Last summer, I had the privilege of taking my mother in law and one of her good friends to spend the day in Talkeetna (pronounced tal – keet – na). This charming community is a few hours away from Anchorage which makes it a great destination for either a day trip or an overnight stay.
For this post, I wanted to showcase the community as seen by walking. I’ll be sharing an inside glimpse of the Talkeetna Historical Museum as well as sharing our experience dining at the Roadhouse and views across the river looking towards Denali (also known as Mount McKinley.) My boys have not stopped talking about that lunch and we can’t wait to visit again this summer.
Talkeetna is one of the smaller Alaskan communities with a huge bend towards the arts. You’ll find different arts and crafts throughout the different establishments in the town.
So far as I know, they are the only community with a cat for the mayor. If you are lucky, you’ll find him reigning at the market. The boys got a glimpse, but I wasn’t fast enough with the camera. However, we did all enjoy the giant Drumsticks we bought in the store for an afternoon treat.
When visiting Talkeetna, be prepared to do some shopping. There are many different options in the cute gift shops which dot the main road headed back towards the river. What you won’t find below are pictures of the art galleries as I was respecting the artists wishes and refrained from photography.
Back towards the river, there is a short nature trail which we walked.
And, near the Talkeetna Historical Museum, there is an original cabin (Ole Dahl Cabin) where you can get a glimpse into the life of the early settlers. I don’t know about you, but I could see becoming quite stir-crazy during the long, cold winters in such a small structure.
I almost bought this plaque as it sums me up so well….
Don’t forget to come back as I share more from that particular visit over the next few days!
When you go traveling, do you enjoy visiting communities with lots of arts and crafts?
Have you ever seen original structures for an area and wondered if you could have lived that lifestyle?