Alaska’s Capital Inn – Gay Friendly Juneau B&B

Author: , July 12th, 2017

Alaska's Capital Inn

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Gold miner John Olds built this stately American Foursquare for his new bride and growing family just after the turn of the century.

Come stay with us and experience contemporary comfort and a sense of history when you stay in one of our elegant guestrooms.

All shops, dining, and entertainment are a short stroll from our front door.

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Copper Whale Inn – Gay B&B in Anchorage, Alaska

Author: , September 25th, 2016

Copper Whale Inn

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Stay in the heart of Anchorage and enjoy Alaska’s beauty at the Copper Whale Inn Bed & Breakfast! The state’s natural heritage is celebrated in the pictures on the walls and can be seen through almost every window of this unique downtown inn.

The Copper Whale Inn Bed & Breakfast is in the heart of historic Anchorage, close to the city’s many restaurants, art galleries, museums and other attractions. Our west-side location gives us amazingviews of Cook Inlet, Sleeping Lady and the Alaska Range, as well as easy access to the 16-mile Coastal Trail. We offer binoculars in the Living Room for guests to use to spot some of our amazing wildlife, including bald eagles and beluga whales. Glen Hemingson, our innkeeper, is also available to answer questions and offer suggestions for local activities while you’re in Anchorage and South Central Alaska.

The Copper Whale Inn B&B is one of the few structures to survive the 1964 Anchorage earthquake. The inn has been recently remodeled, and contrasts favorably with nearby downtown office buildings. The inn also offers lush gardens in the summer season.

Our 14 guest rooms are both comfortable and inviting, and our roomy common area is warmed by a stone fireplace.

Comfort, convenience and natural beauty all combine to create a relaxing retreat for travelers from around the world. We hope you will join us at the Copper Whale in beautiful Anchorage, Alaska!

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Gay Travel: Two Guys Find Light in Alaska

Author: , November 12th, 2015

Dillon Davis in Denali

Like most New Yorkers I put a high value on summer sun, which you find in abundance in Alaska in the summer. All winter long, with each blustery storm or polar vortex I have to remind myself that sunshine is in fact coming. So you could imagine my reaction when my best friend suggested we make a mid-July trip to Alaska. Throughout his 20’s he challenged himself to visit all 50 states before his 30th birthday. Having visited the other 49 states in the Union, Alaska would be his finish line, and I couldn’t let him cross it alone. (Plus he had just undergone a break up and he really needed a bro-cation.)

Over the course of an 11-day trip we toured some of southern Alaska’s finest towns and cities including Anchorage, Homer, Hope and Talkeetna. From whitewater rafting to camping in a yurt and hiking in Denali National Park, we took on the adventures that Alaska had to offer. It’s funny to think now that I was ever worried about missing out on summer sun in a place with nearly 24 hours of daylight.

Why did you choose to go to Alaska?

I have always wanted to see Alaska so when my friend, Greg was planning a trip for his 30th birthday I jumped at the opportunity to tag along. Plus he needed a friend, his relationship having recently ended.

By Dillon Davis – Full Story at

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge, Kachemak Bay State Park, Alaska

Author: , August 15th, 2015

Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge

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At Sadie Cove we offer accommodations, adventures and comfortable, welcoming surroundings. With a maximum guest count of 6,the entire lodge can be yours with a small group or you can make new friends with a handful of other peace-seekers.

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Eating Out: Anchorage, Alaska

Author: , July 24th, 2014

Alaska AirlinesThere’s no shortage of hot dog stands hawking that spicy, oh-so-Alaska treat, the reindeer dog, in downtown Anchorage. But only one of them has consistently long lines.

M.A.’s Gourmet Dogs is owned by a guy with an attitude and seven types of tasty grilled dogs – including one with a little bit of Rudolph in it. The reindeer meat, too lean to hold together alone, is mixed with pork and beef. It’s the hands-down crowd favorite, every bite delivering a pleasing crunchy pop.

This is Michael Anderson’s hot dog stand, a mobile feast beneath a big green umbrella near the corner of Fourth Avenue and F Street, parked outside the Federal Building. He’s been selling dogs downtown for 22 years during Alaska’s summer tourist season, even on the rainiest days, and he’s such a draw that an adjacent competitor started using a green umbrella too.

By Rachel D’Oro – Full Story at Edge Boston | Alaska Gay Travel Resources

Visiting Fairbanks, Alaska

Author: , July 17th, 2014

Alaska AirlinesWhether arriving by cruise ship or airplane, few Alaskan visitors stray from the ports around Juneau, the city of Anchorage, or the beautiful Denali National Park. But we have lots of love for the state’s more rugged pocket of Fairbanks, another 100-plus miles beyond Denali. From surprisingly diverse cuisine to truly remote respite, here’s why we think the region inhabited by just 32,000 is worth the distance:

1. Surprising Cuisine and Brews
Of course, you’ll find plenty of crab legs here and typical AK fare here. Through mid-September, Alaska Salmon Bake in Pioneer Park serves all-you-can-eat salmon fillets baked over an open fire — plus more entrees like prime rib and cod, a salad bar, rolls, baked beans, and desserts — all for just $31.95.

But who knew Fairbanks is also home to a staggering number of Thai restaurants? To be exact, we found 15 at last count — including Lemongrass, which serves up dishes like Gaeng Paar “jungle curry” with Alaskan halibut or scallops. There’s no shortage of early morning options, either. You can jumpstart your day with reindeer sausage and eggs, dished up at the three-year-old Loose Moose Cafe. For a hearty Sunday brunch, the buffet at the historic Pump House Restaurant comes with great patio views of the Chena River.

By Kristine Hansen – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Alaska Gay Travel Resources

Five Free Things to Do in Anchorage

Author: , July 16th, 2014

Alaska AirlinesMost tourists making a summer trip to Alaska will pass through Anchorage on their way to cruises, Denali National Park and other scenic adventures. While in Alaska’s biggest city, also home to the state’s largest airport, there are plenty of free things to do. Here are a few.


This is the gem of the city’s extensive trail system, which boasts more than 120 miles (193 kilometers) of paved trails.

The coastal trail is accessible from many points in downtown Anchorage, and takes walkers or joggers about a mile and a half (2.4 kilometers) to the scenic Westchester Lagoon. However, earlier this summer a bridge collapsed near the lagoon so there’s a slight detour off-trail through neighborhoods.

If you make it to the lagoon with energy to burn, the trail continues for another 9 miles (14 kilometers) to Kincaid Park. Moose sightings are more likely as you go by Earthquake Park – which offers great views of downtown Anchorage draped under the Chugach Mountains – and Point Woronzof.

By Mark Thiessen – Full Story at Edge Boston | Alaska Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Glacier Bay Cottage, Gustavus, Alaska

Author: , August 7th, 2013

Glacier Bay Cottage - Gustavus, AlaskaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Cottage Close to Glacier Bay in Gustavus AK: Our gay and lesbian, bi and trans-friendly cottage is located in Gustavus, Alaska, the gateway to Glacier Bay National Park. Our specialty is catering to the independent traveler. Glacier Bay Cottage is conveniently located in the center of Gustavus at the Four Corners but is also very private and rural.

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Summer Beach Getaways – Homer and Mendocino

Author: , July 14th, 2013

Andrew Collins over at the Dallas Voice clues us into a few less-traveled beach destinations for your summertime getaway:

Homer, Alaska: You may not think of Alaska when you’re planning a beach vacation, but the offbeat fishing town of Homer ( is an endearingly funky and gay-friendly coastal getaway popular both with residents and visitors to the Last Frontier. On the Kenai Peninsula and reached from Anchorage either by a stunning 220-mile drive or an easy 40-minute flight, the town is situated at the mouth of Kachemak Bay and affords dramatic views of the glacier-capped Kenai Mountains.

Mendocino, California: Among the many jewels of the rugged California coastline, the beautiful little town of Mendocino ( stands out for its rugged sea cliffs, charming New England-inspired cottages and serene seclusion. The town is just 150 miles up the coast from San Francisco, and 80 miles via the lovely Anderson Valley from the heart of the Sonoma Wine Country.

For more details on both locations, hit the link above.

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Chasing Alaska’s Northern Lights

Author: , May 22nd, 2013
by Eyal Feldman, Boy Butter Blog
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Alaska - Boy Butter BlogWhen people think of Alaska they immediately think of the arctic, snow, ice, and a general freezing cold. Well, when you tell people that you are going to Alaska in February they immediately think you are crazy.

I have travelled the world and seen tons of different countries and geographical areas, but nothing compares and nowhere I have been comes close to the uniqueness and rugged natural beauty that is Alaska. The sheer size of Alaska is so big it is difficult to grasp, it is 1/3 the size of the land area of the entire 48 states, or about twice the size of Texas.

Not only am I inspired and drawn to the extreme locals and geography, but as an astronomy aficionado the main astronomical phenomena I am chasing here on this Alaska adventure is the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. The Aurora Borealis is a natural brightly colored occurrence as the Sun’s radiation hits the Earth’s magnetic field a beautiful display of charged particles light up the sky in our upper atmosphere, only visible near the poles and the best time of year to witness it is during the winter time when the nights are longer and chance of seeing the Aurora are the greatest, but you better pray for clear skies or it can be completely obscured.

The first stop on this arctic adventure is Anchorage, the most popular place to start your introduction into this sub-arctic wonderland. Surrounded by impressive snow covered mountains, Anchorage is a spread out bustling town of 300,000 out of Alaska’s population of 730,000 folks with plenty of things to do, places to go and people to meet.

By far Alaska’s largest and most sophisticated city, Anchorage is situated in a truly spectacular location surrounded by permanently snow-covered peaks and volcanoes of the Alaska Range. To the west of the city, part of the craggy Chugach Range is actually within the eastern edge of the municipality, and the Talkeetna and Kenai ranges are visible to the north and south. On clear days Mt. McKinley looms on the northern horizon, and two arms of Cook Inlet embrace the town’s western and southern borders.

Staying at the comfortable and classy Copper Whale Inn, a gay friendly bed and breakfast located conveniently in the heart of downtown Anchorage, just a short walk from the city’s restaurants, galleries, museums and attractions. One museum that I suggest is the largest museum in Alaska, The Alaska Museum of History and Art, where you can learn about Indigenous art, science, and the history of Alaska and it’s cultures.

Also a short distance away are the only two gay bars in town, Mad Myrna’s and The Raven, if you want to see a super hot bartender, please make sure to ask for Chris Jones at Mad Myrna’s (oucha mcgoucha). There is also a small Gay and Lesbian Center nearby on 5th Avenue just down the road so you can inquire on all things homo-Alaskan when you get there.

The next stop on the Northern Lights adventure is to Denali National Park, home of Mount Mckinley, the tallest mountain in North America at an elevation of 20,320 feet. Then it is on to Fairbanks and the famous Chena Hot Springs, a location so famous for the Northern Lights viewing that Japanese people fly specifically to Chena Hot Springs so they can conceive a child under the Aurora as it is considered good luck for the future child. I might not be conceiving a Japanese child there but I am sure it will be enjoyable nonetheless.