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My wife and I just completed a 10 day trip to Alaska. This was our second trip to Alaska in the past 3 years. The following is a brief report on where we went and where we stayed as well as restaurants we ate in.

Flew into Anchorage and stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott near the airport on Spenard Ave. Stayed here since we were using this as our base to fly to Brooks Lodge for two days.
The Cortyard is a very convenient and nice place to stay. The little restaurant in the lobby is fairly good and we ate our breakfast and one dinner there until we flew to Brooks.
Our visit to Brooks was somewhat of a disappointment mainly because the salmon were not "running" the days we were there!!! So, that meant very little bear activity at the falls. This is always a possibility at Brooks. Great when the salmon are running and totally a waste of money when not. The food and people working there were fine.

Stayed at the Holiday Inn Express. Stayed here before. Has become a little "tired" looking in the rooms. Breakfast was free and adequate. Great location. Did the 8 and 1/2 hour Kenai cruise trip which was well worth it and luckily had good weather for it. Ate dinner at the Exit Glacier Clam Bake one night and that was very good.Had a lunch at the restaurant near the hotel called the Railroad Station (or something like that) and that was very good. Visited the Aquarium one day and a good place to visit on a rainy day in Seward.

Stayed at the Landsend Hotel at the end of the Spit. Stayed before and really liked. Got one of their newer bay front rooms and they are very nice.
Ate at Fat Olives which were the best meals of our trip. Tried a few other restaurants that were higher rated,but none compared to Fat Olives for taste, quality of food and price!!!
Flew into Silver Salmon Creek Lodge for three days and two nights in Lake Clark National Park. This was the highlight of our stay in Alaska. Again, we were fortunate to have great weather. Bear viewing was as good as it gets. Dave Coray, the owner, runs a great operation and is a great host. We had Cody as our guide for those three days and he was as nice and informative of a guide that one can find anyplace. While I am sure that all the guides are good there, Cody was outstanding!!! The food was good. Accommodations nice and comfortable. If you can afford this lodge and you like to photograph bears up close, then this is the place.
Anyhow, my wife and I again enjoyed Alaska. Wonderful people and scenery and a lot of exciting things to do.

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