Planning Your Trip to Fairbanks


  1.  Check the Weather -- For trips based in Fairbanks like snowshoeing and dogsledding adventures, our neighbor has an official weather station:  For trips based at our homestead on the Tanana River, the forecast for Nenana, AK is your best bet.

  2. Aurora Forecast-- Check the forecast with the university's Geophysical Institute:

Bruce Lee training at Tanana Lakes ice rink

Plan Other Winter Activities--

  1. Our friend and fellow wilderness guide Dave Shaw offers wonderful aurora tours and photography lessons.  We can do combined tours with him so you can get photos of you on a dogsled under the aurora (ideally).  Check him out at

  2. We recommend our friend and mentor Anita Fowler's business, Sirius Sled Dogs for the best aurora tours, and cuddling the cutest puppies around- 

  3. Need a ride anywhere? Robert and Derek at Pioneer Taxi service offer great service and great rates.  They do aurora viewing and go to Chena Hotsprings and they're always early.  Call 456-4000.

  4. Want to take an educational walk in the woods? Our friends Evan and Shannon are top-notch nature guides.  Check them out on facebook:                                                                              

  5. Our friend Mary Shields offers a great tour of her kennel and talk about her mushing career (she was the first woman to complete the iditarod) and her cabin is the coziest spot around-

  6. Go ice skating at Tanana Lakes Recreation Area (free, call 907 459 1070 for details) of the outdoor rink at the Big Dipper ice arena where you can rent skates for just $3 :)

  7. The University of Alaska Museum of the North is world-class and worth going to, especially on an extra cold day.

jenna cooking dinner on the trail

Recommended Restaurants--

  1. We love Lemongrass Thai Food for really good Thai food made with local ingredients-

  2. We also recommend Bobby's Greek food downtown, they've got a heated copper bar perfect for cold nights

  3. For a true musher experience, head to Ivory Jacks Bar in the heart of Goldstream Valley

  4. For a relaxing place to sit and enjoy the best tea and treats in town, check out Sipping Streams

  5. Looking for food and entertainment?  The Blue Loon is the local spot for good food and movies too!

  6. Places to Stay:

    1. In the heard of goldstream Valley, our friends Hélène and Benoit have a cute cabin on Air BnB

    2. In the birch-studded hills above town our friend Pam rents out rooms in her cozy cabin close to us.