Rivers Edge Resort
The resort basks in peaceful and scenic surroundings on the edge of the Chena River, the setting to which it owes its name. As a guest, you feel that nature is your closest companion, but the resort is nevertheless easy to reach. Fairbanks International Airport is just a short drive away, as is the main highway, and you’re also on the outskirts of Fairbanks itself. The resort offers 86 spacious cottages, some fronting the river, and a small number of suites in the main lodge. From the resort, you can easily pick up a selection of scenic walking trails that follow the river and put you in a good vantage for wildlife spotting.
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The resort offers two types of cottage: garden or riverside. Irrespective of which you choose, you’ll find yourself in a wonderful setting. The spacious private cottages include a patio for sitting out and come with two queen beds. Within the main lodge, you can opt for a second-floor junior suite with a king-size bed. Every cottage and suite has air conditioning and an en suite bathroom. Additionally, the cottages are surrounded by plenty of outdoor space.
The property is slightly out of town toward Fairbanks International Airport and close to the main highway. You might experience some road noise, but we feel the riverfront location more than compensates.
Food and Drink
The Miner’s Hall Breakfast Room serves a full American-style buffet breakfast every morning. For lunch and dinner, you can visit the restaurant, Chena’s Alaskan Grill, which focuses on Alaskan cuisine infused with global favours as an added twist. You can dine both indoors or out for views of the river.
There are eight adjoining cabins big enough for families. The restaurant includes a selection of children’s meals.
Facilities and Activities
The surroundings naturally lend themselves to walking and wildlife spotting, as you can pick up a number of trails that trace the course of the river. You can also go fishing (with a permit).
The resort has accessible cabins with wheelchair access and private parking.
Environmental and Social Responsibility
The restaurant works alongside local farmers to source fresh, local ingredients for its menu, supporting the community at the same time.
The resort’s riverfront location more than made up for a bit of road noise we heard. The cabins and grounds were well maintained, although we thought the room decor could do with updating.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Located in downtown Fairbanks, just across from the Chena River, the Springhill Suites offer visitors comfortable accommodation. The property boasts 140 spacious suites with private bathrooms, mini-refrigerators, microwaves, coffeemakers, and alarm clocks.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Together with your fellow travellers you start the Barrow sightseeing tour where you witness ceremonies and traditions of the native culture as you tour the Inupiat Heritage Centre, a National Park Service affiliated site.
This three hour tour on an authentic sternwheeler riverboat will take you into the heart of Alaska and the heart of a family who has made the rivers of Alaska a way of life for four generations.