This spacious ground-floor apartment, the Shooting Star, has an open floor plan, lots of light, and pleasant views over the meadow. The bedroom has a queen bed, and the living room has a futon that sleeps two.
Surrounded by an ever-changing palette of wildflowers, and panoramic views of mountains and water, Aimee's Guest House is located in 10 acres of meadow on the bank of the Salmon River. The building is the former Salmon River Smokehouse—a thriving fish-processing business for 13 years. It now houses three comfortable self-catering apartments.
This is a wonderful location, very convenient to stores, food, and galleries. The ferry dock and the airport are each two miles from the Guest House. Glacier Bay National Park is eight miles away.
Exploring Gustavus and Glacier Bay-
Aimee's Guest House is a great place to just relax and put your feet up in a beautiful environment, or to stroll down to the river to watch wildlife or go fishing. If you're feeling more ambitious, Gustavus offers abundant opportunities for hiking, kayaking, whale-watching, golfing, ocean fishing, and glacier viewing. We can tell you more about tour options, and book tours for you, at no additional cost—please ask.
If you'd rather make your own way, bicycles are a great way to get around Gustavus; we have several available free for guest use. For longer excursions, we can arrange for a rental car or taxi.mee's Guest House has a wonderful location on the “quiet side” of the Salmon River, which flows through central Gustavus. Stores, restaurants, galleries, and what comprises our “downtown” are all a short walk or bike ride away. Glacier Bay National Park is 8 miles from town: the dock and airport are each 2 miles from the Guest House.
This unique town deserves (and the cleaning lady requires) a 3-night minimum stay. Space is reserved upon receipt of one-half the rental fee. Full payment + 4% bed tax is due 30 days before your arrival. Refunds, less a $25 processing fee, will be given if your reservation is cancelled more than 30 days before your scheduled arrival. After this, refunds apply only if the room can be re-booked
Situated on 10 acres of river meadow, your vacation home is surrounded by an ever-changing palate, and enjoys a panoramic view of Excursion Ridge and Icy Strait. Our Community Garden is just across the River from the Guesthouse, and you’ll often see gardeners busy at working their crops. For many, it is a major supplement to a near-subsistence lifestyle. It’s also a great place to visit and see what we can grow in the long days of summer.
I am pleased to offer you a place to relax after a “hard days work” at play, When you arrive to Gustavus, a taxi or rental car will greet you and bring you to your door. From there you can walk to the grocery store, golf course, or beach. Bikes are available to quicken your pace. You can stroll down to the river and watch the salmon slalom, or you can put your feet up and watch a world of eagles, ravens, geese, and hawks. Binoculars are available for a close-up of a bear or moose passing by or stopping to graze.
May and June are filled with migrating birds, king salmon, and ever-changing fields of wildflowers. Summer activities from May 15th through Labor Day include world class kayaking, hiking beaches and forests, whale-watching, ocean and fly-fishing, golf, eco-tours, bicycling, and so much more. The following is a list of the most popular tours. Think about what you'd like to do and I can book your tours for you (concierge service is free!) Together we'll build you the perfect custom vacation. What could be easier?
The Glacier Bay Boat Tour is the only seasonal day tour of Glacier Bay. An 8-hour boat ride takes it all in. A park service naturalist is aboard to make sure you see all there is to see, and understand what you’re seeing. You’ll share the Bay with whales---minke, orca, or humpback--porpoises, and sea otters. The islands provide a close-up view of the rookeries of guillemots, puffins, cormorants, and the bedrooms of seals and sea lions. Bears, moose, and mountain goats roam the shores and rock cliffs that this recent ice age has been leaving behind over the last 200+ years. On this spacious 150-passenger vessel, there’s room to move around, and snacks and lunch are provided.
The Whale-watching Tour on the 23-passenger MV Taz is an Alaskan family-owned business that runs twice daily from the Gustavus dock. Todd and his crew have developed a wonderful rapport with the leviathans that regard Pt. Adolphus as the best restaurant in town. On this three hour tour, you can be assured of some great photos, and a chance to listen via hydrophone to the submarine dinner conversation when he turns the engine off to drift among them.
And speaking of whales, how about the view from a kayak? There are two options for this, both of them a full-day guided trip (7 hours) with lunch and all gear provided:
Our local Spirit Walker Expeditions has been providing this tour for the longest, and their guides are well-tuned naturalists that can provide you with an educational adventure. A quick boat-ride deposits you and kayaks at Pt. Adolphus for your safety orientation and an opportunity to look into the old-growth rainforest there. Then you head out for a leisurely tour of the shoreline and the kelp line of seals and sea otters, while enjoying a close but respectable distance from the feeding whales and sea lions. Kids love this trip!
The second option involves a “mother ship”. The MV Kahsteen, a 6-passenger vessel, leaves the dock at 8:30 am and heads for Pt. Adolphus. An hour later, you can be putting your kayaks in the water from shipboard. A guide helps you navigate from there. This is a good option for those of you who might think less time in the water could be a good thing.
Another kayak option from Gustavus is the Wilderness Isle tour. Spirit Walker guides you from our beach to Pleasant Island. After a hike into the old-growth forest and a gourmet lunch on the beach, you will understand where this island gets its name. You are likely to see deer, eagles, sea-birds, and any number of marine mammals on this 3-10 mile excursion. 6 ½ hours.
Or you can rent a kayak and head out on your own. Bartlett Cove, where Glacier Bay National Park has its headquarters, is a protected bay where you can rent a kayak for a half or full day. Orientation is given twice daily and all gear, including boots and raingear, is provided as needed. A half or full day (lunch included) guided trip is also available here. Moose and bear often roam the shoreline, and marine mammals feed among the boats anchored out . This is a good day to include a hike in the Park, and/or a lunch on the deck of the lodge there.
An all-day eco-tour to the “outer coast” in an enclosed 6-passenger boat is a photographer’s dream. Pt. Adolphus whales are the first destination, and then your local captain will show you the neighborhood. You’ll see sea lion rookeries, commercial trollers at work, explore hidden coves and passages, islands and arches, and stop for lunch in a quaint boardwalk village. A unique trip tailored to your desires. 2-person minimum.
What can I say about fishing? Halibut, salmon, rockfish, trout….they’re all here. Ocean or stream fishing days in a 6-passenger boat are an adventure in sport, with all the glorious views and animals as background. I can recommend the best local guides for this, and assure you will have something for dinner or to share with the friends back home.
But then, enough about water! How about a flight over an ice-age? You can oversee the geology of the fastest ice retreat in recent time. Fields and rivers of ice are suspended between the mountains that separate Alaska from Canada, and create the spectacular landscape of Glacier Bay. A one-hour flight from Gustavus.
Of course these are just some of the things you can do while visiting Gustavus. Hiking our miles of wild beaches, now protected by the Nature Conservancy, or biking the flat expanses of our town looking for moose, fishing the Salmon River that runs by the Guest House, visiting galleries, enjoying a gourmet dinner at one of the local Inns….These are all other ways to expand the treasure of memories you’ll take back with you when your vacation in Alaska is over.