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What to Do in Homer, Alaska

Fishing

 
 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.

Hiking

  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. 

Sightseeing

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. 

 

Kilcher Museum Tour 

Kilcher Homestead Museum Tour – $20 Donation
For the Last Frontier Reality Show Fans out there you won’t want to miss the Kilcher Homestead Museum Tour in Homer, Alaska. Check at the front desk for information and times. Once your tour is arranged you be given directions to a small parking lot with signs directing you to a small cabin just off the parking area of the Kilcher Homestead. Once at the cabin we were given details about the homestead along with history about the Kilcher Family. The cabin is the actual cabin Yule built and lived in with his wife and 8 kids when he arrived in Homer. After your visit to the Cabin you are given details on where you can and can not go throughout the property. You may choose to walk up a hill behind the cabin where Yule is buried on a beautiful site overlooking Mountains, Glaciers, Kachemak Bay, and the Homestead. You will also be able to walk down to the beach if you like its about a mile down to the water and a very uphill walk returning to the parking area. A family member is usually on site to talk about the history of the Kilcher Family and the homesteading days. Your guide  will answer any questions you may have.  Well worth the $20 per person donation.

 

Shopping

  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

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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