May 2015

Found 12 blog entries for May 2015.

Potter Marsh - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/befuddledsenses/15068671800/

Potter Marsh is a fun place to go in Anchorage for wildlife viewings and some time spent in nature. It’s located at the southern end of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge offering the perfect getaway from the daily grind. If you love bird watching and wildlife viewing, this is definitely the place to go near you. Take Seward Highway and right before you enter the parking lot of Potter Marsh, you’ll already have stunning views of Turnagain Arm.

Then from the parking lot you can take the wooden boardwalk that winds 1,550 feet from the parking lot to the marsh across water and sedges. Many birds hang out there which means you’ll be immersed with nature and wildlife before you even park the car. If you’re interested in the experience at Potter

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Science and Kids - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/2895969329/

The Imaginarium Discovery Center is a hands-on science discovery center for families and children to enjoy, play and learn. It's the perfect place to explore as a family, learn about art, history and science, try hands-on experiences and see interactive exhibits.

It's a 9,000 square foot center featuring over 80 exhibits that are bigger and better than some of the world's best science museums. This is because many were brought to life specifically for this Discovery Center. If you're ready to experience simulated earthquakes, journey through the solar system and have fun with bubbles while learning about shapes and light reflection, check out the Discovery Center of Anchorage.

What to expect

The Discovery Center is located at 625 C Street in

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Dining

Marx Bros. Café is Anchorage’s favorite place to grab fresh cuisine, the perfect wine pairing and an intimate experience without the crowds. The restaurant is located on West 3rd and it’s a tiny little cottage featuring only 14 tables. Enjoy contemporary cuisine, innovative and imaginative preparations with unique ingredients.

They are known for their fresh Alaskan seafood, fine quality meats and the wine that comes from an extensive selection housed in one of the largest cellars in Alaska. Named the “best restaurant in Alaska” by The Anchorage Daily News and recognized by Diversion Magazine for being one restaurant that has advanced Alaska’s culinary appreciation more than any other, Marx Bros Café is an experience you won’t want to miss. Here is

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Saving Money - Image Credit: http://pixabay.com/en/users/pefertig-510756/

While home buying is a big process, you can be smart about it with proper planning and leaving emotions aside. Save money while buying a new home by learning a few tricks that will help during the process. By creating a budget, shopping around for mortgage rates, improving your credit score and looking into grants and rebates, you may be able to save a fortune when it comes to home buying.

Being careless could cost you so much more with higher interest rates, a mortgage on a dream home that could have been lower had you gone with the simpler house and renovated it to your needs over time and by getting a mortgage while having poor credit. Here are a few things to keep in mind in order to save money when buying a new home.

Shopping around for

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Home

Alaska is notoriously known for being a winter wonderland during the winter months. As there are a number of things to do while the snow is on the ground. However, once spring hits, the joy of winter play wears off. You will still encounter some cold weather during spring, but there are tons of things to enjoy indoors as well.

Anchorage, Alaska is a great place to call home all year round, and here are some of the reasons why.

Culture

Anchorage is crawling with culture. One of the best culture infused places to visit in Anchorage is the Rasmuson Center. Here you will gain a knowledge of the history that surrounds Alaska, as well as the culture that makes Alaska a fantastic place to live. Also, the Imahinarium is a terrific place to take the

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Nightlife - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/visitisrael/7716333908/

There are a number of bars and clubs in Anchorage for you to experience the nightlife. You want to ensure that you are going to places that have good reputations. Here are some of the nightlife hot spots in the Anchorage area.

Long Branch Saloon

The Long Branch Saloon is a Western dive bar, that provides patrons with comfort. This is a place that Anchorage residence come often as it possesses a feel good feeling. They have a large list of appetizers, and a number of beers on tap. You will want to try some fried zucchini that is served up with their special dipping sauce. You can also enjoy a game of pool, or watch the rodeo while relaxing.

Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse

There are over 50 different types of beer on tap that you can enjoy

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Point Woronzof - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mckennaslivensky/4852821809/

You will find the Point Woronzof Park, situated close to the Anchorage International Airport. This location is a great spot to get a view of the Cook Inlet, as well as the sunset. You may even spot some bald eagles, ravens, bank swallows and moose.

You are most likely to spot Bald Eagle nests on the southern end of the road that is nearest to the airport runway, or a short distance south of Point Woronzof. It will be easy to spot the eagle's majestic white heads during the summer time.  Some even get the privilege of seeing these amazing birds in flight.

Ravens are very common in Alaska, and are known to put on a great performance. The best time to see some Ravens in Point Woronzof is from December through March. They used the north wind to

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Pizza - Image Credit: http://pixabay.com/en/users/nonfeel-66964/

Fat Ptarmigan is situated in the downtown area of Anchorage, AK. They pride themselves on the authentic Italian style pizza's their serve. Using a traditional wood fired pizza oven, delicate herbs and fresh ingredients to prepare the best and most delicious pizzas.

The mozzarella and speciality ingredients are made in house so no compromise is made on flavour. They serve steamDot prepared coffee and beer that's brewed in the area. They also offer a variety of other drinks and juices to compliment your meal.

The house chef is Guy Conley, he grew up in Alaska and has always had a fascination for cooking. At a young age, he attended The Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon. Here he gained a flare that would see him travel and work in some

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Shopping

Finding the right specialty shop isn't always easy. You may have very unique needs and there just isn't a shop that seems to carry what you're after. However, a closer look may just help you find the right specialty shop for your needs in Anchorage, Alaska. Here are a few of the top choices.

10th and M Seafoods - 1020 M Street

If you're looking for some of the finest fresh seafood, 10th and M is the place for you. This is a great spot for seafood and they have been in business since 1943. The shop provides crab, halibut, scallops, shrimp, salmon and more. You can even have the seafood shipped to anywhere in the world.

Hospital Auxiliary Craft Shop - 4315 Diplomacy Drive

When you visit the gift shop at the Alaska Native Medical Center, you

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Moose's Tooth - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jmorgan/3665715295

Instead of entering the corporate world, Rod Hancock and Matt Jones decided to join forces and create the Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria. The 30-table restaurant provides a place for those looking to unwind, enjoy great pizza and good beer. Even though the two men were warned about the location they chose, they moved ahead with it and found success.

Many restaurants had failed in the same location before they choose to enter the area. However, they have found success with their spot. Here's what you will find at the Moose's Tooth.

The Menu

With plenty of fine ingredients put into their hand-tossed and stone-baked pizzas, there's something for everybody on the menu. Some of the favorite items include:

  • Mozzarella Beak Sticks
  • Chicken
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