Zachar Bay Lodge, Kodiak Island
Kodiak Island , Alaska
Tel: 800 693 2333
Concierge.com's insider take:
If you won't be satisfied with bear sightings until you've seen the biggest grizzlies in the world, this is the hotel for you. Zachar Bay Lodge, which allows no more than 22 guests at a time, is in a remote part of Kodiak Island (which is good, because the town of Kodiak is really best suited for its standard traveler: commercial fishermen straight off the boat). Many of the communal buildings were once part of a cannery that went out of business in the 1920s; the guest cabins, most of which were built since the lodge opened in the 1980s, are well kept up and comfortable, but pretty basic. But nobody's staying inside. August is the best time to spot bears that leave footprints bigger than dinner plates (they know to avoid the lodge, but you can seek them out on foot, by boat, or by plane, and you'll likely see them on any of the lodge excursions). There's also prime fishing all summer (the ideal timing depends on which of the five species of salmon you're after). But no matter what time of year you visit, you'll get an ultimate Alaska wilderness experience in a corner of the state very few people will ever see. Rates include transport from the town of Kodiak, all meals, all day trips, and fish packaging.—Edward Readicker-HendersonClosed early September through late May.