The Cosmic Hamlet By The Sea
By: Courtney Dowd-Stanley
Homer, Alaska, has been called the “cosmic hamlet by the sea” for as long as we can remember. But don’t worry, the town really does live up to the hype of its nickname. You see, Homer isn’t like all the other towns along the way. This special place at the “end of the road” offers a priceless setting with scenery that is out of this world. An article published by The Seattle Times quoted that Homer is, “… a sort of Key West in a parka.” But more recently, Homer was named one of America’s happiest seaside towns by Coastal Living Magazine.
Overall, we would describe the feeling that we get in Homer as euphoric.
It’s a unique place with relaxed vibes, bucket-loads of good karma, and an addicting personality.
From the epic halibut fishing …
…to the ultimate rush you get reeling in feisty silver salmon from the lagoon on the Homer Spit.
If you want to fuel your inner fishing fanatic, Homer offers a variety of excellent options to get you out on the salt and ON SOME FISH!
Keep in mind; Homer is so much more than just fishing.
In town you’ll find art galleries clustered on Pioneer Avenue near the Pratt Museum. Observe local historic artifacts such as this rustic pioneer cabin.
Or, head to the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center to view incredible wildlife exhibits. This is a great place to bring the kiddos on a rainy day!
The Homer Spit offers lots of fun entertainment to keep you busy all day long.
At the Seafarer’s Memorial visitors can pay their respects to the many brave men and women who have lost their lives at sea.
Walking the docks is a way to submerge yourself into the local feel of things.
Walk through the fun shops featuring lots of locally made items, book an excursion, or just explore at your own pace. You never know what kind of stunning panoramic will greet you as you twist and turn through the town streets.
Homer is also a foodie’s nirvana. It has everything from highly adored local bakeries to tiny eateries by the sea, and even historic watering holes that are impossible to ignore.
In the summertime you’ll find the “spit” lined with people camping (both in tents and RVs), flying kites, surf-casting, building sand castles, having beach fires…
…walking the dogs, surfing, kayaking, kite-surfing and more.
Occasionally you might even have a cute little visitor pop up and greet you. Homer is filled with these magical moments!
An abundance of natural beauty makes the area perfect for those who enjoy world class eco-tourism opportunities such as kayaking, photography, wildlife viewing, hiking, glacier viewing and more.
After horseback riding in Homer, you’re guaranteed to be ruined for life. It’s the most surreal experience imaginable. Panoramic views, bright fields of wildflowers and a perfect dose of the local farm country.
Everyone should explore the massive 13-mile-long Grewingk Glacier at least once in their lifetime. Located in the Kenai Mountains in Kachemak Bay State Park, this is one of the area’s highest rated attractions. Plus, there are lots of great hiking trails!
Homer also offers an excellent little marine hub with ferry and water-taxi access to enchanting coastal oases across Kachemak Bay.
Visit Halibut Cove and experience stunning vistas as far as the eye can see. Spend the day kayaking while viewing humpback whales breaching in the distance, or catch a concert on the floating amphitheater.
Or, go explore the charming waterfront community of Seldovia. Don’t leave town without taking a walk on the Ottorbahn.
Long story short; a trip to Homer is always a good idea.
Looking for more where that came from? Hop on The Alaska Life’s treasured tiny towns road trip and be led through the most spectacular amounts of scenery. Also, check out these Alaska ghost towns that you’ve probably never heard of.
Homer, Alaska, is a happy place that brings out the best in us all. Do you have amazing memories in Homer already? If so, be sure to let us know (in the comments below) about all your favorite past times. If you love getting outdoors and experiencing all the charming small towns that The Alaska Life has to offer, we want to live vicariously through you! Share your favorite small-town Alaska moments with us on our Facebook page by clicking HERE, and they might just end up being featured in one of our next blog posts.