Good River B&B - Agent services for your visit to Glacier Bay National
makes Good River B&B a good place to stay?
A: Good River B&B offers a perfect home base for your
visit to Glacier Bay National Park and Gustavus. The classic
Alaskan log house is warm and inviting, the beds comfortable,
the food healthy and delicious, and custom packages are arranged
for each guest. Breakfast is made from scratch using the purest
ingredients - muffins, breads, delicious scones - served with
local berry jams, homemade granola, fresh fruit and fresh ground
coffee. Enjoy breakfast at whatever time fits your plan for
the day. The breakfast nook has picture windows that show the
hummingbirds visiting our feeder. We sometime catch site of
moose feeding on willows in the meadow. This picture was taken
looking out the B&B window toward the cabin.
takes the cruise into the National Park at Glacier Bay. Is
it worth it, or is this just a tourist activity?
A: Two hundred years ago, ice covered the fjord that
is now Glacier Bay to a thickness of more than a thousand
feet. Bartlett Cove is heavily forested. You can almost see
the ice receding as you travel up the bay. The land in front
of the glaciers (65 miles upbay) just emereged from under
the ice. On the boat cruise you will see a profusion of wildlife
as well as a textbook example of the evolution of the rainforest.
Dont come all this way and fail to take this spectacular
cruise. I do it every once in a while myself, and Ive
lived here for 28 years. See Glacier Bay page for more information.
addition to the cruise into Glacier
Bay National Park, are there things to do in the area?
A: Give some thought to the following activities that
happen outside the national park:
WATCHING - Humpbacks and sometimes orcas are very
active feeding during the summer. It's a thrill to see
the humpbacks feeding and breaching as they prepare for
their trip to Hawaii in the winter. Youll also see
a variety of birds, seals, eagles, perhaps a deer, a bear,
or other wildlife.
SEA KAYAKING - An easy day paddle in protected waters
- you can either rent a kayak or be guided by an experienced
FISHING - I've got a line on the best captain in the
neighborhood..and he's the most reasonably priced too.
Check out the halibut on the guest page.
- Glacier Bay is so vast, theres no other way
to take in the total grandeur, and the flight in a small
charter plane is an experience in itself. The east arm
of Glacier Bay is closed to motorized vessels, so unless
you want to spend a week paddling up the bay, this is
the best way to see all of Glacier Bay.
- Hard to believe, but we have a great course. Clubs
are available for rent at a very reasonable price. You'll
meet some of the locals residents who go out and knock
a few balls around every day.
- I have a fleet to fit any size and age. They are a lovely
mode of transportation, quiet and versatile. You can wander
off the beaten track. Everything in Gustavus is within
3 or 4 miles; and the land is flat for easy peddling.
New in 2005. Local folk are offering this to visitors
RENTAL - A reasonable and economical alternative.
Glacier Bay Cruise catamaran
a vegetarian; what can I find on the breakfast table for
A: When Good River B&B opened, I assumed that everyone
wanted eggs, bacon, potatoes, biscuits and gravy for breakfast.
Not so! On the breakfast table you will always find fresh
baked breads, scones, or muffins; jams and jellies from
local berries; granola, and special treats. We were the
only B&B included in an article about Gustavus in Saveur
Magazine. If you have a special diet, please tell us in
advance so we are prepare for your visit.
can I expect to see and do in Gustavus, your little frontier
A: Its only the greatest place on earth; beautiful
setting, wonderful people, great walks, interesting artwork,
delicious berries, wildlife and bird watching, good food,
interesting natural history ... I could go on and on and
on (perhaps I already have).
Gustavus treasures local artists, writers, potters, musicians,
storytellers. Be sure to leave time to visit the local galleries,
cafe, store...to look at the gardens and the wildflowers...
to pick berries and photograph birds... to meet some of
the people who call Gustavus home.
We have bikes for you to peddle around the community. The
area is flat - no hills - and the bike is the best way to
navigate around. You don't have to stay on the paved roads,
so you can get off the beaten track and discover new places.
It's also a fine place to hike. We have a book describing
some of the more popular walks - everything from a short
quarter of a mile 'saunter' to an expedition through the
forest to the beach.
clothes should I bring?
A: Layered clothing and comfortable walking shoes are
a good idea. Summer temperatures range from 40F to 70F. If it
goes above 70F we think we are having a heat wave, and the kids
(and even some adults) swim in the ocean to cool off. Also,
we live in a rainforest, so expect to see some precipitation.
The B&B has a collection of raingear and rubber boots for guests
to borrow if necessary.
do I get to Gustavus?
A: You get to soar among the eagles on
your way from Juneau to Gustavus. The small air
taxis - like the one pictured to the right - go
back and forth all day. This makes it easy for us
to schedule a flight that fits your itinerary and
maximizes your time here. And you won't have to
go through TSA screening; just show up 30 minutes
before your scheduled departure and you're on your
There is also one Alaska Airlines jet that comes
from Juneau to Gustavus daily - in late afternoon.
I bring my pet dog, or cat or ferret?
A: No, that's one thing that cannot be accommodated.
I am severely allergic to most household pets, and have never
allowed any in the house or cabin. Children, on the other hand,
questions? You'll have to come and see for yourself. But
don't just zip in and out. Plan to spend a more than one day
to see the glaciers, the orcas and humpback whales, the national
park and see the town. I'll help you put together a custom
package including only the things you want to do. It not only
saves you time and trouble, we often save you money.
River Bed and Breakfast near Glacier Bay
Gustavus, Alaska 99826