29 Oct
2014

The 2014 John Hall’s Alaska Awards – Guest Rated!

We just LOVE giving out these awards to our well-deserving Alaska partners!
A huge THANK YOU for all that you do!

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HIGHEST RATED BREAKFAST: The Alaska Railroad
Thanks guys for bringing the scenery of Alaska to our guests while delivering first class service!

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BEST REMOTE LODGE EXPERIENCE – Denali BackCountry Lodge
It hard to imagine a more lovely setting than this wilderness lodge, located deep within Denali National Park. We love that anyone can choose to relax or play in nature here. We love the camp fire sing-a-longs and the smores. We love the babbling river and the cozy cabins. And our guests love it too!

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BEST ALASKAN EXPERIENCE: Stan Stephens Cruises
Icebergs, glaciers, humpback whales, orca whales, eagles, puffins, seals and a privately chartered vessel all contributed to our guests picking the Prince William Sound crossing as their absolute favorite Alaskan activity!

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BEST OVERALL PARTNER: Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
A roaring fireplace greets our guests upon entering this wilderness lodge. Step out onto the expansive back porch and Mt. McKinley greets you. In a setting such as this, it is the friendly, professional staff who complete this fantastic experience. Thanks guys!

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HIGHEST RATED ATTRACTION: Trail Breaker Kennels
All of that puppy love really made an impression on our guests this year! Dave and his team consistently work hard to deliver a personalized experience for our guests and we appreciate all that they do!

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OWNER’S CHOICE AWARD: Alaskan Dream Cruises – Baranof Dream
Our newest cruise partner, these guys bring the beauty of Southeast Alaska within hands reach of our guests. If you are interested in marine wildlife, tasty Alaskan cuisine, and small port adventures, this is the cruise for you! Read more about this exceptional cruise option here.

 

Other beloved award winners include:

HIGHEST RATED DINNER – 229 Parks Restaurant and Tavern

HIGHEST RATED LUNCH – Simon & Seafort’s Saloon and Grill

28 Oct
2014

Alumni Adventure: European Sea Dream II Returns!

A fun-loving group of 22 John Hall’s Alaska Alumni recently returned from their 12 day European Alumni Adventure through France and Italy!

As one of the group leaders, I think I can safely say that we came away from the experience with some very fond memories!

Our journey through the streets of Paris gave us plenty of keepsake photos. (Who knew the toilets outside of Notre Dame could be one of the best memories?) We dipped our toes in the Mediterranean Ocean for the first time in Nice before experiencing “lifestyles of the rich and famous” in Monte Carlo.

Once aboard our luxurious Sea Dream II yacht, we cruised and dined and relaxed our way through paradise for 7 days!

We enjoyed sinful French pastries, tender Italian pastas, and button-popping 2-hour dinners aboard our Sea Dream vessel. The gemstone colored waters of the Mediterranean provided ample fresh seafood to sample. A few of us became lifelong fans of French Rose’ wine. Some of us ate our way through the ship’s entire supply of escargot! We celebrated a birthday and participated in a few sing-a-longs.

We did our best to burn off the calories with walking tours and short hikes through medieval port towns along the French and Italian coastline. Navigating the language barrier made for several laughable moments. Can I share that half of the group attended a funeral by mistake? They even signed the guest book!

In summation, it was a fantastic trip and I feel extremely lucky to have had the time to get to know every one of our Alumni guests!

I look forward to many years of Alumni Adventure fun! Alumni Adventures Itinerary Page

Please enjoy a few photos from our journey ( in no particular order). – Lauren Hall

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22 Oct
2014

Neil discusses a new TV show featuring McCarthy!

Hey, Look! its our buddy Neil from McCarthy, Alaska!

‘Edge of Alaska’ star discusses life in McCarthy
http://www.ktva.com/edge-of-alaska-star-discusses-life-in-mccarthy-545/

 

You can meet Neil on our 19 Day National Parks of Alaska tour in 2015!

10 Oct
2014

John Hall Sr Awarded ATIA’s Lifetime Achievement Award

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John Sr. was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at last night’s Alaska Tourism Industry Association’s (ATIA) award banquet!

While not a standing annual award, this recognition is conferred upon an individual who has demonstrated lifelong support of and leadership in Alaska tourism, promoted industry standards of excellence, and contributed to the industry’s growth as a whole.

This was an emotional night for the Hall family, who are reminded daily of John Sr’s  passion for the state of Alaska.

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17 Sep
2014

New TV Show for McCarthy& the McCarthy Lodge!

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Check out this update from Neil Darish at the MCarthy Lodge – our partners in McCarthy, Alaska.

Coming in 2015 – Our own Television Show! You may notice more of your guests asking about McCarthy in 2015. Discovery Channel has completed filming of their new Television series: “Edge Of Alaska”. This 8 part series follows the lives of McCarthy residents in the winter, and features the McCarthy Lodge, Golden Saloon, and Ma Johnson’s Hotel. It will begin airing in October or November.

We look forward to tuning in and watching as the drama unfolds! 

16 Sep
2014

On a Cruise Ship!

We spotted some Villagers in Southeast Alaska this week…..

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16 Sep
2014

2015 Brochure Alaska Now Online!

Hard copies are available today but now you can view our brochure online

 

16 Sep
2014

Please note: Our internet and phone system is being upgraded today and tomorrow (9/16-9/17).  We have been told that there may be periodic service outages throughout both days. If you are experiencing issues, please use this alternative phone number to speak to a guest services specialist: 651-212-0969

5 Aug
2014

Guest Tour Review

Just wanted to thank you and your staff for putting together a marvelous trip for us.  We enjoyed our Alaska trip immensely.

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Caryn was such a delight – she made our time in Anchorage and the trip to Seward special.  She walked to the Exit Glacier with us.  We had dinner with her in Seward and then she spent the next day with us on the Kenai Fjord boat trip (a pleasant surprise).  We had not expected that.  It was such a gorgeous day with lovely scenery & wildlife and I know she got some terrific photos.  We loved staying there on the harbor in Seward and watching the fisherman come in with their catch each evening.  While in that area six of us took the Seavey Dog Sled tour; our guide was a musher himself in the great race and extremely knowledgeable.

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Once on the cruise, we met Phillip Walker.  He’s obviously a guy who loves his job.  He had so many “John Hall” guests to contend with and he didn’t let any of us feel neglected.  He was on top of things every day – even down to the last night when we noticed the gratuity charges were showing on our final billing.  He took care of that as we hoped he would.  The exit off that cruise went better than we have every experienced thanks to him.  We also thoroughly enjoyed his naturalist friend Dirk; we caught many of his presentations while on board.

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The weather and seas were absolutely beautiful throughout the trip (only slight mists a couple mornings then clearing to absolutely stunning days).  Some did the zip line.  We all took the train ride in Skagway.  Our very best shore excursion – Whale Watching thru Orca Enterprises in Juneau.  Capt Larry first took us to a huge group of orcas that we watched for some time.  Then he moved past a small number of humpbacks – said we had better ahead.  Wow!  What an experience!  We then saw countless humpbacks and twelve actual bubble-net feedings – some so close to the boat.  Definitely something we will not forget.   Each port was unique with different things to see and do.

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Thanks too for the John Hall jackets – we wore them a lot.  I can’t tell you how many people (both on the ship and in the ports) stopped us to ask about the jackets.  They are GREAT advertising for your company.

LINDA & BILL HOOK

9 Jun
2014

NEW! Iditarod and Aurora Adventure

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Join us on an all-inclusive, Alaskan Winter Adventure next March 4-14, 2015!

The brand new tour hits all of the highlights with some great surprises you won’t find anywhere else! Fully guided and escorted (as usual), we invite you to witness the winter wonderland of Alaska!

CHECK OUT THE IDITAROD & AURORA ADVENTURE DAILY ITINERARY! 

DAY 1 – ANCHORAGE

Catch your flight today to Anchorage. Upon arrival, you will be greeted at the airport by a John Hall’s Alaska representative and transferred to your luxury accommodations for the night. The remainder of the day is open to exploring Fur Rendezvous festivities.  Fur “Rondy” is a long endearing festival started in the 1930’s which includes the World Championship Dog Sled Sprint Races in preparation for the Last Great Race, Iditarod. Dinner Included.

DAY 2 – IDITAROD HEADQUARTERS, MUSK OX FARM & MUSHER’S BANQUET

Our day starts out with a trip to Wasilla, headquarters to the Iditarod where we will learn about the history of the Iditarod and explore all things Iditarod.  Next, its a tour of the Palmer Musk Ox farm to witness these prehistoric animals and learn about Alaska’s ongoing domestication project. Our evening concludes with the Iditarod Musher’s Banquet. This is more than just a great meal… it’s a chance to meet the mushers and those who make the Iditarod “sing”! Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 3 – FUR RONDEZVOUS FESTIVAL

It’s a full day of “Fur Rondy” festivities today! Anchorage’s Fur Rendezvous Winter Festival has been a long standing tradition in the “Big Apple” of Alaska. Celebrating the early pioneer spirit, “Fur Rondy” has joined with the Iditarod to make a fabulous winter carnival for the north. Crowd favorites include the blanket toss, a native art market, the miners and trappers ball, the waiter/waitress obstacle course, along with numerous food and music venues! Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 4 – IDITAROD CEREMONIAL START & TALKEETNA

Iditarod excitement builds as we attend the ceremonial start to the Alaska Iditarod! You are free to walk among the teams, and find your favorite musher! You have plenty of time to view the dog teams before the 10:00 am ceremonial start. After the starting festivities have concluded we will meet for lunch downtown before enjoying Alaska’s wackiest race, the running of the reindeer.  This afternoon you will make your way to Talkeetna, your home for the next two nights.  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 5 – IDITAROD OFFICIAL START & IDITAROD TRAIL FLYOVER

Breakfast at the historic Talkeetna Roadhouse before making your way to Willow to witness the official start of the Iditarod. Afterwards, you’re in for a special treat when you board small aircraft for an aerial fly over of the Iditarod trails. During this 1.5 hour flight you’ll watch from above as the mushers make their way towards Nome. Once back on solid ground you will partake in a yummy dinner at the Denali Brewing Company.  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 6 – WORLD ICE ART CHAMPIONSHIPS & MT. AURORA SKILAND

This morning we will reboard the motorcoach and head to Fairbanks. Upon arrival we will take a brief tour of the surrounding Fairbanks area including some of the original homestead lands. Next its off to the World Ice Art Championships where you will be amazed at the intricate creations artisans are able to whittle out of ice blocks! You’ll spend the balance of the night at Mt. Aurora Skiland viewing the Aurora Borealis.  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 7 – ARCTIC CIRCLE ADVENTURE

Today is the real adventure as we head to the Arctic Circle! Few people on this earth will see what you are about to experience. We will travel almost 200 miles from Fairbanks, following the Steese, Elliot, and Dalton Highways into the wilderness towards the Arctic Circle. The motorcoach is always your base of operations. With just your fellow travellers and perhaps a moose or two along the way, you will be able to stand above the Arctic Circle as the Aurora dances overhead! Due to the remote nature of this journey, you will be picnicking along the way. Lunch, dinner, snacks and beverages will be served on board the motorcoach.  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 8 – CHENA HOT SPRINGS

After a leisurely morning including breakfast we will pull anchor and journey to the lovely Chena Hot Springs Resort! During your stay at the resort there are many activities to chose from. The most famous attraction is of course the hot springs which have been visited by native peoples for hundreds of years. Chena Hot Springs will be your home for the next three nights!   Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 9 – CHENA HOT SPRINGS

Your schedule is your own today as you continue to explore everything there is to see and do at the Chena Hot Springs Resort. If you haven’t already, take a dip in the famous hot springs or one of the heated interior pools. Check out the Aurora Ice Museum and enjoy sipping on their specialty beverage, an “appletini”, drunk out of an ice carved martini glass!  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 10 – CHENA HOT SPRINGS

Another day in this winter wonderland is just what you deserve. Go for a snow coach ride out to view the Aurora Borealis or play with the puppies at the Chena Hot Springs Kennel. Snow mobiles are available for rent if you feel like exploring the surrounding terrain. End your stay with a nice, relaxing dip in the Chena Hot Springs, believed to improve breathing and circulation.  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 11 – FLY HOME

Arrive at Fairbanks International Airport for good-byes and flights home. From “The Last Great Race” to the Arctic Circle, from Chena Hot Springs to winter festivals, what an adventure we’ve had! We wish our new family safe travels! As for the rest of us… we still have two months of winter!  Breakfast Included.

DEPART FAIRBANKS:  MARCH 14

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