by Phil Corless
If anyone in your family is interested in aviation, they’ll get a kick out of staying at the Homer Floatplane Lodge. You don’t have to arrive by floatplane to enjoy this luxury lodge. It’s in the heart of downtown, on the shore of the tiny Beluga Lake. The freshwater lake is where the floatplanes land and take off, so ask for a room with a lake view. There are seven guest cabins on this pretty piece of land. Ideal for a large family is the Brooks Cabin, which can sleep up to five on a king, full and twin beds. This rustic-looking log cabin also contains a living room, dining table and kitchenette with small refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker. Better yet, the private deck is just perfect for relaxing and watching the floatplanes soar into the sky. Every now and then, look down to see the occasional moose or bear.
The Lodge is conveniently located in downtown Homer. You’ll be a block from restaurants and shops, and even a brewpub. It’s a short walk to the beach. The other beach, on the Kachemak Bay, is where kids can run and play while searching for shells and seaglass. Stop in at the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center so kids can earn their Junior Biologist badge and walk the nature trail to the nearby tide pools. If you’re going fishing for halibut, which is the thing to do in the Halibut Fishing Capital of the World, drive 4 miles down the Homer Spit to find a fishing charter at the harbor. There are many fun excursions you can embark on from the harbor, but remember that you’re staying at a floatplane lodge because the Emerald Air Service floatplane will pick you up right on the lake in front of your cabin for a memorable trip to a pristine remote lake to view bears. That alone makes the Homer Floatplane Lodge a wonderful choice for your family adventure in Alaska.
Our Editor Loves
- Lake views
- Fire pit
- Horse Back Riding
- Water Sports
- Free Wi-Fi
Stayed 4 nights & had issues from the start. Called to arrange ride from Homer airport as advertised on the website. Was told not possible as no vehicle to provide transportation so had to take taxi. Was told room reserved had plumbing issues & was offered another room. We took it but not cleaned or ready, had to wait until late evening to get unpacked. First night, sink in bathroom not draining. Next am bathtub not draining when showering. Finally drained by evening. Next am, tub not draining & when office notified, was told to shower in another unit. Tub still had standing water after 24 hrs. Day 3 office staff addressed plumbing issues. No housekeeping & had to request clean linens which we received only on day 3. Had to request Kleenex as none in room. Lodge not open to use as the 1 person working left by 5 so no access. Also, no hot tub use as 1. Office staff said she did not service it regularly (unclean) & 2. Staff & bear guide spent evening in hot tub drinking so no access for guests. Also, decking/ walkway to room in very poor repair-dangerous walkway as boards were rotting & minimal repair. Overall very disappointed in the accommodations
Our family of 4 (two adults, two teens) stayed 3 nights in one of the larger cabins. Comes standard with two twins pushed together to make a king, and a twin. They had already set up a twin cot for us, and the twin beds had cozy down comforters. Beds are upstairs, twins in one room, king in the other with a door between them. Stairs were a bit steep so if that's an issue this might not be the cabin for you. This cabin (The Brooks Falls cabin) also had two sets of bathroom facilities which was nice for our family of 4. There's also a mini fridge, microwave, and a set of dishes you can use. Also, main level has a couch, coffee table, chair. Plenty of room for a family. There's wifi but it didn't work very well.
The corners of the cabin could use a bit more attention-a bit dirty, dead bugs here and there, a bit of mold on the shower curtain, etc. If you are finicky like one of my teen daughters this might bother you, but it wasn't a big deal to the rest of us, and it wouldn't keep me from staying here again. Also, there was no daily housekeeping. Not an issue for us, but just something to note.
Staff is very friendly-gave us more towels when we checked in without us even asking, and also brought us plastic cups in case we wanted them. There are two chairs outside cabin door for sitting on the porch.
We stayed here while going on a bear viewing trip with Emerald Air, which operates from here, which we highly recommend. But also a good location for Homer in general. Close to spit, Bishops Beach, restaurants. Enjoyed our stay.