Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge, Fox Island
Tel: 877 777 4053 (toll-free)
Tel: 907 224 8934
Concierge.com's insider take:
In the early 20th century, the artist Rockwell Kent set up housekeeping on Fox Island (an hour or so from Seward by boat). He quickly became famous for sunbathing nude in snowbanks and waving at fishing boats as they passed. Now, with everybody much better dressed, the island is home to a small lodge. Its eight cabins, scattered along the shoreline, are popular with families and upstate locals looking for a coastal vacation. During the day, the main dining room fills with day-trippers out for a salmon bake. Once they leave, guests have the island to themselves and plenty of peace and quiet to enjoy a walk around the pond or an evening paddle in a kayak, either on their own or with one of the lodge's guides. The rustic cabins—plumbed for more-than-ample hot water and wired for electric lights (there are no outlets, so leave the plug-in toys at home)—are clean and sparse and have uninterrupted views of Resurrection Bay. Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge really is a wilderness experience, although the edges have been softened a bit.—Edward Readicker-Henderson
Closed early September through late May.