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. Flickr, Damian Manda
Overall, we would describe the feeling that we get in Homer as euphoric. Flickr, NOAA Public Library
It’s a unique place with relaxed vibes, bucket-loads of good karma, and an addicting personality.Flickr, Keith Cuddeback
From the epic halibut fishing … Flickr, Travis
…to the ultimate rush you get reeling in feisty silver salmon from the lagoon on the Homer Spit. Flickr, Isaac Wedin
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! Flickr, Keith Cuddeback
Keep in mind; Homer is so much more than just fishing. Renee Gilbert Photography
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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. Flickr, Ruth Rainey
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! Flickr, J. Stephen Conn
The Homer Spit offers lots of fun entertainment to keep you busy all day long. Flickr, Brian
At the Seafarer’s Memorial visitors can pay their respects to the many brave men and women who have lost their lives at sea. Flickr, Keith Cuddeback
Walking the docks is a way to submerge yourself into the local feel of things. Flickr, Travis
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.Flickr, Lisa Matlock
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. Flickr, Keith Cuddeback
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… Flickr, Christopher Griner
…walking the dogs, surfing, kayaking, kite-surfing and more. Flickr, Emma Forsberg
Occasionally you might even have a cute little visitor pop up and greet you. Homer is filled with these magical moments! Flickr, Adventures of KM&G-Morris
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. Flickr, Manuel W.
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. Facebook, Trails End Horse Adventures
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!Flickr, Dave Bezaire
Homer also offers an excellent little marine hub with ferry and water-taxi access to enchanting coastal oases across Kachemak Bay. Flickr, Cody Wellons
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. Loomis Sage Marketing
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Or, go explore the charming waterfront community of Seldovia. Don’t leave town without taking a walk on the Ottorbahn. Flickr, Francois Philipp
Long story short; a trip to Homer is always a good idea. Flickr, Scott McMurren
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.
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Written by Courtney Dowd-Stanley
Homer and Katchemak Bay will always be my home, even though I live in New Zealand now…
Must be an OK place if you can leave dollar bills stuck to the front door and no one steals them.
Homer is God’ S Other Eden. You’ve nailed all the beautiful highlights that are just waiting for folks “on the Outside” to come see. Great tantalizing report. Our daughter has lived in Homer over 30 years
Our daughter has lived in Homer for 39 years. So we have become part of the lives of many of the locals. Our visits were an annual event & even more than once a year. Your tantalizing tour of the spectacular little Hamlet by the Sea was so well done . You covered the specialness with your great photography & descriptions. I’m sure folks who saw this post will soon make plans to head for the Kenai Peninsula & Homer, Alaska. God’s Other Eden!
What a great article with amazing pictures. Thank you!
With breathtaking scenery, awesome wildlife, great food, and friendly locals, Homer is very special. We were lucky enough to spend two beautiful weeks in Glacier Vista.
Thank you Alaska.
Thank you Homer.
Nov. 5, 1958, I celebrated my 24th birthday at the Salty Dawg. I was a “scope dope”, stationed on Ohlson Mt. I remember the courtesies of the Baptist Church. One of the families a treated me to Thanksgiving Dinner (moose roast) and again on Christmas. I don’t remember any names at the church, but I think the minister had a teenage daughter named Carol.
I lived in Homer almost 5 years. Homer will always be in my heart. It is often referred to as a, Cosmic Hamlet because it is such a very special place.
Want to thank the photographer for a wonderful article on Homer.
I grew up in Homer, lived my life there.Fished the Kenai River and lived on the Anchor River. After seeing these pics i miss home…Thanks for the memories..
Beautiful scenery, and friendly people. Never tired of walking on the beach there. Also LOVE Seldovia across the Bay.
LOVE Homer! My sister & her boys live in Anchor Point and I hope to visit again very soon! ? Alaska!
Ok! I want to visit! Thanks for the beautiful pictures & info!
Love the fishing and the scenery
Homer Spit is home. An amazing place to visit. Captain Patties offers fresh local seafood and will cook your fresh catch of the day on the Homer Spit.
Such a great article on the place I call home… thanks!
spent a few weeks there last year and I have to agree,it is breath taking, my daughter and son in law live there and my daughter is in love with the place. Food was great also ,everything was perfect can<t wait to go back.
I love it there and the people too……Absolutely Amazing…..
I lived in Anchor Point for 3 years in the 80s. Loved going over the hill down into Homer. My girls played Little League at the field near the high school. The view from the bleachers was spectacular. I miss it so much.
It’s a very Beautiful & friendly place to visit.. ? ?