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Although Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska, it isn’t everyday that there are Hollywood A-listers roaming the city streets. Last fall, though, many area restaurants, bars and businesses transformed into movie sets and added famous patrons to their client lists as Hollywood came to town to film crime thriller The Frozen Ground, starring Vanessa Hudgens, Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and 50 Cent and coming to U.S. theatres on Aug. 23.

Come join us at the Westmark Anchorage Hotel to experience top-notch accommodations and be within walking distance of many Anchorage hot spots that the film’s actors visited.

While in Anchorage during the fall and winter of 2012, many of the stars grabbed a hot cup of coffee and tasty meal at Snow City Café, an Anchorage staple. If you want a table at Snow City, you may want to make an online reservation, as the restaurant is always busy, no matter the day or the season. Hudgens was spotted at the café multiple times eating, drinking and playing board games with fellow cast and crew members. You can easily stroll from the Westmark Anchorage to Snow City Café, where you can grab the house Jenga set and order a Kodiak Benedict to experience this favorite eatery just like Hudgens.

At night cast members took to the streets to experience Anchorage nightlife by enjoying Alaska brews at Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse and grabbing some late night eats at F St. Station. Many of the cast and crew were also spotted at Crow’s Nest sipping cocktails with an amazing view of the Cook Inlet, downtown Anchorage and the Chugach Mountain Range.

4th Avenue Theater sign on 4th Avenue in Anchorage, Alaska. Westmark Hotels

A few blocks down the street, outside of the historic 4th Avenue Theatre, film crews set up and shot scenes while eager onlookers snapped photos with their smartphones. Fourth Avenue is just a block from the Westmark and offers many great Alaska souvenir shops, delicious restaurants and numerous savory food carts that serve Alaska favorites like reindeer sausage. And this isn’t too far from where, just a couple of years earlier, Alaskans flocked to see superstars like Drew Barrymore and John Krazinski film the family-friendly Big Miracle.

In East Anchorage, on the opposite end of town, film crews took to transforming neighborhood favorite Paris Bakery Café into a set depicting Hansen’s Bakery. When not being used as a film set, Anchorage locals enjoy Paris Bakery for authentic French cuisine morning, noon and night.

Whether you want to shop, dine or sightsee like an A-lister, the Westmark Anchorage will put you right in the middle of the action.