From top to bottom and everywhere in between, everyone who has been here knows that the last frontier oozes with charm. From cool shops, awesome activity vendors, unique art, historic museums, iconic restaurants, creative eateries, unique signs and an unlimited variety of outdoor eye candy, this spot in particular truly has something for everyone. With a year-round population around 5,300 people, it’s important not to be fooled by the size and population alone. They say that sometimes the greatest things come in the tiniest packages, and Homer, Alaska is truly the proof in the pudding. Read on to learn why this one charming town in Alaska is absolutely perfect for a summer day trip.
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From the very first pullout when you come up over the hill off of the Sterling Hwy and are approaching this spectacular town, the views will immediately blow you away. Massive snow-capped mountains, a stellar glacier and endless beauty greets you from all around.
For most first-timers to the town of Homer, the "spit" is the first bucket list item to check off. Drive down this 4.5-mile long piece of land jutting out into Kachemak Bay.
If you brought your four-legged best friend with you, let him out to splash in the ocean while enjoying a long walk on the beautiful beach.
First things first - you must eat. Two Sisters Bakery is an iconic little spot located (off the spit) in a tucked away location on E Bunnell Ave. Enjoy delicious baked goods and a variety of fresh, healthy breakfast items in this cozy little spot.
As Homer is dubbed as the "Halibut Fishing Capital of the World," it's only a given that most people who come here take advantage of the incredible saltwater opportuntieis. The best thing about Homer is that you don't really have to go far from the docks for your fresh catch. Get out on an awesome fishing spot within 20 minutes and spend the day reeling em' in!
If sea-sickness is an issue or you don't have access to a boat and just want to fish from shore, the lagoon right off the Homer Spit is an excellent spot for reeling in huge salmon.
Pay homage to those who have been lost at sea by visiting the Seafarer's Memorial on the spit. This ongoing project filled with bricks tells a long story of hard working men and women that have relied on Alaska's vast fisheries to provide for their families and to keep food on the table.
Walking the docks is another great way to get that does of beach-town air.
With friendly otters and adorable sea lions loving the no-wake zone, you never know what kind of cute little critter you might stumble upon.
And on the topic of wildlife, there are ample opportunities to view massive bald eagles in Homer. Keep you head up and your eyes peeled open. These critters are incredible to experience in person!
If you just wanna bop around town a bit, we recommend checking out the boardwalks along the spit. You will find lots of charter companies, kayaking and bear viewing outlets, restaurants, eateries, gift shops, art galleries and so much more.
Oh and as you move up closer towards the top of the spit by Land's End Resort, be sure to keep an eye out for a variety of colorful sea-stars. They are known to hand out in numbers and they sure are beautiful.
Quirky details and groovy assortments is just kind of what Homer does. We are pretty certain that you will love looking at all the charming displays of Alaska life.
Horseback riding is another very popular activity in Homer.
With a gleaming glacier view in the distance and a sunset that is packed with color, who wouldn't want to ride off into the distance via horseback? It is truly what dreams are made of!
Homer is a little "foodie" town. There are a ton of great (and healthy) spots along the spit as well as off the spit and up onto East End Road.
And if you just want to have a local brew, Homer Brewing Company is a must-visit.
Or you can head to the iconic Salty Dawg Saloon on the spit for lunch and a beverage, but you must be prepared to put a dollar bill on the wall with your name on it! Must be experienced to be fully appreciated. 😉
For those that love a good glass of wine, you're in luck. Homer has one of the best wineries in the state of Alaska. Visit Bear Creek Winery and Lodging for a taste of some delicious fruit wines, great service and a beautiful place to kick back and enjoy a breathtaking view.
For a dose of history, the Pratt Museum in Homer is a must visit. After you grab lunch, spend a while walking around and learning all about science, culture and art in Kachemak Bay.
And if you just so happen to love Homer so much that you have to stay a while, camping on the beach is the closest you will get to an "up close and personal" experience by both locals and visitors alike.
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