Feasting In The Rugged Outdoors

By Karen Leiva

Imagine the Alaskan wilderness where salmon run through creeks and gold miners’ strike it rich; all the while enjoying freshly-caught wild salmon barbecued over an open fire, paired perfectly with sides of reindeer sausage and wild-rice pilaf.

This is exactly the kind of incredible culinary excursion that you can experience aboard Holland America Line’s Alaskan voyages in 2015. There are 16 Sip and Savor shore excursions that allow guests to enjoy the rugged outdoors and get a taste for local culinary delights, including the “Glacier View Bike and Brew” and the “Louder Chowder Cook-Off” competition, where guest chef will go head to head, preparing chowder.

If you prefer a bird’s eye view of Alaska’s breath-taking scenery, there is the “Mountaintop Flightseeing & Crab Feast.” This excursion is an exclusive opportunity to experience the spectacular views of the Tongass National Forest aboard a floatplane. The flight begins at the Tongass Narrows, which is home to more float planes than any other port in the world. After 20 minutes, the flight ends at the remote George Inlet Lodge where guests will enjoy a gourmet feast of Dungeness crab and melted butter, finished off with Alaskan blueberry cheesecake.

If you’re looking for a hands-on experience to take home some delicious Alaskan recipes, there is also a cooking class excursion in Homer, Alaska, to join a local chef at the award-winning Tutka Bay Lodge set amongst a rugged coastline of fjords, mountains and forests.

Of course, any Alaskan food adventure will include an opportunity to sample Juneau’s Alaskan Brewing Co. award-winning craft beer or premium wines from Northwest vintners, including Chateau Ste Michelle, Betz Family and Long Shadows Wineries.

Contact your Ensemble travel agent for more information on Alaskan adventures.