27 March 2014

"Must Visit" Spots in The Last Frontier

When we found out we were moving to Alaska we were excited for the adventure! I immediately started researching homes, shopping and various activities for us to do during our time in Alaska. 

Kyle became more and more excited each day. He would come home and tell me all about the hunting, fishing, hiking and camping that we were going to be able to do. ::crickets:: (Although, I do enjoy hiking and even a little fishing.)

One the other hand, I researched and researched only learning the things Alaska did not have. Panera, Chipotle, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, Chick-fil-A, etc. The list is way too long... Don't get me wrong, I was excited for this once in a lifetime opportunity, but from a girly perspective; it didn't look good. 

Now that we've been here a little over a year, I think I can make a few recommendations for those of you who may find yourself in the Last Frontier. 

For reference: We live in the Mat-Su Valley and Kyle works in Anchorage.

*No need to panic, there are two Target stores and a Sephora in the area. We even have Starbucks, but I totally encourage you to try the little coffee shacks you see EVERYWHERE! 

grab a bite to eat

Snow City Cafe = Downtown Anchorage brunch spot. A local favorite! 

Sakura Sushi = Located in Wasilla. The best sushi we've found so far!

Humdinger's Pizza = Located in Palmer. No delivery option. Tons options and a favorite among locals. This is our go to pizza joint!

Grape Tap = Located in Wasilla. $$$ but delicious. We celebrated our 2nd Anniversary here!

Moose's Tooth = Located in Anchorage. You MUST eat here. If you ever bump into someone in the lower 48 who has visited Alaska, they've probably eaten here. Great environment and tons of beer!

Noisy Goose Cafe = Palmer fairgrounds area. Known for their breakfast. Great local experience. 

festivals & activities :

Kenai Fjords Tours :: Gray Whale Watch = We've done multiple cruises with this company and plan on doing more! Affordable and a guaranteed good time. 

Alaska State Fair = Alaskans descend from the hills to come to the State Fair at the end of August. If people watching is your thing, the fair will not disappoint! Oh, the rides, vendors and entertainment are pretty impressive too.

Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Winter Festival = Watch the ceremonial start to the Iditarod! Read about my Fur Rondy experience here.

Anchorage Market & Festival = One of my favorite things to do during the warmer months! Tons of local vendors to explore downtown Anchorage. Great family activity!

shopping :

5th Avenue Mall = Simon mall in Anchorage. Pretty standard mall stuff. 

Dimond Center Mall = Home of Forever 21 and Baby Gap.

Ozarks = Forever grateful to this gal for introducing me to this antique shop. Sooo many beautiful things here! Almost makes me forget i'm shopping in Alaska. 

Alaska Picker = Located in Wasilla. Vintage furniture/home decor. 

Fancy Lou = Located in Wasilla. Shop full of refinished antique furniture pieces!

 My plan is to update this list as I find places I love!

Check out our Alaska Bucket List to see what we hope to accomplish before we PCS outta here!

Anyone ever visited or lived here? What do you suggest?

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