to enjoy a day out on the water, you might instead wish for a more luxurious boat such as you can find available at GraysOnline and other sites. There is nothing much that compares to floating through a vast blue ocean soaking up the rays. Alaska is a great place for fishing but you need to make sure you have all the equipment needed before you set out. My friend bought a cheap fishing rod and she, unfortunately, had to come back from the fishing trip early on in the day. She told me that Fishing Refined wrote a nice guide on the various types of fishing rods which helped her choose which one to buy for her next trip, so plan ahead!
Although situated on private property, there’s a pedestrian path where you can take photos of boats and only imagine their stories.
What you’ll love about these beach front shops, is the unique, artistic and large selection of high quality gifts that they offer. There’s something here for everyone. Of course they have the typical hats, t-shirts, keychains and tchotch·kes, but they also have sculptures, artwork, clothing, jewelry, candles and more.
Trust me, you’ll find something to take home, like I did! 🙂
I loved this endearing little sign that is so friendly, much like all of the locals in Alaska.
And, I didn’t forget all of you 🙂 my food loving friends! I found a gift that is perfect for food lovers everywhere. Check out the foodie flavor of these charming candles by Rosy Rings.
They have an incredible fragrance, and the Tomato Vine scent made my mouth water. It smelled just like tomatoes on the vine! If I didn’t already have a full suitcase, I would’ve bought one of each.
And, I couldn’t help but think of all my food blogging friends and readers, as I was enjoying smelling these incredible scents!
For me, I absolutely fell in love with these ship weights and wanted to bring them home so badly.
There’s just something about them that takes me back to this captivating, likable, fishing town.
When you’re ready for a rest and a bite to eat, a trip across the street will lead you to La Baliene Cafe.
Here, you can enjoy a hearty and generous Alaska Crab Melt – a fresh, crab-filled sandwich with cheddar cheese, caramelized onion, and braised leeks with Dijon aioli served on a toasted garlic roll.
It’s ample enough to share and is sure to satisfy your hungry tummy.
All of La Baliene Cafe’s servings are generous portions and they are made with the freshest of ingredients, so no matter what you order, you will love the incredible blend of flavors.
This Seasalt Deli Sandwich is filled with crisp veggies, white bean spread, Alaska veggie coleslaw, avocado, tomato, cucumber, red onion, and Havarti on rye bread.
And, one simply cannot visit Homer without a visit to the Salty Dawg Saloon.
The Salty Dawg started out as one of the first cabins built in 1897, soon after Homer became a town site. It served as the first post office, a railroad station, a grocery store, and a coal mining office for twenty years.
And now, many years later, here you’ll find where the local fisherman hang out, with it’s low ceilings and dollar bills plastered on the walls and the ceiling.
If you plan to stay in Homer, the Land’s End Resort is on the water, at the very tip of the Homer Spit, and is surrounded by a natural Paradise. Land’s End is the only hotel on the Homer Spit and is within walking distance of the small boat harbor.
Here are a few pictures of the view from my room, which offered nearly 360 degree views off the tip of the point.
At this early hour, the sun has not quite broke the horizon, yet the mountains remain quiet and peaceful as the clouds part and the sun starts to rise and brighten the sky.
If you have the means and opportunity, I highly recommend a visit and stay at Tutka Bay Lodge.
Tutka Bay Lodge sits at the entrance to a splendidly rugged seven-mile fjord at the southern end of Kachemak Bay, and offers views of rugged coastlines, deep fjords, dramatic mountains, quiet beaches, old growth Sitka spruce forests, and amazing tidal fluctuations.
Situated on an eleven-acre property, Tutka Bay Lodge offers a main lodge, six private guest accommodations, a sauna, hot tub and a boat house – all connected by a boardwalk. The large deck offers seating, as well as an area for helicopter landing.
Tutka Bay Lodge has some of the most incredible blue water and gorgeous views.
This was the view from my second story room, where I stayed in the Oyster Catcher Cabin, a rustic cabin privately set apart from the lodge, that offers an expansive view of Tutka Bay, forests and mountains.
It was here where our culinary adventure began.
The cooking school and cooking classes are set in a beautiful, rustic setting, and is hosted inside an incredible old ship; a re-purposed crabbing boat which was originally a World War II-era troop carrier.
You can’t help but fall in love with this charming, magical, peaceful place.
Tutka Bay was truly one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen in my life.
With views like these, I’m sure you will fall in love with Homer, Alaska too.
One of the things I loved the most, was this picture below of an island stranded in the middle of the water, and if you look closely, you will see two proud Bald Eagles perched on the left tip of the island.
So stately and tranquil as they watch over the calm, beautiful waters of the great Alaska outdoors.
I hope you have enjoyed this phenomenal and breathtaking trip almost as much as I did.