2019 Signature Events Logo Contests

The Seward Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the logo contests for our 2019 signature events:

92nd Running of the Mount Marathon Race

64th Annual Seward Silver Salmon Derby

13th Annual Seward Halibut Tournament

Designing a logo is a great way to be associated with some of the most iconic events in Alaska! Winning designs will be widely promoted and used for event brochures, web/social media content, t-shirts, and more. 

Each event will be holding its own separate logo contests with varying rules and regulations. Read on to find out how to enter and win!

How to Enter 

Important dates for all three contests:

  • The contest begins on December 4th, 2018
  • Submissions will be accepted through January 31, 2019
  • Winners will be announced in mid-February via email, Seward.com, and the Seward Chamber of Commerce’s social media channels

In order for your entry to be submitted and reviewed by our judges, all entries must be:

  • Submitted directly to Elizabeth Hashem at events@seward.com.
  • Submitted in their original source file (a scalable, vector format such as .ai or .eps).
  • Submitted as a high resolution .pdf with 300 dpi or higher.

Logo Requirements

Mount Marathon Race

  • Theme: To best convey the unique nature of the Mount Marathon Race, the logo design must include a mountain theme.
  • Language: The design MUST include the following words or phrases:
    • Mount Marathon Race 2019
    • 92nd Running
    • Seward, Alaska
  • Color: The design may include a maximum of four colors. There are no limitations on the specific colors. The logo must look professional in color and black and white.
  • Integrity: Logos cannot contain copyrighted material. Logos must have been created and edited by the contestant(s). Logos may not include images or licensed images that have been previously published. Must be easily reproducible and scalable for large and small formatting.

Silver Salmon Derby

  • Theme: To best convey the nature of the Silver Salmon Derby, the logo design must include a fisheries theme.
  • Language: The design MUST include the following words or phrases:
    • Seward Silver Salmon Derby 
    • 64th Annual
    • August 10th-18th 2019
    • Seward, Alaska
  • Color: The design may include a maximum of four colors. There are no limitations on the specific colors. The logo must look professional in color and black and white.
  • Integrity: Logos cannot contain copyrighted material. Logos must have been created and edited by the contestant(s). Logos may not include images or licensed images that have been previously published. Must be easily reproducible and scalable for large and small formatting.

Halibut Tournament

  • Theme: To best convey the nature of the Halibut Tournament, the logo design must include a fisheries theme.
  • Language: The design MUST include the following words or phrases:
    • Seward Halibut Tournament 
    • 13th Annual
    • June 2019
    • Seward, Alaska
  • Color: The design may include a maximum of four colors. There are no limitations on the specific colors. The logo must look professional in color and black and white.
  • Integrity: Logos cannot contain copyrighted material. Logos must have been created and edited by the contestant(s). Logos may not include images or licensed images that have been previously published. Must be easily reproducible and scalable for large and small formatting.

Contest Details

  • One winning logo design will be selected for each contest.
  • Contestants agree that the Seward Chamber of Commerce may publish their logo and name(s) and may use both for advertising campaigns and/or marketing materials in the future.
  • Contestants assign all ownership rights, including all intellectual property rights to the logo, to the Seward Chamber of Commerce.
  • The Seward Chamber of Commerce may alter, modify or revise the winning logo as necessary for its intended use.
  • The Seward Chamber of Commerce reserves the right to not select a winner if, in its sole discretion, no suitable entries are received.  

Prize: The winning designer of each contest will receive $200!

Deadline: Thursday, January 31 at 11:59 pm AK.

Contact Elizabeth Hashem at the Seward Chamber of Commerce with any questions: 907.224.8051 or events@seward.com.

Shop Local on Saturday, Nov. 24!

Kick off the holiday season by showing some love to Seward’s local businesses! Join us as we celebrate Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24. 

Start at our welcome station for free swag!

Start your day at our welcome station inside Sweet Darlings (205 Fourth Ave) from 10 am – 2 pm. Order a warm drink, sample their new beverages on tap, and pick up a free canvas tote bag (available to the first 200 shoppers). Then grab a Shop Small bingo card—enter to win great prizes by visiting participating businesses—and head out to shop!

Participating stores and restaurants will be ready with a variety of special treats and discounts. You’ll find sweet deals all across town, from our historic downtown to the harbor and beyond!  

Enjoy special promotions from the following small businesses.

DOWNTOWN

A Flyin’ Skein 
20% off storewide. Open 11 am–6 pm. 

Alaska SeaLife Center
10% off reusable water bottles. Open 12–5 pm.

Brown & Hawkins Mercantile 
50% off select items. Santa pictures with SOS Pets from 11-4. Rise bAKed goods. Free tea, cider, and butter cookies all day. Open 9 am–7 pm. 

Frontier Trading Post
Free 12 oz latte with $50 or greater purchase. Open 9 am–5 pm.

Ranting Raven Gallery
Closeout sale on clothing and select jewelry. Open 10 am–6 pm.

Resurrect Art Coffee House
25% off Rez Art merchandise (hydroflasks, hoodies, ceramic mugs). Open 7 am–5 pm.

Sew’n Bee Cozy 
25% off all regular price fabrics. 10% off clearance. Open 10 am–6 pm.

Sweet Darlings
Buy two, get one half-off packaged items (popcorn, fudge, peanut brittle, bark, and taffy). Open 10 am–6 pm.

The Retreat Day Spa & Salon
20% off all retail. Open 10 am–5 pm.

Ukanuzit 
50% off all dresses and coats. Open 10 am–4 pm.

Urbach’s 
30% off storewide. Open 9 am–6 pm.

HARBOR

Breeze Inn
Kids 12 and under eat free. 10% off stays booked on Small Business Saturday. Open 7 am–10 pm.

Chinooks
$5 appetizer special. Open 12–9 pm.

Harbor 360 Hotel Gift Shop
$2 coffee drinks of any size. Buy one get one free keychains and 5×7″ stickers. Buy one get one free $10 t-shirt bin. Open 24/7. 

SEWARD HIGHWAY

LuLaRoe Amanda Hughes
Open House from 10am-2pm at 33194 Peace Avenue
Gift Boxes for the first 20 customers! All leggings are buy 3 get 1 free. 40-60% off select items. Door prizes, coffee, cocoa, and yummy treats!

CALL FOR DEALS

Ascent Wellness Alaska
15% all wellness services booked on Small Business Saturday. Book by calling at 907.500.8415.

Seward Ocean Excursions 
15% all trips booked on Small Business Saturday. Book by calling at 907.599.0499. 

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If you’re a business with a question about participating, please contact Elizabeth Hashem at the Seward Chamber of Commerce: events@seward.com or 907-224-8051.

Seward Tops List of “Most Instagram-Worthy Destinations” in the U.S.

Seward is a photographer’s dream, with towering fjords, dramatic glaciers, rugged coastline and incredible wildlife. So we were thrilled (but not surprised) to see our coastal town top this recent list of the “8 Most Instagram-Worthy Destinations in the United States.”

The scenery surrounding Seward is so stunning it doesn’t seem real. But, oh, it’s as real as ever. Located on a fjord of the Gulf of Alaska called Resurrection Bay, this city is one of the most beautiful in America and was made for Instagram. Have your camera at the ready when you hike through the thick forests of Two Lakes Trail. Trade the woods for the water with a day tour of the gulf, courtesy of Alaska Dream Charters (look out for orcas). If boats aren’t your thing, hop in the car and drive the Kenai Peninsula via Alaska Route 1.

Check out the full list here. Thanks to CarRentals.com for the recognition! 

Feature image: Joel Krahn

 

Join Us For The Seward Music and Arts Festival Oct. 5th-7th!

We are delighted to welcome back the Seward Music and Arts Festival! A favorite celebration of music, creativity, and community returns October 5th-7th. Great tunes, tasty local food, family activities, and artisan craft vendors all come together for the perfect showcase of this seaside town’s deep love of the arts. 

SMAF logo design by artist Rob Ammerman

Now Playing!

This festival is known for an eclectic lineup that has entertainers from a wide variety of genres. There is sure to be something to get everyone dancing, no matter your taste!

Seward band Blackwater Railroad owning the stage at SMAF 2017. Photo credit: @flynnfotography

SMAF begins the evening of Friday, October 5th at 5pm with a dedication to Rockwell Kent, the artist who inspired the “Wilderness” theme of this year’s festival. Following that, the show begins! 

Over the full weekend more than 20 music and performance artists will take the stage. Prepare yourself for some mesmerizing dance moves, enchanting costumes, and immersive art. Get your dancing shoes ready for swingin’ jazz and foot-stompin’ folk. Sweet bluegrass tunes will be mixed in with psychedelic jams, funk, and alternative rock. We are not kidding when we say there is something for everyone – you might even discover a new favorite!

Music will go on late into the evening on Friday and Saturday night with the final artists starting their sets after 11pm. On Sunday the final act goes on at 4, closing out the festival. For a detailed list of artists and set times, check out the SMAF website here.

More than Great Music

Wondering what to do in between sets? SMAF offers a great variety of activities for the whole family:

  • Treat your taste buds to some festival fare including decadent smoked fish spreads, fresh baked goods, mouthwatering spinach bread, and gourmet crepes – just a few of the many delectable options!

    A potential offering by Le Barn Apetit Creperie!
  • After sampling a tasty treat, enjoy a cold brew or glass of wine in the beer garden
  • Check out handmade pottery, jewelry, skincare, fine art, tie dye, and more as you browse the wares of Alaskan artists and artisan craft vendors
  • Get a henna (temporary!) tattoo from the henna artist booth 
  • Visit the Kid’s Area for a fun open play place where the kids can get in the creative spirit. On Saturday the space will be hosted by the Boys & Girls Club with art supplies and additional activities!

SMAF Train – Arrive in Style

The Alaska Railroad is currently offering a can’t-miss package for round-trip travel to SMAF. Departing from Anchorage in the morning, you’ll arrive in Seward just in time for the beginning of the festivities on Saturday. After a full weekend, you’ll head back to Anchorage late Sunday afternoon. 

Not only will you get treated to the gorgeous fall views of the Kenai Peninsula, you’ll have on board entertainment on both legs of your journey. With her breathtaking vocals, Emma Hill will get you feeling inspired to have a weekend filled with amazing performances. On the way back up to Anchorage, Syran will end your Sunday with a unique blend of folk/rock paired with heartfelt lyrics. 

The ticket price of $125 includes your round-trip fare, live music on the train, and entry to the festival on Saturday and Sunday. Besides that, you’ll benefit from free shuttle service around Seward for the weekend along with free Alaska Railroad depot parking. 

This is an opportunity you don’t want to pass up! Book your train tickets here.

Catch fall views like this on the SMAF train! Photo credit: Alaska Railroad

Maximize Your Visit!

Seward is one of the greatest playgrounds Alaska has to offer – you’ll want to take full advantage of this incredible place while you’re here for the weekend. If you need a little change of pace from festival festivities, we’ve got plenty of ideas for you:

  • First things first – energize your morning with an expertly poured cup of coffee from Resurrect Art Coffee House or Frontier Trading Post
  • Fuel up with a hearty breakfast from The Smokeshack or The Breeze Inn
  • Take a scenic cruise in Resurrection Bay! Major Marine Tours is offering a 20% discount for SMAF attendees on their 3.5 hour Wildlife Cruise 
  • Get up close and personal with local wildlife at the Alaska SeaLife Center
  • Walk our Historic Downtown District to visit local shops and galleries
  • The waterfront bike/walking path is a wonderful way to stretch your legs! Watch for wildlife and look for the glaciers peeking out of the mountains

October is a beautiful time of year to find yourself in Seward. Our Music and Arts Festival is such a lively celebration of the creativity that makes this community shine. We hope to see you there!

Join us for the Silver Salmon Derby Aug. 11-19!

The Silvers Are Back!

We’re thrilled to announce that the silver salmon have returned to Resurrection Bay, just in time for the 63rd annual Silver Salmon Derby! This year the Derby begins Saturday, Aug. 11 at 6 am, and runs until Sunday, Aug. 19 at noon. 

Anglers are reporting taking limits both in the outer islands of the bay, and the fishing spots closer to the head of the bay. Across the board, we’re hearing that this year’s returning class is full of big coho! There are plenty of fish to go around, so don’t miss your chance to land some fresh, bright silver salmon! 

Many Ways to Win

We’ve got loads of prizes, including tagged fish (up to $50,000 cash!), prizes for the top 20 heaviest fish overall (up to $10,00 cash!), daily prizes for heaviest fish and random weights, and more! 

Proceeds from the fish buy-back program support our smolt rearing program, in partnership with Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association. 

Ticket Info

Daily tickets are $10, or fish all nine days for $50. Purchase your tickets at the Derby booth (across from the Harbormaster’s office near B dock) or The Fish House (1303 Fourth Ave). 

Special thanks to our most generous partners for making this great summer tradition possible!

Visit salmon.seward.com for more info on rules, prizes, and partners.

Follow us on Facebook for daily fishing updates and photos!

Fish on!

 

New Vessel Joins Major Marine Fleet

Major Marine Tours Welcomes a New Vessel to its Seward Fleet

SEWARD, Alaska—Major Marine Tours is kicking off the 2018 summer season with a new addition to its fleet of vessels! The Kenai Fjords 360 is a custom-built, high-speed catamaran is named for its 360-degree wraparound top deck. This design offers passengers unparalleled wildlife and scenic viewing opportunities. 

The state-of-the-art catamaran arrived in Seward from La Connor, Wash., last week, and will go into service for Major Marine Tours beginning mid-May.

“This custom-built catamaran was designed so our passengers could have a unique and memorable experience viewing glaciers, wildlife and scenery,” said Tom Tougas, owner of Major Marine Tours.

“As a locally-owned company that has been investing in Alaska’s tourism industry for more than two decades, we are certainly thrilled to introduce this new vessel to our fleet. We’ll be able to take more Alaskans and visitors out to experience and appreciate the stunning beauty of Kenai Fjords National Park.”

Designed with passenger comfort and the environment in mind

In addition to the wheelhouse being located on the second deck to allow for top-deck viewing, the Kenai Fjords 360 is also the fastest catamaran of Major Marine Tours’ fleet. The new vessel has the ability to cruise up to 30 knots (about 35 miles per hour).

Environmental sustainability is a top priority for Major Marine Tours. The Kenai Fjords 360 is powered by EPA Tier III, fuel-efficient and low-emission Caterpillar C32 engines, minimizing its environmental footprint.

The 150-person capacity catamaran was designed with passenger comfort as another priority. Features include snack and beverage bars on the first and second decks, a large galley for dining, and three restrooms on board.

The vessel’s new home

The Kenai Fjords 360 will board directly behind the Seward Harbor 360 Hotel, a Major Marine Tours accommodation. Both are conveniently located less than a block from the Alaska Railroad Depot.

The Kenai Fjords 360 is the ninth vessel in the Major Marine Tours fleet and will support Major Marine Tours in its six-hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise. The cruise visits an actively calving tidewater glacier, provides opportunities for whale and wildlife viewing and features Major Marine Tours’ Alaska salmon and prime rib buffet.

About Major Marine Tours

Major Marine Tours offers world-class wildlife and glacier cruises from Seward and Whittier, Alaska. Major Marine Tours is a locally-owned, family company celebrating over 25 years of sharing the beauty of Alaska with its guests. Seward cruises explore the tidewater glaciers and abundant wildlife of Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park, and the Whittier cruises explore the dense concentration of glaciers and waterfalls found in the calm, protected waters of Prince William Sound. Most cruises feature National Park Ranger narration and an Alaska salmon and prime rib buffet, freshly-prepared on board and served during the cruise. For more information, visit majormarine.com

Catch Spring Fever With the Last Second Saturday of the Season

Celebrate Spring with Second Saturdays!

The off-season transforms Seward from a bustling visitor hub to an oasis for Alaskans to play and recharge. To celebrate this special time of year, we’ve launched Seward Second Saturdays, a community-wide event scheduled for the weekends of Jan. 13, Feb. 10, Mar. 10, and Apr. 14. Enjoy quieter trails, fun activities and special discounts before the crowds return!

Participating Businesses for April 14

Downtown

Homer artist Felicity Jones will be at Brown & Hawkins Mercantile

A Flyin’ Skein
$5 make-and-take button tassel

Big Bay Beginnings Child Development Center
20% off general admission

Brown & Hawkins Mercantile
Meet the artist: Felicity Rae Jones of Homer, 11:30–5:30
Flame the Owl (Bird TLC), 12-1 and 2-3

5th Ave. Fitness
Open to the public, 11-3

Frontier Trading Post
Free coffee or tea drink with $50 purchase

Once in a Blue Moose
Presenting Ravenlady Pottery; $10 off purchases of $50 or more

Port City Players presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Church of the Nazerne. Two showings: 1 pm and 7 pm

Don’t miss the Port City Players production of this beloved musical!

Sew’n Bee Cozy
Make-and-take craft project, select sale items

Seward Community Library and Museum
Drop-in crafts and free museum entry

Starbird Studio (221 4th Ave)
20% off purchase, 4–8 pm

The Frame Cottage
Free drawing – 20% off personal framing

The Painted Whale
Paint & Sip at The Breeze Inn (registration required)

The Ranting Raven
In-store specials and clothing sale

The Yukon Bar
Sip-and-tie dye, 5–7 pm
Live music by Sean Larose, 9:30 pm

Urbach’s
30% off shoes and boots

Photo: Jeremy Welles

Harbor

Harbor 360 Hotel 
20% room discounts for walk-ins

Kenai Fjords Tours Gift Shop
30% off Skhoop and Helly Hansen

Sailing, Inc.
20% off learn to sail package

Seward Ocean Excursions
10% off spring tour of Resurrection Bay

Woody’s Thai Kitchen
Great thai food!

Out of Town

Seward Nordic Ski Club @ Mile 12 (Divide Ski Area)
Spring party, ski games, bonfire, hotdogs

The Pit Bar & Liquor Store
Mermaid Sip-and-paint (reservations required)

Make the Most of Your Visit With Our Itineraries 

We’ve developed an itinerary for couples looking for a low-key, luxurious getaway or for individuals looking to recharge.

Looking for fun activities for the whole family? We’ve got an itinerary for that, too

Endless Shoulder Season Fun

Here are just a few ways to spend a weekend getaway in Seward!

  • Take a private boat charter on Resurrection Bay
  • Ride your fat bike to Exit Glacier 
  • Kayak out to Tonsina Point
  • Cross-country ski freshly-groomed trails on Bear Lake or at Mile 12 
  • Heli-ski in Seward’s coastal mountains 
  • Soak in a hot tub while watching the kids play in a pool overlooking the boat harbor
  • View Seward’s 12 original murals—we’re the Mural Capital of Alaska!
  • Indulge in local seafood while sipping a perfectly paired wine
  • Comb the beach for treasures
  • Walk the docks in the boat harbor to look for sea otters
  • Watch Alaska SeaLife Center Staff care for a rescued marine mammals
  • Shop for some of the nicest clothing, home decor, fabrics and yarns, art, jewelry, and tasty treats in our historic downtown
  • Wash down a mouthwatering burger while enjoying an Alaska brew
  • Get a tattoo from an award-winning artist
  • Stay in a cozy cabin in the woods
  • Enjoy waterfront walk, followed by a relaxing massage
  • Dance to live music with a fun, local crowd

Have a question about Seward Second Saturdays or other Seward activities? Contact the Seward Chamber of Commerce at 907.224.8051. Are you a business that would like to participate in an upcoming Second Saturday? Contact the Seward Business Network at sewardsbn@gmail.com. 

Member Spotlight: DragonFly Fishing Guides

Q&A With Andrew Scrivo of DragonFly Fishing Guides

It’s often said that people make the place, and we couldn’t agree more. Our new spotlight series introduces you to Seward Chamber of Commerce members who make our community an incredible place to live, work and play. This week we’re proud to profile the Kenai Peninsula’s only Seward-based fly fishing company. 

DragonFly Fishing Guides is a locally-owned small business. Unlike many outfitters in Alaska, DragonFly employs full-time professional guides and Alaska residents. They fish our rivers, lakes and streams year round.

We recently sat down with Andrew to learn more about the journey he has taken as a small business owner in Seward. 

Tell us briefly about your business. What do you do and who are your customers?

We offer fully guided drift boat fly fishing trips on the wildest parts of the Kenai River, as well as hike-in float tube fly fishing on remote lakes in the Seward area. Our customers are people young and old who want to experience Alaska by way of the fly rod, at the pace of the current.

How long have you lived in Seward? What first brought you here?

We moved to Seward from the bush in 2012. It was honestly the beauty that brought us here. We wanted to live where the mountains meet the sea. I’m astounded by the beauty every time it’s nice out!

What do you like most about living and working in Seward?

I haven’t lived in too many other places, and I’m still relatively new to business ownership, but I think Seward is really unique in that all the businesses are working together to be successful. There is a lot of friendly networking going on and mutual support, which is awesome.

photo of hike-in fishing trip
DragonFly’s hike-in trips utilize float tubes to fish isolated lakes.

There’s also a lot of opportunities for businesses to give back to the community, and so many of them do. It’s not really about competing with each other here; there’s a much greater spirit of all being in it together. I think business owners elsewhere don’t have that. People are very supportive of each other too, which makes Seward a great place to live.

What makes your business special or unique? In other words, what are you known for?

We are known for building our business around honesty and providing clients with high-quality fly fishing experiences. We do not mix parties to fill our boats. While we could be making more money by doing that, I think it goes a long way that we don’t. Our clients can tell that we do everything in our power to give them their trip of a lifetime. It’s about them, not us.

What would people be surprised to learn about your business or your journey as a business owner?

I think people would be surprised to learn that about 50% of our clientele are complete novices to fly fishing. So, don’t let that deter you! We can teach you enough to have fun and catch fish in a matter of minutes.

Tell us about a product or service that you’re particularly proud of.

I think our hike-in float tube trips are an amazing and unique experience. Trekking through the wilderness into a remote, isolated lake to leisurely kick around in a float tube, peering into crystal clear water, and fly casting to hungry fish is an entirely different kind of fly fishing experience. That’s exactly what we want for our clients: high-quality wilderness fly fishing experiences tailored to their wants and needs. 

DragonFly Fishing Guides is a popular choice for local anglers.

Tell us about a community member in Seward who you admire.

Fred Moore is a great friend of mine and I admire him greatly for many things: his ingenuity, work ethic, self-sustainability, and don’t get me started on his garden!

How do you spend your free time?

I spend almost all of my free time with my wife, Katy, and our 20-month-old twins, River and Iris; they are truly amazing. Believe it or not, I go fishing when I can.

Where’s your favorite spot in Seward to unwind?

4th of July Beach! I just love it out there, and so do my dogs.

There are so many great wilderness areas to explore around Seward and Kenai Fjords. If you had a free weekend, where would you go?

This time of year, I would probably head up a trail with the family to one of the many rental cabins and dig in for the weekend.

Feature Image: Owner Andrew Scrivo knows the best spots to target salmon, dolly varden, and trophy rainbows. Photo courtesy of DragonFly Fishing Guides. 

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For more information about DragonFly Fishing Guides or to book a trip, click here or call 907.491.1018. 

Want more information about Seward or our Chamber of Commerce? Call 907.224.8051. 

36 Hours in Seward: Winter Fun for Families

winter ice skating in seward, ak

“Seward Second Saturdays” Launches This Weekend!

Winter transforms Seward from a bustling visitor hub to an oasis for Alaskans to play and recharge.

To celebrate this special season, we’re launching Seward Second Saturdays, a community-wide event scheduled for the weekends of Jan. 13, Feb. 10, Mar. 10, and Apr. 14. Enjoy quieter trails, fun activities and special discounts before the crowds return!

To help you make the most of your visit to our seaside town, we’ve developed the following itinerary for families looking for a weekend escape. 

FRIDAY

Evening – A Night at the Movies

Safety first! Seward Highway is generally well maintained, but it’s always a good idea to check the travel conditions and make sure your winter car emergency kit is well stocked before you leave home. 

As you arrive in town, pick up a map of local businesses participating in Seward Second Saturdays from Harbor 360 Hotel or from your lodging provider (see more options below). 

Take advantage of a local secret: The Skip & Marie Fletcher Winter Movie Series shows popular second-run films at steep discounts each Friday at the Rae Marine Education Building auditorium (UAF Seward Marine Center at 3rd Ave between Washington & Railway). This Friday, Feb. 2, families can enjoy “Rudy” at 6 p.m. before “Dunkirk” hits the screen for adults at 8 p.m. Admission is $2 per person, per movie. Proceeds from this week’s (shockingly affordable!) concession sales benefit Seward Prevention Coalition.

SATURDAY

Lace up your skates at Second Lake. Photo: Patrick Lewis 

Morning – Enjoy Your Own Winter Wonderland

Start your day with a hot breakfast at the Breeze, a family restaurant serving up American-style favorites. Feel free to sleep in; breakfast is served until 2 p.m. 

Next, lace up your ice skates, bundle up and head to Second Lake at Two Lakes Park. Seward Parks and Recreation uses an Ice Dragon—an Alaskan made, ice re-surfacing machine—to keep the ice in good condition for skating. There’s often a bonfire going near the shore to warm-up between pick-up hockey games. 

Please note: Relatively warm winter temperatures may result in unsafe conditions for ice skating. If in doubt, stay off the ice.

More comfortable in boots than skates? The short, gently rolling loop trail (0.7 mile) around the park is also a local favorite. 

Afternoon – Visit a Baby Beluga Before Stepping Back in Time

Warm up with homestyle macaroni and cheese at Alaska Seafood Grill across from Seward’s scenic small boat harbor.

You’ll be charmed by Tyonek, a young Beluga calf. Photo: Alaska SeaLife Center

A short one-mile drive will land you at the Alaska SeaLife Center, a world-class public aquarium and our state’s only permanent marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation facility. Experience hands-on exhibits and watch the sea lions, birds and otters play (Adult entrance $24.95, Children $12.95).

Take advantage of a rare opportunity to see a baby Beluga that was rescued from Cook Inlet last fall. Tyonek spends most of his time in an outdoor pool in public view, and interpretive staff are available to talk about the extensive care he receives. For a special treat, upgrade to an unforgettable behind-the-scenes tour of the Center ($74.95 per person).

You’ll find a wealth of historic artifacts inside this modern building. Photo: Seward Community Library & Museum

From the SeaLife Center, wander a couple blocks up Fourth Avenue to explore the historic downtown district. See if the kids can find the 100-year-old, brass cash register located in Seward’s oldest family-owned small business

Cap the afternoon with a visit to the Seward Community Museum (open 12-5 p.m.), featuring a well-curated collection of historical artifacts and photographs. Ask for the Museum Explorers Guide and scavenger hunt activity sheets at the front desk. Admission is free during the winter.

Evening – Go Greek

Apollo Restaurant offers kid-friendly pastas and pizzas that will satisfy even “selective” eaters. The ravioli is a hearty way to fill up after a busy day. 

Traveling with a teen? The Teen Rec Room ($5 admission) is open from 5-10 p.m. and offers music, ping pong, skee ball, computers, Xbox, Netflix, movies, snacks, pool tables, crafts and more. 

SUNDAY

Morning – Slip Sliding Away

The Divide Ski Area at Mile 12 features nordic ski trails for all levels of experience. Photo: Seward City News

Fuel up with hot chocolate and bagels at Resurrect Art Coffeehouse (open at 8 a.m.). Kids can take in the birds-eye view from the loft while you browse local art and jewelry. If you need supplies to play in the snow—from hand warmers to trash compactor bags for impromptu sledding—the friendly folks at the Fish House can take care of you.

Look for bald eagles in the trees surrounding the lagoon as you head out of town. If conditions permit, some of the best sledding and nordic skiing around can be found at the Divide (Mile 12). The consistently groomed trails are ideal for skate skiing.* A map of local ski trails, courtesy of the Seward Nordic Ski Club, may help you find a new favorite ski spot as you head towards home. 

LODGING

Enjoy views of the small boat harbor while soaking in the hot tub or swimming pool at Harbor 360 Hotel. Winter rates start at $89/night, including free breakfast. Mention Seward Second Saturdays when booking to receive 20% off your stay. 

Kids of all ages will enjoy taking in the wildlife and history display at Hotel Seward. Located in the historic downtown district, you’ll be steps from many shops, the Alaska SeaLife Center, and the Seward Community Library & Museum. During Second Saturday weekends, a one-night stay for two, including breakfast, is $80. 

Watch eagles nesting in the lagoon from your room in the north addition of the Breeze Inn. Classic rooms are a good fit for budget-conscious travelers, starting at $69/night. Use code “SSS” when booking to receive 10% off your stay. 

Rates listed are based on double-occupancy and are subject to change. Contact the hotel directly to make your reservation. 

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Have a question about Seward Second Saturdays or other winter activities? Contact the Seward Chamber of Commerce at 907.224.8051. 

Feature image: Local kids can turn just about any frozen surface into an ice rink. Photo by Heidi Zemach for Seward City News.