Alaska Adventure FAQ's
Preparing For Your Alaska Adventures
Get ready for the trip of a lifetime at Soaring Eagle Lodge. Check out the most commonly asked questions and answers to help make your all-inclusive Alaska vacation the best possible experience this Summer!
Q: What do we need to pack for my Alaska Adventures?
Trying to pack for a vacation is always a struggle because you never know what to expect with the climate. We have created a packing list of everything you will need while you are here visiting us! You can check out the list online here: Soaring Eagle Lodge Packing Recommendations.
Q: How far is the drive from Anchorage to our cottage?
All of our guests fly into Anchorage to begin their Alaska adventures. The drive down to your cottage can be anywhere between 3.5hrs to 4hrs of drive time. Plan for extra time, though. New arrivals like to stop along the way to absorb the mesmerizing beauty of the Kenai Peninsula. The week prior to your arrival, we will send specific details and instructions to help you prepare for your arrival!
Q: What time can I check in to the lodge?
Check-in time is anywhere between 3-5pm. Once you arrive, our staff will help you settle in by unloading your bags and groceries. Once you’re settled in, they will give you a detailed orientation guide and ensure all of your questions are answered prior to starting your vacation!
Q: What time is checkout time on Saturday?
Due to the fact that we have more guests arriving on Saturday, we ask that your cabin is empty by 10am on your final day.
Q: What hotels in Anchorage have shuttles to the airport?
Prior to their stay with us, guests typically arrive on Friday and stay a night in a hotel in Anchorage. The rental cars we book are generally available the following morning at 9AM (unless specified otherwise). In addition to arrival, guests will also return their car and stay in Anchorage for one night before returning home. A variety of different hotels in Anchorage provide shuttle service to the airport, making it super easy to catch your flight on time.
- Homewood Suites by Hilton Anchorage
- Hampton Inn Anchorage
- Anchorage Marriott Downtown
- SpringHill Suits Anchorage University Lake
- Crowne Plaza Anchorage-Midtown
- The Voyager Inn
- Dimond Center Hotel
- Comfort Suites Anchorage International Airport
There are many other options available in Anchorage.
Q: What is covered with the rental car?
When you choose to book a rental car with us, it is covered for a 7-day period with Enterprise. We will send you a confirmation once your car rental is complete with Enterprise. Since Soaring Eagle Lodge will take care of your car rental, your car rental reservation will NOT be available to review online with Enterprise. Rates vary depending on time of year, duration of rental (if contracted longer than 7-days), and type of rental. Nevertheless, Soaring Eagle Lodge gets you the best possible discount on all car rentals.
Daily rates and gas costs are not covered past the 7-day reservation. If rental cars are returned after the return time, guests are required to cover those costs.
Q: Does our cottage have a kitchen?
Every cottage has a full kitchen equipped with a refrigerator, stove, microwave, oven, coffee pot, dishes, and silverware. Your all-inclusive Alaska cottage will be ready for your use once you arrive!
Q: Do you provide us food?
As of 2016, Soaring Eagle Lodge does not provide food in your cottage or on your Alaska adventures. We do have coffee, sugar, creamer, tea, salt, and pepper, available for your use. Our guests are recommended to stop Fred Meyer in Soldotna to stock their kitchen for the week. You will need to pack a lunch on most Alaska adventures, so be sure to keep that in mind when shopping.
Local Grocery Stores On the Way to Soaring Eagle Lodge:
- Anchorage: Walmart, Target, Costco, Safeway, Fred Meyer, Save U More
- Soldotna/ Kenai: Walmart, Safeway, Fred Meyer, Save U More
- Ninilchik: Local general store
- Homer: Safeway and Save U More
Q: Do our cottages have washers and dryers?
Some of our cottages have washers and dryers inside their cottage. Other cottages must use the washers and dryers in the front of the property for guest use exclusively. We do provide laundry detergent, dryer sheets, and hampers for all guests.
Q: Does the lodge have Wi-Fi?
Due to the fact that cell phone service in the area is spotty for most, all cottages are equipped with Wi-Fi available for guest use. The cottages also have satellite television to help you kick back and relax after a full day of Alaska adventures.
Q: How do we get our fish home?
While visiting Soaring Eagle Lodge, most of our guests do quite a bit of fishing. Fish are processed by Ninilchik Charters throughout the duration of your stay. There are two different options to your fish home.
The first option is picking up your fish before you leave for Anchorage. Ninilchik Charters packages the fish in a travel box for you to check as luggage at the airport.
The second option is to ship your fish directly to your home. Ninilchik Charters offers shipping options through FedEx. Delivery costs run from $200 and up and are shipped overnight or 2-day from Alaska.
Q: Do the cabins have hair dryers?
Yes, your cottage is equipped with both a hair dryer and curling iron for your use during your stay.
Q: Is tipping on our adventures customary?
Yes! It is customary to tip adventure guides while on your daily Alaska adventures, and it can help turn a good summer into a great summer for the guides and their families. The cost of tipping is not included in your Alaska vacation package. Standard tipping range is 20% on full priced rates. Feel free to ask any assistant working at the adventure facility for help on what is customary for their guides.