Alaska Backcountry Cottages in Autumn

I love the seasons here in Alaska!  Autumn doesn’t last long, however the beauty is amazing! From late August until the beginning of October the golden trees glimmer in the sunlight. In the fall, Aurora season kicks off!  The Northern lights can be viewed from AKBCC! Guests relax on our cottage porches and take in […]

Emergency Relief Administration Chose Matanuska Valley, Alaska

The Federal Government chose Matanuska Valley for one of the Colonist Projects In 1935.  The Matanuska Colony was part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal plan to help move the United States out of the Great Depression. It was one of many rural rehabilitation colonies to be established by the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA). […]

Palmer, Alaska: the beginning

Nestled in the mountains, at the heart of Matanuska Valley, is the small town of Palmer, Alaska. With a population of roughly 6,000 people, it’s located 42 miles northeast of Anchorage on the Glenn Highway. Named after George W. Palmer who built a trading post near the Matanuska River in the early 1890’s, Palmer offers […]

AKBCC Favorite Five Restaurants

Palmer has many delicious restaurants. I love this title “AKBCC Favorite Five Restaurants” when in reality there are more than five that we love!  Here I’ll highlight five of our favorites! Noisy Goose is a cozy home-town restaurant located at 1980 Glenn Hwy. The owners, Bill and Glenda Nafus, began their adventure in 1985. After […]

AKBCC Photo Opps

The beauty surrounding Alaska Backcountry Cottages is unparalleled!  While driving along the Old Glenn Highway you’ll want to stop every mile to snap a picture! A short distance down the Old Glenn Highway, at mile 8, you’ll see the Knik River Bridge. The bridge was built Sept. 4, 1936 to link Anchorage to Palmer and […]

How Fast Does Spring Green in Palmer, Alaska

My friends tell me about their experiences with how fast the greening happens in Alaska, the Spring Explosion! Spring is many Alaska residents favorite time of year! Some say the buds grow to leaves in just a few days.  My guess is the speed is directly influenced by the amount of rain! . This year […]

Leaves are Greening in Alaska!

Alaska is so wonderful in the spring! As it’s getting warmer and lighter, the land seems energized! Last week I wrote about the first sign of spring, pussy willows, and this week I’m seeing the buds pop out!  I stopped on the road to Alaska Backcountry Cottages and my friend hopped out of the car […]

Alaska Spring Explosion!

I love the change of seasons in Alaska, spring is my favorite!!!  Every year as the leaves turn green it’s like an explosion, a spring explosion!  From the first buds, to full grown leaves only takes about two weeks!  This year, I want to see how quickly the leaves appear after the first sign of […]

Bald Eagle: Symbol of America’s Strength and Freedom

The bald eagle was chosen June 20, 1782 as the emblem of the United States of America, because of its long life, great strength and majestic looks. The eagle represents freedom.  Photo credit: Russ Ingram President John F. Kennedy wrote to the Audubon Society: The Founding Fathers made an appropriate choice when they selected the […]

Visit Alaska, Bucket List

I can’t tell you where “Visit Alaska” ranks on the “bucket lists” of Americans, but here at Alaska Backcountry Cottages MANY of our guests, when asked what motivated their visit to Alaska, simply said, “Visiting Alaska has been on my bucket list for years!” The term bucket list was coined in 2007, it’s so common […]