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Alaskan Tails of the Trail with Mary Shields

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2699 Waldheim Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99709-6061
+1 907-455-6469
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A Memorable Morning with Mary and her precious dogs

Our family group of 12 adults from both the East and West coasts started our vacation in Alaska... read more

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Reviewed 3 days ago
Steve D
Claremont, California
A memorable visit with Mary and her puppies!

We were a group of 12, six couples staying 2 nights in Fairbanks the beginning of September (we... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Santa Cruz, California
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I invite you to visit my home, when you come to Fairbanks. I can introduce to my big , friendly huskies, (incase you need a dog- fix while you're away from your own dog) and explain what it's like out on the winter trail camping at 30 ° below zero. I will compare the camping with the routine on the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest ( I was the first woman to complete the race back in 1974, the second running.) And I will share tales of the 1,200 mile dog sled journey in Siberia, the greatest adventure I've experienced so far. Of course you'll check out the garden and go in the cabin and have some home baked refreshments, (You may have seen the cabin on the Home & Garden show) I feel so lucky to live here and I love to share my life with travelers.
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2699 Waldheim Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99709-6061
+1 907-455-6469

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Our family group of 12 adults from both the East and West coasts started our vacation in Alaska with our visit to Tails of the Trail. It could not have been a better start. While certainly the opportunity to directly interact with Mary's dogs (and...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We were a group of 12, six couples staying 2 nights in Fairbanks the beginning of September (we stayed at the fun Aurora Express B & B in Fairbanks). Our one free day we visited with Mary Shields in the morning and did the Riverboat...More

Thank LoveToTravel524
Reviewed 1 week ago

What can we say about Mary Shields that hasn't been already said. My wife and I turned out to be the only two people on that day and it turned out to be one of the best experiences of our life. Mary is many things...More

Thank BhaktaVinayak
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an excellent choice.Mary is so inspiring and tells such good stories.Her dogs are loving and funny.One of the highlights is when she gets the guests to howl and the dogs howl back!Her cabin is delightful and warm,the bathroom is clean,her cookies are delicious.Don't...More

Thank Yvonne1155
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If I could only do one or two things visiting Fairbanks THIS is a must. Mary was so welcoming we felt like company not customers. She gave us lots of up close time with her dogs and a great storytelling time in her home. Wow!...More

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Thank Goeatinfairbanks
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My girlfriend had surprised me with this portion of our trip and I have to say it was one of the funnest things we did in our trip to AK. The feel of meeting Mary and her beautiful dogs and puppies was very intimate and...More

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Thank Eric H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our time with Mary and her dogs at her home was truly incredible. Mary took so much time and care to sit down with us and share her story. We loved petting her dogs, holding the puppies and getting to know her and her incredible...More

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Thank sbowen314
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spending a day at Mary Shields' abode is a wonderful experience. From the moment you enter her garden till you say your goodbye post coffee and treat, it is it not stop informative, captivating, and motivating....not to mention you get to see, pet, and play...More

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Thank acaufield7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very cool experience for adults who are animal lovers, who are interested in sled dog racing, and who enjoy sharing stories of adventure and travels while sitting around a campfire. Plus, we were fortunate enough to meet the new puppies which was...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came a day early for our cruise just to spend time with Mary and so glad we did. She is a very gracious and engaging lady with a passion for her dogs and a desire to share with others the history of dog sledding...More

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2 March 2017|
Response from love2go2015 | Reviewed this property |
You can probably contact Mary through her website to ask about schedule for the summer of 2017.
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
18 June 2015|
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.