Yurt, Sweet Yurt Seward, Alaska

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There aren’t many places where you can stand on your deck with a steaming cup of coffee after just waking up and watch a raft of sea otters languidly floating by in front of you. It seems surrealistic, but at Orca Island Cabins—located a short water taxi ride from Seward, Alaska—it’s easily part of the daily routine.

Orca Island Cabins provides a stunning and unforgettable destination for friends and family. Although secluded, the island offers plenty of activities, such as kayaking, hiking, paddle boarding, fishing and even taking a cruise around wildlife-rich Resurrection Bay.

Getting to the island is half the fun. Many people take Alaska Railroad’s Coastal Classic train from Anchorage to Seward, passing the Kenai Peninsula’s scenic beauty on the way. The train operates from mid-May to mid-September, and unloads only one block from the water taxi dock. The water taxi (price included in your stay) takes 30 minutes to get to Orca Island Cabins.

On the island, you will find dome-roof yurts lining the edges of the lapping waves, each with its own private viewing deck. Each yurt holds a maximum of four people. You need to bring your own food and ice to last the duration of your stay, and each cabin provides a kitchen with basic cookware and dishes, a gas-top stove and an outdoor barbeque. Each yurt is equipped with a private bathroom as well. Surrounded by trees and water, guests quickly relax into a sense of peace and serenity.

When it’s time to explore your surroundings, Orca Island won’t disappoint. Take a complimentary kayak, included in each guest’s stay, to Humpy Cove and explore a waterfall trail, or take a shorter paddling trip to a historic WWII jeep trail. The resort also furnishes firewood and fishing gear for more laid-back fun.

While you explore the surrounding cove and islands, keep an eye out for wildlife. You may spot orcas, humpback whales, sea lions, otters and many species of birds.

Orca Island Cabins is open seasonally, from May 5 to September 20. For more information, reservations and rates, go to orcaislandcabins.com. To book reservations on Alaska Railroad, check alaskarailroad.com. To learn more about Seward, visit seward.com.