One recent fall morning while we were enjoying a weekend at the Hotel Alyeksa, our children woke up bright and early at 7am. Except in Alaska in October, it's far from "bright" at that hour of the day. While waiting for the sun to rise so we could begin our day's adventures, we decided to try out the breakfast buffet at the hotel's Pond Cafe. The restaurant is only open for weekend breakfast. They have a full breakfast menu in addition to the buffet, but kids under 6 eat the buffet free with an adult, which sounded like a great deal to us! The buffet price includes coffee and juice, which also extends to the kids free buffet deal. There were plenty of choices for everyone's tastes, from fresh fruit and yogurt to an omelet station, and even oatmeal with a selection of toppings. The restaurant has plenty of seating and large windows overlooking the ski lifts. It's a great spot to wait for the lifts to open for the day, even if you aren't staying at the hotel.