Homer is a wonderful place filled with a variety of activities. Go here to view a few blogs of outdoor activities around the property of Cozy Cove Inn: https://cozycoveinn.com/blog
I place a visitors guidebook in your accommodation along with maps and hiking books. You may also want to visit Alaska.org and /or, get their app for your phone.
Hiking and walking in Homer:
My four Favorite Hikes in Homer
- Carl Wynn’s Nature Center, from my house, head east on Skyline Drive, the center is on the left.
- Baycrest Trails, a map is in The Main House and The Bear Paw (excellent xcountry skiing or snowshoeing).
- Eveline State Recreation area which also connects to McNeil canyon (great nordic ski area) http://kachemaknordicskiclub.org/about-us/mcneil/. It is a beautiful 11 mile drive out East End Road, look for Eveline sign.
- Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and, or Wynn’s Nature Center (Peterson Bay Day tours, creatures of the docks)
- Ray Clapp Trail, located in Streamhill Park Estates, short hike; park next to the bridge and follow the trail. I walk this or Reber trail most days.
- Reber Trail, nice little workout; head towards hospital, turn left on Fairview Ave drive till the end, park on right, then continue on foot; once to top of trail continue on Reber St. till you hit West Hill Rd.
- Dimond Creek Trail: Right across the hwy from Dimond Ridge Road, drive down to a parking area. This trail takes you down to the beach so if you go at low tide you can also walk the beach (make sure tide is safe).
- Seldovia: take the fast ferry, plane, water taxi, or Rainbow Connection. Once there walk the otterbaun trail, and/or Rocky Ridge trail both are easily accessible from the little town. Try to catch low tide for the Otterbaun as it takes you to outside beach and is fun to explore when tide is low. You can also visit SVT where you will see a stained glass I did plus their museum
- Kachemak Bay State Park, across the bay. Hike on that side are generally more aggressive than hikes on the Homer side. Take a water taxi to access the many hiking trails. Easiest to hardest: Grewingk Glacier Lake, Humpy Creek, Alpine Ridge, and Grace Ridge. I have a a book and map of Kachemak Bay State Park in both The Main House and The Bear Paw.
- Biking: Cycle Logical, located on Pioneer Ave and The Spit, will rent fat tire boks and take you to beach access in Anchor Point so you can ride the beach back to The Spit. Or just rent a bike and enjoy biking Homer.
- Kayak & Paddleboards: True North Kayak is a great company. They offer kayak trips. Circumnavigating Yukon island is a favorite. You can also hike to Grewingk Glacier Lake where they keep some paddleboards, then paddle to the glacier or icebergs.
- Fishing: Homer is the halibut capital of the world so there are many charters to choose from. Some especially good ones are Big Bear Halibut with Captain Travis, or Mike Manns, Silverfox chartiers, Fishy Fishy, Bob’s Trophy, and NautiCsHomer. You can also do combo salmon and halibut charters. Chinitna Bay Company boats you over to Lake Clark for bear viewing while you fish for halibut along the way.
- Winter Fishing: Steve Tutt 907-399-6007, Shane Blakely 907-252-2866, Josh Brooks 907-399-8208
- Bear viewing: I was fortunate to go for free with two of my returning guests on Steller Air 907-399-0284. It was a perfect day. All the bear viewing guides love their jobs and show you a most excellent time. Alaska Ultimate Safaris would be amazing as he uses a helicopter, he may even be able to land on property to pick you up. Other guiding operations: https://www.alaska.org/destination/homer/bear-viewing Smokey Bay Air 1-888-482-1511, Alaska Bear Adventures: 877-522-9247,
- Farm: Kackle Berry Farm 907-235-5694 is a fun place (I like to take my grandson). They have cheese making classes and you can milk a goat. Trails End Horse Adventures 907-235-6393 will cater to any ride you like. For a special tour utilize Dean Family Farm & Art Studios jeffreyhdean.com/tour 907-299-5175
- Local Knowledge: Pratt Museum (Bartlett St.), Alaska Coastal Studies (Lake St.) or Island and Oceans Visiter Center (Sterling Hwy).
- Guided Hikes: Center for Alaska Coastal Studies, Trish Herrmann 907-399-5366 (biologist and spiritual educator), Seamans Ecotour Adventure 907-299-1748, or Seaside Adventure 907-235-6672 offers a wonderful day of learning and exploring.
- Entertainment: Johnny B’s Rhythm of the North is a fun live performance (www.johnnyb88.com). Bear Creek Winery is located about 4 miles out East End Rd. Beautiful grounds and wine tasting. Homer Brewing Company used to be Homers only brewery but Glacier Ridge is now open. Also a new meadery on Main Street: Sweetgale Meadworks and Cider House.
- Art galleries: Map located in your rooms. My favorite is The Art Shop Gallery and Ptarmigan Arts.
- Self indulgence: Healing Hands Massage (Jessi is amazing). Homer Day Spa has a lovely location on Bishops Beach.
- And, if you have kids in tow, don’t forget to visit Karen Hornaday Park!