Kim Sunée

Correspondent

  • Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Kim Sunée is a correspondent based in Anchorage who covers the area for Forbes Travel Guide. In addition, she writes a food column for AlaskaDispatch.com. She is the bestselling author of Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home and A Mouthful of Stars, a travel-based cookbook. Sunée is a former food editor for Time Inc.’s Southern Living and Cottage Living magazines and lived and ate in Europe for 10 years. She’s also appeared as a guest judge on Iron Chef America. You can find more of her food and travel writing at KimSunee.com.

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  • On January 31, 2014
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    When is Seven Glaciers Restaurant open?

    Like Hotel Alyeska, which is open year-round with activities to highlight each season such as night skiing and summer concerts, Seven Glaciers Restaurant is open most of the year with closures for tram maintenance for two to three weeks in the months of May and November. Generally, Seven Glaciers operates from Memorial Day weekend through the end of September, reopening on Thanksgiving Day to coincide with the beginning of the ski season. During the summer the Girdwood, Alaska, restaurant is open seven days a week. Winter hours vary, so check with the restaurant directly and keep in mind that tram closures are possible due to inclement weather.
  • On January 31, 2014
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    What is the scene like at Seven Glaciers Restaurant?

    Seven Glaciers Restaurant scene helps define Girdwood, Alaska. The restaurant mimics Hotel Alyeska in its chateau/lodge style with Japanese flare (think heavy beams and hardware, and large open ceilings). The restaurant currently features native Alaskan art throughout, from paintings, to mixed media and sculpture. Still, Mother Nature may be the most lauded artist of them all — the view is jaw-dropping and unlike any other dining experience in the state, if not the world. Blue-jean-donning millionaires share the room with diners in more formal attire. But no matter where you’re from or what you’re wearing, the excitement of being a part of something unique is palpable.
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    What is the dress code at Seven Glaciers Restaurant?

    When it comes to dress codes at Seven Glaciers Restaurant, much like most other portions of Alaska, comfort and warmth often take precedence. Although Seven Glaciers is a fine-dining establishment, there are no strict regulations about attire. Diners clad in blue jeans, North Face vests and après-ski wear can be seen seated next to those in suits and cocktail dresses. Hands down, the Girdwood restaurant is one of the “dressiest” place to go in Alaska, but if you’re not decked out in your finest, not to worry. Seven Glaciers is all about enjoying what’s on your plate — that is, if you can tear yourself away from the unprecedented view long enough to savor your meal.
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  • On January 20, 2014
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    What kinds of massages are offered at The Spa at Alyeska?

    The Spa at Alyeska, which is located on the second floor of Hotel Alyeska, offers several massages for its guests to choose from. There’s something for everyone, including a basic Relaxation massage, Prenatal (upon request), Deep Tissue, Vichy, Hot Stone, Sports, and Body Melt Back. You will appreciate any one of these massages even more after returning from a long day of hiking the winding trails in and around Girdwood or skiing the slopes at Alyeska. After your treatment, take some time to swim in the indoor pool at Hotel Alyeska or relax in the adjacent hot tub, with views of North Face and Mount Alyeska.
  • On January 20, 2014
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    What is the style of The Spa at Alyeska?

    The style of The Spa at Alyeska, which is located inside of Hotel Alyeska, is warm and inviting. Placing an emphasis on nature and nurture, the spa is including more eco-conscious details (think green walls and a specialized menu of “water-focused” treatments such as the Alaskan Rainforest Package and the intense hydrating Moisture Drench Treatment). To help jump-start the ski season, try out the Deep Forest Detox, which includes a detox exfoliation followed by a forest-scented Vichy massage. When you’re done with your service, head to the small waiting area, which is welcoming; take time to restore fluids with herbal teas and water. And on your way out, take the relaxing vibe of the spa with you — browse the products for scented candles, essential oils, and items from Yon-Ka and Naturopathica, among others.
  • On January 20, 2014
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    What is the best way to get an appointment at The Spa at Alyeska?

    The best way to get an appointment at The Spa at Alyeska, which is located inside of Hotel Alyeska, is to call the spa directly to speak with a spa reservationist at (907) 754-2550. You can also contact The Spa at Alyeska via email on the spa’s page, which is accessible through Hotel Alyeska’s website. Be sure to peruse the treatments offered (think Thai Bolus body treatment or Alaska Glacial facial) while you’re on the site and keep in mind that during high season, especially weekends, appointments book up quickly, both for guest rooms at Hotel Alyeska and for spa treatments, so make reservations well in advance.
  • On January 20, 2014
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    What restaurants does Hotel Alyeska have?

    After an active day of hiking, skiing, fishing and more, you’ll want to tuck in for a restorative meal at Hotel Alyeska. You will have plenty of options. The Pond Café offers a full breakfast menu as well as a copious buffet. Watch a game at the Aurora Bar and Grill while sampling pizzas, salads and an exceptional Snake River Farms hamburger. The chefs at Sakura Asian Bistro feature local Alaskan seafood in their daily creations. If you want coffee or a quick bite before heading outdoors, stop in at the Tramway Café for breakfast burritos, deli wraps and more.

    The best dining experience at the Girdwood, Alaska, hotel is 2,300 feet up the mountain at Seven Glaciers Restaurant. To get there, you’ll take a tram ride (it’s free for diners), which gives you more time to soak in the majestic scenery before enjoying the fine-dining restaurant’s local-seafood-filled menu with dishes such as Kodiak scallops and Alaskan king crab. Seven Glaciers is the ultimate in dining with a view. Make sure to check the weather reports because the tram closes in case of heavy winds or storms.
  • On January 20, 2014
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    What’s the best time to visit Hotel Alyeska?

    Locals and visitors come to Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood, Alaska year-round for a variety of concerts and festivals, including the Fur Rondy, a 10-day fest dating back to 1935 that kicks off the Iditarod Great Sled Race every winter.

    However, summer in Alaska is splendid and well-earned after the hard winter months; July and August are often touted as the highlights of the season at the luxury hotel with numerous hiking trails right at their peak. About 30 minutes outside of Anchorage, Girdwood is home to the northernmost rainforest. In season, you’ll want to take a few days to hike in and around the area and enjoy the abundant wildflowers and wildlife. You’ll see plenty of fireweed growing wild; keep an eye out for it in local delicacies such as fireweed honey, jelly and ice cream.   

    For ski lovers, Alyeska is a world-class resort. You might find yourself on the slopes with Olympic and World Cup winners, as the area has been a training ground for top-tier athletes. February and March offer the most consistent perfect powdery snow with night skiing a must for enthusiasts.
  • On January 20, 2014
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    Where is Hotel Alyeska located?

    Hotel Alyeska, tucked into a scenic valley surrounded by mountains, hanging glaciers and the ocean in the backdrop, is located in the small former mining town of Girdwood, Alaska, a 30-minute drive from Anchorage. Heading toward Girdwood on Turnagain Arm, pack a picnic and make stops along the scenic route to watch for Beluga whales, eagles and Dall sheep. Depending on the time of year, you’ll also spot locals fishing, parasailing or windsurfing. 

    Whether you visit in winter or summer, there’s plenty to do in the surrounding area. The luxury hotel is a good home base for exploring nearby Prince William Sound, fishing on the Kenai Peninsula or deep-sea fishing in Seward.
  • On January 20, 2014
    Kim Sunée answered the question: Kim Sunée

    Where is Hotel Alyeska located?

    Hotel Alyeska, tucked into a scenic valley surrounded by mountains, hanging glaciers and the ocean in the backdrop, is located in the small former mining town of Girdwood, Alaska, a 30-minute drive from Anchorage. Heading toward Girdwood on Turnagain Arm, pack a picnic and make stops along the scenic route to watch for Beluga whales, eagles and Dall sheep. Depending on the time of year, you’ll also spot locals fishing, parasailing or windsurfing. 

    Whether you visit in winter or summer, there’s plenty to do in the surrounding area. The luxury hotel is a good home base for exploring nearby Prince William Sound, fishing on the Kenai Peninsula or deep-sea fishing in Seward.
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