The Best Alaska Has to Offer!
--- Our Guests told us so!
"Gwin's roadside establishment is the epicenter of much of the activity on the peninsula and a one-stop shop for visitors and locals alike, providing food, lodging, and fishing tackle ... The travel agency can book fishing, hiking, rafting, and other adventure travel anywhere on the peninsula. The lodge is the fishing headquarters of prospective anglers during the annual salmon runs on the nearby Russian and Kenai rivers."
"Gwin's Lodge - Historic landmark, traditionally crafted log roadhouse and guest cabins, full of local history and a good source for what to do in Cooper Landing."
"Gwin’s Lodge, in Cooper Landing (roughly in the middle of the Kenai), is a good base for exploring the peninsula. The kids will love the loft beds; Mom and Dad can hike up to Russian River Falls to watch leaping salmon and maybe spot a moose."
"The Kenai Peninsula is Alaska's Playground"
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"The peninsula serves as the Alaska sampler because it has the wildlife; the dramatic glaciers, mountains and wilderness; multipurpose rivers; a fjord-lined coast — plus churches, mining towns and other attractions associated with Alaska’s settlement story."
"Rich in gold mining, early settlers and Alaska Native history, Cooper Landing has long been a destination for serious anglers wanting easy access to the Russian and Kenai rivers and Skilak and Kenai lakes for trophy salmon, trout and a host of other species...Whatever your passion, be it fishing, hiking, rafting/kayaking, sightseeing, exploring Alaska culture or hanging out with the local folks, you'll find it all in Cooper Landing."
... The first morning, we dropped in for breakfast before we started fishing.... Gwin's is a home away from home for other fishermen, guides, pilots and moose and bear hunters. I enjoyed meeting people from all over the country while feasting on smoked salmon chowder, steaks, Sockeye Red Ale and slices of carrot cake the size of Mount McKinley. I bought several pieces of cake, froze them and brought them back to Alabama with me. It gives me the warm fuzzies just thinking about that little place. I can almost close my eyes and smell the essence of wood smoke, the magical kitchen and just a hint of sockeye slime - everything an outdoorsman's food haven should be.
Alaska Speaks by Philip R. Gantt at Seasoned Cooking
This month I have included a bonus recipe from Gwin's Lodge in Alaska for Smoked Salmon Chowder! Gwin's Lodge is well known to the locals for having some of the best food on the Kenai Peninsula. The atmosphere is very quaint and definitely has that "Alaskan feeling." Gwin's offers some great desserts including home made pies with local berries in season. If you ever happen to be in Cooper Landing, be sure to stop at Gwin's to sample the food.
Denalicat from Montana
I am thrilled to see that Gwin's is re-opening! ... Well worth the stop. An Alaskan experience. They make the best smoked salmon chowder on the planet.
PollyannaPeach from Mukitteo, WA
Help me Rhonda...I had the best burger of my life! Yes, I was hungry after a long day of fishing on the Russian River, but it was seriously an exceptional burger. I thought I ordered a burger with some sort of apple bacon which sounded interesting...but oh no no… what I got was more than a pleasant surprise. The meat was made to order; medium rare and cooked perfectly, it was piled with blue cheese, bacon and topped with freshly sliced green apples! Oh my. On the side was a crisp bit of lettuce, tomato, onions and pickles to doll it up as I saw fit. For my side I chose the fries that were fresh cut, crisp and not at all heavy… a perfect accompaniment with my Mack Daddy Burger. My boyfriend and I sat on bar stools in front of the kitchen and watched Gwin's chef create our delicious dinner. Super friendly bunch of folks at Gwin’s Lodge, from the wait staff, our Chef- even the owner had a nice chat with me. Loved the setting…very rustic, quaint and tucked in some amazing scenery in the Chugach National Forest and right off the Kenai and Russian Rivers. Heaven –Thanks Gwin’s!
We are traveling with 38 Airstream Travel Trailers on a caravan thru Alaska and have stopped at many small lodges for breakfast or lunch but this is the best!!! Most of our stops have been so-so food at ridiculous prices but not so at Gwin's. I had a salmon omelet that was to die for! Lots of fish in it and cooked perfectly. The property is beautiful with pretty little cabins and a really cool log lodge. It is located half way between Seward and Homer, a great spot to take a break. Many of us stopped to eat and the other Airstreamers also loved it.
... never mind the pies...we want those marvelous hamburgers. Best on the Peninsula!
Lori Ann M.
We made this our home for two nights on our honeymoon, it was perfect! The bonus was the chili at Gwin's restaurant. I had chili here three times on my trip, it's the best I've ever eaten!
I will "never" forget all the good food we had there, but the Cheeseburgers....just kept calling me back !!!!!
kokonut33 from Houston, TX
A former Alaskan resident suggested Gwin's and we were not disappointed. The cabin we stayed in for 3 nights (#6) was a cabin on the outside and a very nice room on the inside. We had a small but full kitchen, nice living area with lots of windows plus room to sleep at least 4 if not more. We also had a nice porch on the front where mountain views could be enjoyed. The staff was extremely helpful and very accommodating. When we couldn't find a guide to take my wife and i fishing they made a call and got me a better deal then anywhere else i had looked. We ate there our first day and food and service was great. My wife had been a little skeptical about staying in a cabin, but this ended up being her favorite place we stayed for our whole Alaska trip.
Riverwolf from Threerivers
As I was planning a trip for my girlfriends "girl trip"and myself I looked at some old reviews and they weren’t so good, so, I was reluctant to book at Gwin’s but with more research I was made aware that they had new owners and they replaced all of the old beds YAY! And they made other improvements so we decided to try it.
We arrived at Gwin's Lodge a rustic road house from back in the day with an Authentic Alaskan ambiance about it, we were just in time for dinner and we were not disappointed the food was fabulous they have an exceptional wine list and the service was outstanding, a friendly and helpful staff, our cabin was clean and comfortable. I recommend Gwin's Lodge, we loved it; Cooper Landing is a very beautiful area, near the Russian river, the fall colors and the color of the river just took our breath away, a sight to behold.
We drove up the road a bit and followed a trail that a sourdough had mentioned to us the night before he had mentioned that there was a grizzly bear sighting, yep we saw him. The trails cater to the fishermen nice stair way down to a nice ground trial along the Kenai River WOW What a treat! But we were prepared with our bear spray luckily the bear was across the river…it was exciting! I can’t wait until my next visit.
850David_C from Annadale, NJ
Under new management - January 2012. Stopped here in August, 2012 for a wonderful breakfast. The bar and dining area are in an old log cabin with slanted plank floors. Breakfast and service was great. I had pancakes (light & fluffy), with eggs and great bacon. My wife had a delicious salmon omelet and our friends had eggs and reindeer sausage. Good coffee and friendly and helpful service. They also had cute log cabins for rent but we were headed to Homer. Just around the corner is access to Chugach National Forest where you can see the salmon spawning on the Russian River. Fantastic walk along river.
Marshbeast from Fellsmere, FL
While travelling in Alaska and enjoying a day of fishing on the Russian River and the Kenai we were on our way back to Anchorage. We stopped at Gwin's Lodge and Restaurant and were greeted warmly and seated,we ordered our meals and they were on the table shortly after. The food and service were excellent.
Marlee319 from Alpharetta, GA
Based on 3 recommendations from fisherman (at the Russian River nearby), we ate here. I had the grilled salmon with baked potato. The chef was able to make the salmon any way I wanted it - so I got it blackened. It tasted fresh and it was very enjoyable to eat. The salmon chowder was also very good. The atmosphere is nice - a log cabin with a small bar - very clean. The tables were made of wood and had benches. The wait staff was very nice as well.
You folks have the very best of everything! If I wasn't currently obligated to take care of my business at home, I would be there, so fast, the Eagles would swoon as I flew in!
Tomcat from Anchorage
Anyone who has fished the Russian River or at least passed through Cooper Landing while driving along the Sterling Highway has probably made a pitstop at Gwin's Lodge. The place is famous for its award-winning smoked salmon chowder and, after dining there on more than one occasion, I can personally vouch for its deliciousness.
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The final stop on the Magic Mile is a few miles down the track, just as you get out of that slow 35 mile zone into the racey 55 mile zone! And it is FANTASTIC. Gwin's Lodge. This place has been around for 57 years (you can see inside it above, the rustic log cabin pic), and is famous for its Salmon Chowder and its pies. And what do you think I had????? Yep, Salmon Chowder and pie!!! I managed to end up trying 3 of their pies (Fruits of the Forest, Strawberry & Rhubarb, and of course Blueberry) and their famous Apple Walnut Caramel Cake. OH MYYYYYYYYYYYYY. But, back to that Salmon Chowder.
I sat up at the counter (that's where singles sit), chit chatting with the waitress, I decided to go for it. She popped it down and front of me, and all I did was inhale. Oh those aromas, sooooo beautiful. And it was a really cold day outside, so perfect soup weather. I picked up my spoon, and dove in. Sportsfans, there are no words for the flavour blast in my mouth...not just the wonderful creamy texture on my tongue, but this heady, potent smoked salmon flavour, and not that raw orange smoked salmon aussie flavour, but rather a punch in the head, full blooded red smoked salmon flavour, smoked in a real smoker ... Honestly, I sat there for the next 10 minutes and just spooned this heavenly velvet into my mouth, no words, just sighs between mouthfuls. Fresh parsley, dill, corn, carrots, really good smoked bacon, potatoes...all came together with that divine smoked salmon to produce a symphony of flavour. Sigh. Magical.