Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Going to Alaska? Come to the Matanuska Valley

While there may still be snow on the ground in Alaska - and in Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, and many other parts of the country - this is the time many start planning a summer visit to Alaska. And we'd like to suggest: if you're coming to Alaska, you shouldn't miss the Matanuska Valley.

We love the valley, of course, because its rich colony history inspired us to make Alaska Far Away. But we also keep coming back because of the valley's breathtaking beauty, small-town charm, and friendly people - and, of course, the Alaska State Fair!

Last year at the Fair, visitors from all over the country stopped by to visit us in the historic Wineck Barn to tell us that their trip to the Matanuska Valley was inspired by watching Alaska Far Away on their local public television station. They loved visiting the Wineck Barn at the Fair, and the Colony House Museum in downtown Palmer. We heard over and over again that knowing the history of the valley made their visit to Alaska richer and more enjoyable for the entire family.

Last year we wrote in this blog:
"If you've never been to Alaska in the summer, GO! And if you have, GO AGAIN! And if you're going, don't miss the beautiful Matanuska Valley. Every time we return, it takes our breath away. Majestic mountains, glaciers, rivers, rolling farmland, friendly people, intriguing history, and the most delicious produce you're ever going to taste make it a wonderful place to visit."  

And we still mean it. If you're planning a trip to Alaska, visit the Matanuska Valley. Like us, you might just keep coming back again and again.

Traditional native blanket toss at Alaska State Fair
Third grade students having fun with Matanuska Colony history in the Wineck Barn
Be sure to try the salmon quesadillas at the Alaska State Fair!
You have to come to the Fair to see Matanuska's world-famous Giant Vegetables.