Saturday, April 16, 2016

Introducing: Our new reception area!

Now it'll be easier and more convenient for our guests who are checking in or who want snacks or gifts or to touch base with myself and staff! We are proud to show off our new check in area. We remodeled the front entry area of my house and now have a space dedicated to guest needs.

Arriving guests will find a new Check In desk, as well as enhanced rack card space with lots of area attractions and information. For anyone who hasn't yet decided what to do with our time, we can share ideas according to your interests and time, getting you out into the "real Alaska" right around our B&B.

There are also bakers racks where we will offer our freshly baked treats like cookies and our famous banana bread--perfect for an evening snack or to take in the car with you the next day. New this year, we've got coolers offering cold drinks and also delicious box lunches to take with you when you check out. Don't miss our specialty candies like coconut praline balls and handmade turtles that I enjoy making--easy to take with you and so yummy as you're out on the trail! We also feature fresh fruit, granola bars and Alaska chips made with local Matanuska potatoes.

We have put together a select choice of gifts for our visitors--stuffed animals, artisan cards and post cards, and jewelry by a local Palmer artist.

Lastly, keep an eye out for the board announcing what each night's Simple Supper menu is. We are rolling out a new meal service in the evening, from 5:30-7:30 pm. We don't offer a full-service restaurant. We prefer to recommend several of our Palmer and Wasilla restaurants who do a wonderful job of offering a wide variety of choices. But for our guests who are just too tired and who don't want "much," we want to supply something hot and nourishing at the end of your long day of adventures. Value-priced, we are offering a hearty portion of a soup or stew or casserole, as well as a homemade roll, cornbread or side dish each night. We'll dish it up for you, and you can take it to your cottage, apartment or room, or eat on our fantastic new deck in the bright evening sun.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Think Green

Our days are getting longer, reaching almost 10 hours of sunlight now. It’s that sweet spot in the winter, when we have beautiful snow, but warmer temps and longer days. However, as we near March, my thoughts turn to gardening!

I’ve got my seeds started in my living room, growing up lots of little sunflowers and scarlet-runner beans. Those are the workhorses of my greenery around the cottages! Trellises run up the sides of the cottages and provide the pops of color to complement the big, lush hansa rose bushes by the cottages. Hansas are a tough, rugged rose bush that just won’t kill—a good thing in our rough winters!

I named my bed and breakfast Alaska GardenGate B&B because of my love of gardening. I’ve had my hands in the soil since I grew up helping my gramma with her flowers and vegetables. I know good flowers, and I know that there is no one better at making awesome, spectacular flower baskets than Corey Jacobsen in Wasilla. Jacobsen’s Nursery provides our big “megabaskets” and they’re a thrill for our visitors. Check out the handywork of Corey and her staff at

Book now for Summer 2016

Alaska Garden Gate B&B is filling up faster than ever for summer. Check our availability online, or call us at (907) 746-2333 to see if we can fit you in. There are Book Now buttons on every page for your ease of use, or right on our home page, above the main pictures. We will do our best to find a great place for you!

Apologies if we are full already when you’re ready to make your reservation! This might not help you at the time you’re ready to stay in the Mat-Su Valley, but we are excited to announce that we are adding on!

Starting in May 2016, we will start building our next set of cottages. They are anticipated to be finished in late fall 2016.

Fifth Year in a Row—TripAdvisor Award of Excellence winner

We’re grateful for the fantastic reviews our guests have written about our B&B!

The world's largest travel site, TripAdvisor, has awarded Alaska Garden Gate B&B andCottages 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 fouteen 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," said Harris For more information visit

Ready, Set, Mush!

Iditarod race takes off on Sunday, March 6th from Willow, about 20 miles up the highway from Alaska Garden Gate B&B. The Ceremonial Start of the race is on Saturday, March 5th in Anchorage, where it runs along city streets for several miles, before the mushers pack up and move to Willow for the actual start.

The Willow Community Center serves as the starting point, with the teams being staged on frozen Willow Lake, while more than ten thousand humans come to appreciate these canine athletes and see off the teams as they head into the wilderness. It’s a party! Dress in layers, with thick boots, and get ready to enjoy to clap your mittens, eat reindeer sausages, and enjoy an all-day festival-type atmosphere, all in pristine whiteness (go around the yellow snow). Get more information at .

We’ve still got Guest Cottages and a couple Luxury Cottages open for that weekend, as well as the lower-cost Bedrooms with Private Bathrooms in our new Inn building. Our location, just off the Parks Highway, is a great, central hub as you go between Iditarod events and take it all in. You can book online at: