Travel Weekly's Alaska E-letter: June 25, 2008

EMBASSY SUITES HOTELS opened the brand's first hotel in Alaska: the Embassy Suites Anchorage. Located in midtown Anchorage at 600 E. Benson Blvd., the 169-suite hotel is a new-build property that's being marketed as Alaska's most luxurious all-suite hotel. The hotel is also the brand's first property developed and owned by Colorado-based Stonebridge Cos. It joins the company's other Hilton Family hotels in Anchorage: the Hilton Garden Inn Anchorage, Homewood Suites by Hilton Anchorage and the Hampton Inn Anchorage.

THE ANCHORAGE PROPERTY targets both business and leisure travelers with such Embassy Suites' core amenities as complimentary, cooked-to-order breakfast; nightly manager's reception; two-room suites; and an open-air atrium. Alaska-theme amenities and facilities include the hotel's restaurant, Pi Kitchen and Bar, which serves Alaska-inspired cuisine; Alaska-influenced artwork throughout the property; and the hotel's signature water feature in the atrium: three brushed-steel whale's tails. Rooms feature a separate living area with a sofa bed and desk; wireless high-speed Internet; and a refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker. Hotel facilities include a business center, gym and indoor pool. To book, call (800) EMBASSY or visit www.embassysuites.com.

THERE ARE MANY WAYS to experience a side trip to Glacier Bay National Park this summer. Clients can tack on a trip to Gustavus, the gateway to Glacier National Park, from Juneau for $40 on Alaska Airlines (based on the purchase of a roundtrip ticket out of Seattle). Daily service between Juneau and Gustavus is effective through Aug. 31. Visit www.alaskaair.com. Once there, travelers can stay at Glacier Bay Lodge, the only overnight lodging located within the park. Glacier Bay Lodge and Tours can also set up kayaking, fishing, flightseeing, whale-watching and scenic glacier tours. Visit www.visitglacierbay.com.

FOR TRAVELERS who value privacy or the opportunity to set their own travel pace, First Out, Last In Alaskan Yacht Adventures offers private yacht trips out of Juneau to Glacier Bay National Park. The firm can customize an adventure in the park of five days or longer. Activities include hiking through the Tongass National Forest, fishing off the side of the yacht, wildlife viewing and cruising past magnificent glaciers. Trips are for four to six people. Visit www.firstoutlastin.com.

Alaska Editor: Jorge Sidron
Phone:
(973) 898-0011
[email protected]
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