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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Enter the Wild in Juneau

Winter months in the Alaskan capital offer the chance to hike across glaciers and see the northern lights without the crush of cruise-ship crowds.


1. Where to Stay

Pearson’s Pond Luxury Inn and Adventure Spa is a quiet retreat near Mendenhall Glacier.  

Wake up to a complimentary breakfast that includes freshly baked bagels and breads at the Silverbow Inn (from $109), home of the oldest bakery in town. Built in 1914 in the heart of historic downtown Juneau, the bed-and-breakfast offers twelve rooms that are modest yet comfortable, plus there’s a rooftop garden with a hot tub and sauna open year-round.

Find a tranquil setting away from downtown at Auke Lake Bed & Breakfast (from $125), surrounded by temperate rainforest and mountain vistas. The five rooms here are decorated by theme, taking inspiration from Africa and Alpine activities, and the best is the spacious Timberline Suite, with its rustic wooden bed and direct views of the lake.

Peer out at the Mendenhall Glacier from an outdoor hot tub at Pearson’s Pond Luxury Inn and Adventure Spa (from $179), where four-poster beds, fireplaces, and Oriental rugs reflect a greater attention to style and comfort than you’ll find at nearby hotels. With only five rooms on an acre of land, privacy is the focus here, but you can socialize over wine and cheese at the evening reception in the Atrium Lounge, and massages and aromatherapy treatments are available whenever you need pampering.

Published on Dec 19, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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