Our family recently had the good fortune to be able to make one last summer trip before the start of school, and we chose Seward, AK as our destination. We love to stay in cabins, and love even more to stay in places that offer separate rooms for the kids and a kitchen to whip up our own coffee and breakfast before setting out on a day of adventure. Abode Well Cabins looked to be right up our alley. As soon as we pulled up to the property, we knew it was going to be one of our favorites!
Set just outside of Seward on Old Exit Glacier Rd., Abode Well is close enough to town for dining and activities, but far enough away to allow the family to truly relax and enjoy nature. As an added bonus, it is on the way to Exit Glacier, which is a must-do activity in Seward. Abode Well is set well back from the road in a beautiful forest filled with spruce and devil’s club, making each cabin very private. A central fire pit and grill area (which we didn’t get the chance to try out due to rainy conditions) allows guests to meet others visiting Seward and gives the kids a place to roast hot dogs or make s’mores. We also made friends with several rabbits on the property, and even observed a black bear from our window in the evening, making its rounds of the berry bushes.
We stayed in the family cabin and highly recommend it for any group, with or without kids. The downstairs area is very open and bright, with picture windows overlooking the forest. The sofa is a sleeper, allowing room for an extra guest or two. The furnishings are basic and comfortable, and a full kitchen allows for cooking meals (and saving money!). Upstairs, accessed by a steep stairway that may be a little tough for younger kids to navigate, there are two generously- sized bedrooms. Each bedroom contains a double bed and a twin bed, plus large closets for storing clothing and luggage. This cabin is designed for longer stays and had plenty of room to unpack and settle in. One of our favorite features of the bedrooms is one that you may not consider when traveling around Alaska in the summer- wooden shutters on the windows! With the sun rising early and setting late, this detail is greatly appreciated…our early risers actually made it past 7am! The bathroom is downstairs and is the only thing that could be an issue for families with young children as there is no bathtub, only a small stall shower. There is no television, but the WiFi works great if you must get your technology fix. We were also excited to find a couple of great books on the coffee table- one about dog sledding and another detailing fifty hikes on the Kenai Peninsula. The second book was really handy in planning a hike while we were in Seward, and was a thoughtful addition to the cabin’s amenities.
Two families of four could easily share this cabin, making it a fantastic value, especially in Alaska where hotels can be pricey. As an added bonus, Abode Well is owned by the Seavey family of Iditarod sled dog racing fame, and is adjacent to their Ididaride Sled Dog Tours property (which is actually where cabin check-in is located). Be sure not to miss meeting their fantastic dogs!
We are already planning our next trip to Seward and Abode Well Cabins, next summer when we will have lots of family visiting us in Alaska. This is one of those places that you will want to return to, year after year.
This review is based on a complimentary stay at the Abode Well Cabins. I received no other compensation besides the hotel stay and the hotel did not state any requirements that I express a particular point of view.