End of the road.. Talkeetna.  while we were planning for a day hike but we ended up wandering around town. I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Talkeetna over the years as has Sara however; we each had our own favorite gems around town and decided to share our favorites.  We started with a short trail at the end of the road that takes you down to the river and up to the railroad bridge eventually swinging around into town behind the famed Fairview Inn.  After poking through a local artisan gallery we had a quick lunch at the Wildflower Cafe owned by Iditarod musher Jerome Longo and then decided to head out of town and find a new trail to explore.  Down and just off the spur road are a few state park trails that we found to be a good but easy hike.  Bear spray and dinner bells on hand we tackled on of the loops and will be back for the other next time!

must do’s:

place to stay – The Talkeetna Roadhouse… and make sure to stop in the bakery. the lil’ cabin in the back is a Quade’s Fave!  individual rooms, hostel style bunks… many options!

libations -grab a beer at the Fairview Inn. Historic Inn with live music.

handmade gifts – Dancing Leaf Gallery

National Parks Ranger Station – make sure to catch the video all climbers must watch before heading out on their Denali expedition… & get your NPS passport stamp!






I forage and Leah dreams up delicious dinners.  A loaf of Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop sourdough was the perfect vehicle for Alaskan side stripe shrimp  set on a schemer of  lemon ricotta and dressed with sautéed fiddlehead ferns that I had foraged earlier in the day on a hike in Girdwood.

saturday night vinyl…in Providence!



Providence!  A few days in Providence means some quality time with Kim, Jere and the Kitty Crew… along with a mini food tour and some snowy good times in the park! This time we tried a few new ( to me ) places… Ogie’s Trailer Park has super fun vintage decor that is a throwback to the 1950’s space age style.  The food situation is an order at the window and they bring it to your table while the drinks come directly from the bar.  The menu is a selection of grilled cheeses along with Tater Tots. Yep. Tots.  It’s pretty straight forward but it is all done well and worth adding to the Kim, Kara and Kerry Providence Food Tour list. Hmmm… maybe that should be a post that gets updated now and then… we’ll get back to that one.  Before the blizzard set in we ran a few errands and stopped at Olga’s Cup & Saucer for brunch.  The donuts!  I know it’s a thing now but they were really good!  Service was great and the food was delish! We’ll be back for sure.  We rounded out the weekend cooking at home while the snow fell outside.  It was Saturday night so of course there was some vinyl on the record player… this time we went with Sinatra to go along with the Italian feast we prepared.  Of course there was frolicking in the snow to follow!