Wonderful Walking Tours in Sitka Alaska

Hikes in Sitka Alaska

Check out this list of local hikes and walking tours you can take in Sitka, Alaska (photo credit: BigStockPhoto.com)

From fishing trips to walking tours to whale watching excursions, there is something for everyone in the small seaside town of Sitka.  With so many great ways to spend your time in Sitka, you may be wondering where to start and how to get the most out of your vacation.  If walking tours or hiking are something you enjoy, start here with this list of popular walking tours and hiking trails.

Walking Tours – Sitka National Historic Park

Riverview Trail

The Riverview Trail is an easy walking trail that follows the Indian River through Sitka National Historic Park.  The hike is not quite half a mile and takes less than an hour.

Totem Trail

This walking trail offers a great opportunity to see the totem pole collection housed in the park.  The totem pole collection was originally donated by the leaders of native Alaskan groups to be displayed during the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.  Most of the original totem poles have been moved from their outdoor home in the park to Totem Hall in the visitor center for preservation.  Replicas of these totem poles have been erected in their place for visitors to admire.  The collection also includes other totem poles added over the years.  This is an easy 1 mile hike that takes less than an hour.

Crescent Harbor to the Raptor Center

This 1.5 mile walking tour will take you to some of the best tourist spots in Sitka including the Russian Bishop’s House, the Radiance Art Gallery, St. Peter’s by the Sea Episcopal Church, the Sheldon Jackson Museum, and through the National Historic Park to the Raptor Center.

Russian Memorial Loop Trail

This 1.6 mile family-friendly walk will take you to the Russian Memorial which memorializes the Russian soldiers and sailors and Aleut people killed during the last battle in 1804.  When you get to the Sawmill Creek Road Parking Lot, look for the Sitka National Historic Park Sign.  Once you have located the sign, walk directly across the parking lot to the wooded area and look for Methuselah, a giant Sitka Spruce that is the biggest tree in the entire park.

Hiking

If you are looking for a bit more than an easy walk geared towards seeing the sights, there are also a wide variety of hiking trails available in and around Sitka.  For more details on hiking trails and safety, visit the park services website.

The Mosquito Cove Trail

The Mosquito Cove Trail is one of the most popular trails in Sitka since it’s through never logged rainforest plus follows the shoreline. 45 minute hike of breathtaking wilderness beauty.

Mt Edgecumbe Trail

This 7 mile hike will take you up to the crater rim of Mount Edgecumbe.  The first half of the hike is primarily forest and there is a small three-sided shelter around the 4 mile mark.  Once past this point, the climb becomes steeper, leading up from 700 feet.  You will cross the timberline at 2,000 feet and the final stage of the hike is red volcanic ash.

Estuary Life Trail

This is one of the trails found in the Starrigavan Recreation Area about 7 miles north of Sitka.  This trail is a quarter mile long and can easily be combined with other trails for a longer hike.  It is comprised of a raised boardwalk which allows visitors to learn about the estuary at a series of interpretive stations.  The trail leads to the Starrigavan Bird Viewing Shelter and can be accessed from Halibut Point Road.

 

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Where to Eat in Sitka – Dinner

If you're looking for great food during your stay in Sitka, try on of these options. (Photo Credit: BigStockPhoto.com)

If you’re looking for great food during your stay in Sitka, try on of these options. (Photo Credit: BigStockPhoto.com)

The tourist friendly town of Sitka, Alaska offers a wide range of dining experiences.  You can find everything from fresh Alaskan seafood to delicious ethnic dishes that will please every palette.  No matter your budget, there is a great place to grab a meal in Sitka.   Here are some of the highest rated restaurants to help in planning your dining adventure for dinner.

1.     Van Winkle and Sons

Located in the heart of downtown, Van Winkle and sons has been around for a long time because of its delicious dishes and phenomenal view.  Owned by the chef, this restaurant is known for fabulous fish dishes but you may find the service somewhat slow which just gives you more time to enjoy the view.  It has a 3 star rating on Yelp and a 3.5 rating on TripAdvisor.  Try the rockfish, the seafood chowder, and the fish and chips!

205 Harbor Dr
Sitka, AK 99835

(907) 747-7652

2.     Sea Mountain Restaurant at the golf course

Located at the Sea Mountain golf course, this restaurant got a 5 on TripAdvisor for its  dinners that are both delicious and reasonably priced.   Although it is not located right in downtown, it is easily accessible via the free shuttle service offered to and from the restaurant and golf course.  If you are visiting during the summer months (May to September) and looking for Prime Rib, make sure you plan a meal at Sea Mountain because they are only open in the summer and theirs is the best in town.   Great place for lunch too, but you will have to find your own ride as the shuttle doesn’t run until 5 PM.

301 Granite Creek Road
Sitka, AK

907-747-5663

3.     Ludvig’s Bistro

If you are willing to pay a bit more for delicious food, Ludvig’s Bistro, which offers Mediterranean style food, shouldn’t be missed.  Their 4 star Yelp rating and 4.5 TripAdvisor rating underline how much visitors enjoyed the food and atmosphere of this local gem.  From black cod with asparagus risotto to garlic soup to espresso custard, reviewers rave about the chef’s uncommon dishes.  The Bistro also features a wine bar upstairs with a decent wine selection but space in the restaurant is very limited and you will need reservations if you want to eat here.  Call well ahead of your visit to make sure you can get the dates and times you want.

256 Katlian St
Sitka, AK 99835

(907) 966-3663

ludvigsbistro.com

4.     Channel Club

If you are looking for the dining experience with the best water view in Sitka, try the Channel Club which has a 4 star rating on Yelp and a 4 on TripAdvisor.  Visitors complement the food, the service, and the view and highly recommend this restaurant, especially if you are looking for great beef.  Whether you choose the Prime Rib, crab cakes, fish and chips, or the salad bar, you won’t be disappointed.   This is a must-visit steakhouse with good service and great views.  Take advantage of the free transportation offered by the restaurant.

2906 Halibut Point Rd
Sitka, AK 99835

(907) 747-7440

sitkachannelclub.com

 

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Where to Eat in Sitka – Breakfast and Lunch

When you come visit Sitka, Alaska, these are the can't miss places to eat during your stay (Photo Credit: BigStockPhoto.com)

When you come visit Sitka, Alaska, these are the can’t miss places to eat during your stay (Photo Credit: BigStockPhoto.com)

The tourist friendly town of Sitka, Alaska offers a wide range of dining experiences.  You can find everything from fresh Pacific Northwest seafood to delicious ethnic dishes that will please every palette.  No matter your budget, there is a great place to grab a meal in Sitka.   Here are some of the highest rated restaurants to help in planning your dining adventure.

Breakfast

1.     The Highliner

This coffee shop is one of the top rated eateries in Sitka on TripAdviser.com and carries a 4.5 rating.  Reviewers report fast, friendly service, delicious breakfast items like bagels and croissants, and freshly brewed in-house roasted coffee.  Visitors found the atmosphere to be inviting and loved the free wi-fi.  You may have trouble finding a parking space because it is so popular!

327 Seward St.
Sitka, Alaska 99835
907-747-4924

2.     The Backdoor

The Backdoor is a coffeehouse with character according to Yelp reviewers who gave it a 3.5 rating.  The quaint café is located in the back of a book store and offers hot delicious coffee and wonderful sweet treats.  All their food is homemade each day, so go early to get the best selection and bring cash because they don’t take credit cards.

104 Barracks St
Sitka, AK 99835

(907) 747-8856

3.     Alaska Ocean View Bed & Breakfast

Visitors to this lovely bed and breakfast loved the wide variety of breakfast options offered by this B&B so much they gave it a 5 star rating on Yelp.  Breakfast for guests can include cinnamon rolls, muffins, sausage, ham, bacon, smoked salmon, eggs, crab quiche, strawberry waffles, Alaskan sourdough blueberry pancakes, crepes, and much more.  Breakfast is served overlooking the water.  However, if you want to eat here, you have to stay here because this breakfast bonanza is only for guests!

We serve delicious, healthy and wholesome organic foods in the creation of our scrumptious breakfasts.  We have been serving organics for over ten years, long before it became popular.

1101 Edgecumbe Dr
Sitka, AK 99835

(907) 747-8310

 

Lunch

1.  Agave Mexican Restaurant

Based on the name, you will be expecting a menu full of Mexican dishes and you will find that at Agave along with so much more.  Visitors were excited to find that the menu also features things like pizza, Italian food, and even fish and chips.  Pleased with the reasonable pricing, good food and friendly service, reviewers gave Agave a 4 star rating on Yelp.

236 Lincoln
Ste 106
Sitka, AK 99835

(907) 966-3333

 

2.     Van Winkle and Sons

Located on the second story, this seafood restaurant offers a beautiful view from the front windows and has a 3.5 star rating on Yelp.  While most visitors agree that the food is great, the service can be slow so save this for the day that you aren’t in a hurry.  Sit back, relax, enjoy the view and savor the delicious seafood that is their specialty.

205 Harbor Dr
Sitka, AK 99835

(907) 747-7652

3.     Kadataan Lounge

Although technically a bar, this centrally located lounge is a great spot to grab a tasty reasonably priced lunch.  Visitors report a nice menu selection that features some Alaskan flair like reindeer sausage and salmon of course.  The good food, friendly service, reasonable prices, and casual atmosphere earned this lunch spot a 3.5 star rating on Yelp.

330 Seward St
Sitka, AK 99835

(907) 747-0980

 

 

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Top 5 Travel Apps for Your Alaskan Vacation

Check out some of these travel apps to book your Alaskan Vacation and stay with us! (photo credit: BigStockPhoto.com)

Check out some of these travel apps to book your Alaskan Vacation and stay with us! (photo credit: BigStockPhoto.com)

Traveling to new, interesting, or exciting places like Alaska should be fun, relaxing, and enjoyable.  But we all know that travel, even when it is for vacation, can be stressful.  From airports and flight delays to navigating in an unfamiliar city, vacations can cause more tension and stress than they reduce.  Fortunately, there are some great apps available for your smart phone that can help ease some of the tension points and help you get the rest and relaxation or thrills and excitement you are hoping for.  Just make sure you are using your smart phone to enhance your vacation without letting it keep you plugged into work back home.

Here are some of the best apps that domestic travelers can use to mitigate problems and reduce stress so that you can get the most out of your vacation. 

Kayak

Providing access to the functionality from Kayak.com, this app makes it simple to make your travel arrangements.  You can book flights and reserve rooms with easy to use slider controls. By bringing together information from a wide range of travel sites, Kayak saves you the time and frustration caused by having to navigate through multiple sites to find the best price.  The app is a free to download for Android, Blackberry, iPhone, iPad, and Windows devices.

TripAdvisor

Similar to Kayak, the TripAdvisor app makes it quick and easy to access the travel related information provided on the TripAdvisor.com site through your smart phone.   From the app you can find information on flights, hotels, restaurants, hot spots, and points of interest for your destination location.  You can also make dinner reservations, access the reviews posted by other visitors, and post your own reviews of the places you went.  This app is helpful while planning your trip from home, while traveling, and during your stay and is free to download for Android, iPhone, iPad, Palm, and Windows devices.

TripIt

TripIt helps you manage all your vacation information in one place.  You can keep your entire travel itinerary including dinner reservations in this app and even export specific events and information to your online calendar.  It is free to download for Android, Blackberry, iPhone, and iPad devices.

Packing Pro

It always seems that no matter how carefully you pack, you always forget something when you go on vacation.  This app aims to help you avoid that.  It enables you to create packing lists from templates or to start from scratch and create your own custom list.  It provides you with preset reminders related to packing so you won’t arrive in Alaska without your warm socks.  It can be downloaded for the iPhone and iPad for a fee.

FlightTrack Pro

This app provides you with all the information you need from the time you leave your house until you land in Alaska.  It offers updated flight time, terminal, and gate information.  It enables you to access a map of the airport terminals and information on everything from leg room to amenities offered on your flight.  It can be downloaded for a fee and is available for Android, Blackberry, iPhone, and iPad devices.

 

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What to Pack for Your Alaskan Vacation

If you're planning an Alaskan vacation, follow these must-follow packing tips! (photo credit: BigStockPhoto.com)

If you’re planning an Alaskan vacation, follow these must-follow packing tips! (photo credit: BigStockPhoto.com)

If there is one thing you can count on about the weather in Alaska it’s that it can change more quickly than you would think possible.   The weather is also variable depending on where you are in the state and what time of year you are visiting.  For example, during the summer months in the interior parts of the state you could see temperatures as high as 90 degrees (F) while areas along the coast may not see 70 degrees for a whole year.  Because of the quick changing variable weather, your best bet when deciding what to pack is to think in layers.

By planning to dress in light layers, you will ensure you have what you need on hand to dress for just about any weather Alaska offers.   An adaptable wardrobe will enable you to take advantage of all the wonderful things to see and places to go without having to worry about being too hot or two cold.  The key to layering is to pack things like long underwear and wool socks that can go under your regular clothes, and a warm jacket to go over your clothes.  If you pack thin layers, you may be able to leave the heavy, bulkier clothing items at home.

In addition to planning a wardrobe that can be worn in layers, you will also want to put some thought into what you are planning to do during your visit since you may have different needs for different activities.

If you plan to stick to in-town activities like shopping and sightseeing, you aren’t likely to need anything different than you would at home.  You will want a sturdy pair of walking shoes and it is a good idea to bring a waterproof jacket no matter what your itinerary contains.

If you plan on a very active visit full of hiking, kayaking, and other outdoor activities, you will want to plan your wardrobe accordingly.  While jeans and sneakers will do for others, they will not do for you.  Make sure you pack breathable clothes like synthetic pants and shirts that are made to wick moisture away from your skin.  Pack heavy duty hiking socks and a good pair of boots to keep your feet warm, dry, and comfortable.  You will also want raingear that includes a waterproof jacket and pants.

No matter what activities you plan, you should also pack a warm hat, a pair of gloves, and a warm jacket.  If you will be visiting during the summer months, you should also bring along some standard summer clothing like shorts and t-shirts so that you are ready to take advantage of those 80-90 degree days!  To be completely prepared, toss an umbrella in your suitcase as well since it can be very rainy depending on the time of year.

In addition to clothing, you will also want to pack these other vacation essentials:

  • Sunscreen – This is an easy one to forget but the sun shines as brightly here as it does in Florida
  • Bug Spray – Big spray is necessary in interior Alaska, but here on the coast, it’s not needed as much. So, depending on where your travels will take you, you may want to toss it in your suitcase, too.
  • Swim Suits- You will want to pack your swimsuit for lodging hot tubs, community pools, and if you visit one of Alaska’s many natural warm springs.
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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Sitka, Alaska

Find out the top 5 reasons to visit Sitka, Alaska! (photo credit: BigStockPhoto.com)

Find out the top 5 reasons to visit Sitka, Alaska! (photo credit: BigStockPhoto.com)

If the gorgeous scenery, cultural diversity, and historic past of Sitka, Alaska’s most beautiful seaside town, aren’t enough to tempt you out of the lower 48, here are five more reasons to plan a trip to Sitka this year.

1.  One of the Smithsonian’s Top 20 Best Small Towns to Visit

In the April 2013 issue of Smithsonian Magazine, Sitka ranked 9th on their list of the Top 20 Small Towns to visit this year.   From the incredible photo ops found throughout the town and within Sitka National Forest to the rich cultural diversity of the town, there is something for everyone in Sitka.  If you are a history buff, you can learn more about some of the last battles fought between Europeans and Native Indians.  If you love the outdoors, you could likely go for a different hike or try a different trail everyday and always find something new to explore.  But one of the things that allows Sitka to stand-out from other small towns is its cultural diversity.  Unlike other small towns with small populations, the town of Sitka has a rich history spanning three distinct cultures.

2.  Sitka National Park is one of the top 10 things to do in all of Alaska

In a state known for its natural beauty and national parks, Sitka’s National Historical Park stands out as one of the Top 10 things visitors should do when visiting the state.  As Alaska’s oldest national park, Sitka National Historical Park combines history, culture, battlefields, architecture, and nature into a one-of-a-kind experience every visitor will remember.

3.  Sitka’s Alaska Day Celebration

Alaska Day commemorates the transfer of the Alaskan territory from Russia to the United States in October 1867 and the festival held in Sitka to celebrate the momentous day has grown from a local celebration to a renowned occasion that attracts visitors from across the country.  Throughout the festival period, which ran from October 11-19 this year, women are encouraged to dress in period clothes and men are asked to grow out their beards.   The festival always includes a period costume ball with music provided by the Alaska Army big band playing until midnight when the Army Arctic Rock band takes over, coast guard demonstrations, Seattle Firefighters Bagpipe Band performances, long distance running events, a concert featuring local performers and dancers, a parade, various type games, Keystone Kops, and a re-enactment of the transfer ceremony.

4.  Sitka WhaleFest

Hosted by the Sitka Sound Science Center, the Sitka WhaleFest is an annual event focused on the unique marine environment of the North Pacific.  Part science symposium, part festival, the WhaleFest offers symposium style lectures, marine wildlife focused cruises, an artisan market focused on wares with a marine theme, musical events, a banquet, and a fun run.  Festival officially begins November 1st this year.

5.  There is something for everyone

If you are looking for a place to visit that will keep everyone interested and occupied, Sitka should be on your list.  For the outdoorsy members of your family, there are a wide range of fishing and hiking and kayaking opportunities.  Love learning about history or other cultures?  Sitka has you covered with museums, historical sites, and cross cultural learning opportunities.  Wildlife viewing is especially abundant  in Sitka.   No matter what your family likes to do, there is sure to be something fun for everyone.

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Things to Do Outdoors in Sitka, Alaska

 

Check out these amazing sights to see in Sitka, Alaska (photo credit: BigStockPhoto.com)

Check out these amazing sights to see in Sitka, Alaska (photo credit: BigStockPhoto.com)

If there is adventure in your blood and you have the itch to travel there are few places on the planet as splendid and grand as Sitka, Alaska.  Situated on the Alaskan panhandle, Sitka is, by area, the largest city-borough in the country although its total population is around 9,000.  Settled thousands of years ago by Tlingit Indians, Sitka is a beautiful ocean-side city that offers a wealth of rich experiences that will appeal to adventurers of all kinds.  

If you prefer to be out and about, you will find plenty of things to do in Sitka.  Start with a sightseeing tour aboard a local floatplane and get a bird’s eye view of our breathtaking scenery.  You can also spend the day kayaking, hiking, or visiting local wildlife in their natural habitat.  Here are some of the most popular outdoor attractions in Sitka to help you plan your stay.

Alaska Raptor Center

With the goal of rehabilitating and releasing injured bald eagles back into the wild, the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka plays a big role in helping protect and preserve this cherished species.  The center treats hundreds of eagles and other birds each year and provides a safe sanctuary for those bald eagles that are unable to return to the wild.  These Raptors-in-Residence provide a thrilling educational experience for visitors of all ages.  Try to attend an eagle release back into the wild, it’s awesome.

St. Lazaria National Wildlife Reserve

Take a wildlife sightseeing cruise out to view this 60-acre island made from volcanic rock called a volcanic plug with its steep cliffs and caves rising straight up out of the areas deep ocean floor creating excellent nesting habitat sixteen miles offshore so virtually free from prey.  Thousands of birds nest and roost in this national wildlife preserve.  During the summer months, you can see such birds as nesting puffins (horned and tufted), cormorants, common murres (aka the penguins of the north), rhinoceros auklets, oyster catchers, and peregrine falcons of the fourteen species of birds, predominantly sea birds, nesting there.  While this trip is great for bird watchers, you may also see sea lions, seals, sea otters, and a humpback whale or two along the way.  If you are there during a low or preferably minus-tide the boat may poke its bow into a sea cave for you to view the incredible thick, colorful tapestry of wildlife clinging to the sides of the cave.  It is best described as awesome and a reason to go to this island on its own merits.  This wind swept, ocean wave carved island looks prehistoric and unlike all other island in the area.  This small island has a beauty of its own that evokes fantasy illusions of leprechauns and dinosaurs.

Sitka National Historical Park

This park, which is the oldest federal park in the state, was established to commemorate the 1804 Battle of Sitka.  Within the park, you will find the historic battlefield and totem poles documenting the history of the natives.  In the parks visitor center is a 15 minute film narrating the parks significance.  The park has nearly 1 -2/3 miles of trails within its lush forest landscape, salmon-rich river estuary and along its ocean beach.   You can tour the totem poles within the park by using your cell phone to learn of each poles story.  Begin your totem walk with the large totem pole near the parking lot at the National Parks main entrance to learn how.

Tongass National Forest

The Tongass National Forest, which is comprised of more than 17 million acres, is the largest national forest in the country. And the largest temperate rain forest left in the world. It stretches all the way to the border with Canada and houses three native Alaskan nations (Tlingit, Haida, Simshian) and 31 communities including Sitka and the state’s capital, Juneau.   The vastness of this forest means there is a wealth of recreational activities to explore and wild life to view. 

Hike Sitka’s popular Cross Trail

It runs along the base of the mountains just behind Sitka and intersects with many other trails such as the Gavan Hill trail and Indian River trail.

Climb Mount Edgecumbe

Mount Edgecumbe is a dormant 3,200 foot volcano located at the southern end of Kruzof Island, 15 miles across the water from Sitka.  It offers a 7 mile trail to the summit (crater) and is a popular attraction for visitors and locals alike.  While guided tours are available, most hikers can make this trip without a guide but will need to hire a water taxi to get there and back.  This is the only volcano in Southeast Alaska and is often likened to Japan’s Mt. Fuji.  The trail begins at Fred’s Creek.

 

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Things to Do in Sitka, Alaska

Read more about historical places you can visit right here in Sitka, Alaska (photo credit: BigStockPhoto.com)

Read more about historical places you can visit right here in Sitka, Alaska (photo credit: BigStockPhoto.com)

If there is adventure in your blood and you have the itch to travel there are few places on the planet as splendid and grand as Sitka, Alaska.  Situated on the Alaskan panhandle, Sitka is, by area, the largest city-borough in the country although its total population doesn’t reach 5 digits.  Settled thousands of years ago by Tlingit Indians, Sitka is a beautiful sea-side city that offers a wealth of rich experiences that will appeal to adventurers of all kinds.

If you prefer to stay close to town rather than romping around in the wilderness, you will still find plenty of things to do in Sitka.  You can spend the day touring historical and cultural sites or get a feel for what it was like when Russians controlled this part of North America.  Even if hiking or kayaking isn’t your thing, there is always something interesting to do or see in Sitka.  Here are some of the most popular attractions to help you plan your stay.

Baran of Castle Hill

Located in downtown Sitka, this is one of the most historically significant places in all of Alaska.  It was here, in 1867, that the Russians officially transferred Alaska to the United States.  Take a stroll up the walkway to learn more about the site’s history and to get the best views of downtown Sitka and the waterfront.

Russian Bishop’s House   

Although it is part of the Sitka National Historical Park, The Russian Bishop’s House is set apart and located a couple of blocks from the park itself. The Russian Bishop’s House offers a glimpse back in time to when Russian’s ruled this part of North America.  Carefully preserved, the house is one of three surviving structures that provide examples of Russian colonization on the North American continent.  Visitors can view the Bishop’s living quarters, Chapel of the Annunciation, and other exhibits that tell the story of Russian America.

Sheldon Jackson Museum

The Sheldon Jackson Museum is the oldest museum in the state and its collections include a wide range of artifacts reflecting the history and original peoples of Alaska.  It includes objects and information from each of Alaska’s native groups although some Native tribes are represented more heavily than others.  In an effort to expand its collection to be more representative, the museum is actively searching for additional artifacts to add to its amazing collection. It is considered the best collection by others such as the Smithsonian because it is the oldest collection.

Sitka Historical Museum

Focused on the history of Sitka and southeastern Alaska, this museum offers a look back through time at the different cultures and people who claimed this land.  It provides exhibits, artifacts, and photographs relating to the transfer of this region from Russia to America, the battles between the native inhabitants and the Russians, and the history of the native Tlingit people.  And, it has a fascinating diorama of the Russian fort.

St. Michael’s Cathedral

Until a tragic fire in 1966, St. Michael’s Cathedral was the oldest church in Alaska.  Originally built of logs and clapboard siding, the cathedral featured the metal domes most commonly associated with Russian orthodox churches.  This is because the original cathedral was built in the 1840’s when this part of Alaska belonged to the Russian empire.  After the fire, the church was rebuilt and features many pieces of the original cathedral that were rescued and restored after the original fire like the royal doors that separate the nave from the sanctuary and the iconic chandelier. It still houses the original Russian golden icons and coupled with the Russian Bishops House’s chapel’s icons, the largest collection left in the world of Russian golden icons is said to be in Sitka. Most of the icons in Russian were destroyed during the revolution.

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Welcome to our new blog!  We’ll be posting here frequently about upcoming events, specials at the inn and area news.  Please check back soon!

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