Northern Exposure to a small town.

Talkeetna Travel Blog

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As we got off the shuttle bus in Talkeetna, this message board with the special roof caught my eye.

  Upon arriving in Talkeetna we took the shuttle bus into town and walked the streets for a couple of hours before eating some lunch at the West Rib Cafe and Pub.  One half pound hamburgers with fries and a soft drink. Unfortunately it was Coke and not Pepsi. 

Talkeetna is supposedly the town that the television show Northern Exposure used as its basis.  But after they were there for a very short day or two, everyone in the cast said it was too far to go to and so the producers moved down to the state of Washington and built a town set and it was filmed there.  From our visit to this very small town there was nothing here that they reproduced for the show.

Talkeetna's welsome sign.
  We expected to see the corner with the mural on the building or something that looked familiar from the show, but not one thing did.  A bit of a disappointment.

After lunch we finished our stroll of town and returned to the shuttle bus stop where we waited a few minutes for the bus to take us the one hour ride to the McKinley Princess Lodge for the evening.  We didn't even need to check in because it was all automatic.  We went directly to our building and room and got settled in for the evening.  This place is built for the younger crowd than the retired folks that take cruises.  The very pretty and large lodge is only for the registration, restaurants, souvenir shops, and wonderful large fireplace and sitting area.  There is also a huge deck out the back that faces Mt. McKinley or Denali as many there call it.  The rooms are placed in separate buildings spread around a large hilly area and a couple of restaurants are also.  In fact, they have a shuttle bus to pick you up and take you to the lodge and back. 

Down at the Lodge we checked the menus for the several restaurants and got a couple more photos.  Dinner was at the Grizzly Bar.  A great waitress, gave us super service, and really good food  And she didn’t even charge us for coffee when we pointed out her mistake.  Bigger tip!   Back in our room we went to bed very early. 

 

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Talkeetnas welsome sign.
Talkeetna's welsome sign.
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I thought of Gene Turners Toilet…
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A sewing shop in Talkeetna.
A sewing shop in Talkeetna.
A little of their products.
A little of their products.
No photos were allowed inside.
No photos were allowed inside.
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The only house I saw with a "Hist…
Looking back up the street.
Looking back up the street.
One of the small dry goods stores.
One of the small dry goods stores.
The Mostly Moose gift shop.
The Mostly Moose gift shop.
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This was our lunch stop, The West…
The West Rib.
The West Rib.
The old Fairview Inn.
The old Fairview Inn.
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Several places offered small plan…
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And the river.
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But today it looked like this.
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A very nice, and very large firep…
It looked nice from both sides.
It looked nice from both sides.
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The view from the back deck was d…
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Denali without a cloud on it. So…
A picture sign on the deck
A picture sign on the deck
Another great shot of Denali.
Another great shot of Denali.
Zoomed in on Denali.
Zoomed in on Denali.
A clock in the lodge.
A clock in the lodge.
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Talkeetna Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Lunch with a northern exposure.
Named after the trail most used to climb Denali (Mt McKinley) In the very very small town of Talkeetna there must be about a dozen places to eat, a… read entire review
Talkeetna Sights & Attractions review
So much information!!
The Talkeetna Historical Museum was the highlight of our visit to this small town. For a very minimal entry fee you get to look around not only the n… read entire review
Talkeetna General Tips & Advice review
The Life and times of Talkeetna, Alaska
Named by the local Indian tribe, the Dena’ina, a subset of the Athabaskan people, this small village was located here at the convergence of three ri… read entire review
Talkeetna Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
When eating is necessary
Grizzly Bar Restaurant, Princess McKinley Wilderness Lodge, is a very leisurely lunch and dinner venue. In fact you can inside the restaurant or outs… read entire review
Talkeetna
photo by: schochon