Hiking up to the Bowl of Mt. Marathon is, from what I’ve experienced, the quickest way to get panoramic views of the city of Seward below, as well as an extended view far out into Resurrection Bay.
The Marathon Bowl is a small, hilly section of the mountain that is lower in elevation than both the “Runners Peak (False Summit)” and the actual Mt. Marathon summit. A river, flowing from the melting icefield behind the ridge-line, cuts directly through the middle of the land, creating a scene worth more than a thousand words.
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The Lost Lake Trail is an approximately 14 mile out-and-back trail that is popular for any and every activity you can imagine: hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, and even snowmobiling in the winter.
The length of this trail not only offers a rewarding challenge, but also amazing ecological diversity that is hard to beat. If you want to see as much wild Alaska as you can without jumping from trail to trail, the Lost Lake Trail is probably right for you.
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This trail has a great diversity of life and views that are sure to blow your mind. With a rainforest, mountains, and ocean shore, some of the best qualities of the region come together on this one, fairly easy hike.
After winding your way through the forest, spotting interesting plants, animals, and mushrooms wherever you look, the path will spit you out onto a spectacular beach: Tonsina Point. This rocky shore is a great place to bask in the glory that is Resurrection Bay.
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The Cookery is a true farm-to-table restaurant. Fresh oysters are delivered daily, locally farmed meats, and produce sourced from the Kenai Peninsula; all of these ingredients remind you of where you are and emphasize the importance of eating locally.
Due to this restaurant’s small size, reservations are typically required. The Cookery is a standout eatery in this small town, and the demand for a table stays consistently high throughout the summer season.
Whether you’re in the mood for expertly seasoned halibut, buttermilk fried chicken, or their tried and true staple of shucked or broiled oysters, The Cookery will let you walk away with a smile and a full tummy.
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Red’s is run out of a building about as big as a shed, with a renovated school bus as an “inside” seating option. Think of it as a food truck, but much more stationary. This unique location only adds to the charm of Red’s Burgers, creating an atmosphere that is laid back and casual.
They have a wide selection of meats, including hamburgers, elk burgers, caribou burgers, buffalo burgers, and venison burgers. If meat isn’t your thing, they also provide a veggie burger option that is just as delicious (usually a Beyond Burger patty).
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Located in a warehouse that was once a boat repair facility, the Grotto has transformed the space into a groovy, eye-catching, mermaid-inspired restaurant and café. The large windows in the upstairs area provide excellent views of the small boat harbor and beyond.
The menu is a collection of classic seaside dishes mixed with uncommon Asian Fusion options that won’t be found anywhere else.
After eating, take a stroll through the shop to find unique trinkets and gifts.
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Since opening in 2019, The Lone Chicharron has been the lone supplier of tacos to the people of Seward. Should they be considered saints? Probably.
Starting with hand-pressed corn tortillas made fresh daily, the Cheech provides five main taco fillings: pollo (chicken), carne asada (sliced and marinated steak), carnitas (slow-cooked pork), rockfish (breaded and fried), and eloté (as a vegan option).
The "Cheech" is about as authentic as you can get for tacos in a small Alaskan town.
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Named after a Steller Sea Lion that once resided in the Alaska Sealife Center, Woody’s has been a Seward favorite since its inception.
They describe themselves as Bangkok-style Thai food made with Alaskan ingredients. Woody’s accommodates a variety of dietary restrictions. They offer exceptional vegetarian and vegan options, something that is often difficult to find when traveling to small towns.
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