Across-the-Bay Tent-n-Breakfast

In Adventure, Alaska Travelgram by scott

Bound for Homer? Make the leap across the bay to my favorite “Tent and Breakfast”.  Right on the beach! Nope, it’s not a b-n-b. You actually stay in big wall tents. Oh, they’re built on platforms, with beds, heaters and plenty of blankets. And wait until you see what they’ve done with the outhouses. Too cool! Here’s a photo of kayaking on Kasistna Bay. Kayaks are available right there on the beach. Take half- or full-day trips!

Your hosts, Tony and Mary Jane Lastufka, host a variety of workshops throughout the summer. Prices listed include water taxi transportation from the Homer Spit to Kasitsna Bay, sturdy wall tent accommodations, meals, and workshop participation. Kenai Borough sales tax is not included in the price.  An extra day can be added to the trip for kayaking, biking or hiking for an additional charge. 

To sign up or learn more, call (907) 235-3633, or check online and click on workshops on the top menu bar.

Waterfront Watercolor Workshop: Friday – Sunday, June 13-15
Alaskan watercolorist and multi-media artist Paula Dickey offers her 9th annual watercolor workshop for new and seasoned artists.  This year’s theme is “Surround Yourself With Color,” using color theory to create and express mood. $365 per person.

Nature of Yoga: Friday – Sunday June 20-22
Instructor Margi Clifford MS, RYT, will lead yoga sessions in the protected environs of Kasitsna Bay near MacDonald Spit. Sessions will be outdoors near the shore, weather permitting, or indoors in a room with a commanding a view of the ocean and nearby islands. $360 per person.

Personal Sea Kayaking Skills: Friday – Sunday June 27-29
Tom Pogson, owner and instructor of Alaska Kayak School, will present students with an holistic view of the inherent dangers being on the water and the necessary skills needed to enjoy this activity with confidence. All kayaking gear provided: boats, paddles, dry suit, etc. $535 per person. Here’s a photo of the ultimate kayaker–a sea otter. They’re all over–and they’re quick to laugh at you if you drop your oar or fall in while you’re trying to get in or out of your kayak!!

Skinning Fish and Stitching Fish Skin: Friday – Sunday July 11-13
Fran Reed, a member of the Northwest Designer Craftsman who specializes in contemporary basket forms, will host a beginner’s workshop for skinning and stitching fish skins. This specialized form of basketry is a continuation of the longstanding tradition among the native peoples of the Pacific Northwest. $380 per person.

Close-up Photography: Friday – Sunday July 18-20
Internationally exhibited photographer Hal Gage presents a hands-on workshop designed to improve your photographic skills. As Hal’s fifth annual workshop in this location, the program is designed to get participants up close and personal with intriguing aquatic subjects like starfish, tiny crab or floral blooms.  Bring your camera, flash attachment and close-up lens; tripods are optional. $370 per person.



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