by Phil Corless
Sitting high in the mountains away from the lights of Fairbanks, this family-friendly lodge is the ideal place to view the Aurora Borealis during the August to April season. The Logan’s Chalet is a spacious two-bedroom Alaskan log cabin with its own aurora viewing platform in the front yard. It holds three queen beds in two bedrooms, a living room furnished with leather couches and a fully equipped kitchen. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and a radio that alerts you to aurora sightings.
The Aurora Borealis Lodge is located on Cleary Summit, just over 20 miles from downtown Fairbanks. The high ridge is considered to be one of the best places in the world to view the northern lights. In the nearby town of Fox is the popular Turtle Club restaurant, a casual eatery that specializes in steak and seafood. Continue into Fairbanks for a wide range of restaurants and shops, or load up on groceries for your cabin back on the ridge. Kids will want to spend a day at Pioneer Park, the city-run theme park on the banks of the Chena River. They’ll also love an afternoon river cruise on the authentic Riverboat Discovery paddle wheeler. Be sure to get back to the lodge before dusk so you can have a ringside seat for the magical Aurora Borealis. It will be one of the highlights of your family vacation to Alaska.
Our Editor Loves
- Stunning views of the northern lights
- Panoramic views
- Spacious log cabin
- Horse Back Riding
- Theme Park
- Water Sports
- Free Wi-Fi
Mok’s lodge is situated in the midst of a winter wonderland. Absolutely secluded, mystical and beautiful with an outstanding view of snow capped mountains all around you. Rooms are spacious and cozy with a fully loaded kitchen. The owner, Mok is kind and welcoming. If Lady Aurora makes an appearance, he welcomes you into his yard so that your group can have him take pics of you and yours with the lights dancing behind you. MUST STAY!
The apartment is very spacious. Bathroom adequate. The toilet seat is heated which is comfortable for cold winters. The kitchen area is very well equipped — microwave, toaster, induction cooker, Tefal pots and pans, coffee maker, oven, fridge. Free wifi. 30 mins from town.