5 Jan

New Villages Alumni Dates and Dinner!

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“The Villages John Hall’s Alaska Alumni”

February 9th, 2013: 7:00pm

February 16th, 2013:  7:00pm

**Space on the above dates is limited.  RSVP to secure choice space. Please plan to attend just one of the above dates so that there is enough space for everyone.

LOCATION: (Location was formerly Hibiscus Rec Center but changed for more space)

Lake Miona Recreation Center 
1526 Buena Vista Blvd.
The Villages, FL 32162

Come meet and talk with John Hall Sr. in person!  Reunite with past travelers and welcome upcoming guests into the John Hall’s Alaska Alumni! Cake, Cookies and refreshments will be provided.

Please wear your blue jacket for a group photo of “The Villages Alumni.”
Please RSVP by February 4th to lauren@kissalaska.com or by calling 907-250-2355 and leaving a message with your name and the number of people in your party. 



For The Villages John Hall’s Alaska Alumni Only- Not for 2013 Guests

By attending one of the events listed above, The Villages John Hall’s Alaska Alumni will be invited to attend a dinner on February 23rd provided by John Hall’s Alaska.  Remember to mark your calendars because Alumni MUST attend an event on the 9th or 16th in order to be invited to the dinner.  Formal invites will not arrive until Alumni are present at the events on February 9th or 16th.

Dinner: 2/23 at 6pm, Lake Miona Rec Center


Get your John Hall’s Alaska “Bird is the Word” t-shirts from our online store! They make a nice addition to your Florida summer wardrobe. 

31 Dec

2012 Cruise Ship Awards!

We are happy to announce that both of our Alaska cruise partners raked in numerous awards for 2012!

Royal Caribbean
Top Cruise Line- Canadian Travel Press Agent’s Choice Awards
#9 Top Cruise Line- Travel and Leisure Magazine
Best Onboard Entertainment- Travel Age West WAVE Awards
Best Onboard Teen Program- Travel Age West WAVE Awards
Best Line For Cruise Value- Travel Age West WAVE Awards
Cruse Line Providing the Best Client Satisfaction  Travel Age West WAVE Awards


2012 Cruises News Cruise Excellence Awards

2012 Travel Weekly Globe Awards

2012 Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships

2012 Irish Travel Industry Awards

31 Dec

Serving Lake City

We, at John Hall’s Alaska feel so blessed and we wanted to give back to our community over the 2012 holiday season.

Utilizing John Sr’s prior Anderson House kitchen experience, we prepped, cooked and served a nice dinner to Lake City families in December. As is always the case, we had a great time and hope to make this dinner an annual giving event. Santa even made an appearance!

Here are some pics from the evening:

The John Hall’s Alaska family and staff – extended family and friends

 Joe Brehmer, John Hall Sr and Joe Hall- food prepping in the kitchen

 Joe Brehmer and Joe Hall- dishing out the food to be served- they worked very hard all evening.


Pictured: Al Thompson, John Hall, Emerson Hall, Lauren Hall and Mary Kay Paine

Santa and Mrs. Klaus showed up after the dinner to take requests from the kiddos. The children were thrilled and amazed!

 Emerson Hall asked Santa for something fluffy and something noisy for Christmas. 

Thank you to all who participated and brought a little light into the holidays for so many people! 

27 Dec

New Years Resolutions

Normally we couldn’t care less about making New Years resolutions, but lately things have been slipping around the office and we think its time to start reflecting on how we can improve ourselves in the new year.

Our New Year’s Resolutions could actually make things worse….

Jenny’s New Year’s Resolution: “Stop bringing lunch from home. I should eat out more. Especially Chinese Food.”

John Jr’s New Year’s Resolution: “Start a blog about chicken wings and how I would write more often if I had something important to write. Only make one blog entry and leave it published for years”

Joe’s New Year’s Resolution: “Stop licking frozen flag poles, it hurts too much when I drink my morning coffee.”

Emerson’s New Year’s Resolution: “I will not hang around girls – they think you love them and that sucks. I’m too young to commit.”

Killer’s New Year’s Resolution: “I will give up stealing chocolates totally. 100%. Completely. Honestly…..”

We hope your New Year’s Resolution will be to visit Alaska! Our biggest, ongoing resolution? To provide the most authentic Alaskan experience possible!

11 Dec

Chilly In The Villages, Florida

A JHA Blue Jacket makes a happy appearance on Mrs. Zimmerman!

26 Nov


In December John Hall’s Alaska promoted  “TOYS FOR TOTS” and volunteered as a drop-off location for the toy donations. To encourage participation, for each toy donated, you were entered to win a night at the John Hall’s Alaska lodge and dinner at a Lake City restaurant. 

Toys for Tots was a great success! Many wonderful toys were brought in by the generous families of Lake City and so many children will have a Christmas because of it!

Here’s a pic of Lake City’s 3rd grade class donating to Toys for Tots!

Congratulations to Alicia Swinnerton of Lake City, MN! She was the lucky recipient of a free night stay at the John Hall’s Alaska Lodge and dinner in Lake City! 

Thank you again to all who participated!

26 Nov

Blue Jackets in Ireland!

Too bad they didn’t invite any of us to go along….

The Jackets Get To Have All of the Fun. 

15 Nov

JHA Supports Jared Allen’s Homes For Wounded Warriors

It was amazing to be a part of such a wonderful cause- helping those who fight for our country! Over $260,000 was raised at the Jared Allen Helping Heroes Gala held in Minneapolis, Minnesota last weekend!

Proceeds benefited Jared Allen’s Homes For Wounded Warriors, a charity focused on providing support to our veterans as they transition back into society. His organization was created for the sole purpose of raising money to build or modify the homes of America’s injured Military Veterans. They help to build or modify homes so that they are handicap accessible and comfortable for our wounded vets.

Jared Allen pictured with (back row) Elizabeth Hall, Amanda Bailey ~the president of Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors~, Justin Harkins and (front row) Tory Walker , Josh Bull ~recipient of last year’s home makeover ~ )

Several Minnesota Vikings players were there to show their support. Christian Ponder, Adrian Peterson, and of course Jared Allen attended the dinner and auction.

Gary Allen played an array of country hits to round out the night.

John Hall’s Alaska contributed a few tour spots for the auction and we were very happy to see the bidding war that resulted!

(Elizabeth Hall with handsome date Justin Harkins) 

Please click on this link for more information on Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors organization. 

31 Oct

2012 Animal Counts

This just in- final counts on how many guests saw animals  this past summer while on tour with us!

We keep track as a way to help guests know what to expect and also to get you excited about your tour-

Mt. McKinley – Obviously not an animal but 83% percent saw the entire mountain! (Industry average is only 30%!)

Moose – 100%  (Never had 100% before- WOW!)

Caribou – 96% (Also super high- great year for animal sightings!)

Dall Sheep – 100%

Bear – 100% (Never had 100% see bear either!)

Wolf – 50% (Last year’s average was 35% so another big increase!)

Our Kantishna Wildlife Tour in Denali National Park (which we include on all tour itineraries) is the real reason for so many animal sightings.  Just going the 40 miles beyond where the Tundra Wilderness Tour stops affords guests about 40% more animal viewing opportunities.

We also dedicate extended time, deep in the park and a night at Talkeetna, for viewing Mt. McKinley. One day and one night is simply not enough time to give yourself the chance to see Mt. McKinley in its entirety. Weather patterns put the mountain in partial cloud cover on most days in Alaska.


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