Homer has a dazzling reputation for some of the finest scenery, the mildest climate, heaviest halibut, biggest bays, longest spits, coolest people, and best quality of life in the state. And the truth is, Homer is one of Alaska’s peerless towns. It has an undeniably beautiful setting, with the unruly coastline, undulating fjords, and cavalcading Kenai Mountains across magnificent Kachemak Bay.
The temperatures are generally mild—for Alaska. The halibut sometimes tip the scales at over 200 pounds, and you can try your luck at salmon fishing for the cost of a fishing license. An abundance of fine artists and craftspeople call Homer home, selling their wares at small galleries full of rare and tempting stuff. And some of the state’s best fishing, boating, hiking, kayaking, natural history, wildlife, and photo ops revolve around Homer in Kachemak Bay.
So the bottom line is: Homer distinctly deserves its reputation. Welcome to Homer, Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea.
Getting to Homer
Homer Airport is out on East Kachemak Road, which forks off from the Spit Road. Era Aviation (907/266-8394 or 800/866-8394, www.frontierak.com) and Grant Aviation (907/235-2757 or 888/359-4726, www.flygrant.com) both fly between Homer and Anchorage several times a day.
Two local companies have daily flights from the airport to Seldovia ($96 round-trip) and the Native Alaskan villages of Nanwalek and Port Graham: Homer Air (907/235-8591 or 800/478-8591, www.homerair.com) and Smokey Bay Air (907/235-1511 or 888/482-1511, www.smokeybayair.com).
The Alaska Marine Highway ferry terminal (907/235-8449, www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs) is out near the end of the Homer Spit. From here, you can catch the Tustumena to Seldovia three times a week and to Kodiak four times weekly. Once a month it runs all the way out to Dutch Harbor in the Aleutians.
© Don Pitcher from Moon Alaska, 10th Edition