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On the Road With Dan Goldfield - Alaska, The Unlikeliest Meal: How do I begin to set this scene...after 9 days of astonishing beauty, wildness, effort...  ... We were plucked not to any place that threatens such a soul satisfying experience, but to one of the world's great way stations, or transitions between true wilderness and human society, McCarthy AK.   With 2 dusty streets, incredible mountain vistas, and about 30 residents who actually reside here all year long it's hard to imagine as the venue for one of the great wine and food experience I've had - but experiences are all the more special for their implausibility.  Read full article>>
MCCARTHY, Alaska - If there is a prettier — and hipper — town in Alaska than McCarthy, I’d like to see it. What’s so cool about McCarthy? Well, pretty much everything. From the people to the history to the scenery to the atmosphere. Think Northern Exposure, only with real Alaskans instead of Hollywood lookalikes.  Read full article>>
Joshua Slaughter, Executive Chef at McCarthy Lodge & Ma Johnson’s Hotel, McCarthy, Alaska.   Located at the base of a glacier in the middle of a vast Alaskan national park, the historic McCarthy Lodge’s setting is the definition of remote. Though the resort’s secluded locale can make getting there a daunting task, Thomas Keller–trained chef Joshua Slaughter has created a famed dining destination that is well worth the journey.   Read about our Rugged Alaskan Luxury event at the James Beard Foundation, Oct 29, 2010>>
Tony Wheeler, founder of Lonely Planet, visited us in McCarthy.  "I’m in Alaska travelling with an LPTV film crew making a program for the forthcoming Roads Less Travelled series with National Geographic. After starting out in Anchorage I’ve been by train to Whittier, crossed Prince William Sound and taken the McCarthy Road up to the old ghost town of McCarthy."  Here is a link to Tony Wheeler's blog about Mccarthy on Lonely Planet's website.   Read the article>>
National Geographic photographer Franz Lanting stayed with us for the last part of the 2002 summer season while shooting a remarkable aerial photo essay on Wrangell St. Elias National Park.   Some people like their landscapes tamed and tidy. Some folks don't. Some like them wild, remote, large, and lonely—say, like Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in southeast Alaska. Here is a landscape that could swallow all of Switzerland. It could swallow you too, if you'd let it. Read full article>>
National Geographic's Traveler Magazine's Stay List of "129 Hotels We Love To Stay At" picked McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel, because we exemplify "Authentic, Sustainable, Memorable" as well as giving back to the community.

The hotels on our Stay List don't just reflect their surroundings—they help define them. What they all have in common is a transcendent vision that goes beyond traditional hotel-keeping. This mindset is what gives these hotels their special sense of place. Make no mistake: You'll sense the vibe at once. Maybe it's the regional architecture that speaks to you. Or a guest room resonating with history. Or local food that not only tastes great but tells a story to boot. After your stay, you'll leave with the kind of insight only soulful places can provide. Read the article >> Read article part 2>>
Tales from McCarthy.  In the winter of 2006, KTUU, the Anchorage NBC affiliate (Channel 2), came to McCarthy to film a series of short documentaries called "Tales from McCarthy". Each one is a gem of a story from a unique remote Alaskan perspective. See the videos on our "The Town Today" section>>
Above the banks of Alaska's mighty Copper River, past the old railroad town of Chitina, the pavement of the Edgerton Highway ends next to a sign that reads "McCarthy: 60 miles.'' This, believe it or not, marks the entrance to North America's largest and wildest national park.  ...Amazingly, in the 63 years since, little has changed. If anything, the park is wilder now than it was then. Wrangell-St. Elias is a sprawling 20,587 square miles, big enough to hold six Yellowstones. About 70 percent of that land is designated wilderness, which connects to an additional 9,500 square miles of protected lands in Kluane National Park and Reserve of Yukon Territory, Canada, and British Columbia’s Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park, next to Glacier Bay National Park. Together, these four parks—declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979—are nearly the size of New York State.  Read full article>>
Lattitude Adjustment: Top 10 Wilderness Destinations, McCarthy is #3  GIANT MOUNTAIN FUN MCCARTHY, ALASKA - Ma Johnson's Hotel, a renovated historic inn, and a surrounding wilderness the size of Switzerland. First, kick back on Ma's porch, which overlooks the 6,300-foot Bonanza Ridge, then go play in the backyard: 13.2-million-acre Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.    Read full article>>
Untouched America.   Untouched America is a stunning HD 4-part series that showcased America’s most pristine Wilderness Areas.  Part 4, Alaska & Hawaii, features Wrangell St. Elias and our historic towns.  Produced by Barrett Productions.  Original Air date: The Travel Channel, January 5th, 2009.  Episode 4: Alaska & Hawaii.  View Untouched America>>