Last Updated on July 7, 2024

Seward is one of Alaska’s oldest communities, named after William Seward, President Lincoln’s Secretary of State. We have Seward to thank for spearheading the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867 for two cents an acre.

Windsong Lodge sits on the edge of the Resurrection River, just outside town. It’s close enough to be a convenient jumping-off point for exploring Kenai Fjords National Park, and remote enough to be a tranquil retreat.

How to get to Windsong Lodge

Rustic, yet comfortable, Windsong Lodge is not easy to get to, which is part of the appeal. Most guests fly into Anchorage and drive 125 miles along the Seward Highway. It’s hard to keep your eyes on the road with the sparkling waters of Turnagain Arm competing for attention. Mountains, animals and wildflowers rolled out their finest Alaskan welcome mat along the way. 

You can also take the train from Anchorage to Seward, leaving your hands free for photos. The twice-daily journey winds past the Kenai Mountains and the Chugach National Forest. Traveling by motorcoach is another option for those who prefer not to drive.

Seward Lodge Accommodations

Windsong Lodge in Seward, AK.
Windsong Lodge in Seward, AK. Photo credit Pursuit Seward Windsong Lodge

Windsong Lodge is a collection of two-story buildings nestled in the trees with patches of wildflowers dotting the landscape. Clustered around a semicircle with the main building in the center, the layout reminded me of summer camp, with a touch of luxury.

Resurrection River is just across the road, offering views of the mountains and soothing sounds of rushing glacier melt.

Guest rooms are spacious with Alaskan-style log furniture. A small table and chair set does double duty as a desk and coffee table. Choose a room with a patio to be immersed in nature. I left the slider open to let in the cool, Alaskan air and the sound of the birds.

Larger, family-style suites are available, making the lodge popular with multi-generational travelers.

Dining at the Lodge

For an early morning coffee or a grab-n-go breakfast, Mount Hunter Coffee Co. in the lobby fits the bill. Breakfast burritos are great for fueling a day of hiking. There are healthy options too like yogurt parfaits, but I’ll confess to tucking a chocolate scone into my backpack at the start of the day. Tables nearby and easy chairs near the fireplace provide space to enjoy breakfast or an afternoon pick-me-up at this casual café.

The lodge’s main dining room, Resurrection Roadhouse, boasts photo-worthy views of snowcapped Mt. Marathon. Expansive windows and an outside patio mean almost every table has a view. Half the fun of dining here is following the path through the trees to this restaurant in the forest.

Dining at the lodge meant that after a full day of excursions, I could relax with an Exit Glacier Mojito and Sockeye salmon salad. In addition to fresh oysters and crab cakes, you’ll find pizza, steak and burgers. The Root Cellar Salad and Roadhouse Quinoa Bowl are popular options among the vegetable-craving crowd.

With a summer sun that never seems to set, the restaurant’s patio was my favorite spot for a beverage before dinner. The lengthy mocktail and cocktail list includes Alaskan-inspired specials like a Spruce Tip Spritz and the Roadhouse Lemonade, flavored with local rhubarb and berries (vodka optional). You can dine on the patio, or just enjoy drinks and a plate of Goliath Nachos.

Amenities

The lodge offers a free guest shuttle for the 10-minute ride into Seward, making it easy to join a boat tour at the harbor or stock up on snacks at the grocery store. Passes to a local fitness studio are available for those who haven’t worn themselves out on the miles of hiking trails nearby.

The gift shop and front desk are open 24 hours. There’s free Wi-Fi, but the remote location makes connection slow at times. Don’t sweat it – you’re on vacation, remember? Binoculars, board games and hiking poles are available on a limited basis.

Exploring Seward

Kenai Fjords Boat Tour.
Kenai Fjords Boat Tour. Photo credit Pursuit; Kenai Fjords Tours

Gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward is home to tidewater glaciers, remote islands, whales, seals, emerald-green waters, sea lions, puffins, and so much more. One of the best ways to experience wild Alaska is to take a day cruise.

Guests from Windsong Lodge can bundle “a room with a cruise,” for a discount on boat tours operated by Kenai Fjords Tours. Layer up, bring binoculars, and head out on the water. I spent a full day cruising into the Northwestern Fjords, and Mother Nature put on a show like I’ve never seen.

I watched a trio of humpback whales breaching in front of the boat, a female sea otter with an adorable pup on her chest, and an orange-beaked puffin diving into the water. These are just some of the highlights.

You can also book a dinner cruise (the crab cakes and fresh chocolate chip cookies were amazing), or an excursion to Fox Island for some kayaking.

Seward has plenty to offer on land too. I savored quiet walks along Resurrection Bay which frames the town. Explore Seward’s murals and popping in and out of souvenir shops. Resurrect Art Coffee House, located in a former Methodist church, welcomes locals and visitors with coffee and fresh baked goods. The Exit Glacier trailhead, with lots of hiking options, is only a 10-minute drive from the lodge.

Windsong Lodge is a comfortable, convenient base for exploring the wild side of Alaska. The woodsy setting, mountain views from the restaurant and riverside location mean guests are immersed in nature every minute of their stay. I’m dreaming about my return.

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