View this email in your browser
Facebook
Facebook
Twitter
Twitter
Pinterest
Pinterest
Instagram
Instagram
Media Center
Media Center
In this May Alaska Travel News Bulletin you will find:
Social Media Spotlight

 
We love seeing Alaska through your lens! Share your Alaska photos using the hashtag #travelalaska and follow along on our social media accounts!
Facebook: Alaska Travel News
Twitter: @alaskatravlnews
Instagram: @travelalaska
1. First-ever Alaska Crafted festival coming to Anchorage May 21
 
For the first time ever, brewers and distillers from across Alaska are coming together for the Alaska Crafted festival. This premier, outdoor beer and spirits tasting event will take place in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, May 21, from 5-10 p.m., and will specifically feature craft beverages – beer, spirits, mead, wine, and cider – made in the Last Frontier. Scheduled during American Craft Beer Week, the festival will celebrate Alaska brands, bands and artisans with live music, educational seminars and product demonstrations highlighting the emerging craft beverage industry in the state. More than 20 brewers and distillers will showcase as many as 40 Alaska varieties, hailing from Haines in Southeast Alaska all of the way north to Fox in Alaska’s Interior. In addition to meeting the makers behind the brands, festivalgoers can expect a variety of cuisines, live entertainment and even an area featuring lawn games. This outdoor special event is for ages 21 and up. Tickets are $75 each, or $120 for two tickets, and can be purchased at www.alaskacrafted.com. The festival is hosted by the Distillers Guild of Alaska and Brewers Guild of Alaska with support from the Alaska Department of Economic Development.

Media Contact:
Contact: Jennifer Thompson, Thompson & Co. PR
Email: Jennifer@thompsonpr.com
Phone: (800) 327-9372
Facebook: AlaskaCrafted
Twitter@alaskacrafted
Instagram: @alaskacrafted
URL: www.AlaskaCrafted.com
 
Photo credit: Alaska Department of Economic Development
2. Centennial celebrations in full swing for Alaska’s national parks
 
There’s always something to experience in Alaska’s national parks, but this summer will offer even more for travelers to explore. Enjoy upcoming events as part of the 2016 centennial celebration of the National Park Service beginning in Skagway with the recent opening of the historic Jeff Smiths Parlor Museum at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. The original “Jeff Smiths Parlor” operated in 1898 as headquarters for Jefferson “Soapy” Smith and his gang, a notorious group of swindlers. In the 1930s, it was  transformed into a tourist attraction and came under new ownership of George and Edna Rapuzzi in the 1960s. It continued to operate as a tourist attraction in varying degrees until George passed away in 1986. The Rasmuson Foundation donated the building to the park in 2008 and is a part of the Rapuzzi Collection, an assemblage made up of 30,000 gold rush era artifacts and five buildings. The grand opening is a result of an eight-year restoration and features original artifact displays (http://1.usa.gov/23eN86V). Visitors to Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve will have the opportunity to visit the Huna Tribal House at Bartlett Cove beginning in August. The Huna Tribal House will commemorate the clan houses that once lined the shores of Bartlett Cove, with design and construction contributed from master carvers and apprentices to depict stories of the four primary Huna Tlingit clans. The ceremonial opening of the Tribal House will be held on August 25, 2016. The Sitka National Historical Park is expected to contribute a handcrafted, traditional canoe to Glacier Bay to coincide with the opening of the Tribal House, (http://1.usa.gov/1JDRCfg).  

Media Contact:
Contact: John Quinley, National Park Service Alaska
Email: John_quinley@nps.gov
Phone: (907) 644-3512
Facebook: Alaska National Parks
Twitter: @AlaskaNPS
URL: http://www.nps.gov/state/ak/index.htm

Photo credit: National Park Service / B.Hayes
3. A milestone year for Alaska companies
 
This year is proving to be a big year of anniversaries for tourism companies throughout the state. The Historic Anchorage Hotel is celebrating 100 years of serving the Anchorage community. The hotel opened in 1916 at a time when Anchorage had only been established as a city for less than one year. Originally built on 3rd and E Street, the hotel served as a central gathering place for the new city and would welcome famous guests over the years including Wiley Post, Walt Disney, John Denver and long-term guest and artist in residence, Sydney Laurence. True to its name, the Historic Anchorage Hotel has survived some of Alaska’s most historic moments, including the 1964 Good Friday earthquake, and was even added to the National Register of Historic Places in April 1999 (www.historicanchoragehotel.com). K2 Aviation, the sister company to Rust’s Flying Service, celebrates its 20-year anniversary under current ownership in 2016. Located in Talkeetna, K2 Aviation not only specializes in flightseeing tours with glacier landings in the Alaska Range and Denali National Park, it also offers climbing support for climbers hoping to summit Denali (www.flyk2.com). Talkeetna Air Taxi has been in service for over 50 years but is also celebrating 20 years under the current ownership in 2016. Heli-hiking, heli-sightseeing and heli-remote access are offered in addition to their flightseeing tours (www.talkeetnaair.com). Another local favorite, the Talkeetna Roadhouse, celebrates 20 years of ownership in 2016. Trisha Costello laid her roots in the quirky town of Talkeetna when she purchased the Talkeetna Roadhouse in 1996. The Roadhouse sees a spectrum of different guests, as it is open year-round. Costello, an avid baker, regularly hosts pie-baking classes and uses the bread pans of the original owners from 1951. Costello strives to make guests feel at home while maintaining the history of the property and the feel of Last Frontier hospitality (www.talkeetnaroadhouse.com). Premier Alaska Tours also celebrates 20 years of operations in 2016. The Alaska land tour receptive operator and motorcoach charter company offers custom Alaska tours, charter services and operates a railcar on the Alaska Railroad (premieralaskatours.com).
 
Media Contact:
Contact: Jennifer Thompson, Thompson & Co. PR
Email: Jennifer@thompsonpr.com
Phone: (800) 327-9372
Facebook: Alaska Travel News
Twitter: @alaskatravlnews
Instagram: @travelalaska
URL: www.TravelAlaska.com

Photo credit: Historic Anchorage Hotel
4. Alaska treats and summer eats 
 
Visitors to the Last Frontier will be pleased to find that Alaska not only offers vast wilderness, beautiful wildlife and adventure but also great grub. Here are just a few options of what Alaska has to offer during the summer months.

The summer months in Alaska bring more than warmer weather and visitors to the state. From May through August each year, visitors will find a plethora of fresh-caught and locally prepared seafood dishes at restaurants across the state. Whether they're being served up fresh caught Copper River king salmon or sockeye salmon from the waters of Bristol Bay, it's sure to be an experience of a lifetime. It doesn't get firmer or fresher than fish that often travels from the oceans and rivers to the table in less than twelve hours. Cracking open king crab legs can be a process, but one that is well worth the effort. Restaurants across Alaska serve the ever-popular Bering Sea king crab, typically only accompanied by a light butter sauce. This decadent dish is a favorite for locals and visitors alike. Alaska oysters are another delicious shellfish option. In Alaska’s waters, oysters grow in a very cold environment, rarely exceeding temperatures of 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Due to this colder climate, oysters are unable to go through the normal spawning cycle they experience in warm-water farms and continue to feed on plankton in the water around them, causing the meat to be plumper and sweeter (www.alaskaseafood.org).

Alaska eats more ice cream per capita than any other state and it’s no wonder with all of the delicious local options found in the Last Frontier. Wild Scoops, based in Anchorage, uses local flavors from throughout the state including Alaska sea salt, locally sourced spruce tips, Alaska coffee, seasonal berries and more. Find them during your next Anchorage stay, (www.wildscoops.com). Hot Licks, based in Fairbanks, has been serving up tasty treats since 1986. In the summer of 1997, the owners decided to focus solely on ice cream and expanded their shop to include a walk-up window and seating pavilion. They’ve been a seasonal operation ever since and will be open for the 2016 season beginning May 9, (www.hotlicks.net). Look out for the Coppa ice cream cart in downtown Juneau this summer to get a taste of their hand-made Alaska ice creams, sherbets and sorbets. The ice cream cart offers signature flavors infused with rhubarb, spruce tips and locally crafted Alaskan Brewing Co. beer, (www.coppa.biz). Add a flare to your cone with toppings such as birch caramel made from Alaska birch syrup. Kahiltna Birchworks has been producing pure organic birch syrup since 1990 and is currently the largest producer of the product in the world (www.alaskabirchsyrup.com).

Media Contact:
Contact: Jennifer Thompson, Thompson & Co. PR
Email: Jennifer@thompsonpr.com
Phone: (800) 327-9372
Facebook: Alaska Travel News
Twitter: @alaskatravlnews
Instagram: @travelalaska
URL: www.TravelAlaska.com
Photo credit: State of Alaska tourism office
Our mailing address is:
State of Alaska
550 W. 7th Ave.
Suite 1770
Anchorage, AK 99501

Add us to your address book
unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences