Recreational Venues and Services
Meander In B&B is committed to
enhancing any itinerary which brings you to our unique
gateway location on the lower Kenai peninsula. The most frequently
asked questions are, “What do you offer and what is there to do
around Ninilchik?” By making my home available to you, I offer all of
the advantages of having a long time fun and people loving local
Alaskan as your host, and, I am able to share amenities that other
types of lodging cannot offer. Meander In defines VENUES as
everything there is to experience here that is Alaskan, and defines
SERVICE as every authentic effort made to help you experience the
best of what is here, starting with, “Please, make yourselves at
From fishing, clamming,
hiking, beach walks, and flight seeing to dining,
dancing, and local history, your itinerary is limited only by your
energy and imagination!
River Fishing. Our
rivers are the pathways and life blood of the Kenai. Six popular
rivers and streams are less than two hours from here. At almost any
time during the season, there is great fishing somewhere. As an avid
angler, I know when, what you need and where to send you. I cater to
our guests who visit the area to enjoy this bountiful resource and
I’m glad to help outfit you or refer you to a guide. You can use my
cleaning table at the end of the day or take your catch to one our
local processors to prepare your fish to take home with you.
A Cook Inlet Fishing Charter
is what brings the highest number of summer visitors to Ninilchik.
Deep water halibut fishing, trolling for king and silver salmon near
shore, or changing gear to light tackle to take on big fish in
shallow water are dreams that make annual visitors out of many first
time guests. Our beach boat launch facility at Deep Creek and our
small tidal harbor provide access to some of the most consistent good
to great saltwater fishing anywhere in Alaska. I am proud of the
network of local guides who I work with as a team to offer you a
great time on the water.
Clamming Adventures. As
the Razor Clam Capitol of the world, our beaches can be filled with
people harvesting this bountiful and important historical resource on
any series of low tides. If the clam beach wasn’t a destination for
you when you planned your trip, don’t miss out on what could be one
of the funnest things that you could do while here. I’m happy to
outfit you for an adventure on the beach, harvesting these illusive
little diggers! I’ll even set you up and “show you one time” how to
clean them when you return “home”, where the real party begins as the
fryer oil heats up.
Beach Tours. Searching for
quiet time on a secluded beach, or that Kodak moment with a clan of
Bald eagles? The shoreline access from Ninilchik and Deep Creek State
Parks offers a dramatic panorama of the Alaska Peninsula, Mt.
Augustine, Mt. Illiamna, and Mt. Redoubt Volcanoes. Cook Inlet
beaches are created by some of the most extreme tide changes in the
world, which constantly reveal new treasures buried in the sand below
our towering bluffs. Any time of the day or night, our beaches call
out to be explored. Take an invigorating walk, go beach combing, bird
watching, observe the local fishing fleeting working near shore, or
just watch a magnificent sunset from the comfort of a bonfire. With 4
wheel drive and a low tide, your host at Meander In just might invite
you to run down the beach a ways, too.
Russian and Alaska Native history
are a living narrative within the Ninilchik community.
Many residents trace their ancestral heritage well beyond the
remnants of the Russian fur trapper settlement of Ninilchik Village,
on the beach below one of the most photographed Russian Orthodox
Churches in Alaska. Subsistence activities continue to be a critical
part of the modern lifestyle and are embraced not only by people born
here but by those who have chosen this peaceful settlement as their
home today. Traditional activities reflect our dependence upon
conservation of our great and abundant local natural resources.
Commercial Fishing is the
livelihood of many local residents and
during the sockeye season, their activities provide a
unique opportunity for visitors to observe the Drift Fleet at port in
Ninilchik Harbor or coming and going on the high tide. A drive or
walk up the beach north of the Harbor takes you to the set net sites
and operations of many long time Alaskan fishing families. The first
set net site is an educational site operated by local Natives which
enables many people to learn a traditional way to fish and harvest a
treasured resource, our salmon.
Touring Homer and the End of the
Road. An hour away on Kachemak Bay, Homer is a bustling
merchant community of shops, art galleries, eateries and bars, a
wonderful museum and the Islands and Oceans Visitor Center, as well
as home of the largest boat harbor and community of fishermen on Cook
Inlet. It might be the end of the road, but it is a gateway to a
whole other world of exciting venues that are reachable from here,
everything from alternate fishing opportunities to whale watching and
flight seeing, and breathtaking scenery.
I welcome the opportunity to share
more with you than just my home, and encourage you to
experience the reasons why we live here. Many venues are seasonal or
will be available for short windows of time, or determined by weather
conditions, so allow time to be spontaneous, but plan ahead as much
as possible; make reservations for bigger venues, and let me help you
have a truly great Alaskan experience.