Suggestions & Tips
Bed & Breakfast vs. Hotel
Many people come to our bed and breakfast, having never been to one before, with an expectation of it functioning as a hotel. Here are some of the differences between a B & B and a hotel:
- We don’t have 24 hour service!! There’s only us and we sleep at night too.
- We’re generally quieter than a hotel.
- Guests enjoy and interact with other guests from all over the world over a lovely homemade breakfast.
- Most hotels have a 24 hour cancellation policy; most B & B’s have a 14 – 21 day cancellation policy. What this means to you, is a last minute cancellation due to …well, anything… leaves you with paying for a room you will not be sleeping in. An early departure is also considered a cancellation. Therefore we suggest Travelers Insurance (see info below).
- We take you to your room and make sure you know where everything is located…unless you come after 10:00 pm…and then you will find a very convenient note on the door with great directions to your room.
- There is always a “host” on sight, that is ready, eager and willing to help you, answer questions or inform you of area events. (Refer to #1 suggestion though!)
- Our B & B feels like a home away from home…without having to clean up!
- We serve a full sit-down breakfast and offer alternative breakfasts to go.
Most people don’t think about getting insurance for their travels, maybe believing either their own medical insurance may cover them, or their auto insurance. This is not always the case when you are traveling out of your state or country. Thus we highly suggest you acquire insurance for those unexpected cancellations that you will be responsible for. Here is a link for a great site that has several options you can choose for your specific travel needs. http://www.insuremytrip.com
How much time do I take in Fairbanks?
We see many, many people who come to Fairbanks with one day to take it all in, most remarking that they never realized there was so much to do in the interior of Alaska. So here’s a run down on the times for different area experiences:
- Downtown walking tour (from B & B):2 – 4 hours
- Riverboat Discovery: 3 1/2 hours
- El Dorado Goldmine: 3 hours (stopping at the Alaska Pipeline as well)
- University of Alaska Museum, Botanical Gardens and Large Animal Research: at least 4 hours
- Gold Dredge #8: 2 hours
- Alaskan Tails: 3 hours (evenings only)
- Palace Saloon show: 1 1/2 hours (evenings only)
- Arctic Circle Fly / Drive: 8+ hours
- Arctic Circle Drive: ALL DAY
- Barrow Trip: ALL DAY
- Canoe Trip down the Chena River: 3+ hours
- Chena Hot Springs: ALL DAY (with a stop at Angel Rocks to do a little hiking, and “moose stops”)
- Creamers Field Bird Migratory walk: 2 hours