Santa Claus House, a Fairytale Vacation

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This photo is used under a Creative Commons license by Zanastardust. He is the subject of many stories; we give gifts in his name and we have all seen countless movies featuring everyone’s favorite red-cheeked do-gooder and his herd of flying reindeer. We even make our children promise to behave or else he will skip…

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6 Easy Ways to Keep in Touch While You’re Away

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Having a family and a job that requires travel is difficult. Your kids are growing fast and your spouse is at home, but you can still make them feel special every day with a little effort and creativity. Here are a few free (or nearly free) ideas to let your family know you’re thinking of…

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Alaska Skiing and Snowboarding on a Budget

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Alpine skiier crosses skis in the air during a jump at a ski mountain, clouds and sky in background.

This photo is used under a Creative Commons license by ab.photo. For skiers and snowboarders of all levels, Alaska is a powder-packed paradise. Unfortunately, unless you are a backcountry skier, the costs associated with buying a lift ticket, renting gear and coordinating lodging can really add up. The Westmark Anchorage is ideally located in the…

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A Taste of Fairbanks: One-on-One with Chef Tim Frank

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bar and bar tables set with lanterns hanging in restaurant area at Red Lantern Steak and Spirits - Westmark Fairbanks

The Red Lantern Steak & Spirits – Westmark Fairbanks Hotel & Conference Center In the 36 years of Chef Tim Frank’s cooking career, he has seen food trends come and go from behind the line of a number of high-end restaurants around the United States. Coming to Alaska presented a new and exciting challenge for…

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Iditarod 2014: History of the Last Great Race

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Iditarod National Historic Trail

Whether you are a lifelong Alaskan or have yet to visit the Great Land, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is probably one of the first things that come to mind when you think “winter in Alaska.” The Iditarod began in 1973 to test the endurance of mushers and to commemorate the 1925 run from…

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Top 11 Alaska Restaurants and Breweries

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Anchorage Glacier Brewhouse

This photo is and the above featured image are used under a Creative Commons license by Anchorage Downtown Partnership. It may be America’s least densely populated state, but Alaska is packed with restaurants — over 12,000 to be exact. That means you’ll be overwhelmed with choices when trying to select the best place to have…

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Road to the Kelly Cup: Aces Kick off ECHL Season in Anchorage

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hockey player playing hockey on ice in arena

Photo Credit: alaskaaces.com Athletes ready to get down and dirty and characteristically passionate fans – hockey season is back! Established in 1989, the Alaska Aces are Anchorage’s official hockey team. As if you needed another reason to visit Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage’s Alaska Aces promise heart-pounding hockey action from October well into the spring. With…

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An Encyclopedia of Alaska Whales

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With more coastline than any other U.S. state, Alaska is full of opportunities to see marine creatures in their native habitats. Once you’ve witnessed the gigantic fluke of a whale cresting the surf, you’ll be fascinated by the many species it is possible to view off of the stunningly rugged coast. Where to start? Let…

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