There’s only one road leading south out of Anchorage. The Seward Highway takes a meandering journey through the Chugach National Forest, while the Turnagain Arm, part of the Cook Inlet, licks at its edges. After a sensory-overload of sweeping vistas, towering glacier-capped peaks, and abundant flora and fauna, the road quite literally dead-ends at the sea, where, nestled along the shores of Resurrection Bay is, you’ve guessed it, Seward, Alaska.
Founded in 1903 by railway workers, the quaint seaside village of Seward boasts a sordid past of gold mining, gambling, and ladies of the night. Once upon a time, you couldn’t toss a coin (hard-earned at gambling, of course) without hitting a brothel. The buildings still stand (though most were devastated during the 1964 tsunami), and one of these historic buildings now houses the Sauerdough Lodging, a charming top-floor of suites that overlook Fourth Avenue, one of Seward’s main streets.
With a modern twist garnishing a slice of history, Sauerdough Lodging is a classic gem in a picturesque setting.
Roughly 2,700 people call Seward home year-round, though the population booms exponentially during the summer months. It is a town with no shortage of salty charm. The home of Benny Benson, the 13-year-old boy who designed the Alaska flag in 1927, more than 30 years before Alaska officially became a state, Seward bustles in the summer and stays active in the winter. (*Benny Benson lived at the Jesse Lee Orphanage in Seward, though he was sent to many facilities around the state during his childhood).
Beneath Sauerdough Lodging, on the street level, is the Sea Bean, a cafe owned by the same husband and wife duo as the lodging. While the Sea Bean is closed during the winter months, the town still offers a healthy dose of livelihood and activities, such as the Old Fashioned Christmas, complete with a tree lighting ceremony, and the SeaLife Center, which is open year-round and offers a conservation-minded glimpse into the world beneath the sea.
The waterfront park is but a short stroll from the lodging and offers majestic views of Mount Alice, Mount Marathon and Resurrection Bay that will haunt your memory for a lifetime.
By Liberty Elias Miller. Visit her website here: https://www.libertyeliasmiller.com/