Denali National Park, Alaska
One of just three accommodations located deep within Denali National Park, North Face Lodge enjoys a stunning and remote setting 90 miles into the park's interior near the end of the single road. The intimate inn is located 1.5 miles from Wonder Lake via foot path or bicycle, with views of eight major peaks of the Alaska Range including the glaciated mass of Denali, "the Great One," which rises directly behind the lake. Surrounded by a sweeping expanse of subarctic tundra, the family-owned and operated lodge provides accommodations in 15 modern guest rooms with en suite bathrooms. Knotty pine walls lend a rustic, cozy feel. Most rooms have two twin beds, and a few have one queen, which can be reserved on request (and are assigned in the order requests are received). A common veranda leads to the main sitting room with inviting fireplace, the casual dining room with a high beamed ceiling, and a library featuring an excellent collection of natural history and "Alaskana" titles. A spacious outdoor patio offers spectacular views of the Alaska Range.
Food is a highlight at North Face Lodge, which might be surprising given the extreme remoteness of the location. In recent years, however, small-scale agriculture has grown significantly in Alaska, and the lodge sources produce from small regional farms such as Denali Organic Growers and Rosie Creek Farm, supplying lettuces, hardy greens, onions, carrots, potatoes, squash and more. Pork, elk and reindeer meat also come from animals raised in-state, while all breads, pastries and desserts are homemade and baked on site. Making sure meals are sourced as locally as possible means fresher taste and a lower environmental footprint.