Amenities and Activities during the Winter Months!

  • Aurora Conservatory: Enjoy our newly constructed 20’x 20′ building boasting three glass walls and a slated glass ceiling.  The Aurora Conservatory faces north towards our beautiful Chena River and offers fantastic winter views and a front-seat to the aurora in optimal viewing conditions!  Completely heated, completely panoramic, and completely free to our guests!
  • Aurora Riverfront Deck and Fire Pit: Our natural gas fire pit on our Aurora Riverfront Deck offers a wonderful bit of warmth and a beautiful backdrop as you wait for the Aurora to appear!  Laugh and meet other guests from around the world as you tell the tale of your own Alaskan Adventure over a roasted marshmallow (or two, or three, or four…).
  • Winter Bocce Ball: That’s right!  Bocce ball is not dedicated to summer anymore!  Get out and enjoy our newly available winter-style Bocce Ball court– featuring groomed pathways and court, as well as light-up Bocce Balls to enjoy those long winter nights!

And don’t forget…

  • Free Coffee at Check-in
  • Free Continental Breakfast: Buffet service offered daily from 6am-10am
  • Evening Ice Cream: Purchase a scoop of ice cream during our ice cream social every evening from 6pm-9pm.
  • Northern Lights Wake-Up Call: If the lights are out, we will give your room a call to wake you!  Just let the Front Desk staff know!


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Year-Round Activities for Your Enjoyment!

  • Empress Theater: Enjoy an aurora themed film in our plush 14-seat theater!
  • 1000-Book Alaskan Library: Take a moment to browse our warm and rich collection of Alaskan literature– widespread topics include aurora, native culture, history, gold rush, and fiction inspired by the last frontier!
  • Jay Bird’s Short Cue and (Slightly) Crooked Billiards Speakeasy: Explore a ‘secret’ room with a classic speakeasy feel.  Relax and shoot a fun game of pool with our short cues!
  • Aromatherapy Steam Room & Dry Sauna: Enjoy a relaxing environment with aromatherapy essential oils. Utilize the dry or steam sauna 24 hours a day!
  • Museum Quality Art Collection: Discover our uniquely Alaskan art collection throughout the hotel!