The landscapes alone make Alaska one of the best destinations for a romantic getaway. The pristine environment boasts untouched wilderness, soaring snow-capped mountain peaks, glistening blue-tinged glaciers, sparkling alpine lakes, meandering rivers, and even beautiful beaches. Combined with opportunities for thrilling outdoor adventures, abundant wildlife, and resorts ideal for sparking or reigniting the flame with your significant other, it’s hard to beat.
When it comes to romantic getaways in Alaska, these properties should definitely be on your list to consider.
Overlooking Kachemak Bay and the Kenai Mountains, there are common sightings of whales, porpoises, and a wealth of other marine life along with moose and countless bald eagles. You’ll find plenty of secluded spots to cuddle up together and enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery. Plus, it’s a foodie’s delight, complete with fine-dining restaurants for romantic meals with many dishes sea- and farm-to-table.
Take the romance factor up a notch with a stay at Land’s End Resort. It sits at the very tip of the Homer Spit, a 4.5-mile-long stretch of land that juts out into the sapphire waters of Kachemak Bay. Here you’ll feel as if you’re at the edge of the world, together in this remote one-of-a-kind location surrounded by water and mountains. It’s a favorite pick among honeymooners, so you know it’s going to be memorable, complete with accommodation that includes log cabins, multi-bedroom lodges on the beach, and rooms right on the water. Sea otters, sea lions, and even whales just might make for the ultimate couple selfie photobomb.
Land’s End is also home to one of Homer’s best restaurants, The Chart Room, known for its mouthwatering salmon and halibut dishes. Plus, the friendly staff who treat guests like family are a great resource for helping to arrange all sorts of romantic excursions, provide insider tips, and more.
Just 40 miles from Anchorage, Hotel Alyeska is an excellent choice for those who don’t want to venture too far from the city while enjoying plenty of luxuries. A chateau-style hotel, it’s a year-round destination with a secluded setting far from light pollution that makes it perfect for viewing the northern lights from September through early April.
It’s surrounded by forest and the towering Chugach Mountains set just below a popular ski mountain. Take advantage of world-class skiing, snowmobile, and dog-sledding tours in the winter, or enjoy summer hikes, biking, and kayaking.
Hotel Alyeska has a saltwater pool, a spa for indulging in a hot stone massage, and several restaurants, including the gourmet Seven Glacier which offers dining with a panoramic view of the Chugach range. There are a variety of rooms, including high-end suites with living and dining areas along with panoramic mountain vistas.
Tutka Bay sits at the entrance of Kachemak Bay near Homer in a remote, seven-mile-long fjord. It includes a main lodge and private cabin accommodations that are connected by a boardwalk.
Ideal for adventurous couples, it offers a wide range of guided trips, including hiking, sea kayaking, and fishing. After a day of fun, come and relax in the hot tub or sauna, then enjoy delicious cuisine with dishes featuring local, organic ingredients from the property’s own gardens or area farmers.
For those who want to spend time in the city, Hotel Captain Cook is the only true luxury hotel in Anchorage. An all-suite property, it’s in the heart of downtown just a few blocks from the famous Tony Knowles Coastal Trail while showcasing gorgeous views of the mountains and Cook Inlet.
Enjoy a view of the inlet or mountains right from your room, with some featuring whirlpool tubs for romantic soaks. There’s also a health club with a fitness center, an indoor pool, hot tub, and a sauna right on-site, along with a fine-dining restaurant, cafe, and a wine bar.
If you want to base yourself in Southeast Alaska, Juneau may be the state’s capital but it feels more like a small town, set along the Gastineau Channel and surrounded by glorious mountain peaks. Wildlife is plentiful here, including humpbacks and orca whales, bald eagles, and bears.
Pearson’s Pond Inn offers what’s widely regarded as the most romantic and iconic place to stay in Juneau, providing bed and breakfast-style accommodation with each suite offering its own private entrance. All include cozy fireplaces and kitchenettes, with higher-end options featuring private balconies and hot tubs.
Guests can also take advantage of the wellness spa for a massage or another blissful treatment, ideal after a day of hiking, whale watching, bear viewing, or other activities.
The Stand Out
While Alaska obviously offers plenty when it comes to a romantic getaway, there’s little doubt that Land’s End and Homer are the standouts. It ticks all the boxes for an unforgettable romantic getaway, providing privacy and seclusion, breathtaking scenery, wildlife, and outdoor adventure right out your door, not to mention the above-and-beyond service and opportunities for fine dining on mouthwatering local dishes. And, when you want to enjoy art galleries, shops, museums, and more in town, it’s all just a short drive away.