Puffin Inn Blog

Explore fun things to do in Anchorage, stay up-to date with local events and get some inspiration from breathtaking Alaskan beauty.

Dog sled team in winter race

Sled Dogs – Born to Run

Alaska is home to the world’s most celebrated dog sledding races in the world. The Yukon Quest and Iditarod are ubiquitous in the sport, and having either title will make you a local superstar.

Falling snow in Alaska

Are There Really 50 Words for Snow?

Year round, Alaska’s winters inspire curiosity from visitors. It’s frequent that I’m asked how often it snows, or how much snow I’ve seen at once. Alaska is a winter paradise for winter activities, like skiing, snowshoeing and dog mushing.

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Top 5 Bars in Anchorage

Currently, in Anchorage, the temperature is averaging about 22F which is below freezing, so staying outside isn’t really a very liable option. When it’s this cold outside why not head inside for a nice cold one?

Two cute kids riding a sled and having fun

Sledding – Lighthearted Winter Fun

For skiers and snowboarders, Alaska can be exotic, exciting and enticing. Our beloved Alyeska Resort in Girdwood offers world-class slopes and has hosted the US Alpine Championships twice in the last decade. Locals enjoy local hills situated throughout town and even groomed trails for cross country skiing.

Grizzly bear on Kodiak Island in Alaska

Bears, Bears and more Bears!

One of the many things that makes Alaska so special is that all three bear species from North America live here: Brown bears (or Grizzly), Black bears and Polar bears.  Bears are highly evolved social creatures. They are also extremely intelligent.

Segway Tours on Lake Hood

A quick adventure around Lake Hood

Sometimes you find yourself with an extra day of vacation, left without plans for the last portion of your trip before you fly out of the airport. While some may see this as a blessing, others seek to find that one last Alaskan adventure before they depart.

Brown Bears in Alaska

Best places to see bears in Anchorage

Looking for Smokey
We have a lot of bears up here. In fact, Alaska contains about 70% of all bears in North America. Naturally, people who visit our great state want to see one so they can go home and tell their friends, “Hey, we went to Alaska and saw a bear!” After all, if you go to Arizona, you’d expect to see cactus, right? Well…not so fast.