Tutka Bay Lodge Alaska, USA
Tutka Bay Lodge
Within the Wild Alaska
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
Kirsten Dixon, owner. Dixon has been cooking in the backcountry of Alaska for more than twenty years. She is a passionate culinary student, educator, and an avid gardener. Kirsten spends most of her time at Tutka Bay Lodge, where she frequently teaches cooking classes in an old re-purposed crabbing boat called The Widgeon II or gives tours of the herb garden. Kirsten attended culinary school at the Cordon Bleu in Paris, and she holds a master’s degree in gastronomy (food history) from Adelaide University in Australia. She has published several cookbooks, including The Winterlake Lodge Cookbook, Tutka Bay Lodge Cookbook and is currently working on a new book project. Kirsten completed an MFA program in creative writing at Goddard College, Vermont. Kirsten has written for and has been featured in many national and international publications.
National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World
TUTKA BAY LODGE
Tutka Bay Lodge situates on an eleven-acre property at the head of the rugged seven-mile fjord of Kachemak Bay, Alaska. Our lodge can be reached by a scheduled twenty-minute water taxi from Homer or by an hour and fifteen-minute float plane charter from Anchorage.
Key sites/activities in the area
*Hike through old growth Sitka Spruce forest right from the lodge
*Launch from the deck of the lodge to renowned Sea Kayaking, Deep Sea Fishing for halibut and salmon, Bear Viewing on the Katmai Peninsula
*In-house massage therapist, yoga instructor, and personal guide
*Award winning Sea to Table cuisine inspired by Chef Kirsten Dixon
*Cooking School in our Historic Crabbing Boat, the Widgeon
*Dig for steam clams and pluck mussels while enjoying the midnight sun
*Research native art, archaeology, marine biology and plants with our naturalist’s.
*Visit neighbouring communities to enjoy art galleries or the small cultural village, Seldovia.
106 lb Halibut caught off the dock in 2005
Children of all ages are encouraged to visit and enjoy the natural world. Special rates apply 12 and under.
• Oyster Catcher Guest Chalet – On the main floor are two bedrooms, each with private washroom, and the large deck area and covered porch offer areas to sit in the sun. Both rooms have king beds which can be separated into two single beds in each room. Sleeps 2-4 (2 king beds or 4 twin beds, 2 baths).
• Crow’s Nest (Above the Oyster Catcher) is a beautiful separate upstairs accommodation with a private entrance. One bedroom with a king bed that can be separated into two singles, a private bath, sitting room, large balcony and a fabulous view of Tutka Bay. Sleeps 2 (1 king or 2 twins, 1 bath)
• Eagle’s Nest Guest Chalet – The main floor is 20’ X 24’ with the prow front (600 square feet), and includes a large open room with huge windows, sitting area, sleeping area and washroom. The upper floor is a 14’ X 20’ (280 square feet), an open half loft accessed by spiral staircase. This is s two-level open cabin layout with 2 King beds which can be separated into 4 singles, an additional Single bed, and 1 bath. Sleeps 2-5 (1 king or 2 twins downstairs, 3 twins upstairs, 1 bath)
• Kittiwake Guest Cottage – The main floor is 20’ X 24’ (480 square feet) with a combined sleeping and sitting area with a King bed that can be separated into two singles and a spacious restroom. The upper floor is 20’ X 24’ (480 square feet), encompassing one large bedroom accessed by a spiral staircase with a King bed that can be separated into two singles, and an additional single bed. Sleeps 2-5 (1 king or 2 twins downstairs, 3 twins upstairs, 1 bath
• Steller’s Jay Guest Cabin – The main floor is 576 square feet with 12’ X 16’ sitting room, large washroom and private 12’ X 16’ bedroom. The upper floor has private 12’ X 16’ bedroom with stairway access. Sleeps 2-4 (1 king or 2 twins downstairs, 2 twins upstairs, 1 bath – a 3rd twin can be added)
• Loon cabin – Loon is a one-bedroom cabin with a king bed that can be separated into two singles, a private washroom. Sleeps 2 (1 king or 2 twins, sleeps 2, 1 bath
• King Fisher – a one-bedroom cabin with king beds that separates into two singles, and a private washroom. Sleeps 2 (1 king or 2 twins, sleeps 2, 1 bath)
Restaurants & Bars
• Full bar- included
• Hot tub
Corporate & Celebration Events
• Buy out of lodge Max 18
Extra Notable Features
• *Cooking School in our Historic Crabbing Boat, the Widgeon
Hotel and Restaurant Awards
• Conde Nast Readers Choice Award #2 in Pacific Northwest and Alaska- 2018
• Foders 100 Hotel Awards 2012
• Tutka Bay Lodge Cookbook – 2015 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) cookbook awards.
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