Unlocking Alaska: A 5-Day Itinerary in Homer’s Hidden Paradise

Welcome to the ultimate Alaskan adventure with a 5-day itinerary of adventures through the captivating wonders of Homer! Where nature’s grandeur meets coastal charm. Get ready to immerse yourself in a whirlwind of experiences! From thrilling fishing charters to tranquil beachcombing, mouthwatering local cuisine, to awe-inspiring glacier hikes. In this blog, we unveil an itinerary that will make your Alaska dream a reality. Join us as we explore the best of Homer, unveiling the hidden gems, must-see attractions, and unforgettable moments that await you on this 5-day escapade. Prepare to be inspired, informed, and eager to embark on your own Homer adventure!

Eager for more exciting adventures in Homer? Explore our curated list of Things to Do to enhance your vacation itinerary. Uncover hidden gems, thrilling activities, and serene escapes that will elevate your Alaskan journey.

Amazing Things to Do to Create a 5-Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive and Relax

Arriving around 3 p.m., you’ll step into the welcoming embrace of Driftwood Inn. Here, Old Alaskan warmth and friendly service combine to create an unforgettable lodging experience. Depending on your choice among our diverse accommodations, which include a historic inn, seaside lodges, a cozy cottage, and more, you’ll be ideally situated near the beach, dining, arts, shopping, hiking, and all that Homer has to offer.

Seaside Beach View

After settling in, take a moment on our back deck, where you can appreciate the awe-inspiring views of Kachemak Bay and Bishop’s Beach. If you’re seeking a leisurely start, consider a relaxing beachcombing excursion just steps away from the Inn. As the day winds down, savor a delightful meal at AJ’s Oldtown Steakhouse, conveniently located just across the street. Alternatively, explore the culinary delights at The Kannery, a fantastic nearby option offering a variety of seafood cuisine, like fish and chips, clam chowder, and crab cakes.

Retire to your comfortable, well-appointed room, whether a cozy historic inn room or a spacious lodging option with modern amenities. Day 1 in Homer is about easing into your Alaskan adventure, finding your ideal lodging haven, and immersing yourself in the tranquil beauty of this coastal paradise.

Day 2 – Fishing Charter and Delicious Cuisine

Prepare for an exhilarating day of fishing in the Halibut Capital of the World. Book a Halibut Charter or Halibut/Salmon Combo Fishing Charter with us. It departs at 7 a.m. and returns at approximately 5 p.m. You’ll be in the expert hands of our seasoned captains. They know the best spots to reel in your big catch.

Homer's Charters

Upon your return, save some of your prized catch for a unique culinary experience at Captain Patties. This renowned eatery is known for its commitment to serving the freshest seafood. With a welcoming atmosphere and an array of mouthwatering dishes, Captain Patties will cook your catch to perfection, offering you an authentic taste of Alaskan cuisine.

After indulging in this delectable feast, return to Driftwood Inn for a leisurely beach walk or relax on our deck, savoring the day’s achievements and stunning coastal views.

Day 3 – Attractions and Cuisine on Your 5-Day Itinerary

Day 3 promises a vibrant exploration of Homer. After enjoying breakfast at Wild Honey Bistro, Homer’s best creperie, venture out to discover the town’s rich cultural and recreational offerings.

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The nearby Islands and Ocean Visitor Center is a great place to visit where you can dive into Homer’s fascinating marine life and ecosystem. Explore the town’s renowned art galleries, browse the collections at the Pratt Museum, and relish a mouthwatering lunch at Fresh Catch Café on the Spit. Afterward, discover the Spit’s boardwalks, unique shops, and the Seafarer’s Memorial.

If you’re visiting on a Wednesday or Saturday, don’t miss the lively Homer Farmer’s Market.

Depart the Spit at 5 p.m. for a delightful dinner in Halibut Cove at The Saltry, an experience of coastal cuisine like no other.

Complete your day with a nightcap at the World Famous Salty Dawg Saloon, an iconic Homer establishment. Then, take a taxi back to the Driftwood Inn in Old Town, ensuring you’re well-rested for another day of exploration.

Day 4 – Wildlife Viewing, Winery, and Bistro

Book a thrilling Bear Viewing Tour with us for either an 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. departure on Day 4. This unforgettable experience is often the highlight of our guests’ trips, offering the chance to witness majestic bears in their natural habitat.

Salty Dawg Saloon

After your bear adventure, explore more of Homer’s offerings. If you didn’t make it the other day, today’s another great day to visit the lively Homer Farmer’s Market or embark on a tour of the Bear Creek Winery, known for its local wines. Alternatively, indulge in local flavors with a visit to one of our famous breweries.

For dinner, savor the culinary delights at Fat Olive Bistro, conveniently within walking distance. Conclude your day with a nightcap at AJ’s Oldtown Steakhouse, just a short walk across the street to the Driftwood Inn in Old Town.

Day 5 – The Last Day of Unique Beauty

On your fifth and final day in Homer, savor the flavors of this charming coastal town. Start your morning at Two Sisters Bakery nearby, known for its world-famous savories, pastries, and freshly baked goods.

mother bear and baby bear kissing in Alaska

For a unique adventure, take a water taxi to the south side of the Bay. There you can explore our State Park and embark on a scenic hike to Grewingk Glacier Lake. Upon your return, don’t forget to join a dock tour and discover the intricate workings of Homer’s harbor.

As you explore the Spit’s many eateries, make sure to leave room for dessert at Carmen’s Gelato. Get a delightful treat with a gorgeous view. Conclude your Alaskan journey by returning to the Driftwood Inn. You can relish the beautiful views and reflect on the unforgettable experiences of your 5-day Homer adventure.

Enjoy the Best Place to Stay On Your 5-Day Itinerary in Homer, AK

Discover the perfect hub for your 5-day itinerary in Homer, Alaska, at the Driftwood Inn. Our range of accommodations, from cozy Historic Inn Rooms to spacious Modern Lodges, offers something for every traveler’s taste and comfort. They are located within walking distance or a short drive from all the incredible attractions, dining, arts, shopping, and hiking. Our lodging is the ideal base for your Alaskan adventure.

With Old Alaskan warmth and friendly service, Driftwood Inn creates an unforgettable lodging experience. Our prime location near the beach ensures you’re never far from the natural beauty of Kachemak Bay. At the same time, proximity to local dining establishments, art galleries, and shopping outlets keeps you connected to the heart of Homer.

So, whether you’re seeking the charm of a Historic Inn Room or the modern comforts of our Lodges, make the Driftwood Inn your home away from home. Choose from a variety of spacious lodging options like our Modern LodgesOld Town CottagesWoodside Lodge SuitesHistoric Inn RoomsTiny Houses, and RV Park.

Check availability and book your stay now. Embark on a journey that combines the best of Alaska’s wilderness with the warmth of exceptional hospitality.