Managed by Holli Papasodora, who describes herself as a “traveler, artist, friend, wife, mother and so much more,” the Talkeetna Hostel easily classifies as a home away from home. Her energy is infectious and her touch is notable throughout the establishment from the artwork on the walls, the colorful VW bus ‘room’ outside, and the welcoming pot of coffee always ready in the kitchen. Holli, her husband, and their two children welcome you into their home as family. Within minutes I felt as if I had known them for years. They are a wealth of knowledge regarding the area’s activities.
The hostel, nestled in a wooded area, is a short walk from the airfield and only a 10 minute walk into town. After hauling packs and sleds for weeks on Denali we did not notice the distance now that we were unencumbered. The hostel is well run with comfortable beds, clean bathrooms, an equipped kitchen, and a washer and dryer for your use. Even if you aren’t staying at the hostel you are welcome to come in just to take a hot shower, use the wi-fi or do some laundry for a small fee.
Whether heading to the mountain or recently returned from your attempt the Talkeetna Hostel should certainly be considered while in the town of Talkeetna.
You can contact Holli at www.talkeetnahostel.com, firstname.lastname@example.org , or 907-733-4678 for more information or reservations. Pictures by Talkeetna Hostel.
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