Quiet trails and special deals await in Seward this winter!
Winter transforms Seward from a bustling visitor hub to an oasis for Alaskans to play and recharge. To celebrate this special season, we’ve launched our Winter Weekends event series. Enjoy quieter trails, fun activities and special discounts before the crowds return!
For Valentine’s Day and President’s Day weekend, we’ve developed an itinerary for couples looking for a low-key romantic getaway, singles and friends who crave some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and families looking for an exciting weekend adventure.
Know Before You Go
Seward Highway is generally well maintained, but it’s always a good idea to check the travel conditions before you hit the road. Make sure your winter car emergency kit is well stocked before you leave home.
Where to Stay
Located right on the water with a stunning view of the Seward boat harbor and Mt. Alice, the Harbor 360 Hotel is a great option for families and couples alike. Families with children are especially fond of the indoor pool that overlooks the harbor and the convenient continental breakfast.
The Breeze inn, also located near the harbor, is offering special weekend deals as well. The Restaurant & Bar at the Breeze Inn is a local favorite with a great view & superb staff.
If you’re looking to stay downtown near shops and restaurants, the Hotel Seward has a unique, historic style that guests love. For couples who call to book and mention Valentine’s Day Special, wine and strawberries will be in your room upon arrival.
Evening – Dinner on the Town
Kick-off your weekend escape with a meal that you won’t soon forget. Chef Kevin Lane sources local ingredients at The Cookery (209 5th Ave) to design creative dishes that capture the essence of Alaska. Fact: Foodies from around the state have been known to make a special trip to Seward just for dinner at the Cookery!
Sip a glass of perfectly paired wine while waiting for your appetizer—the mushroom toast and brussels sprouts are local favorites—and take in local artwork. Dinner specials often highlight fresh seafood and other Alaskan delicacies.
Between courses, check out incredible art by local artists Bethany Waggoner, Justine Pechuzal, Marissa Amor and new originals by J. Leslie. Your visit to this popular local eatery wouldn’t be complete without trying Chef Kevin’s cream cheese ice cream. Guild the lily by adding bacon. Yes, to your ice cream. (Trust us on this.)
The Yukon Bar is hosting ‘Couples Therapy’ Trivia night beginning at 8pm featuring $3 drink specials.
Not a fan of a Traditional Valentine’s Day party? The Pit Bar is hosting ‘My Bloody Valentine’ with DJ Hank, where singles and couples alike are encouraged to come celebrate V-day with a horror-burlesque twist.
Morning – Relax to the Max
First, make like a local and head to Resurrect Art Coffee House to enjoy a lovingly-made espresso or rejuvenating tea. Soak up the light streaming in through the historic windows—the building, formerly a church, recently celebrated its 100th birthday—and browse jewelry, ceramics, and other art made by Seward residents.
Next, it’s time to treat yourself. The Retreat, Seward’s only full-service spa, offers indulgences from manicures to full-body massages. A relaxing Tulasara facial ($75 February special, 60 minutes) will leave your skin hydrated and refreshed. Many of the facials and massages include complimentary use of the sauna to flush toxins and a shower to energize you before heading out into the world. Call ahead to book your appointment!
Afternoon – Walk, Shop, Lunch, Yoga
Start out near the harbor to see the new location of Forests, Tides, and Treasures—formerly known as Brown and Hawkins Mercantile—to browse their wide selection of local art, alaskan made goods, and outdoor gear.
Head to historic Fourth Avenue to browse the unique collection of shops in our downtown district. Ranting Raven offers a selection of handcrafted goods and jewelry made in Alaska.
Across the street is Seward’s oldest family-owned business, Urbach’s Clothier, which offers unique clothing lines and shoes for men, women, and children. Look for Winter Weekends deals inside, like 30% off select items.
A few doors to the north, drop into Sew’n Bee Cozy to browse a variety of colorful textiles.
Looking for a treat or specialty drink? Try Frontier Trading Post for a delicous and nourishing Golden Milk Latte or some of their house-made healthy goodies. Chocolate lovers will also appreciate the specialty truffles and fudge at Sweet Darlings.
Wanting something more active? Miller’s Landing is offering a half-day sea kayaking trip to Tonsina Beach where you’ll make hot cocoa and s’mores– they are currently offering a $200 package deal for couples.
Whether you’re looking for a lighter lunch or something warm and comforting, you’ll find it at Woody’s Thai Restaurant. Named after the iconic SeaLife Center’s playful sea lion, Woody’s offers fresh, nourishing dishes of Southeast Asia. Start with some crisp summer rolls and share some local favorites like the Tom Yum Soup or Penang curry.
After lunch, swing by Salted Roots Yoga for a soothing practice devoted to self-love & self-care where instructor Kara Troglin will be focusing on opening the heart and relaxation.
Evening – Song & Dance
After checking out the local shops, grab a bite to eat at one of Seward’s legendary family restaurants: Thorn’s Showcase Lounge (try the fried halibut) or Apollo Restaurant (known for hand-tossed pizzas and generous salads).
Couples are encouraged to show off their vocal skills in a Karaoke Duet’s showdown at the Yukon Bar starting at 9pm.
Flying solo and looking for some fun? The Seward Alehouse is excited to host a single’s dance party with local favorite, DJ Gre.
Morning – Breakfast with Ms. Gene
Start off your day in Hotel Seward’s intimate Victorian lounge by ordering a signature Eggs Benedict with homemade hollandaise sauce at Ms. Gene’s Place (221 5th Ave).
Before leaving town, take a scenic drive down Lowell Point Road. Walk the beach at the Lowell Point State Recreation Site and lose yourself in reflection before heading back to hustle and bustle of the city.
Have a question about winter activities? Contact the Seward Chamber of Commerce at 907.224.8051.
Feature Image: Sea Lions basking in the light in Resurrection Bay. Photo: Marissa Amor