The Alaska Restaurant That’s One Of The Most Unique In America
Head out to the Mat-Su Valley and make your way to the small town of Big Lake, population 2,635. This recreational community is wildly popular for both local valley residents and the outlying Anchorage bowl crowd. Once you arrive, make your way over to either the north or south sides of the Big Lake Recreation Area.
To access The Islander, one of the most unique restaurants in all of America, be prepared to either jump on either a snowmachine in the winter or a boat in the summer if you want to make the trek out. That’s right, you have two options to access this awesome spot, neither of which include a maintained road from the comforts of your cozy car. How cool is that?
Please note, The Islander is temporarily closed.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/
If you’ve never been to Big Lake, get ready for it to quickly become your new favorite summertime destination. Splish and splash from dusk until dawn with the whole family or your crew of best friends.
Big Lake is known for holding some of the most awesome winter events in the state. Just check out the cool YouTube video below to see ice racing done in true ‘Alaska style’ fashion. Remember that festivities aren’t complete without a stop at the unique Islander Restaurant.
Living and loving life in Alaska, Courtney enjoys living a happy life based on simple principles; work hard, be kind, stay humble. She is an avid dog lover with hobbies that include running, fly fishing, hiking & snowboarding.
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