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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Enter the Wild in Juneau


5. Oddball Day

The Alaskan Brewery Company produces five brews in addition to seasonal and limited-release offerings.  

Take a break from the great outdoors to enjoy some of the city’s cultural offerings. Start out with a sampler plate of three types of French toast ($13.95) at the homey Sandpiper Cafe (429 Wiloughby Ave.; 907-586-3150). Walk over to the Alaska State Museum ($3 admission in winter), where you’ll see natural history exhibits (presided over by a life-size replica of an eagle-nesting tree), a cultural history of the native Tlingit and Eskimo peoples, and a giant globe that shows the movement of Earth’s weather in real time. For lunch, head to local institution Bullwinkle’s Pizza, where the cracker-thin, deluxe pie ($10 for a small) comes loaded with four meats and onions, mushrooms, peppers, and olives. Next, take a free tour of the renowned Alaskan Brewing Company, just a five-mile bus or cab ride from downtown, where you’ll get a lesson in Alaskan brewing history and an invitation to enjoy the beers at the tasting bar, which usually has ten brews or so on tap. (The list changes with the season but the Winter Ale, flavored with Sitka spruce tips and water from a Juneau ice field, is a special treat.) Back in town, stop by cozy Observatory Books, which was honored by the state of Alaska for its collection of rare books and maps. For dinner, enjoy more of local seafood at Seong’s Sushi (740 W. 9th St.; 907-586-4778), which is frequented by Alaskan politicians who work at the Federal Building across the street. Check the calendar to see if you can catch a production by local companies Theatre in the Rough or Perseverance Theatre, which are among the best cultural offerings in a place that cares about entertainment, particularly in winter when the sun sets around 3 p.m. Alternately, head to the turn-of-the-century bar at the Alaskan to dance to live music or a D.J. on weekend nights.

Published on Dec 19, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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