Our Neighborhood & Travel Tips
What's in our neighborhood and getting around:
Our home is at the back of a quiet cul-de-sac, nestled against a wooded park and only minutes from downtown, whether you are pedaling, cross country skiing or driving. Grocery, bookstore, theatre and restaurants are all just blocks away.
Safeway and Walgreens are just a couple blocks away, as is a small shopping center with a fabulous used bookstore, Title Wave, REI Outdoor Gear and several small cafes, including favorites Kaladi Brothers (locally roasted coffee and café), Hearth Artisan Pizza, Spenard Roadhouse (comfort food). Beer and spirits can be purchased at the boutique-style La Bodega, Safeway's Oaken Keg and the Brown Jug.
Bear Tooth Theatre shows movies that are often independent and main stream blockbusters (late release, pre-DVD) for discounted prices (tickets are $4 - $6) Enjoy menu items from their restaurant, and for those 21 and over, beer from their brewery while you watch the film. Monthly concerts are held on the first Thursday to coincide with their first taps from the Broken Tooth Brewery. See http://beartooththeatre.net/
Koot's - formerly Chilkoot Charlies - a long standing night spot on Spenard offers music, comedy and libations. Things can get a bit rowdy so take care.
49th State Brewing - worth checking out their Facebook page to see if any of their upcoming events catch your fancy. From hosting Geeks Who Drink trivia nights to ping pong tournaments to Concerts In The Round it seems there is always something happening. Bonus - large outdoor decks. Caution, they are still struggling to have their service meet the demands of their popularity. If you go, go with patience.
Rustic Goat - this favorite eatery opened in 2014, is only two blocks away and offers both indoor and outdoor dining. Enjoy local brews and a well rounded menu featuring a selection of local seafood served with a respectably creative touch.
Ginger - is downtown and offers excellent cocktails and Pacific Rim cuisine. Full restaurant menu is available in the bar. Convenient stop after visiting the Anchorage Museum or a show at the Performing Arts Center
South - is seven miles south of us and failing to do a better job at describing what they offer, we'll use Google's listing "Urban-chic spot offering a combination of New American dining with bar and cafe". Better check out their menu - we have enjoyed everything we have tried to date.
Moose's Tooth - this pizzeria makes the Nation's top three list. Always hopping, reliably delicious, great vibe and excellent selection of brews from their brewery, Broken Tooth Brewing. Insider tip - while you are waiting for a spot, step in line and order a beer to enjoy out while you wait. They now have fire pits on the patio waiting area. You might be lucky enough to catch a concert too.
Spenard Roadhouse - a neighborhood gathering place serving contemporary food in an eclectic setting that dabbles in making their own whiskeys and other spirits. Always a fun spot and the kitchen is open until 11 p.m.
Public transportation – the closest bus stop is one block away. Check out the Anchorage People Mover website or use Google maps to plan your route, the bus schedule is linked to direction queries using public transport. Plotting your course has become a lot easier!
Cab rides to us from the airport run about $15 with tip. Alaska Yellow Cab has the most attractive cabs in town - and a very easy phone number to remember 907-222-2222! Visit their website for fare and scheduling information. As of June 16, 2017 Anchorage now has the ridesharing services of Lyft and Uber!
Train - The Anchorage downtown train station is only 3.5 miles from us - less than a 12-minute ride away. Get more information at the Alaska Railroad’s website
Shuttles and other - check out Visit Anchorage for excellent information on how to get around Anchorage and neighboring areas.
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What to Pack?
We always recommend visitors bring layered clothing options: base layer for light warmth, casual layer, insulating layer (sweater, fleece, etc.) then wind/waterproof outer layer. This approach gives you lots of options if the weather changes throughout the day/elevation, etc. Comfortable all-purpose shoes. Shorts and sandals are appropriate in the summer...and if you are light sensitive, sleeping masks - we have black out shades but the light is insidious and there is a lot of it, especially near summer solstice! We don’t expect snow until November but it may come to Anchorage in late-September, early-October. If you are going further north, adjust accordingly. Our summer temperatures range from mid 50s to low 80s (Farenheit). However, depending how high you hike, you will find snow, and of course there are glaciers. Alaska's water is among the best, we recommend bringing a thermos cup or reusable water bottle - refill throughout the day (thermos cup is better, keeps temperatures as intended!). Many vendors will thank you for bringing your own cup and happily rinse out your cup for you as needed. Here's to creating less garbage!