Don't let Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau take all the credit for being the most sought-after destinations in Alaska. A trip to Homer, Alaska not only brings you up close and personal with the finest gifts of the great outdoors, but also provides a luxurious, eco-friendly getaway for nature lovers. From newlyweds to family retreats, the Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge offers a private beachfront home-away-from-home once described as a "Swiss Family Robinson with luxury and service."
Thanks to tireless craftsmanship and a true labor of love, the Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge is the handiwork of owner, Keith Iverson. Using local driftwood, Iverson constructed the wood cabins that now decorate the shore of Sadie Cove with his bare hands. Each cabin accommodates up to eight people – delivering awe-inspiring views, endless wildlife exploration, and plenty of outdoor activities, such as hiking and fishing.
The Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge has made a commitment to keep surrounding waters in pristine condition – they no pollution-causing fertilizers, preservatives or cleaning chemicals are used. Power is initially supplied through hydroelectric energy from a stream with wind-power serving as a backup. Old ropes from fishing vessels are transformed into handrails. Local PVC pipe serve as rain gutters. The raised garden beds on the premises come courtesy of retired small open boats. The Lodge has also found interesting ways to fully embrace reuse and recycling. For instance, milk containers serve as greenhouse planters for lettuce. When the containers are no longer useful, they are taken into town for recycling.
A Stay at Sadie Cove
Your stay at Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge begins with a water taxi to the cabins. Animal lovers will marvel at the local wildlife with seals, sea otters, bald eagles, harbor porpoise, and mountain goats at every turn. Bring a pair of binoculars to catch sight of the spectacular range of birds residing in Alaska. A stay at the Lodge is also an opportunity to step back into time as it provides a gateway to ancient forests.
While staying at Sadie Cove, it's a must to sample some of the available activities. Explore the terrain with an eco-tour. View bear and watch whales in their natural habitat. Take a walk on one of the secret nature trails afforded only to lodge guests. Sadie Cove is also the perfect place to take breathtaking photos and enjoy other Alaskan treasures, such as local rivers and glaciers. Guests also receive access to sea kayaks, as well as shore and halibut fishing gear at no extra charge.
In the News
Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge has caught the attention of many eco-minded enterprises, including the Discovery Channel, Forbes, Conde Nast Traveler, Earthfoot, Adventure Quest, Green Globe, Luxury Travel Magazine, and Natural Home Magazine. The Lodge also earned first place as "Leading Green Resort in the U.S." for 2009 – an honor given by the Wall Street Journal.
If you're unable to spend a luxurious vacation at the Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge, you can always stop in for a visit when you're in the area to experience one of their educational programs, which includes nature walks to tidal flats and alpine valleys.
Alaska's Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge
Inside Kachemak Bay State Park
Box 2265, Homer, Alaska 99603
By Yona Williams