Views from the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge in Alaska

by Janis on June 26, 2015

Kenai Princess Wilderness LodgeWe have some friends on a Princess cruise tour in Alaska, and we wish we were joining them during their upcoming stay at the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge near Cooper Landing, Alaska.

Kenai Princess Wilderness LodgeThe main lodge overlooks the vibrant blue-green water of the Kenai River.

Kenai Princess Wilderness LodgeEach of the cabin-like rooms at Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge has vaulted ceilings with a wood-burning stove and a private porch that’s perfect for taking in the surrounding views. Whether visiting during the long daylight hours of late June, or at the end of the season in mid-September, we’ve always had a fantastic time staying at this lodge.

Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge, AlaskaThe Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge is near a place very close to Mr. Jones’ heart. While growing up in Anchorage, he often went fishing on the Kenai River with his father, who originally came to Alaska as part of the military contingent that helped build the Alaska Highway (ALCAN) during World War II.

Kenai River Diagram at Sackett's Kenai Grill

The senior Mr. Jones’ and his sons fished the same hole on the Kenai River so frequently that some of the locals named it “Joneseys hole.” Our friends Doug and Kristi sent us this photo of a wooden plaque depicting the Kenai River, noting the spot by the bridge known as “Joneseys.”

Joneseys Hole, Kenai RiverOur friends took these photos at Sackett’s Kenai Grill, rumored to have great pizza and bar-be-cue.

Regardless of whether you get to fish on the Kenai River, or visit Sackett’s, a stay at the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge is always special.

lunch at Rafters at the Kenai Princess Wilderness LodgeEven if you don’t stay at the lodge, stop in for lunch at the main lodge. The fishing-themed Rafter’s Lounge has casual food and killer Bloody Mary’s for enjoying inside or outside on the deck overlooking the bright blue-green  waters of the Kenai River just below.  Eagles Crest Restaurant offers a more in-depth menu and complete dining experience.

Have you visited the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge? How was your experience?

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