New Juneau tour mixes culinary, outdoor adventures

Participants will picnic on a private beach in Tongass National Forest.
Participants will picnic on a private beach in Tongass National Forest. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Juneau Food Tours

Juneau Food Tours and Above & Beyond Alaska (ABAK) have teamed up on the new Taste of Nature Tour, an adventure that combines culinary and recreational highlights around Alaska's capital city.

Tours open with a short Tongass National Forest hike to ABAK's private beach, followed by a 2.5-hour coastal kayaking excursion. After the adventure, guests return to the beach for a picnic lunch featuring dishes such as kelp salsa from Barnacle Seafood, halibut chowder from The Hangar on the Wharf and other local flavors.

"Our kayaking tours provide the beauty of Alaska, but Juneau has such an eclectic and emerging dining scene. We wanted to find a way to include that in an outdoor experience," said ABAK owner Becky Janes.

"Choosing the menu was the hardest part. We wanted something that would truly reflect our local eateries and Alaska. But, it had to be easy to prepare in a remote setting. I think we were able to find just the right menu for hungry kayakers," added Kelly "Midgi" Moore, owner of Juneau Food Tours.

The six-hour tour is capped at six guests each, and individuals must be at least eight years old to participate. Guests must also be comfortable kayaking and hiking between one and two miles in the wilderness.

The Taste of Nature outing costs $249 per person. Rates include transportation to and from the downtown Juneau cruise ship docks or local hotels.


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