Celebrating Winter in the Far North

Posted in Westmark News

Image courtesy of Graur Codrin / FreeDigitalPhotos.net We want to let you in on a little secret: We love winter! Aside from it being the season to pull out our favorite warm coats and uncover our skis and snowshoes, it’s also time for a slew of events as fun and flashy as the northern lights.…

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11 Inspiring Winter Photos from the Great North

Posted in About Alaska, Traveling to the Yukon

Winter in Alaska offers a unique perspective on beauty – the icy landscapes, blanketed with snow are nothing short of stunning. Bold sunrises and sunsets and the appearance of the aurora borealis dancing across the sky provide inspirational winterscapes and plenty of opportunity for snow-filled adventure. We compiled a collection of winter photos from professional…

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How Hollywood Got Alaska ALL Wrong

Posted in About Alaska

How Hollywood Got Alaska All Wrong

Some movies, like The Frozen Ground (Nicholas Cage and John Cusack) and Big Miracle (Drew Barrymore), actually film in Alaska. But more often, production locations decisions are made for financial reasons—producers think audiences don’t know the difference. But if you’ve ever been to Alaska, you know there is no substitute. Here’s a look at where…

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Northern Lights 101 – A Guide to Seeing the Northern Lights & the Best Hotels for Viewing the Aurora

Posted in About Alaska

The Northern Lights

You don’t have to be a scientist to appreciate the mesmerizing beauty of solar particles crashing into the earth’s magnetic field. On a recent night in Alaska, Facebook posts from across the state were filled with updates about the “active” forecast for northern lights. If beautiful fall foliage, snow and cool weather weren’t enough of…

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5 Easy Exercises for Pragmatic Travelers

Posted in Westmark News

Bed Pushup

It’s easy to let yourself go when traveling. The disruption of your ordinary routine, the demands of business and tourist agendas, and the necessity and joy of dining out can do some serious damage to your lithe figure. Fortunately, most quality hotels offer visitors the tools you need to stay fit, and you don’t even…

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Autumn in Alaska: A Different Type of Season

Posted in Things To Do In Alaska

There is no question that autumn is here. As the air turns crisp and Alaskans watch the leaves start to fall, preparations for the first snow of the year and the winter season begin. And, you know what winter means – holiday shopping! Book your stay now at the Westmark Anchorage Hotel, conveniently located within…

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Juneau Hosts Annual Capital Brewfest

Posted in Things To Do In Alaska

Each September, local organizations team up to bring a one-of-a-kind event to Alaska’s capital city. Juneau’s Capital Brewfest takes place at the Juneau Arts and Cultural Center, just a five-minute walk from the Westmark Baranof Hotel. The event has grown year to year, and in 2015, Capital Brewfest planned its fourth annual event, establishing itself…

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