Ken Graham

Pamper Mom in the Last Frontier – Find Good Deals, Make Great Memories

Friday, April 15, 2016

What better way to give mom a Mother’s Day to remember than a trip to Alaska? Combine sparkling glaciers, incredible wildlife and miles of paths for hiking and biking with special rates to start the summer season during early May, and you have Mother’s Day, Anchorage style.

“Early May is a great time to visit Anchorage – attractions and tours are opening for the summer season. Whales return to the waters to feed, and there seem to be baby animals everywhere: moose calves, baby musk ox, eagle chicks, you name it,” said Julie Saupe, Visit Anchorage president and CEO, the city’s local tourism board.

It’s Affordable

With airfare to Anchorage, Alaska, as low as $250* round-trip from Seattle or Los Angeles and under $535* round-trip from New York or Chicago, Mother’s Day is an ideal time to visit Alaska. Or better yet, use miles to bring mom and the family to enjoy the wild adventure and scenic beauty Alaska offers in early May. Eleven airlines fly in and out of Anchorage each summer, including Alaska Airlines, Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue and United Airlines. Take advantage of early season hotel rates starting at under $100*/night for a deluxe room with two double beds.

Just For Mom

Airfare isn’t the only bargain. Several of Anchorage’s top attractions offer Mother’s Day weekend deals, including free admission or special events. The Alaska Native Heritage Center opens for the summer with free admission. The Alaska Railroad’s Open House offers free, short train rides. Eagle River Nature Center’s Mother’s Day with the Birds gets up close with eagles, songbirds and other critters. The Anchorage Market & Festival begins its season. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center offers free admission Mother’s Day and often has newborn musk ox, caribou and wood bison around the holiday. To check out other Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska events, see the events calendar.

Royal Treatment

Begin the day with a special Mother’s Day brunch offered at venues across the city. The Sheraton Anchorage and The Hotel Alyeska both boast in-house, full service spas with services and amenities that will leave mom refreshed and relaxed. The Hotel Captain Cook Athletic Club offers steam room, sauna, tanning beds and sun room, as well as massage, fitness classes. Many other Anchorage properties offer workout facilities and/or indoor pool and whirlpools. There are also several day spas are found in the Anchorage, including Allure Day Spa & Hair Design, in downtown Anchorage.

*Review of online airfare and hotel rates as of April 13, 2016, for May 5-9, 2016.