Please book your reservation early to secure best dates. A 50% deposit holds your reservation with the balance due 60 days before check-in date. Guests receive a detailed confirmation letter upon booking. We accept Visa, MasterCard, personal check or money order.
Because of our small group size and short traveler's season, cancellations affect us significantly. Cancellations may leave us little chance of filling your reservation dates. We hold your space in good faith and will even turn away larger parties to honor your reservation.
If reservation is canceled more than 60 days prior to check-in date, the reservation deposit is refunded less a processing fee of 10% of total reservation cost. If reservation is cancelled within 60 days of check-in date, there is no refund, regardless of the reason. If you need to cancel in short notice, you can re-book your reservation or send another party in your place within that same year. We recommend travel insurance. Travel insurance can be found at www.travelguard.com, www.travelinsured.com or www.accessamerica.com.
Answers to Frequently Asked questions
How do I get there?
We are located near the coastal community of Homer, Alaska about 4 hours from Anchorage. Most guests fly in to Anchorage and either rent a car, or fly directly into Homer. Please see our Getting here tab for helpful links. Guests also receive a detailed information packet that outlines where and when to check-in for the Lodge.
What do you provide?
We provide all lodging, transportation and activities as specific in the individual trip itineraries. We provide all meals, professional guides, and first-class equipment. You simply bring your own personal items, proper clothing and high spirits- we take care of the rest! (guests receive a helpful packing list upon confirmation).
What's best, a guided package or unguided, independent lodge stay?
By far, most travelers choose guided packages. Alaska is a place like no other, and being in the company of an experienced and knowledgeable guide has several benefits; greater safety, better wildlife viewing, interesting stories and local lore, better photo opportunities, better birding etc. However, some guests may prefer unguided excursions- those traveling with infants or toddlers, those wanting to do nothing but relax at the lodge, or those experienced, advanced back-country hikers that want to hike all day.
Please note: all Lodge packages include one "free day" to explore (or relax) on your own, so even when you book an all-inclusive guided package, you still get a free day to spend however you wish. We have found this is a perfect balance in the lodge itineraries.
What will the weather be like?
We have a saying in Alaska that the weather is always nice...if your prepared for it! Thus, the best advice is to be prepared! The summer temperatures in Alaska are quite mild and pleasant, averaging in the 60's. Of course it can be warmer or cooler (especially May and September). Keep in mind, it does rain! You can expect at least one or two wet-weather days on your Alaska vacation. We have found over the years that if our clothing and spirits are well-suited, the weather's always perfect! You will want to be prepared to dress in layers with good-quality hooded rain jacket and rain pants.
Will I see wildlife?
Yes. Most guests will see sea otters, puffins, seals and bald eagles. Black bears are also fairly common foraging on the shoreline near the lodge. Occasional sightings of mountain goats, and moose add to the adventure. The longer you stay in the wilderness, the better the chances you have to see wildlife. If you book a National Park Explorer Package, you will see brown bears on your Katmai National Park wildlife tour, and the Kenai Fjords National Park boasts great whale migrations.
What kind of shape do I need to be in?
We cater to guests in average and above average physical condition. If you can walk steady for 2-3 hours, and have no problem walking over uneven ground, you will do fine on our trips. Please ask our reservations staff which trip is best for you.
What about bears and bugs?
Alaska has plenty of both, but neither are a problem on the lodge. The ocean and glacier breezes keeps the bugs away. Occasionally on forest hikes bug repellent is needed. We coexist peacefully with bears at the lodge, and in the 44 year history of the park, there has never been a bear attack! Your guide is experienced with bear behavior and all trips begin with a "bear safety talk". You are guaranteed to see bears if you take a bear-viewing trip to Katmai National Park. These specialty safaris are featured in our National Park Explorer Packages.
Can children come to the lodge?
Children have a wonderful time at the lodge! Our lodge and day trips are safe and fun. Within each day trip there are a variety of activities which make the trips interesting for all ages ( for example, we won't sit you in a kayak for 3 hours!). Kids especially love to see wildlife on our National Park Package. Hideaway Cove Lodge also has an infrastructure that facilitates "family time"; a fire pit, a row boat, fishing rods, ping pong table, a big lawn with Frisbee and football, and indoor areas with board games and chess set.
How long do the guided trips last at the lodge?
Our guided outings generally last between 4 and 8 hours, depending on the trip. This gives guests plenty of free time to enjoy some "quite time" or "companion time"!
What kind of food do you serve at the Lodge?
Hearty and healthy meals are a highlight at Hideaway Cove Lodge. We serve home-style breakfasts and our sit-down evening meals are served with a touch of rustic elegance. Our imaginative and skilled cooks emphasize fresh local seafood, organic salads, fresh breads, and tasty desserts. Lunches are prepared fresh each morning and enjoyed "pic-nic" style where ever you may be: on the trail, at the lake, on the boat, or on the beach.
What about gratuities?
While never expected, this is a nice way to say thank you at the end of the trip. Guests have often asked "how much?" A guideline of 10% to 15% is the norm.