More About Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge

Despite the amazing daily activities at Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge, some of the most memorable moments were during our downtime.

Inspiration:  Since they are avid collectors of Alaskan art, beautiful works are found in every building but my favorite pieces were the McBride family’s handiwork all around the property. From the seashell collections lining a few mirrors to the perfectly balanced driftwood mobiles, their artful placement of found objects combined with lush, natural gardens is truly beautiful.

Driftwood Mobiles at Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge
Handmade (perfectly balanced) Driftwood Mobiles
An inventive “privacy screen” by the hot tub, made from buoys


Solarium:  This lovely light-filled public room overlooks the water. Appetizers, beer, and wine are available here nightly before dinner. The room is always open, however, and it’s a great place to cozy up to a fire or, as our children quickly discovered, to bang on some piano keys and toot a trombone.

Kids playing music
Making “beautiful” music together… not really but they sure were having fun!

Sauna and Hot Tub:  Guests are encouraged to sign up for private time in the wood burning Sauna and/or Hot Tub. Our kids didn’t care for the heat of the sauna but they had a great time in the hot tub.

Sod Roof Sauna building
Eco-friendly sod roof on the sauna.

Sandy Beach: A short walk from the cabins, this sandy little stretch of beach is a fun and relaxing place to hang out. The kids loved collecting dry wood for beach fires, searching for lovely shells, and watching Chenik wade.

Black Lab in the water

Hammock: For those of us who don’t have one at home, this hammock is quite a novelty. Add the incredible backdrop of the ocean and snow-capped mountains in the distance and you have your own piece of paradise.

Mom and baby in the hammock
Notice the baby in the hammock with me… that’s William at age two, this photo was taken on our first trip to Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge but a hammock still hangs there

Chenik: The McBride’s dear black lab, Chenik, is always willing to join you for a walk, making your experience feel even more like a home away from home.

Black Lab
Chenik, the resident black lab is eager to join you on a walk

S’mores:  When our 4th of July plans were (literally) dampened by rain, a fire was made in our cabin along will all the necessary supplies for S’mores. Forget fireworks, our kids were much happier with marshmallows.

Kids with smores
Two thumbs up for yummy s’mores (Sara is still working on making only her thumb stand up)

Walks:  Extensive hiking trails surround the lodge and because of the extremely low tides on our day of departure, we actually needed to walk to Peterson Bay where a boat could meet us with our luggage then take us back to Homer. That little trek ended up being yet another wonderful adventure that included sampling native plants, finding bear tracks, gathering seashells, and even more tide pool exploration.

Kid at beach
William sampling an edible native plant called Goose Tongue (it’s pretty salty which isn’t a big surprise since it is often immersed in sea water)
Girl on beach
Sara in the tide flats at Peterson Bay
Kids in sand
Drawing circles around bear tracks in the soft beach sand


All The Comforts of Home:  Last but not least, the Coffee and Hot Cocoa is always flowing at Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge, and the cookie jar is always full.

Girl with Black Lab
Maybe it’s even better her than at home (we don’t have a dog there)
Waving Goodbye from the beach
Goodbye but not forever… we will definitely be back


Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge website, China Poot Bay, Homer, AK, 907-235-8910, email

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