When visiting Island Point Lodge from the lower 48, one of your options is to arrive in Petersburg, Alaska, for an overnight on Mitkof Island. While you won’t be staying too long, you may want to venture out of your hotel and check out some of the local attractions and landmarks or grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants. Although it’s not the primary objective of your Alaskan fishing trip, you might as well make the most of your time somewhere you may not visit again for a while. One of the best parts about going on vacation is immersing yourself in a new area. To help give you some ideas on where to stay, what to eat, and things to do, we put together a short guide to Frederick Sound’s biggest little city.

Hotels in Petersburg, Alaska

Although you’ll only be there for the night, you may want to take some time to consider which hotel in Petersburg, Alaska, is right for you. Tides Inn is a low-key motel overlooking the North Harbor. Another option is Scandia House, a European-style chalet adorned with traditional Norwegian decor. Otherwise, a more romantic choice, Papke’s Bed and Breakfast, located in the Tongass National Forest, boasts an excellent view of Crystal Mountain with nearby hiking trails found at Falls Creek and Blind Slough.

Things to Do in Petersburg, Alaska

While it may not be a glamorous town, Petersburg, Alaska, has a rich history with unique things to do with your brief time there. Since you’ll be arriving in the evening, you may not visit the Clasen Memorial Museum or the Marine Mammal Center. Still, several parks and vantage points offer stunning vistas of the surrounding landscape. For example, the Petersburg Boat Harbor is a marvel of modern logistics, serving as the homeport for over 400 vessels. Not only will you have an excellent view of the majestic mountains and several islands, but you can also watch fishermen and deckhands as they diligently operate. Downtown Petersburg has a bevy of galleries and outfitters in addition to several fresh seafood eateries, coffee shops, and of course, Leikarring dancers. For a more tranquil experience, head over to Eagle Roost Park and explore the tidal pools during low tide.

The Best Affordable Alaskan Fishing Lodge

Although many people want to embark on an Alaskan fishing trip, several fail to check it off their bucket list because they’re afraid to break the bank. Fortunately, Island Point Lodge offers affordable self-guided excursions that are far less costly than a guided trip and allow you to fish on your time. After all, what’s the point of hiring someone to do what you can do yourself? With modern accommodations, generous meals, and professional staff, you won’t regret staying with us. Heck, with all the money you’ll save, you could make it an annual tradition! For more information and to make your reservation, please visit our website or call 800-352-4522.