A visit to Alaska’s Capital City is a wonderful thing–winter or summer. We always have a great time in the summer–fishing, glacier-hiking and…uh…more fishing!
During the winter, the big game in town is the Alaska State Legislature. For Alaskans, a visit to Juneau during the session is a chance to see some of your government at work. Pictured here: My friend Jack Manning and I explore Mendenhall Glacier.
Alaska Airlines offers a “Constituent Fare”, which knocks 30 percent off a short-term ticket. Otherwise, the best price is with a 21-day advance purchase ticket. If you have an Alaska Airlines frequent flyer account that you check online, chances are good the 30 percent “e-certificate” is in your “My Discount Codes” file on your MyAlaskaAir home page.
Do a quick check on the issues before the legislature this session: ACES, Cruise tax credits, operating budgets–the works. From the discussions I’ve had with elected officials, they want more input from their constituents on these and other issues. It’s important.
Let your elected officials know that you are coming to Juneau. They will make time to say hello. Let them know how you feel about important state issues: Transportation. Public Safety. Education funding. Even…uh…STATE GOVERNMENT!! Pictured here: Me and former Sen. John Binkley in the State Capitol Building. Note ever-present Heritage Coffee cup!
BREAKFAST: The Sandpiper Cafe on Willoughby St. It’s right next to the Driftwood Lodge. Great breakfast.
LUNCH: Go across the bridge to Douglas. Visit the Island Pub. Their wood-fired oven yields fabulous pizza. You will not be disappointed. Great view of the Gastineau Channel, too!
COFFEE: Heritage–any location. After I get off my Alaska Airlines flight, I pick up my car from Avis and go over to the Heritage drive-thru kiosk on the other side of the Extended Stay Hotel (used to be the Aspen). When I’m downtown, I either drop in to the cafe on Second Street across from Wells Fargo, or the main location on S. Franklin St. Life is short. Stay Awake.
FUN: I love going out to Mendenhall Glacier–especially in the winter. All kinds of crazy ice! Eaglecrest Ski Resort is a huge hit with locals, as is the Perseverance Theatre (close to the Island Pub in Douglas).
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