Chena Hot Springs Resort: 50 percent off!

In Destination, Fairbanks, Travel Deals by scott

Northern lights dance above the Aurora Ice Museum

It’s time to head to Fairbanks and visit Chena Hot Springs Resort

OKOK. It’s not actually IN Fairbanks—it’s 60 miles out of town. But it’s worth the trip.

Summertime view of the pool!

First, the hot springs make for a toasty dip on a chilly day. Pay attention to those hot springs. It’s the thermal power that heats the pools—and provides power for the whole resort. That includes the greenhouses where they grow their own produce for the restaurant! 

Save 50 percent on your room when you stay in October (call the resort directly at (907) 451-8104.

I’ve enjoyed…um…more than one Appletini at the Ice Bar!

Don’t miss a visit to the Aurora Ice Museum. Created from more than 1,000 tons of ice and snow, the museum is frozen year-round. Inside—everything is made of ice: the bar, the barstools, the sculptures, your cocktail glass—even the beds in the four rooms. This is a MUST see….and be sure and order an appletini. Fun fact: you can eat the glass (it’s made of ice).

More details on the ice carvings inside the Aurora Ice Museum.

The northern lights are a-blaze. Book a tour at the resort. It includes a special cat-train transport up to the top of Charlie Dome, where a warming yurt is set up. From the top of the dome—you get a full view of the northern sky—and the lights above.

Choose from other tours once you arrive, including a kennel tour with the sled dogs and an ATV tour.

Bernie Karl shows off the tomatoes from the greenhouse…powered by thermal energy!

Of course, my favorite tour is the Geothermal Energy Tour. If you’re lucky, resort owner Bernie Karl will do the tour!

Check the website for complete details…but remember to CALL to get 50 percent off rooms in October: (907) 451-8104.

Life-size jousters on display in the Aurora Ice Museum.

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