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Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields

2699 Waldheim Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99709-6061
+1 907-455-6469
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Truly enjoyed our experience with Mary and her wonderful dogs! Would highly recommend for a taste... read more

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Reviewed 6 days ago
Sandra M
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Fairbanks, Alaska
Best time ever!!!

Our visit with Mary Shields was nothing short of amazing! Within the first 30 seconds of meeting... read more

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Reviewed 6 days ago
Todd C
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Pinckney, Michigan
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2699 Waldheim Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99709-6061
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Truly enjoyed our experience with Mary and her wonderful dogs! Would highly recommend for a taste of authentic Alaska!

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Our visit with Mary Shields was nothing short of amazing! Within the first 30 seconds of meeting Mary you felt like you were visiting an old friend. She welcomed our family into her home and shared detailed stories about her days dog mushing. Her dogs...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a pleasure meeting Mary. She is an interesting character. Funny and passionate about Alaska and the sled dogs! She has an interesting story and recounts parts of her journey with easy grace. The dogs are a marvel. The setting is wild, beautiful and stock...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were too late in the season to go sledding, but we had fun with the dogs. Also, Mary has had some great adventures and shares her stories in great fashion. She is a great resource for anyone who wants to understand sledding and adventure...More

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maryshields, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to review my tour and thank you for your kind words. My dear dogs enjoyed having fun with you too. Smokey keeps growing and for a puppy he's pretty big right now. and he's so cuddly. Sweet Spring surround you,...More

Reviewed 14 April 2017

It was not only interesting to meet and learn something about the sleddogs, but Mary had a lot of amazing stories to tell. We loved it.More

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Mary S, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this review

Thank you Maike for visiting with my friendly huskies. Spring is now happening fast with songbirds setting up their territories. May you follow your own heart as I have been lucky to do on these journeys with my wonderful dogs. Welcome back next time you...More

Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

I loved this! I learned so much about the sport of mushing. Honestly though, it was Mary who was the star of the event. Not because she was the first to finish the race, but because her spirit is invigorating. She has just said yes...More

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Mary S, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this review

Thank you Angela, l loved having you on the tour back when spring was just emerging. The sunshine now warms the nights until nearly 10 pm, song birds fill the morning, and geese fly overhead. Just listen to your own heart, pay attention to the...More

Reviewed 31 March 2017

I'd highly recommend visiting with Mary Shields. What a daring and adventurous lady. Furthermore, Mary exudes such warmth and is willing to talk about many aspects of her life, from mushing to building a cabin. Seeing the huskies was another highlight, they are well loved...More

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Mary S, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this review

It was wonderful having you on my tour. The snow is finally melting fast in the dog yard, birds are singing and winging overhead on their northern migration and soon I will start the summer season. Come again some time in the summer to enjoy...More

Reviewed 31 March 2017

I was unsure what to expect when we booked this for our last day in Fairbanks. What a special memory to take home with us. Mary was so lovely and was so excited to share some of her mushing experiences with the group. Lots of...More

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Mary S, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this review

Thank you Martha for sharing your last day in Fairbanks with me and the sweet huskies. They so much enjoy meeting new people and have led me on the best adventures of my life, from the brief dog sled trip to my cabin out of...More

Reviewed 25 March 2017

Mary has the ability to make everyone feel welcome and special, as soon as you walk through her front door. The chance to spend time with someone who is a wonderful story teller, a kind soul, and has such JOY for life, is truly an...More

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Mary S, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words. It is so rewarding to share my love of the dogs and this wonderful valley where I have made my home outside of Fairbanks. Each of us can find real adventure, whether on a short walk or a challenge...More

Reviewed 22 March 2017

With an unbelievably amazing life story and an inspiring unflagging spirit, Mary Shields takes one on her 45+ year history of mushing and life in Alaska. The love is palpable. Her dogs are wonderful ambassadors, mirroring her enthusiasm and love of life. Go, and come...More

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Mary S, Owner at Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields, responded to this review

Thank you Ginny for the kind words and sharing in this conversation in the Alaska that I love and with my sweet dogs. Actually, you are now a real Alaska ambassador to carry the spirit of this great land. Love of nature and each other...More

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crenwick46
Dear Mary, Your reputation is awesome! Sorry to hear you were ill. When do you start booking for August? We will be in Fairbanks Tuesday, August 15, 2017 on a Holland Tour. Claire
2 March 2017|
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Response from love2go2015 | Reviewed this property |
You can probably contact Mary through her website to ask about schedule for the summer of 2017.
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JohnI7653IE
How do you get to Mary? Taxi? How long are you there, cost?
14 July 2015|
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Response from maryshields | Property representative |
I lie about 12 miles northwest of Fairbanks. If you have a rental car, allow yourself 30 minutes to drive out, so you can enjoy the ride and see the variety of owner-built homes, and the lovely boreal forest along the way... More
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pushpasss
Would like to know if we can get to see the tour tomorrow. What is the best way to contact Mary
18 June 2015|
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Response from AlanandSara2015 | Reviewed this property |
Just give Mary a call. She will surely greet you openly and honestly. She will certainly take every chance she can get to share.
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