TH and I love our little town, but sometimes this country mouse* gets the itch for big city life. Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, is the perfect place for a girlfriend getaway, a date weekend, or even a solo adventure. (*Anyone else remember the childhood book City Mouse, Country Mouse? TH had no idea what I was talking about.)
Anchorage has a lot to offer in terms of outdoor activities, but I'm going to focus on the city. Disclaimer: I'm not technically an insider, as we don't make it to Anchorage all that often, but I do have a list of favorite places to visit.
Oh goodness. Perhaps NYC would snub its nose at the Anchorage food scene, but I think Anchorage has a pretty impressive selection of restaurants. I have the hardest time choosing an eatery when we head to town. A few favorites include Spenard Roadhouse, Orso, The Crow's Next, Bear Tooth Theatre Pub, Snow City Cafe, Moose's Tooth, Glacier Brewhouse, Crush Wine Bistro and Ginger.
Snow City Cafe is a great place to start the day. The food is fabulous (check out TH's favorite: the B.O.B.) and I think the Americanos are the best in town. It's very popular on the weekends so it's smart to get an early start.
One of my favorite lunch spots is Spenard Roadhouse. It has such an interesting vibe: old school Alaska meets hipster. It's great for both carnivores (they have a monthly bacon special) and herbivores (local veggie plates).
For dinner I almost always head to Ginger. The spicy ahi tuna tower, banana and lemongrass soup, and ginger champagne cocktail(s) typically end up on my bill. TH, un-creature-of-habit-like, orders the nightly special. Usually this is fish prepared in a fresh and interesting way. The service is impeccable and I'm assuming it's a great place to work because the servers stick around.
Perhaps this is also a yummy thing, but Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge is a beautiful spot to enjoy drinking chocolate. If you are more of a traditionalist you can bite/chew/nibble your chocolate as well.
For gorgeous, locally made items you must visit Bella Boutique, located in the Spenard neighborhood, and the Katie Sevigny Studio, downtown. I always find the perfect gifts (for myself).
To dress like a city girl, head to Her Tern for stylish clothing, shoes, and purses. The girls are so nice and the store is a beautiful space.
If you need to revive yourself after all of that self-indulgence the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, accessible from downtown, is the perfect place to run, walk, or ski.
End your big city day by watching the sun set over the inlet, and I think you will agree that Anchorage is a pretty special place.
Question: Are you a city mouse or a country mouse?