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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
McCarthy, Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska

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Jordan C
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“Dont miss out on the incredible slice of Alaska”
Reviewed 26 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016
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This is the Alaska you wish to see when you're coming up to visit, or even if you're like me and you've lived here for years. The hosts are more than accommodating and super, super friendly (and semi-famous, watch "Edge of Alaska")! My girlfriend and I had an impromptu visit to Valdez and decided to check out McCarthy on our way back home, so pleased that we did. Since it was mid-April, we weren't traveling during peak season and not many things were available. After doing some research we were referred to Mark and Blackburn Cabins from another Hotel in McCarthy. They have a great reputation in town and I absolutely know why.
Prior to arrival we contacted our host and he assured us that the roads were suitable for driving.If you are unfamiliar with that part of Alaska you should know that the turn off from Chitna turns into a dirt road about 10 miles in. Due to the light winter all roads were clear and semi dry, and washboards and potholes were lightly present. It takes about 2.5 hours for the remaining 50 miles if your driving a comfortable speed (30ish).
We were greeted by our Hostess at the footbridge where she helped us load our gear from the truck, pull across the river, and load in to their truck to take us to the site. This is incredibly helpful due to the fact that you cant drive in to the town yourself. Upon arrival to the cabins we were greeted by the owner/builder/handyman/tv star and all round awesome guy Mark Wacht. Mark currently has two beautiful cabins built with a few more coming soon. The cabins are placed in the beautiful Alaskan bush and give a modern, yet still rustic appeal to anyone who appreciates the Alaskan wilderness. Inside they did not have water running yet because of the potential freezing temperatures, but they did supply us with water for cooking and dishes, as well as a filtration system for purifying our drinking water. The beds (2 Queen size per cabin) were made from the wings of an angel and made it very tough to want to move when you awoke due to their extreme comfort. There was a highly efficient propane heater, a dining table, and several chairs. My girlfriends favorite part was, surprisingly to me, the classiest outhouse we ever had the pleasure of using. It was fully outfitting with mosquito netting, had a clear roof for bird viewing, and a proper toilet seat (unlike the commonly used blue insulation board you'd normally see). There was also a shower room area, unfortunately due to the time of year, we were unable to use it because of the potential freezing conditions. But it looked very inviting, comfortable, and efficient. My personal favorite part were the bicycles, that were included in the stay. We were able to take them into town as we pleased, and we also used them to ride the few miles up the road to go visit Kennicot! The best part about visiting McCarthy in-between seasons is that Kennicot was essentially our own private playground, void of any other tourist or park ranger personnel. This makes the tour seem private, and spooky (in the best way possible), which is my favorite way to explore anywhere.
The town of McCarthy was only a 5 Minute bike ride from the cabins and had a wonderful rustic Alaskan vibe to it. Everyone we encountered expressed great things about Mark and Blackburn Cabins, as well as their appreciation for the contributions Mark has made to their community. Even though much of the town was shut down they still allowed us to pop our heads inside the different saloons and old Hotels to help us grasp the full history of the Old Village.
My girlfriend and I have driven nearly every road you can in Alaska From Fairbanks and Chena Hot springs to Homer, Seward, Tok, Valdez and everywhere in between, and we both agree that our favorite trip in the state was to McCarthy and Kennicot. It is truly the last frontier, end of the road, and all the other stereotypical phrases you've heard about when traveling around the state. If you want adventure, history, seclusion, or just a vacation, I highly recommend McCarthy, and staying with Mark at the Blackburn Cabins!

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Liked best: Seclusion
Liked least: Cant think of one thing
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mcn1990
Homer, Alaska
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“An amazing stay and experience”
Reviewed 26 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

We traveled to McCarthy in April when most of the town is still shut down. We were referred by someone to Blackburn cabins because they had transportation from the footbridge because you can't drive your car into town. We called and asked about road conditions. Mark was very positive and confident we would have no problems. He was right! The drive was very pleasant and very scenic. We stayed in constant communication about our expected arrival since att does not get service in McCarthy. The road is 60 miles, 10 of which are roughly paved. You don't really want to go over 30 mph since potholes can sneak up on you. We did not have any problems and really enjoyed the drive. Lots of opportunities to take photos. Upon arrival at the footbridge, Our hostess was already waiting for us. She was so friendly and helped load our things into the vehicle. The cabins were spectacular, clean, modern, yet rustic at the same. They had filtered water for us to drink and the mattress was more comfortable than our own bed! The outhouse was so clean and honestly the best outhouse we've ever encountered. The bath house was closed since we arrived a little too early in the spring (pipe freezing concern) but we still took a peek inside. I was jealous I could not take a shower in such an awesome little outside stall. The rental also comes with bicycles which is nice when you can't bring your car. Mark told us about kennecot and things to see around the area. Kennecott was an awesome experience with breathtaking views. Although McCarthy was still mostly closed the folks who were around were very friendly and interested to show us around. Mark and Livy told us about public phones around town that we could call and request our transportation back to the footbridge. We were already packed and they offered to bring our things down so we didn't have to ride the bicycles up the hill again which my thighs were thankful for ;) it was such a great experience and mark and Livy made it even better. Friendly and helpful we will definitely be reccomending them always. We are 5 year homer Alaska residents and this is by far one of the best experiences we've had. Don't miss out on McCarthy and Blackburn cabins.

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Liked best: The outhouse!
Liked least: Nothing
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Megan Z
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“Charming, rustic cabin and wonderful service”
Reviewed 7 October 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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The Blackburn Cabins were exactly what we were looking for: appropriately rustic for a wilderness retreat, but offering a luxurious resting spot after arduous day hiking (finally made it to Jumbo mine!)

The cabins have fantastically comfortable mattresses and bedding, and the decor is charming. It was nice to have a sink in the cabin, and a very short walk to a shared outhouse and shower. If you aren't up for that kind of "rustic" experience, then the Blackburn cabins are not for you (one might argue that McCarthy/Kennicott isn't really for you either, but I digress).

The location is ideal - about a mile walk to McCarthy and right near the glacier toe. You feel like you're nicely tucked away from the hubbub of McCarthy, while still being relatively close.

Livvi and Mark were wonderful hosts, accommodating and warm while still letting us to our own devices. I hope to stay here next time I am fortunate enough to spend time here.

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Liked best: fantastic mattresses
Liked least: I suppose if I must nitpick, the shower could use more hooks.
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 25-34
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