Salted Roots Cabins – Lowell Point
Salted Roots Cabins were built to give their customers a reason ‘why.’ Owners Matt Cope and Kellyann Cavaretta want to make their travelers feel at home, both in their beautiful cabins on Lowell Point and in the community.
“Today’s travelers want to be locals. It’s why they booked the ticket. They want to belong and blend in. They seek out things local. They seek to travel with purpose,” Matt said.
Salted Roots gives travelers a purpose to explore, a ‘why.’
Matt and Kellyann were suckered into becoming Sewardites after a bluebird day along the Harding Icefield Trail. Since then, they’ve been enamored with the community.
“Everyone is so nice – it’s kind of hard to explain. You know those people that wear shirts of where they are from?,” Matt said. “ I never understood that. It was always like, neat, you really like Texas. But this was the first place that made sense. It’s been home ever since we got here.”
After futzing around in a Rav4 on their way from San Diego, living in Seward for six months and traveling for the other six, Matt and Kellyann decided to create a refuge for the ‘not-so-common vagabond’ on a beautiful piece of property on Lowell Point, just outside of Seward.
The couple is just getting started on the Salted Roots project, with two glass-front A-frames that are framed by the forested canopy of Lowell Point and built with beauty and nature in mind. The Salted Roots project will include more lodging spaces and an event space. They also have a yoga studio in downtown Seward. On top of it all, they have a baby boy joining the family in Fall 2020.
For those who want to find their reason ‘why,’ Salted Roots is accepting reservations and hosting a community open house on June 24 to showcase their cabins in Lowell Point. For more information, call them at 907-599-0533.
Learn more about Salted Roots Cabins and Matt and Kellyann in a Q&A.
What makes your business special or unique?
“We are reinventing the concept of Alaskan tourism. Our business is catering to a new market – the next generation – of Seward travelers. The baby boomers are soon to be replaced by the Gen Xer’s and millennials who are looking to travel remotely without being remote. Millennials and Gen Xer’s are the work force and the future revenue stream … They are highly informed and seek out personalized and purposeful experiences. Our services are pre-emptive, honest, attentive, humble, and modern. This is high-tech, high-touch. We aim to inspire, to change people’s mind, and to give back to the community that continues to inspire us. Cue the music, start the campfire, grab the whiskey, bring a friend, share a story, and stay as long as you’d like. We’re here to start the revolution.”
What is the best compliment your business has ever received?
“We had a couple get eloped while at our cabins. A kid came up to us and said he wanted to be an architect after staying in the cabins. A dad thanked us for a long overdue family night. The best compliment is that people want to stay with us at all. It’s truly humbling that this little idea has turned into concrete memories for other people.”
Tell us about a community member in Seward who you admire.
“Way too hard to answer. But our first two employers are still big mentors for us. In fact we still work for them today. Tom and Mary Tougas and Kevin and Stacy Lane have been paramount to our success and how we ended up here.”
How do you spend your free time?
Hilarious. Free Time….. How do you pronounce that? Is that a French word? Mostly I try to keep up with KellyAnn on some mountain doing some impossible ridge hike. We also like long walks on the beach with our dog and getting caught in the rain.
Where’s your favorite spot in Seward to unwind?
Res Art. The winter is our favorite. The cacophony of laughs, town murmurs, and warm welcomes makes it just a happy place.
What advice would you give to a new business owner who is working to build a business like yours?
Don’t sacrifice the art. Do your homework. Run the numbers. Shoot holes in your ideas and then take the leap. Then run the numbers again. As you go along you’ll find someone that kind of speaks your language and encourages you to take the steps forward. There is never a good time to start a business you simply just have to do it. You’ll make a lot of mistakes, cry a little, and wonder why anyone would ever want to open their own business to begin with. Then there will be these moments where it all lines up, makes sense, and is completely worth it.