Sunday, October 19, 2014

Checking in late at night


Here's a picture from last night of our Mama Moose just outside our front door! This was at about 11 p.m. and she tried the raised bed with roses (not tasty; shown here) before she moved on.  At first, I heard clattering and couldn't figure out what it was until I looked out the window and saw moose rump in my bushes in the dark. Dinner for Mama Moose last night was green beans. The Scarlet Runner Beans which had I'd put up the trellis to the side of our front porch, to be specific! The clattering was her pulling the green bean vines down off the trellis for her late night munch.

If YOU are a late night arrival, it's no problem. For guests arriving to check-in after 10 pm, when we go to bed, there will be a Welcome note with their name on it on our front door. When arriving on our property, guests see a couple of signs that say Check In >> which lead them to our main house/B&B and to our front door. The Welcome note gives a little map of our property and shows how you can reach your cottage or apartment, as well as all the pertinent information about breakfast, how the number lock works on their door, how the cable TV remote works, and other check-in information. We'll also "leave the light on for you" in your cottage or apartment, so you can easily see that your spot is the one you're going to and it's ready for you.

Starting Summer 2015, we'll have a manager on duty later at night to help you check in, too. Because it's so frequent that our guests arrive between 10 pm- 1 am, we're bringing on a late-night staffer to help guests after we've gone to bed. We're not quite sure how late they'll work right now, but we know that between later flight arrivals to Anchorage and losing track of the time due to the summer's late sun, quite a few people roll in after 10 p.m.

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!