Saturday, July 5, 2014

Your Summer 2014 Garden Gate Staff

We've got a great team to serve you this summer! From left to right: Makenna, Jordan, Kamille (and Cali our resident cat), Sara and Rachel. Let us know if we can help make your stay better in any way!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

We are a 2014 TripAdvisor Award of Excellence winner

Alaska Garden Gate B&B and Cottages Receives Trip Advisor Award of Excellence
The world's largest travel site, TripAdvisor, has awarded Alaska Garden Gate B&B and Cottages with their prestigious Award of Excellence. Only 10 percent of worldwide businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious accolade, which honors hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments consistently achieving outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.  
To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, a business must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by TripAdvisor travelers. Additionally, the volume of reviews in the previous 12 months is also considered as part of the criteria for the award.
Located near Palmer, Alaska Garden Gate B&B and Cottages has been operating for twelve years, open year-round. With lodging choices from luxury to value-oriented, visitors can choose from individual cottages to guest apartments to rooms. All are found on 10 beautiful acres overlooking the Knik Glacier, and Chugach and Talkeetna mountain ranges. With extraordinary views, breakfasts with yummy homemade banana bread and other specialities, and special touches like fresh flowers and choice of pillow types, Alaska Garden Gate B&B goes out of its way to make each stay pleasant and memorable for guests.
Owner Karen Harris and staff enjoy offering our visitors the best possible experience of Alaska. This accolade is evidence our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor. For more information visit

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Ah, Summer!

We're having such gorgeous summer evenings...  At 9 pm, the bright sunshine is lighting up the Knik Glacier outside our windows. It's about 70 degrees still, but the cool breeze from the glacier is making the evening air just delectable!

AND when the last fellow arriving to check-in came to the door in a tux shirt, I asked if he'd come from a wedding? He said yes. I asked if it was his wedding and he said yes! He hadn't said that they were coming for their honeymoon when he made their reservation, but what a thrill! He helped his beautiful new wife and her glamorous dress out of their car and into their Luxury Cottage. They were just married at Palmer's Church of a Thousand Trees, with a reception at the Palmer Depot, before coming to our bed and breakfast. What a special night at the B&B!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter morning at Alaska Garden Gate B&B

While guests are sleeping in or rising to greet this Easter morning, Karen was busy baking for the next breakfast baskets. Today's baskets include carrot walnut muffins, bananas, oatmeal and the Quiche of the Day. Today's quiche is "Loaded Baked Potato:" it has diced potato, crumbled bacon, a few green onions, and sour cream. When it's cool, it will be plated and wrapped, then delivered with the baskets to today's guests for them to enjoy whenever they wake tomorrow!
Mmm, doesn't it smell good!

News from Alaska State Parks

Independence Mine at Hatcher Pass will be open 7 days a week this summer, and the interpretive rangers will be there, too. Last summer, this popular destination just up the road from us had budget issues that kept it closed a couple days a week, at the beginning of summer. We're glad none of our guests will have to miss out on this gem!

If you like remote, rustic cabins, there's good news, that several sites are having their rundown cabins refurbished or rebuilt. Nancy Lake, just west of Wasilla, has very nice plans in store for their hike-or-canoe-in log cabins.

Wayne Biessel, superintendent of parks, was the speaker at last Friday's Mat-Su Convention and Visitors Bureau, and he shared a lot of updates with us. He rolled out plans for the building that will get done this summer at South Denali. When asked how much more of the plans are unfunded, Wayne said between $20-30 million, so it could be many more years before the whole experience/visitor center is finished. But for this year, they'll get some camp sites with extraordinary views put in. The road was put in last year, and the campground is this year's goal.

As he described the area south of Denali in Denali State Park, many hikers were shaking their heads in agreement. He talked about a ridge flank with breathtaking views of The Great One (Denali). That ridge is called Kesugi Ridge, and where the camping is located is a little lower, with even more open, surrounding views of the Alaska Range and Denali. They consulted local Ahtna and Denai people, and the name of the campground came from that: Kesugi-Ken, meaning south of Kesugi. Kesugi means The Ancient One, and that area was prized for rich hunting.

With future development, they are planning to add in trail loops and connections to other trail systems. Wayne said that upon the completion of a next phase, it would create the ability for hikers to be out many days at a time in the wilderness. It seems like it will afford a rare opportunity in this "connected" world to be away from roads/cars/development for that long!