An Afterlife for the Church of Love?

This story originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of 61°North Magazine. Spenard Road has always attracted an off-kilter attitude to match its meandering path. In the city grid, Spenard stands out. Now, thanks to a $3 million grant from ArtPlace America, the area...
24 hours in Homer

24 hours in Homer

Homer’s many names describe it well: The Halibut Fishing Capital of the World. The End of the Road. The Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea. Wrapped up in Kachemak Bay and the Kenai Mountains at the terminus of the Sterling Highway, it’s a place where otters bob between boats in...
24 hours in Ketchikan

24 hours in Ketchikan

Photos and story by Bailey Berg Anchored to the banks of the Revillagigedo Island, Ketchikan has lured visitors in as regularly as the spawning salmon that swim up Ketchikan Creek each summer.    With cultural authenticity, historic charm and unspoiled wilderness just...
Last call in Ketchikan

Last call in Ketchikan

In the bustling Ketchikan Visitors Bureau, a woman scrawled on a whiteboard with the smooth red ink of a felt-tip marker: “Ship departs at 2 p.m.” Behind her was a frenzied dance of newcomers, fresh off the MS Volendam, the last cruise ship to make port in Ketchikan...
Haunted history: Ghost hunting in Alaska

Haunted history: Ghost hunting in Alaska

To flip through a digital version of the 2016 Visitors’ Guide to Alaska, please click here. The year was 1921. Anchorage was still a young frontier town of approximately 2,000 people, and the very first police chief had just been shot to death with his own gun....