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Caribou Lodge Alaska
Reviewed 27 October 2015

The Caribou Lodge has made our top 5 list of all time! We travel the world in search of those extra special properties that make our trips memorable; one that greets you with excitement that you made the right choice....and bids you farewell with a yearning to return. As soon as the float plane landed and docked at Caribou, we knew that we hit the jackpot with a hidden gem.
In every direction, the view is breathtaking with unspoiled wilderness. Without roads or towns for miles, the silence is deep and welcoming. The cabins are perfect, facing the lake with beds that envelope you for deep, restful sleep. Joe and Bonnie are wonderful hosts, attentive to your every need. Joe took us on amazing hikes while Bonnie cooked up delicious meals. Howie deserves mention too! The resident dog who hung out with us on our deck and played frisbee with our son for hours.
Everything about Caribou exceeded our expectations! We will be back many times. Once you find such a special place, you have to return. Your soul demands it.

Room Tip: All 3 cabins have decks and lake views
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  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 October 2015

My husband and I spent 2 nights at Caribou Lodge--the trip was for our 40th anniversary--there was wonderful scenery, wonderful food, wonderful company and a wonderful dog! Cabins werer very comfortable and enjoyed the walks and picking blueberries--a great place if you want peace and quiet. Perhaps a few more activity options offered for the price. We would surely go back there is we ever visit Alaska again.

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  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 October 2015

Caribou Lodge is a great place to get away from the crowds and see what Alaska really is all about. My family (2 adults and two boys) had a great time hiking and exploring. Joe and Bonnie are incredible hosts. Joe spent more time with us leading hikes and showing us the best berries to eat than we could have ever expected. The location is amazing and we really appreciated being off the grid. It was wonderful seeing the kids' i-pads run out of batteries and they had to look up and experience the incredible scenery! While we did not see much wildlife, the views and experience more than made up for it. My only complaint is that Bonnie is too good a cook! With all the hiking we did, I would have liked to have lost a little weight. Instead, I think I might have come back heavier thanks to Bonnie! Absolutely one of the highlights of our family vacation!

  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled with family
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Joe B, Owner at Caribou Lodge Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2015

Joel,

Thank you for coming and bringing your family to the lodge this summer. You kept us on our toes with your quick banter and your family was fun to have around. We immensely enjoyed spending time around the campfire, roasting marshmallows and laughing at the boys foot races up the hill. We hope your family is doing well and that you and your family will be able to make it back here to Alaska and Caribou Lodge.

Best wishes,
Bonnie and Joe
Bramante

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Reviewed 12 October 2015

We spent 10 days traveling through Alaska, but our time at Caribou Lodge was the best part of our trip! The property is gorgeous, the food amazing, and we have never slept better. It felt like an authentic Alaskan experience where we were able to turn off our cell phones and truly enjoy the great outdoors that surround Caribou Lodge.
Packing Tip: no need to pack snacks, but bring your binoculars. The lodge has you covered with 3 excellent meals (including dessert!) as well as snacks for hikes and such. The only thing we packed in addition to clothes was our own wine to enjoy in the evening at our cabin. And you'll want your binoculars... We saw plenty of wildlife including Caribou and Moose!

Room Tip: No outlets in the room, however the main lodge had outlets for charging up phones/camera batteries...
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  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled as a couple
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Joe B, Owner at Caribou Lodge Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2015

Macey (and Matt),

Thank you for making Caribou Lodge a part of your Alaskan vacation. We enjoyed having you both here. We are excited for you and the new adventure that is before you.

Best Wishes,
Joe and Bonnie
Bramante

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Reviewed 25 July 2015 via mobile

One of our all time favorite vacations!! Zac was great about giving us lots of info even before we booked and Bonnie and Joe made our stay perfect! The guest cabins are very clean and comfortable. The outhouse and shower facilities were also clean and convenient. The real jewel though is the experience created by Bonnie and Joe is such beautiful country! They made us feel welcome from the minute we stepped off the plane and made sure that we had a fun and educational experience! The land around the lodge is so picturesque and we saw lots of wildlife: beaver, caribou, bear, moose, and assorted birds. Joe took us out on daily hikes and shared a ton of knowledge with us. Bonnie's food is to die for!! I seriously gained a pound a day when we stayed! Howie the dog also made our stay so special as we were missing our dog back home. He was very well behaved and loving! There are amazing views of Denali from many places on the property and we took the pictures of a lifetime! I also LOVED grazing on all the Berries around the property. Our coguest Tisha was also amazing; I think Caribou Lodge attracts good people! We can't wait to book our next stay! Joe and Bonnie do an outstanding job of hosting and they are wonderful down to earth people!!

Stayed: July 2015, travelled as a couple
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Joe B, Owner at Caribou Lodge Alaska, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2015

Rebecca (and Ken),

Thank you for your visit this summer, we enjoyed your company so much! Howie was in heaven with all the affection and attention! You both were such gracious guests, quick to offer assistance as well as adding laughter and fun around the dinner table. Congratulations on your "berry foraging badge", you were a great student! We hope you will be able to make it back here one day.

Best wishes,
Bonnie and Joe Bramante

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Address: P.O. Box 706, Talkeetna, AK 99676-0706
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Region: United States > Alaska > Talkeetna
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 18 Speciality Lodging in Talkeetna
Price Range: RM 2,930 - RM 2,934 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Caribou Lodge Alaska is a wilderness lodge that is only accessible by small aircraft. Located on a remote lake in an amazing setting above treeline just southeast Of Denali National Park. We are closer to Denali than the Park entrance or headquarters. Caribou Lodge is completely surrounded by Alaska's wild country. The Lodge offers a unique opportunity for guests to not only experience the awesome wilderness of Alaska, but to learn about living in it as well. Life in the Alaska wilderness is quite the adventure and is an experience we enjoy sharing with the world. Small and personal, a "Denali Park without the crowds", Caribou Lodge offers daily guided hiking, extended backpacking trips, kayaking and more, a relaxed learning experience in the Alaskan bush. Come enjoy true Alaska wilderness. ... more   less 
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