Alaska-Homer-Homestead Trail-Homer Spit

Homer Lookout

Homer is a small quaint town that produces a large number of halibut. The Homer Spit is like a small beach boardwalk with bars and restaurants alongside tons of RVs. The Homestead Trail was a bit disappointing since we literally sank in mud after hiking for about 20 minutes. To revive our energy, we had fresh seafood for dinner at Cafe Cups

See & Do

  • Homestead Trail: This is the most recommended hike in Homer, according to guidebooks, but unfortunately we were only able to make it partway up before being overwhelmed with snow, ice, and mud. If we had packed some sort of mud-proof boots we probably would have stood a chance but we were woefully unprepared. We also were literally the only people on this entire trail (though I suppose that may not be uncommon in Alaska). Rating: 2/5

Homestead Trail

  • Homer Spit: It’s a long stretch of land that extends out to the final destination (Land’s End) of the North American interconnected road system (i.e. from this point, you can still drive to almost anywhere else in North America). Has a very beach like atmosphere as well as tons of RVs and tents set up for people to camp out. Who knows how long they are planning to stick around, some of them look like they are quite well settled. At the end of the spit were a bunch of families fishing for dinner. The number of fish were so abundant that everybody was constantly pulling fish in from the sea, including all the little children. There was one little girl who got 4 or 5 large fish in the time we were standing there watching (approximately 15 minutes). Our hostess at the bed and breakfast explained to us that locals don’t usually eat seafood from a restaurant, they generally eat what they catch, and we could see why as clearly there was no shortage of fish at this time of year. Seems like a nice life that could be lived for very little money–fresh, healthy food is abundant, and you have shelter in your RV, what else do you need in life? Rating: 4/5

Homer Spit

Eat  & Drink

  • Marina Restaurant: Grabbed a quick breakfast here before heading out of Seward–some pancakes and eggs, nothing too special, but not bad, and great prices. They seemed a bit understaffed as there was only one waitress for like 15+ tables which made things move a little slowly. It wasn’t too big a deal since we’re on vacation and not in a big rush, but if you have to catch a boat or something then this may not be an ideal choice. Rating: 3/5
  • Fat Olive Restaurant: More pizza in Alaska? Yeah, that doesn’t seem right (especially since we’re from NYC) but many of the most highly recommended places are pizza places. New Yorkers like to brag that it’s the high quality water from upstate used to make bread for pizza and bagels that give it that unique flavor and quality–maybe Alaska has something similar going for it with its glacial water. Rating: 4/5
  • Cafe Cups: We were going to check this place out for lunch, but they’re only open for dinner in late May (off peak season for them). When we checked into our bed and breakfast, the hostess recommended this place for dinner so we knew we were on the right track and tried again around 9pm for dinner. We just made it before it closed (seriously though, the late daylight messed with our internal clock and we thought it was a lot earlier than 9pm). The seafood was pretty tasty, and the service extremely friendly. Rating: 5/5

Stay

  • Cozy Cove Inn Bed and Breakfast: We found this place online and booked it a few weeks before arriving–what we didn’t realize is that it’s pretty much a bedroom in someone’s house. Now, at first we were a little apprehensive, but the owner of the place was so sweet and nice to us, told us about her family, told us great outdoorsy things to do, and even cooked a tasty breakfast for us. On top of that, the room and bathroom were of such a high quality that this place would be our top choice when we decide to come back. Rating: 4/5

Visit Date

  • 05/25/2013

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