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What to Do in Homer, Alaska


 Homer offers many charter businesses for halibut or halibut/salmon combo charters. Homer is rightfully known as the “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World” and every day you can see boats unloading the huge but delicate tasting fish. King salmon are also plentiful whether trolling from a charter boat or casting into the free “Fishing Hole” near the Homer harbor. For great fishing the Driftwood Inn recommends our very own Driftwood Charters.

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The Beach

Bishop's Beach is just few hundred yards away. Enjoy a sunrise stroll or moonlit cookout on the beach!  Enjoy tide walks on the edge of Kachemak Bay through the rocky intertidal areas of Bishop's Beach.  Nearby Islands and Ocean Visitor center, offers free guided tide-pooling tours.  Discover the wonders of our ecosystem.  If you feel a bit more adventurous, try one of the wildlife tour boats, a day of sea kayaking, horseback riding on the beach or a hike across the bay in Kachemak Bay State Park.


  The Driftwood also offers Guided Hiking Adventures from the Homer Spit. Take a scenic cruise across Kachemak Bay to the Glacier Lake Trailhead for a 3.2 mile moderate hike along quiet state park trails with beautiful views. This is an easy and enjoyable hike with a gradual elevation that makes it accessible to all. An optional visit to Halibut Cove provides a great opportunity to dine at the popular Saltry Restaurant, browse the galleries and boardwalks before returning to the Homer Spit. 


Enjoy over 50 fine art galleries and gift shops, the varied shorebirds and marine life all make up this coastal community. Taxis, horseback riding, kyaks and bicycles are at your service to show you around.  Skyline Ridge above Homer offers a breathtaking view of Kachemak Bay, the glaciers and snow- capped peaks of the Kenai Mountains and the active volcanoes only 60 miles away.  Don't miss out on the Danny J tour to Halibut Cove and dinner at the Saltry.   On your way out of town stop at world-renowned artist, Norman Lowell's gallery, gardens and original homestead just 12 miles north of Homer just off the highway. 


  Clams are abundant on beaches north of Homer. With a little work you will enjoy some of our Kenai Peninsula razors or Kachemak Bay littlenecks & butter clams. All you need is a minus tide, a bucket and a clam shovel.  Just north of Homer, sandy beaches are where razor clams can be found at Stariski, Whiskey Gulch just north of Anchor Point, Deep Creek, Ninilchik and Clam Gulch.  Be prepared to be quick; sometimes it takes a little teamwork as shown here because those razor clams can be quick and can get away.   Littlenecks & butter clams can be found on the south side of Kachemak Bay. Those beaches are accessible by short, scenic water taxi across the bay. Ask us if our buckets and shovels are available; we keep a small supply on hand as loaners and have a fish cleaning station perfect for cleaning your clams.


  Artists from Homer and all over Alaska set up shop on the boardwalks of the Homer Spit, charming Old-Town Homer, and along Pioneer Avenue, selling unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. Potters, painters, jewelers, weavers, sculptors and stained glass workers capture the area's natural beauty in art. Local bookstores also carry the works of local authors. Check out one of our favorite authors, Dana Stabenow, at www.stabenow.com. One of our newest shops,  the "Deadliest  Catch" Time Bandit store is a popular stop.


Surfing in Homer, Alaska is becoming more popular year by year. Hanging 10 on Kachemak Bay waves was featured on the cover of Alaska Magazine’s October 2008 issue. The Driftwood Inn and Seaside Lodge overlooking Bishop’s Beach is the perfect lodging for Surfers looking to enjoy the adventure of Kachemak Bay.


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