"Adventure Central" in Kachemak Bay

Adjacent to Kachemak Bay State Park on the Kenai Peninsula, the secluded Tutka Bay Lodge is nestled at the base of the glacier-studded Kenai Mountains. Surrounded by water, the lodge treats guests to beautiful accommodations and world-class cuisine combined with diverse opportunities for adventurous excursions by day.

Classic Luxury in the Kenai

Day 1

Arrive Anchorage

Upon arrival in Anchorage a private transfer will be provided to your hotel.  Depending on your schedule, there may be time for a city tour including a visit to the Anchorage Museum.  Your private driver will determine your interests and make recommendations so you can take the best advantage of your time here.

Overnight Anchorage.

Day 2

Anchorage to Tutka Bay Lodge

Breakfast is included this morning before meeting your private driver for transfer to the Lake Hood floatplane base.  Your pilot also serves as your guide as you board the plane for the scenic 90-minute flight to Tutka Bay Lodge, located in Alaska’s Kachemak Bay.  The pilot will pull the plane up to the lodge dock where your lodge hosts will be waiting to greet you.  Enjoy an orientation tour of the property and lunch with your guides as you discuss the next days’ adventures.  Your first cocktail reception will take place this evening, followed by a gourmet dinner before turning in for the evening.

Overnight four nights at Tutka Bay Lodge

Day 3

Bear Viewing Flight Tour

Following morning yoga and breakfast, guests will embark on a journey across the bay to rendezvous with their plane, which will transport them to the Katmai Coast for an extraordinary bear viewing experience. Accompanied by a pilot and guide, visitors will be led to prime locations where they can observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, engaging in activities such as catching fish, foraging grasses, or digging for clams. Later in the day, guests will return to the lodge for an afternoon cooking class led by one of our talented chefs, followed by appetizers and dinner.

Day 4

Day On The Water

Today, embark on a thrilling boat adventure on the waters of Kachemak Bay. Anglers can enjoy deep-sea fishing, targeting halibut and salmon throughout the day. Alternatively, for wildlife enthusiasts, a scenic cruise offers breathtaking views of coastal landscapes adorned with waterfalls, forests, and mountains, while providing opportunities to spot marine wildlife such as whales, sea otters, sea lions, puffins, and more. Wind down your day on the ocean with one of our wellness offerings.

Day 5

Discover Your Excitement

Join your guide for a kayaking or hiking expedition, immersing yourself in the breathtaking Alaskan landscapes. Discover the intricacies of oyster and mussel farming in the cold waters of Alaska at a local oyster farm. Explore coastal villages like Homer and Seldovia, where you can visit farms, artisans, and galleries. Today’s activities will be tailored to your preferences, offering the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation. Consider enhancing your experience with an additional out-camp day via helicopter. Journey deep into the mountains to explore the Outer Coast and vast expanses of pristine wilderness. Land on a glacier and mountain peak to hike ancient blue ice and alpine ridgelines.

Day 6

Return Home Relaxed and Refreshed

After another memorable breakfast at Tutka Bay Lodge, bid farewell to your hosts.  Hugs are encouraged before boarding your private plane for the return flight to Anchorage.  Your private driver/guide will meet you upon arrival to embark on your next Alaska adventure, or bring you to your hotel for the evening.

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Amenities, nearby adventures and more...

Main Lodge

The lodge and surrounding guest cabins sit on the edge of a peaceful 9 mile fjord, providing you the most amazing and scenic base from which to launch your Alaskan adventures. Extravagant decks and walkways connect each building which is placed along the edge of the land, with ample views of the water and lush wilderness.

Guest Cabins

The lodge offers 6 spacious and charming guest cabin accommodations. Each guest cabin is distinct from one another, offering various bed configurations that can be designed to accommodate couples or families comfortably. All guest cabins have views of the ocean, mountains, and forest.

Tutka Bay Lodge is accessible by water taxi from Homer (about a 25-minute boat ride). Or, save some time by chartering a float plane from Anchorage (about 1 to 1.5 hours flight time) directly to the lodge.

Both Kirsten and Mandy Dixon are trained chefs with a passion for Alaskan cuisine. Meals at the lodge focus on the ocean-based foods of Kachemak Bay, often featuring Alaskan seafood such as halibut, shellfish, and wild-run salmon. Other ingredients may include homegrown vegetables, berries, mushrooms, and other local fare.

Breakfast and dinner are served family style in the lodge solarium, with both a wine tasting and cheese pairing in the evenings. Picnic lunches are packed to take on day excursions.

If you wish to learn a few cooking skills of your own, the lodge offers cooking classes to guests as well. Learn how to prepare reindeer with forest fruits, zucchini cake with wild berry ice cream, or the lodge specialty: salmon bacon.

Tutka Bay Lodge offers a variety of coastal-based activities like sea kayaking, saltwater sportfishing, beachcombing, tidal-pool exploration, and coastal touring by boat. Other activities available just beyond your doorstep include hiking, birding, and wildlife viewing.

In addition to these daily activities, guests staying a minimum of 3 nights also have the opportunity to enjoy a helicopter excursion of theier choice, plus another premium activity such as bear viewing along the Katmai coast or deep-sea fishing (your choice must be specified at the time you make reservations).

If you would prefer to stay a little closer to home for relaxation, then spend time enjoying the lodge’s sauna and hot tub, participate in morning yoga classes, a cooking class or book a personal massage.

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Take a sunset cruise with a champagne toast to commemorate a special occasion.

Exclusive stay

Buyout the entire property for an exclusive lodge stay for your family and friends.

Jump to another lodge

Combine this lodge with a visit to sister property, Winterlake Lodge, located in Alaska’s interior

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Make your bearviewing tour private or add a helicopter adventure to get the most out of your lodge stay.

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