To Visit Soldotna, known as Alaska’s Kenai River City, is to visit pure paradise. That is, of course, if you easily fall in love with picturesque natural beauty, unlimited outdoor adventure, and oodles of small-town charm. While sweet summertime rays draw most of our visitors in, the locals know that winter is truly our best kept secret. Here’s why…
1. Keep your keen-eye open, you don’t want to miss our impressive wildlife sightings…
This mama moose and her calf were spotted crossing Skilak Lake Road in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
2. Catching a glimpse of the Kenai River gives you the ultimate dose of eye-candy.
Photo from the Donald E. Gilman River Center across from the Soldotna Airport.
3. Snowy walks & coffee dates in nature.
Tsalteshi Trails is one of our favorite nearby spots for soaking nature in.
4. If you can brave the temps, you’ll have your favorite fishing town all to yourself.
Bundle up and wet some icy lines for your chance at catching a beautiful rainbow trout or dolly varden.
5. Fishing addicts find solitude on the snowy winter shoreline.
6. When you get snowed in, a cozy cabin getaway is the perfect place to hibernate fireside.
The Gratitude Cabin covered in a fresh blanket of snow.
7. Winter sunsets are absolutely awe-inspiring…
Frozen snow-covered lakes are great for snow showing or alpine skiing.
8. We have the neatest and most creative lights displays to brighten up the dark days.
Soldotna Creek Park displaying a mama moose with two calf’s, a fisherman, and a bear fighting for the fisherman’s catch.
9. Outside movie nights & riverside walks through winter wonderland.
Soldotna Creek Park located in the heart of downtown Soldotna, just 1 mile away from A Cabin by the Pond. Snowy boardwalks with beautiful views, or come to the park for a “movie in the park” event.
10. Trail running with your four-legged best friend is the absolute best in this tiny town.
We leave the pups home when it gets too chilly for their paws to handle, but they love playing in the fresh flakes.
11. Finding hearts in frozen places is a magical, spiritual event.
The Chapel Lodge at A Cabin by the Pond, 1 mile from downtown Soldotna.
12. Keep warm from the cold by indulging your appetite at all of Soldotna’s yummy restaurants, bakeries, breweries, and more!
Here, a sunset lights up Soldotna and offers a beautiful backdrop to Odie’s Deli. We are right across the street is our favorite bakery, The Moose is Loose!
13. Hammocking in the snow with a good book is so refreshing, just make sure you bundle up & grab a warm cup o’ joe!
The Dream Cabin view at A Cabin by the Pond.
14. Cross country skiing is a great way to get the whole family active & enjoying nature.
Right out your back door in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, trails abound!
15. Winter hikes lead to enchanting sunset views over the Kenai River.Our happy place is anywhere riverside…
16. No better way to enjoy fresh snow then to hop on a snow machine for some ripping!
Snowmobiles are a great way to fuel your need for speed.
17. Long walks on the snowy shoreline a with glacier hues abound!
Walking in a winter wonderland!
18. It doesn’t get much more precious than neighborhood moose munching views.
Molly moose and her yearling slowly make their way across Airport Heights St. in Soldotna en route to A Cabin by the Pond.
19. Where nature & spirituality collide in perfect harmony.
Wintertime Chapel Lodge views are so good for reviving the soul.
20. Every trail leads to an unbelievable amount of happiness!
Opt outside & feel good inside!