Starting next week we’ll be taking a look at the glaciers of Alaska, including some stunning video of gigantic chunks of ice calving off glacier walls and crashing into the chilled Alaskan waters below. But first I’m going to skip ahead a bit to our trip after we departed the Norwegian Sun.
I’ve done blog posts on Anchorage before, as you can see here (link to: Anchorage). As such, I’m going concentrate instead on our favorite Anchorage eating establishment, Glacier Brewhouse, which I’ll review toward the end. Before that, I’m going to briefly share some sights we encountered on the road toward Talkeetna, which we took on our way the Mount McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge for a quick look at Denali (formerly Mount McKinley). Ursula has been desperate to see Denali every trip we take to Alaska, and we’ve been thwarted each and every time save for a brief glimpse of the 20,308-foot/6,190-meter mountain. Alas, this trip was no better. Denali remained hidden to us for our entire stay at the resort.
Here are a couple of views along the way, along with the photo at the top of this post:
Here you can see the devastation that resulted from the massive 2015 “Sockeye” wildfire north of Anchorage:
Now for a tasty treat. I’ve reviewed Glacier Brewhouse before, and we dined there twice again this trip. The first time was with our friends Lisa and Al Fittipaldi. The second was after we went separate ways (they to Wrangell–St. Elias, and we to our failed attempt at seeing Denali). Upon our return from the Princess Wilderness Lodge and before our red-eye flight back to the Lower 48, we stopped once again.
The Glacier Brewhouse is a charming, yet very large establishment. If it lacks anything it would be intimacy and quiet, because the Brewhouse gets extremely crowded and a bit noisy.
Expect a wait unless you have reservations. To reduce the wait, make sure you arrive before 5:00 P.M.
Glacier Brewhouse brew not only their own beers, but also brew house-made root beer and cream soda.
No trip to this establishment is complete without at least a taste of their incredible Alaskan seafood chowder, which can be had by the cup or in a dinner-sized bowl. It is, quite simply, the best seafood chowder I’ve had anywhere.
On this trip Ursula was tasty for something light in preparation for our night flight. She chose the Brewhouse Blue salad.
I, on the other hand, am a sucker for their artisan pizzas.
On your way out take a look behind the counter:
Next week begins: The Glaciers of Alaska